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# The Oxford Murders

Gödel's Theorem of Incompleteness is familiar territory to the young South American mathematician who arrives in Oxford. Murder, however, is not. Yet barely has he greeted his elderly landlady - and her rather luscious granddaughter - when he is bidding her a posthumous farewell. Mrs Eagleton is murdered in her wheelchair. The only clue to the crime is a cryptic symbol and
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Paperback, 197 pages

Published
2005
by Abacus
(first published January 1st 2001)

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But that's OK because I like novels that throws you off and keeps you guessing. Even if some of the herrings are obvious, there are always a few that swim by when you are not expecting them.

*The Oxford Murders*is a nifty mystery about two Oxford academics that are trying to solve a murder and if it seems a little...well...academic. it's because it is. Martinez mixes a nice share of mathematics, Wittgensteinian philosophy and even some ...more

Feb 24, 2008
Roisin
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3 of 5 stars
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review of another edition

Recommends it for:
crime enthusiast commuters

I have had to give this book three stars because, essentially, it was a really enjoyable read [as most crime novels of this kind are]. However, although its a classic example of a who-dunnit I felt hampered by the fact that it seemed so incredibly badly written and equally poorly edited. I am aware that it is a translation and perhaps this goes some way to excusing it. The fact that the writer is himself a mathmetician and not some kind of writer can barely be seen as an excuse, plently of good
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An ...more

Dec 02, 2010
Valerie
rated it
4 of 5 stars
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review of another edition

Recommends it for:
Kathleen

Recommended to Valerie by:
Book Club

Shelves:
math,
borrowed-from-me

Rant, possibly with spoilers,

As a young girl, I read with my grandma all the Agatha Christie books, and I really enjoyed the ABC Murders, the idea of a logical series being used as a smokescreen was very alluring to me. I am irritated that this book, which takes nearly the same idea, with the same twist, does not in any way allude to or acknowledge, the brilliant Agatha Christie.

I am now going to reread the ABC Murders, perhaps the author paid such delicate homage to her, that I've somehow misse ...more

As a young girl, I read with my grandma all the Agatha Christie books, and I really enjoyed the ABC Murders, the idea of a logical series being used as a smokescreen was very alluring to me. I am irritated that this book, which takes nearly the same idea, with the same twist, does not in any way allude to or acknowledge, the brilliant Agatha Christie.

I am now going to reread the ABC Murders, perhaps the author paid such delicate homage to her, that I've somehow misse ...more

There are puzzles within puzzles throughout this book, which should keep most people guessing until the denouement, even those eminent mathematicians out there. I recently watched the film adaptation starring John Hurt and Frodo. A good job was done on said adaptation. Both book and film are w ...more

*Numbers*for a bit.

I didn't like this book.

Sometimes I don't mind when you can figure out the solution by page 30. The Blood Doctor is somewhat like that but it is still a good read because of the characters.

Not interesting characters here.

And boy, did I mind.

And the book is like

*Numbers*but after the first season and a half, you know when it got stupid (Honestly, Char ...more

For the big screen version of "The Oxford Murders" is far from being brilliant, but still better than the original version of the story on print. I think this should tell you a lot regarding this novel. And when you do prefer the big-eyed Elijah ...more

Again I owe a sincere thank you to the person who recommended it though I can't remember who it was or whether the recommendation was due to the maths or the Oxford location.

It is always difficult to good the writing style in translation but it was clear and perfectly pitched to the style of the book. At times it seemed to touch on magical realism.

The math was an important element of the story but it didn't take over and the explanations were ...more

It annoyed me even more because it pretends to be a book about mathematics but it's really a book about (magical) misdirection. I was expecting the plot to mirror a mathematical theory. What I got was a few random, lazy, and poorly explained analogies very loosely based on the uncertainty p ...more

Jun 10, 2013
Judy
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4 of 5 stars
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review of another edition

Recommends it for:
mystery readers not scared of a little math

Recommended to Judy by:
Naomi Jensen

Shelves:
my-2013-books

I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery that has two mathematicians as the main characters. As a mathematician, it just tickled that part of me, because I don't find a lot of math in novels. As another reader noted, it loses some of its credibility when one mathematician explains to the other something they both already should know, but in reality it is being elucidated for the reader. This usually works better when written in the third person for that reason. On the other hand, I know when this is ha
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Una serie de pistas matemáticas para una serie de asesinatos. Trucos narrativos como cuando el personaje relata un cuento que toma lugar en ése hospital, y los gritos de un agonizante que vienen de abajo. Cierra magistralm ...more

The story ...more

Aug 17, 2014
Kate
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Shelves:
mysteries,
read-in-2014

"A visiting Argentine graduate student finds his landlady -- an elderly woman who helped decipher the Enigma Code during World War II -- murdered in the parlor of her quiet Oxford home. Meanwhile, his mentor, the renowned Oxford logician Arthur Seldom receives an anonymous note bearing a circle and the words 'the first of a series.' As the murdersd and the list ofr suspects begin to pile up and more symbols are revealed, the pair is drawn further into a calculated and deadly game. It would appea...more

Given that the premise of this book i ...more

The book has a good plot and really catches you, because as a crime thriller, you want to advance to know what happened.

The only downside of this book is that sometimes is too focused on mathematics, in things that do not really change the book at all. Let's see if I can explain, there is a character who is a mathematician, so their knowledge on the subject is much more advanced (in most of cases ...more

Jan 15, 2014
Zuberino
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3 of 5 stars
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review of another edition

Shelves:
crime,
murder,
oxford,
mystery,
detective,
mathematics,
latin-american-literature,
argentina,
fermat,
pythagoras,
england,
oxford-university,
memory,
nostalgia,
translation,
andrew-wiles,
fiction

The year is 1993, and a young Argentine mathematician arrives in Oxford to continue his graduate studies.

Martinez's descriptions of Oxford will rin ...more

*The Oxford Murders*begins with so much promise - and yes, so much familiarity! The plane flies across the Atlantic and descends through cloud cover to emerge over the rolling green fields of England. 10 years after the narrator, I took that same plane, took the SAME BUS in fact from Heathrow Airport to the eternal city - the City of Dreaming Spires.Martinez's descriptions of Oxford will rin ...more

Yes - (read it)... if you're in the mood for exploring few philosophical concepts in the area of logic and mathematics followed by a thin plot line that goes deep only in these few segments. It will take you 2 days of relaxed reading cause the writing just doesn't allow you to go deep underneath the storyline.

No - ( do not read it :-) )... if you seek for big twists or unexpected epilo ...more

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Guillermo Martínez is an Argentine novelist and short story writer. He gained a PhD in mathematical logic at the University of Buenos Aires.

After his degree in Argentina, he worked for two years in a postdoctoral position at the Mathematical Institute, Oxford.

His most successful novel has been The Oxford Murders, written in 2003. In the same year, he was awarded the Planeta Prize for this novel, ...more

More about Guillermo Martínez...
After his degree in Argentina, he worked for two years in a postdoctoral position at the Mathematical Institute, Oxford.

His most successful novel has been The Oxford Murders, written in 2003. In the same year, he was awarded the Planeta Prize for this novel, ...more

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