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The Oxford Murders (novel)

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The Oxford Murders (novel)

The Oxford Murders
English language cover
Author Guillermo Martínez
Original title Crímenes imperceptibles
Country Argentina
Language Spanish
Genre Thriller, Crime fiction
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)

The Oxford Murders (Spanish: Crímenes imperceptibles; Imperceptible Crimes) is a novel by the Argentine author Guillermo Martínez, first published in 2003. It was translated into English in 2005 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.


  • Plot introduction 1
  • Selected editions 2
  • See also 3
  • External links 4

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 difficult it can be to solve mathematics 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

External links

  • Murder by numbers reviewed by Marcus du Sautoy, The Guardian, 5 February 2005
  • 'The Oxford Murders' reviewed by Andrew Stickland
  • MathFiction information

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