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A Piece of Justice (1995)
Jill Paton Walsh

The mathematics of tilings and quilting play background roles in this mystery in which a graduate student attempts to write a biography of the (fictitious) mathematician Gideon Summerfield. Summerfield is about to posthumously received the prestigious (and, I should point out, also fictitious) Waymark Prize in mathematics...but it soon becomes clear that someone with evil intentions does not want the student's book to be published!

By all accounts this is a well written mystery...the second by the author with college nurse Imogen Quy playing the role of the detective.

(Thanks to Professor Charles Wells of Case-Western for pointing this book out to me!)

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