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The Probability Of Murder (A Professor Sophie Knowles Mystery) Paperback – Large Print, November 14, 2012
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About the Author
Ada Madison is the pen name of Camille Minichino. Camille is a retired physicist and math teacher and is the author of the Professor Sophie Knowles Mysteries, as well as short stories and articles. She's also Margaret Grace, the author of the Miniature Mysteries. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
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I should warn you that Sophie does not use logic to solve this case. Granted, logical people don't always act logically, and it's realistic that she's very emotional in this situation. She even wonders where "the logical Sophie went."
The problem is that I picked up this book expecting her to use logic to solve the mystery. Instead we get scenes like the one where she sees where a series of facts is pointing but she likes the person it points to, so she decided that following where the facts lead "isn't logical." Or a scene were she's told a certain person is probably a dangerous killer and to stay away from them, and instead she confronts them with a "so you killed her..." and thinks that's rational behavior.
Due to a twist about the victim by the end, I also felt that some of the things we initially learned about the victim were left unexplained by this new slant about what she was doing. I didn't feel very satisfied by the mystery.
However, I did enjoy the loving and supportive relationship Sophie had with her boyfriend and how she had to deal with the risks he took in his job and his hobbies. The characters acted in realistic ways and dealt with realistic issues. The suspense was high due to the worry about the boyfriend's safety and the threat of a killer on campus.
There was no explicit bad language and no sex scenes. Overall, I'd recommend this mystery as long as you aren't expecting a Sherlock Holmes type logic to be used in solving the case.
I received this book as a review copy form the publisher.
The romantic getaway must be put on hold as Sophie sets out to discover who killed Charlotte and why, but in doing so things about her friend that she never could have imagined begin to surface that shed light on a possible motive and Sophie finds herself a target as she closes in on the killer.
This is the second book in this series but the first one I've read and I did enjoy it. I was concerned that with the main character being a math professor, I'd be distracted by math related subjects that I wouldn't find interesting but that wasn't the case. It was an interesting storyline and easy to read, making this cozy mystery a good one to take along for a commute to work, time at the beach, or a weekend at home.
I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher but the opinion of it is my own and was not solicited, nor was a positive review required.
The book did not hold my interest and slowed down for me. I think this was partly due to the subplot of Sophie's boyfriend who went away for a weekend of mountain climbing. The book seemed to be part mystery and part Sophie worrying about Bruce. The character of Bruce does not hold my interest. Their relationship seems more like a storybook relationship rather than a real life relationship. I like Virgil the detective better. I liked the Eastern small college location and the character of Sophie.
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