The Three Body Problem, Paperback
2 out of 5 (1 rating)


Cambridge, 1888. When schoolmistress Vanessa Duncan learns of a murder at St John's College, little does she know that she will become deeply entangled in the mystery.

Dr Geoffrey Akers, Fellow in Pure Mathematics, has been found dead, struck down by a violent blow to the head.

What could provoke such a brutal act? Vanessa, finding herself in amongst Cambridge's brightest scholarly minds, discovers that the motive may lie in mathematics itself. Drawn closer to the case by a blossoming friendship with mathematician Arthur Weatherburn, Vanessa begins to investigate.

When she learns of Sir Isaac Newton's elusive 'n-body problem' and the prestigious prize offered to anyone with a solution, things begin to make sense.

But with further deaths occurring and the threat of an innocent man being condemned, Vanessa must hurry with her calculations ...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Historical mysteries
  • ISBN: 9780749011833



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I did something I rarely do with this book - I gave up reading it halfway through. I don't know if it was the novel's format of letters written to a twin sister, the earnest discussion of mathematical theories, the rigid adherence to Victorian era standards of behaviour, the precision of the language or just me but I was bored and restless as I read and never able to immerse myself in Vanessa's world.