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The Oxford Murders (novel)

The Oxford Murders is a novel by the Argentine author Guillermo Martinez, first published in 2003. There is a 2005 translation by Sonia Soto.

The story tells about a professor of logic, who, along with a graduate student, investigates a series of bizarre, mathematically-based murders in Oxford, England. The book has been translated into several languages including Chinese, English, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Russian, Japanese, Polish, Dutch, Serbian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Greek, Danish, Catalan, Hebrew and Albanian with different translation for the title

Plot introduction

In this thriller, mathematical symbols are the key to a mysterious sequence of murders. Each new death that occurs is accompanied by a different mathematical shape, starting with a circle. This pure mathematical form heralds the death of Mrs Eagleton, the landlady of a young Argentine mathematician who narrates the story. It appears that the serial killer can be stopped only if somebody can decode the next symbol in the sequence. The mathematics graduate is joined by the leading Oxford logician Arthur Seldom on the quest to solve the cryptic clues.

The book explains how hard it can be to solve math in a cryptic form.

Selected editions

Abacus (2005). ISBN 0-349-11721-7. Paperback, English.

MacAdam/Cage Publishing (2005). ISBN 1-59692-150-1. Hardback, English.

See also

The Oxford Murders, a 2007 film directed by Alex de la Iglesia, starring Elijah Wood and John Hurt.

The Mathematical Institute

Merton College, Oxford


External links

Murder by numbers reviewed by Marcus du Sautoy, The Guardian, 5 February 2005

'The Oxford Murders' reviewed by Andrew Stickland

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