Oxford Blood

Oxford Blood is a crime novel by Antonia Fraser first published in 1985.[1]

Oxford Blood
First edition
AuthorAntonia Fraser
CountryUnited Kingdom
SeriesJemima Shore Mysteries
GenreMystery novel
PublisherWeidenfeld & Nicolson (UK)
W. W. Norton (USA)
Publication date
6 June 1985
Media typePrint (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages208 pp (hardback edition)
224 pp (US paperback edition)
ISBN0-297-78606-7 (hardback edition)
ISBN 0-393-31824-9 (US paperback edition)
Preceded byCool Repentance 
Followed byJemima Shore's First Case 

The novel begins with reporter Jemima Shore making a television documentary at Oxford University. Most prominent among the undergraduates is Lord Saffron, a wealthy, twenty-year-old heir to a former (British) Foreign Secretary. Soon she discovers that there is a mystery about Lord Saffron's birth and bloodline, based on the confession of a dying midwife. Later another undergraduate is murdered, and a series of attempts are made to kill Saffron, including a night-time attack while punting on the River Thames.


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