Cambridge University, 1888. The world of Miss Vanessa Duncan, a young schoolmistress, is shattered when a Fellow of Mathematics, Mr Akers, is found dead with a violent blow to the back of his head.Discussing the murder, she learns of a competition set by the King of Sweden on the "n-body" problem, an as-yet unsolved puzzle set by Sir Isaac Newton. It is thought that Akers was working towards a solution to win the prestigious prize. Another death occurs and Vanessa's new love becomes a suspect. Convinced of his innocence, Vanessa sets about to clear his name.More
"Mathematics becomes an unlikely catalyst for romance, murder and intrigue" (Library Journal)
"Shaw's debut manages to emerge as an original and fascinating story." (Chicago Tribune)
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Anachronistic and implausible
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