A Function of Murder (Professor Sophie Knowles)
by Ada Madison
Cover Artist: Lisa French
Review by Sherry Lilley
Berkley Mass Market Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780425251751
Date: 31 December 2012 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
It's graduation day and everyone is happy and enjoying themselves. Or not. At the math department's graduation party, Sophie overhears arguments among the graduates about Mayor Graves, the commencement speaker. After the party, Sophie is happy to escape the drama of graduation and the heated after party with an evening campus stroll with boyfriend, Bruce Granville. Their stroll is interrupted, however, by the mayor himself who comes stagger toward them with a knife in his back.
As it turns out, the knife is actually a Henley College letter opener. It's not a unique item; it's gifted to every member of every graduating class. Just about everyone on the campus has one.
Why did the mayor leave Sophie a voice mail the day he died? The message cut out before the mayor could say all he wanted to say, so Sophie does not know why he wanted to talk to her. They were not exactly buds. But because the mayor spoke Sophie's name with his dying breath, and because people Sophie cares about may be involved in the mayor's death, Sophie feels compelled to solve the complicated puzzle of scandal and corruption lead to the mayor’s death.
This is good book. They characters are fun, and have an interesting outlook on life. Sophie in particular is fun to follow. Her perspective on things is just a little skewed by her academic life. The story moves at a good pace, and the mystery is well done. Enjoy.