The Oxford Murders by Guillermo Martinez

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9 Critic Reviews

He lovingly develops his story as if he were constructing a complex math equation.
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Synopsis

Two mathematicians must join forces to stop a serial killer in this spellbinding international bestseller

A paperback sensation in Argentina, Spain, and the United Kingdom, The Oxford Murders has been hailed as "a remarkable feat" (Time Out London) and its author as "one of Argentina’s most distinctive voices" (The Times Literary Supplement). It begins on a summer day in Oxford, when a young Argentine graduate student finds his landlady—an elderly woman who helped crack the Enigma Code during World War II —murdered in cold blood. Meanwhile, a renowned Oxford logician receives an anonymous note bearing a circle and the words "the first of a series." As the murders begin to pile up and more symbols are revealed, it is up to this unlikely pair to decipher the pattern before the killer strikes again.
 

About Guillermo Martinez

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Guillermo Martínez is the author of several highly acclaimed novels and short story collections.
 
Published September 26, 2006 by Penguin Books. 208 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Oxford Murders
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Kirkus

Good

An elegant, fashionable, award-winning novel mixes murder with modern mathematical theory.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Marcus du Sautoy on Feb 04 2005

The mix of mathematics and murder mystery makes for a powerful cocktail.

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Blog Critics

Good
on Oct 28 2005

He lovingly develops his story as if he were constructing a complex math equation.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
on Jan 14 2011

Written with an intelligent wit, THE OXFORD MURDERS adds up to a small book with a big punch.

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The Bookbag

Above average
on Nov 04 2010

With experience and perhaps a tougher editing hand, Kolczynski may be a crime writer to watch out for in the future.

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The Bookbag

Good
on Feb 07 2010

I loved the application of theories of logic to the investigation of the murders.

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Mysterious Reviews

Good

The mathematical discussions, and the historical comparisons between mathematics and magic, are fascinating and are likely to intrigue readers who may not think they have an interest in either.

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Helium

Good
on Apr 06 2009

Recommended to anyone who likes crime fiction, particularly if you are also a mathematician!

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Reviewing the Evidence

Good

As the story is well written and well plotted, albeit somewhat on the cozy side, these traits compensate for many of the faults I noticed.

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