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BOOK REVIEW: THE OXFORD MURDERS
The Oxford Murders by Guillermo Martínez is a curious mixture of mathematical symbols and serial murders.
An Argentinian math student has scarcely arrived to study at Oxford University when his landlady is found murdered. Added to the mystery is a mathematical symbol that the local university math genius, Arthur Seldom, is convinced is a clue that more murders will occur. Seldom is the expert in the field of math and serial murders since he wrote a book on the topic. Now the problem is figuring out who will be next to be killed and is the killer leaving clues for Seldom or is Seldom's book leading the killer to murder more.
An intriguing mystery, even for those who are not mathematically-minded. The author obviously knows more about unsolved mathematical equations than this reader would ever care to know, but his humorous and simplistic style make the book an easy and entertaining read, regardless of one's abilities to understand the mathematical patterns that are an intrinsic part of the novel. It is a book that is easy to read in one sitting and one that has a satisfying if rather surprising conclusion.
REVIEWED BY VIVIAN WATTS
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