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Radical Equations (Bonnie Pinkwater Mysteries Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Robert Spiller
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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"[Cara Black] is on to a good thing: each of her novels is set in a colorful Parisian neighborhood—and there are a lot of them. The cumulative result of reading this addictive series is a sort of mini-tour of the city, as seen through a filter of fictional murder ... Leduc is always a reliable and charming guide to the city's lesser-known corners." —The Seattle Times

Book Description

Math teacher extraordinaire and inveterate busybody, Bonnie Pinkwater is at it again. When she and her Wiccan sidekick Rhiannon Griffith are out hiking and find the body of Bonnie‘s boss, Vice Principal Clarence Murphy, their day takes a decided turn for the worse. But when that same body disappears then reappears seated at his desk, amid the wreckage in a tornado-ravaged high school, Bonnie proclaims things downright weird and decides to nose around. What show up are killer motorcyclists, suspicious preachers, tyrannical dwarves, high-stakes poker games, land-grabbing CEOs, and a damaged math genius desperately needing her help. As Bonnie and Rhiannon sort through a rising body count, Bonnie comes to a disturbing conclusion. Whoever is murdering the good citizens of East Plains, Colorado, has decided to eliminate one meddlesome math teacher.

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About the Author

Robert Spiller lives in Colorado Springs with his wife Barbara. Radical Equations is the fourth book in the Bonnie Pinkwater adult cozy mystery series including The Witch of Agnesi, A Calculated Demise, Irrational Numbers, and Napier's Bones. A mathematics teacher for thirty-five years, Robert recently retired to write full time.

Product Details

  • File Size: 557 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615588700
  • Publisher: Courtney Literary (December 12, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006LEUC84
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #266,017 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent characters, well-crafted story April 4, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Radical Equations is an excellent read: well-paced, finely written, and filled with enjoyable characters in a realistic small-town setting. Although it is the fourth mystery featuring high school math teacher Bonnie Pinkwater, readers new to the series (as I was) will not feel at a disadvantage, as the main action is independent of prior storylines.

Bonnie has the brains and irrepressible nosiness to be a good amateur sleuth, and whacky Wiccan BFF Rhiannon is an excellent sidekick. I also especially enjoyed Bonnie's scenes with former-student turned cop, Byron Hickman. The eastern Colorado setting is convincingly presented. The tornado scene early in the book is absolutely smashing (pun intended), and had me clicking "next page" as fast as I could read.

Bonnie's interactions with school district administrators and community oddballs ring true. It was fun to watch Bonnie struggle to keep her naturally sharp tongue and sense of humor from getting her fired. The plot is nicely tangled, and kept me guessing until the end.

I received a complimentary Kindle edition of this book in exchange for an unbiased review, and am eager to read the other books in this fun series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed Missus Pinkwater March 26, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Even though this is the fourth in a series that I'm unfamiliar with, I had no trouble jumping right in! I loved the small-town characters and cozy feel of this book. Bonnie Pinkwater, math teacher and amateur sleuth, was endearing and sometimes funny. She comes across as real person with only her human abilities, not a superhero ninja crimesolving savant. She's smart and compassionat--and a smart aleck :) I loved her attitude and I'll be catching up on the preceding books, and on the lookout for more adventures.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Math and Murder February 26, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
In this fourth book of the Bonnie Pinkwater series, Robert Spiller provides nonstop action, great humor and a protagonist who gets deeper in trouble as the pages turn.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced and a little goofy February 4, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
In short: Math teacher Bonnie Pinkwater gets caught in a murder mystery centered around a tornado and a dead vice-principal. Despite being the fourth book in a series, new readers shouldn't have problems jumping in.

This is a good, solid mystery. I hesitate to call it a cozy, but I suppose it is: an older woman/amateur sleuth solves mysteries in a small town. To me, Bonnie's character always carries out a satisfying rebellion against the educational bureaucracy as embodied by Principal Divine, sometimes getting her licks in, sometimes having to grovel in order to keep her job and to defend her students. I have a soft spot for characters who defend kids without belittling them, and Bonnie hits the spot. Fast-paced, realistic, and a little goofy, a good put-your-feet-up and enjoy-the-small-victories kind of book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pinkwater mystery March 24, 2012
By marglyn
Format:Kindle Edition
A complimentary copy of this book was sent to me on my kindle for reviewing.
I have not read any Bonnie Pinkwater mysteries before now. A female character who is a busybody and a teacher involved in solving murder with her friend who is a witch. We are not told much about her history, you are expected to know this already from the first book I assume. I would have liked a bit more information at the beginning of the book.
It is well written and keeps you guessing as to who is the murderer until near the end. This is a book that someone would take on holiday with them to read on the beach.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I enjoyed Robert Spiller's Radical Equations and I think the author came up with an ingenius plot. Without giving too much away, politics are afoot, and the story opens the day after the vice principal has gotten himself into hot water at a town meeting. Protagonist Bonnie Pinkwater and her Wiccan friend are on a hike, and a storm sets in. The two friends stumble into a cave and lo and behold, they spy the vice principal, who is very dead. Bonnie and Rhiannon, know better than to interfere with a crime scene and they hightail it away, and barely escape a storm. Deputy Hickman appears and takes over, Bonnie returns to the high school, and gets trapped when a tornado passes through the town.

I should mention here, that if you enjoy weather as an antagonist, you will love this book. Spiller wrote one of the best tornado scenes, I have ever read.

He also does internal narrative just about better than anyone.

But what I think I enjoyed most was reading Bonnie the teacher in action with her students, one in particular, a boy named Isaac who was injured and sentenced to life in a wheelchair. As one, who doesn't understand math, I think I might have grown to love it, particularly if I'd had a teacher like Missus Bonnie PInkwater.

If you enjoy a fine mystery with interesting well drawn secondary characters, I think you will enjoy this book. Looking forward to the next novel in the series. Well done, Mr. Spiller.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read July 21, 2012
By Pat1360
Format:Kindle Edition
Bonnie Pinkwater makes a great detective-mature yet mouthy, logical yet emotional. The other characters are well developed also. Although I have not read the first books in the series (yet), I had no problem following the various relationships. The Colorado countryside is almost a character in itself, which adds much to the plot. The mystery itself kept me guessing. All in all, a very enjoyable book from Robert Spiller. I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun summer read!
I really enjoyed these who-done-it mysteries with a female lead character who is smart and mature. I recommend the entire series.
Published 11 months ago by Class Act
5.0 out of 5 stars Mayhem and Math
Unlikely as it seems Robert Spiller combines math and mystery in Radical Equations. His mathematical puzzle had me tracing islands and a river to try to solve the riddle. Read more
Published on October 31, 2012 by R. BULL
5.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable book!
I really enjoyed "Radical Equations". Being a middle-aged woman myself, I like seeing middle-aged women such as Bonnie Pinkwater and Rhiannon Griffith as the main characters of the... Read more
Published on May 20, 2012 by Marta M. Rawlings
5.0 out of 5 stars Didn't see that one comin'
I really enjoyed this book. The characters were well written and easy to like. Dialog is smooth and conversations are like in real life (it bugs me when conversations are stilted... Read more
Published on March 22, 2012 by Que Barbara
5.0 out of 5 stars radical equations
Once again Misses Pinkwater is sticking her nose where it doesn't belong. The algebra teacher from from east plains high school has come across the dead body of her assistant... Read more
Published on February 5, 2012 by colorado red
5.0 out of 5 stars A radical review
Number four in the Bonnie Pinkwater series is the tastiest yet. Tornados, Homocidal motorcyclists, Tyrannical little people, Witches, High stakes gambling, and Death in the... Read more
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Robert Spiller lives in Colorado Springs with his wife Barbara. The Witch of Agnesi is the first book in the Bonnie Pinkwater adult cozy mystery series including A Calculated Demise, Irrational Numbers, Radical Equations and, Napier's Bones. A mathematics teacher for thirty-five years, Robert recently retired to write full time.

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