**A Professor Sophie Knowles Mystery****BY ADA MADISON**

**ABOUT THE BOOK:**

**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..**

**ABOUT THE AUTHOR:**

**Pseudonym for Margaret Grace.**

**Camille Minichino has published eight novels in the Periodic Table Mysteries series, featuring retired physicist GLORIA LAMERINO. The series continues in short stories on Kindle and smashwords.com.**

**As Margaret Grace, she’s published five novels in the Miniature Mysteries series, featuring miniaturist GERALDINE PORTER and her 10-year-old granddaughter, Maddie.**

**As Ada Madison, she’s poised to release a new series, the Professor Sophie Knowles Mysteries, featuring college professor SOPHIE KNOWLES.**

**Camille received her Ph.D. in physics from Fordham University, New York City. She is currently on the faculty of Golden Gate University, San Francisco and on the staff of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Camille is on the boards of the California Writers Club and NorCal Sisters in Crime. She’s a member of NorCal Mystery Writers of America and SF Romance Writers of America.**

**AN EXCERPT FROM**

*A FUNCTION OF MURDER:*

**CHAPTER ONE**

**What's not to like about graduation ceremonies?**

**The speeches? Can't get enough of them. The flowers, balloons, parties, screaming coeds? Love them all. Every year I look forward to a long line of students filing by, one by one, switching the tassels on their mortarboards. I get a shiver of delight as I join the procession, my heavy silk and velvet robes weighing me down. What a pleasure it is to walk around the pathways of the campus and onto the great lawn, Purcell's***Trumpet Voluntary*ringing out through the stifling hot and humid air. I never want it to end.

**Not.**

**Today, as the faculty sat outside on a makeshift stage, our uncomfortable folding chairs seemed to sway with every warm breeze.**

**Fran, my colleague in the Henley College Mathematics Department, nudged me.**

**"Professor Knowles, are you bored silly?" she whispered.**

**"Totally, Professor Emerson," I said. "Are you stuck to your chair?"****To finish reading this excerpt, visit the website HERE.**

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I think it's interesting that the mayor interrupted their date, knife in back. Talk about killing the mood... ba dum bum.. ;) Thanks for the giveaway!

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I, too, liked puzzles when I was in college so a college puzzle is very interesting to me.

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