A Question of Trust

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A Question of Trust  
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First edition
Author Jonathan Pinnock
Cover artist kid-ethic
Language English
Publisher Farrago Books
Publication date 2019
ISBN 978-1-78842-152-2
Preceded by The Truth About Archie and Pye
Followed by The Riddle of the Fractal Monks

A Question of Trust is a book by Jonathan Pinnock. It is the second in the Mathematical Mystery series and was published by Farrago Books in April 2019.


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.

Meanwhile, Tom has other things on his mind, including how to untangle his father from a cryptocurrency scam, how to break into a hospital in order to interrogate an old acquaintance and what is the significance of the messages he’s been receiving from Rufus Fairbanks’s LinkedIn account.

Tom and Ali’s investigations lead them in a host of unexpected and frankly dangerous directions, involving a pet python, an offshore stag do and an improbable application of the Fibonacci sequence. But at the end of it all, will they find Dorothy – and will she ever be able to explain just exactly what is going on?

Critical Reception

The reception to the book was generally favourable. Professor Ian Stewart, author of Do Dice Play God? and the Science of Discworld books, summed it up as follows:

A dash of IT, a sprinkle of maths, an engaging and all-too-believable cast of anti-heroes, and a bonkers plot with all the precision and elegance of a Fibonacci spiral. Profane, irreverent, witty well-aimed, and fizzing with imagination.

Summary of Plot