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A Question of Trust

(A Mathematical Mystery #2)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  54 ratings  ·  18 reviews
A witty, fast-paced thriller with a dash of mathematics and a large dose of danger

Life is not going smoothly for Tom Winscombe. His girlfriend Dorothy has vanished, taking with her all the equipment and money of the company she ran with her friend Ali. Now Tom and Ali are forced to eke out an awkward shared bedsit existence while they try to work out what she is up to.

Published April 18th 2019 by Farrago (first published April 14th 2019)
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Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Explaining Bitcoins

Well, yes this is a self-contained story, but really, book one adds tremendous depth to the overall story arc. Our hero presents as a nebbishy fellow but finds himself at the core of a bitcoin scandal trying to play James Bond. Murder, mayhem, bad puns, Benny Hill antics, a stag party, chases, gunfights, and plenty of evil villains are littered about this humorous tome.
Sid Nuncius
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed A Question Of Trust. It follows on from The Truth About Archie And Pye, which it is probably best to read first, although this does work as a stand-alone book. It’s also better, as Jonathan Pinnock has hit his stride here, I think.

The plot is...well...bonkers, really. But that’s fine, because it’s meant to be and it makes a good story which is also very funny. Tom the hapless narrator, is again caught up in complex machinations which are well beyond his understanding as this
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
"A Question of Trust" is the second book in a series. I haven't read book one (The Truth About Archie and Pye) but I wished I had before reading this one as I felt I was missing too much to fully appreciate this story.

Life is not going smoothly for Tom Winscombe, whose girlfriend, Dorothy has vanished, along with all the equipment and money of the company she ran with her friend Ali. Tom and Ali are left to manage an awkward shared bedsit existence while they try to work out what she is up to.
Rachel Stephenson
Enjoyable bunkum. Quite hard to follow at times, and a bit far-fetched in places even given the premise of the novel. This is the second in the series. I've read the first as well, but I don't feel any particular urge to go for the next one. ...more
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jonathan Pinnock plays with mathematical formulas as much as words in the second novel of the Mathematical Mysteries. Rest assure, I know nothing about maths and still enjoyed the whole book. Everything is unusual about this series ! The way the characters work. The pace of the thriller, its "logic", the use of maths.
Like the characters, the reader has to adapt to changes, and smile, learn, or turn the page to go through the suspens, learn somehow about maths and discover that repitlians after
Drew K
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Here's another fantastic book from Jonathan Pinnock. First off, don't worry, there's not a lot of math involved, but what is there is fun to follow. The strange yet efficient trio of Tom, Dot and Ali are back solving a new mystery while still consumed to finding out more about Archie and Pye from the first book in the series. In my opinion, this book had even more laugh out loud moments and I can't wait to read more about these characters. It's well written, has a fast tempo and great humor thro ...more
Kathleen Gray
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is truly funny book- largely because it does it with humor, not snark! And yes, math is important (as is cryptocurrency) but it's not a problem if you, like me, need a calculator to add. Tom and his friend Ali are trying to figure out not only what his girlfriend (hah!) did with their money. He's also wrapped up with his dad and some other strange things. It's hard to synopsize the plot - just try it and know that you're going to get a clever read. I read and very much enjoyed the first nov ...more
Tonstant Weader
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
“A Question of Trust” is the second in A Mathematical Mystery Series by Jonathan Pinnock that continues right after “The Truth About Archie & Pye” ends. PR guy Tom Winscombe is sharing an apartment with business partner Ali and looking for his missing girlfriend Dorothy who seems to have taken off with all the company’s money, equipment, and work product. Tom, being in love, is absolutely certain that Dorothy is innocent and must be in trouble and is determined to save her.

This leads to several
Ella (The Story Collector)
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: action, crime, humour, mystery
Tom’s girlfriend, Dorothy, has vanished, along with all the money and equipment of the company she ran with her friend, Ali. Tom and Ali’s investigations into where Dorothy and their things have gone lead them into some unexpected and dangerous situations, while Tom simultaneously tries to untangle his father from a cryptocurrency scam, locate a missing python, and work out who is messaging him from a dead man’s LinkedIn account.

So, it turns out A Question of Trust is Book #2 in a series. I didn
Apr 17, 2019 rated it liked it
I wasn't sure at first that I was going to like this book. The writing style is staccato dialogue with very little description. It also refers heavily to previous events, about which I knew nothing. The content surrounds bitcoins and cryptocurrencies, which again I know less than nothing about.

However, I persevered and I enjoyed the book; there are some real laugh out loud moments! Tom is an endearing character, and if his adventures are totally unbelievable, you enjoy following him as events ta
Bruce Retallack
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
Came really close to giving up on this in the first chapter. I assume the author was going for modern and edgy dialogue, but when every 2nd word begins with 'f' and every third one is 'pal', it gets tedious and worse, fails to engage. However, I did persevere and am mostly glad I did. It is fairly and truly madcap, with some serious laughs along the way. I was expecting some significant mathematical underpinnings along the way, but in truth it had nothing to do with the plot, except for some ref ...more
Sue Zendt
Aug 08, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

I didn’t finish this, because I didn’t see any reason to. I read six chapters, but the characters didn’t get any more interesting, the dialogue any more natural, the plot any more engaging as I read along. I was disappointed; the thought of a mathematical mystery was intriguing. However, one would have had to have read the first book in the series to understand this one, and there were spoilers all through the part I read (had I given any thought to going back and reading the first one).
Jul 02, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: quit
I didn't get very far in this at all before I decided to quit. I can tolerate the occasional "F" word, especially in stories where one can pretty much expect it (one that involves war, police, hoodlums, etc.). But when it's in pretty much every other bit of dialogue by people who aren't in the above-named groups, I'm less tolerant. That, along with the fact that the characters didn't seem especially interesting or appealing, made me decide to quit. ...more
Feb 20, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little bit sillier than the first in the series, but still fun and with a certain intellectual something.
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Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this thriller. Humor is hard to write well, and pretty unusual in a thriller. Kudos to the author on a well-written story with a good plot and fun characters. Going to circle back to the previous book in the series. Recommended.

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