Oxford fiction

Following on from the previous post about fiction set in Oxford, how about reading The Oxford Murders by Guillermo Martinez? Here is an example of where the book is better than the film. This is from a review by Marcus du Sautoy in the Guardian at the time of publication:

In The Oxford Murders, mathematical symbols are the key to a mysterious sequence of murders. Each new death is accompanied by a different mathematical shape, starting with the circle. This purest of mathematical forms heralds the death of Mrs Eagleton, landlady to a young south American mathematician who narrates the story. It seems that the serial killer can be stopped only if someone can crack the next symbol in the sequence. The maths graduate is joined by the leading Oxford logician Arthur Seldom on the quest to crack the cryptic clues. … The mix of mathematics and murder mystery makes for a powerful cocktail. The Oxford Murders is not the first thriller to combine the two, but it is one of the first to do it successfully.

Also, I have just finished reading Every Contact Leaves a Trace, a new novel by Elanor Dymott. The murder of a young academic in the grounds of Worcester College in Oxford leads her husband to investigate the intricacies of her past relationships. This is part mystery, part literary fiction, and proves an absorbing read.


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