This literary thriller set at Oxford University puts talented mathematics student G at the center of a murder mystery sparked by the discovery of hidden secrets in the life of famed author Lewis Carroll.
Mathematics student G is trying to resurrect his studies, which is proving difficult as he finds himself drawn into investigating a series of mysterious crimes. When Kristen, a researcher hired by the Lewis Carroll Brotherhood, makes a startling new discovery concerning pages torn from Caroll's diary, she hesitates to reveal to her employers a hitherto unknown chapter in his life. Oxford would be rocked to its core if the truth about Lewis Carroll's relationship with Alice Liddell—the real Alice—were brought to light.
After Kristen is involved in a surreal accident and members of the Brotherhood are anonymously sent salacious photographs of Alice, G joins forces with Kristen as they begin to confront that sinister powers that are at work. More pictures are received, and it becomes clear that a murderer is stalking anyone who shows too much interest in uncovering certain aspects of Lewis Carroll's life.
G must stretch his mathematical mind to its limits to solve the mystery and understand the cryptic workings of the Brotherhood. Until then, nobody—not even G himself—is safe. A thrilling novel inspired by true, strange stories from Lewis Caroll's life, The Oxford Brotherhood is sure to make you curiouser and curiouser.
It's 1994 in Martinez's outstanding sequel to 2005's The Oxford Murders, and G, who's studying mathematical logic at Oxford University, is developing a computer program to analyze handwriting. Meanwhile, word of a discovery has roiled the world of Oxford scholars working on a definitive annotated edition of Lewis Carroll's diaries. Intern Kristen Hill, who's been going through Carroll's papers, claims to have found a lost diary page with a sentence written by the author's elder grandniece that she believes "can answer the question that hangs over Lewis Carroll," whether his contacts with little girls like Alice Liddell were inappropriate, "but in a totally unexpected way." Kristen won't show G the page, which he gathers she's removed from the collection, until she's confident she'll be credited for the discovery. G's program could help authenticate the handwriting, but before Kristen can present her findings, she's seriously injured by a hit-and-run driver who apparently targeted her. G teams up again with Oxford professor Arthur Seldom to investigate. Martinez combines an inventive plot with characters readers will root for. Dan Brown fans looking for a literary thriller with depth will be compulsively turning the pages.