By Barry Maitland
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I told the ambulance officer. I just assumed . ’ ‘They’re still doing tests. We haven’t been able to trace her next of kin yet. Can you help? ’ Gael thought. ‘Well, she was Scots—she had a rather attractive soft accent. She didn’t talk much to me about herself, just her work. I’m pretty sure she wasn’t married, but I think there was a boyfriend, though I don’t know how serious. I noticed a new ring one day, and she said it was a present. It looked expensive, but it wasn’t an engagement ring. ’ Kathy nodded.
She doubled over with a moan and sank to her knees. ’ Her cry was cut off as she was abruptly sick, her body convulsing violently, sending the chair tumbling onto its back. Consternation spread out in ripples across the Reading Room, people rising to their feet, craning to see what had happened. But Nigel remained where he was, eyes bright, phone in hand, fastidiously recording every detail. She was being sick again, poor thing, writhing in agony as she vomited over the red carpet. One of the librarians was running forward.
They certainly had an impact. Keith frowned uncertainly. Finally he muttered, ‘I don’t believe it. ’ ‘I’m a police officer, Mr Rafferty—DI Kathy Kolla. ’ Again the bland explanation. She felt like a nurse tucking a shocking deformity up in neat white sheets. She left them with what advice and contact numbers she could, and returned to her car. As she reached to turn on the ignition her phone went. It was Sundeep Mehta, sounding out of breath. ‘Hi, Sundeep. ’ ‘Yes, Kathy. I was right. It was definitely arsenic.
Dark Mirror by Barry Maitland