*The Oxford Murders* is pretty light-hearted, with no real tension.
The plot is driven by the underlying mystery, a series of twists and
turns, and some logical fables and puzzles. Some of this is a bit
artificial, but it works well enough and comes with some mathematical
background — Andrew Wiles' presentation of his initial proof of Fermat's
Last Theorem is even worked into the plot, peripherally.

The characters and the Oxford setting, on the other hand, are used for superficial effect and never really developed. Those without any mathematical bent and after a murder mystery set in Oxford would be better served with one of Colin Dexter's Inspector Morse novels.

I bought *The Oxford Murders* as light reading for a plane flight from
Sydney to London. For that purpose it served admirably.

March 2010

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