I received a copy of AN ELEGANT SOLUTON by Paul Robertson from Bethany House. Once again, Bethany House published a winner. From the first page to the last, you encounter danger and excitement. Throw in some murder. Mix in some history. Add a pinch of scholarly advice (it is a university town, after all). I should also add a note about the intriguing dedication: “I believe that, if there was no other proof, that because of Mathematics, I would still believe in God. I’ll let Leonhard tell you why.”
The main character, Leonhard Euler, is a “math prodigy.” That actually put me off a little at first. I have always disliked math, so I was afraid some parts might go over my head or cause me to lose interest. While his being a math wizard does come into play, it only adds a new dimension to make the story more well rounded.
Basically, the story is about how Leonhard Euler gets to solve a mystery regarding the death of his master’s brother. I don’t want to say nothing goes right for him, but the story doesn’t dance in a straight line. Instead, you get to experience the ups and downs, the fear, right along with Leonhard.
As a writer, I enjoyed seeing how Paul Robertson wove realistic dialogue around action and natural characters. I highly recommend this to murder novel fans.