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Math Professor Sophie Knowles shares her teaching venue with many other math and science faculty, most of whom she gets along with. But one in particular gives Sophie and her teaching assistant, Rachel, a hard time, thus annoying both women. When this colleague, a professor of chemistry, is found dead, poisoned in his office, Rachel is the prime suspect. It’s up to Sophie to put her talent for designing and solving puzzles to use to find his killer.

©2011 Camille Minichino (P)2019 David N. Wilson

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Light cozy mystery

The Square Root of Murder is an enjoyable and entertaining cozy mystery with engaging characters and a well developed plot. The characters interact well with each and behave realistically. I look forward to the next book in this series.

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Creative new angle for a mystery

I really enjoyed this book, especially because I have read many cozy mysteries with English teachers or librarians or book store owners, but this is the first I've encountered that featured a math professor! It was interesting and fun. I look forward to future books coming out soon!

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A good cozy mystery.

Sophie's tenacity held my attention throughout.

Chris Kenworthy's narration brought the characters to life.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Puzzling Murder

Math Professor, puzzles and a murder mystery makes a good combination.MInteresting characters, especially liked Sophie and how they figured it out.
Given audio for my voluntary review and my honest opinion

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A well-written and well-voiced mystery audiobook!

I listened to this book via Audible. This was a very entertaining and well-written cozy mystery by Camille Minichino expertly read by the wonderfully talented Chris Kenworthy. I highly recommend!

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Nice and cozy little mystery.

As a fan of fast paced thrillers and mysteries, this was a nice 'break" from them while still using my noggin to figure it out before the narrator got to it. The narrator's voice fits very well with the pace of this book. An excellent book for young adults that love mysteries, or someone looking to dip their toes in this genre. Sophie really should change careers and become an investigator!

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Very good!!

I enjoyed every second of this book and couldn't stop listening! I stayed intrigued and interested the whole time. Very interesting concepts of stories! Highly recommend!

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very different mystery

Cerebral- is the first word that immediately comes to mind in describing this very interesting murder mystery. Granted I am math-impaired and the heroine is a math professor, so take it with a grain of salt. I was glued to the story I had to find out just who was the killer. Professor Sophie is a deep thinker-enjoy.

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Good Story but...

The narrator made the story slow and boring. She would make a perfect narrator for a very young children's program like Teletubbies. This book is much better read than heard.

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The Square Root of Murder

This book was my introduction to the author. I received the audiobook for free with the promise of an honest review.

I am happy to be able to say that I enjoyed this book. The main character is a Math Professor and puzzle author. It helps make the idea that a civilian is solving crimes a little more believable. I enjoyed the twists and the mystery, I am looking forward to the next book!

I liked the tone and inflection of the narration, but it was a little slow for my taste. I listened to the book at 1.35x and it was perfect!

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  • Helen
  • 04-15-20

Amazing book

Enjoyed this audio book very much
Hopefully they will be more books
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  • JED
  • 03-27-20

Returning this one - not for me

I cannot get used to the narrators voice. Eventually grated so much I did not really want to finish book. Story itself very lightweight and not enough content. Only upside was the puzzle bit. Not one I will read again so going to return it.

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  • Layla
  • 03-03-20

The Square Root of Murder

This cozy mystery had plenty of suspects and a twist which kept me listening to the audiobook. It's not the best cozy mystery I have read but still not bad.

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  • Julie
  • 02-07-20

It all adds up to a good mystery

This was a good mystery and a fun look into university life. The characters were interesting and I thought the puzzle addiction that ran through out the story was an unusual twist. There was a number of suspects, with several motives to keep you guessing. I also liked the fact that the boyfriend is a helicopter pilot and not a detective, there is the required detective in the form of a best friend.
Sophie is a maths professor and a puzzle designer so after a celebration party ends with the death of a hated professor she can't stand back and let the police do there thing. Even if the detective investigating the murder is her boyfriends best friend especially as what little he shares with Sophie points the finger at her teaching assistant and friend Rachel. On summer schedule she has plenty of time to ask questions, which gives her a real puzzle to get to grips with as a number of different pictures is painted about the man she thought she knew. The murder it's self is a puzzle with a number of differing witness statements. Who found the body first? And what is with the disappearing and reappearing cake? As Sophie puzzles it out she also loses some valuable evidence, evidence that she shouldn't have and then she gets called into the dean's office. Can Sophie get to the bottom of the problem before her friend gets arrested?
The narrator was okay but didn't really have much range or difference in her speaking and character voices.
I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Deborah
  • 06-29-20

Boring!

It beats me how many woeful readers there are. They can totally ruin a decent book. I have given the story 3 stars in the hope that with a different reader it may have been less boring. Between the storyline and the reader, I could not listen any further. If there were any exciting revelations discovered by the use of math methods, I didn’t get to them. I shall be asking for an exchange!