Dark Mirror by Barry Maitland
A Brock and Kolla Mystery (Brock and Kolla Mysteries)

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Newly promoted to Detective Inspector, Kathy Kolla of the Serious Crimes Unit is called in by the forensic pathologist regarding the recent sudden death of a London student from what he’s determined to be arsenic poisoning. Marion Summers had no reason to be in contact with arsenic and, though once common, arsenic is now very hard to get hold of. The more Kolla investigates, the more she discovers that certain other things about Summers are also unusual. She moved three octobers ago without leaving a forwarding address or informing her relatives. And her step-father has a disquieting past and, after attacking a constable in a pub, a not-so-savory present. With each turn in the investigation, it becomes increasingly clear that behind what really happened—and why—lies the most difficult-to-crack case the team has ever faced.

About Barry Maitland

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BARRY MAITLAND was born Scotland, worked in London, and lives in Australia. Author of several novels featuring Brock and Kolla, his work has been a finalist for the Barry Award, the John Creasey Award, and was the winner of the Ned Kelley Award.
Published September 29, 2009 by Minotaur Books. 336 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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While Kathy’s detective work slowly reveals “a murderess acting as a kind of hidden agent within the Pre-Raphaelite circle,” Marion’s case, first classified as murder, later seems more likely a suicide until a second, virtually identical death points the finger at murder once more.

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student Marion Summers collapses and dies in the London Library in the excellent ninth entry in Maitland's series featuring Kathy Kolla, newly promoted to detective inspector, and Det.

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Reviewing the Evidence

This tenth case for Kathy Kolla and her boss, David Brock begins in the London Library (not to be confused with the British Library), a private, somewhat anachronistic, collection in Piccadilly on St James's Square.

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Her professor believed that Marion had assisted an author in obtaining material for her book, by possibly plagiarizing another work, but the author knows little of the source.

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