The exclusive prequel short story to the A Mathematical Mystery series

'Witty, well-aimed, and fizzing with imagination.' Ian Stewart

Detective Inspector Buntingford is left pining for a juicy murder case after an anonymous tip turns out to be a prank by students of Cambridge University Medical School. Wistfully, he contemplates past murder investigations involving academics: linguists, economists, historians and those unruly philosophers! Mathematicians, though, had never been a problem – there’s not much to argue about with numbers. They’re either right or wrong, aren’t they?

It seems that way until his colleague and partner Detective Constable de Silva receives a call.

Now a different kind of puzzle awaits...

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