The Oxford Murders by Guillermo Martinez

The Oxford Murders

Guillermo Martinez

This is a deceptively easy page-turner, but more challenging than it first seems. The intriguing links between mathematics, magic and crime-solving make for a tongue-in-cheek take on the traditional cosy English murder mystery. What's more, the reader can enjoy the added bonus of painlessly absorbing some interesting philosophical concepts along the way.

Extract

'The mechanism for corroborating the truth that goes all the way back to Aristotle and Euclid, the proud machinery that starts from true statements, from irrefutable first principles, and advances in strictly logical steps towards a thesis - what we call the axiomatic method - is sometimes just as inadequate as the unreliable, approximative criteria applied by the law.'

Parallels
  • Three Bags Full by Leonie Swann
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon