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  1. A Function of Murder (Professor Sophie Knowles)
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  2. A Function of Murder (Professor Sophie Knowles)

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Dr. Sophie Knowles is a math professor with a knack for creating complex puzzles that delight her students. But now, at the close of the academic year, she must solve a crime that doesn’t quite add up…

At the math department’s graduation party, Sophie hears heated arguments coming from the graduates about Mayor Graves, the commencement speaker. Not the mayor’s biggest fan, Sophie is happy to escape the drama with an after-hours campus stroll accompanied by her helicopter-piloting boyfriend, Bruce Granville. However, their date is interrupted by the mayor himself—with a knife in his back.

As it turns out, the knife is actually a Henley College letter opener—something that is gifted to every member of the graduating class. Sophie is led to a complicated puzzle of scandal and corruption, and it seems that Mayor Graves is at the apex of it all. When Sophie finds out that the mayor was seeking her help on the day he was murdered, she must use her top-notch logic to crack the puzzle and catch the killer running free on campus…  

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I've read all the books in the series and am reading the fourth one now. If I had not already bought it, I probably would not have continued on. I enjoyed the first two, but this one was really not up to par. **SPOILDER ALERT** As a college professor, I was very disappointed that Sophie caved in to a student who ranted about her grading on Facebook--really? The professor gives her half her points back because she can't follow directions? So sad. Even worse that the other "bad guys" are school administrators. I'm not looking for a book that whitewashes the problems in academia or in public schools, but a little more realism would help.
Professor Sophie Knowles may think her work for the semester is over as preparations begin for Henley College's commencement exercises. But her work is just beginning when the festivities are interrupted by a murder. The victim -- no less than the town's mayor. When not working at creating brain-teaser puzzles (her favorite hobby) she uses her police department contacts and her students to find the solution to the murder. It turns out, there are lots of candidates for the killer, both within the town and within the college community. The reader is given several alternate possible solutions before the author finally reveals the killer -- and only after resolving some students' problems along the way. Sophie's deductive reasoning may not quite reach that of Miss Marple, but she's a much more actively involved heroine. This is another fun read and the third in the Sophie Knowles series. I recommend that you read them all.
A function of murder by Ada Madison is the third book in a series featuring math professor Sophie Knowles. I have read all three so I obviously liked something about the series. I do like cozy mysteries as well as harder-edged ones. However, while the main character remains engaging, the plot is nonsensical. It is especially disappointing, that the sleuthing skills of Sophie, a math professor who enjoys all kind of puzzles and problem solving, doesn't use any ot these skills to solve murders. Events just happen to her. The motivations of characters are ridiculous. The actions of the victim and the villan make no sense. Sophie's involvement is inexplicable based on her prior dealings with the other people involved.
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