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Serial Killer Sudoku (2009)
Shelley Freydont
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In this sequel to The Sudoku Murder, the former government mathematician who has taken over the puzzle museum in her old hometown catches a serial killer who leaves a sudoku at each crime scene. There are a few references to her old job, some discussion of her attempts to help school children with their math, and a tiny bit of math in the puzzles, but there really is not much math here. Still, if you're looking for a decent murder mystery with just a bit of math in it, this one is worth a look.

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Works Similar to Serial Killer Sudoku
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
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  4. The Crimson Cipher by Susan Page Davis
  5. The Madness of Crowds by Louise Penny
  6. Trueman Bradley: Aspie Detective by Alexei Maxim Russell
  7. Los crímenes de Alicia [The Alice Murders / The Oxford Brotherhood] by Guillermo Martinez
  8. Murder by Mathematics by Hector Hawton
  9. The Invention of Zero [Die Erfindung der Null] by Michael Wildenhain
  10. The Four-Color Puzzle: Falling Off the Map by Lior Samson
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