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Robbie Lewis attends a book launch for a fantasy novel penned by prodigious young research fellow Dorian Crane, with whose adoptive mother, Ginny, Robbie's boss Jean is trying to match-make him. Later that night a Czech hotel worker Marina is found murdered. Professor Deering, the uncle of Dorian's fiancée and muse, Alice, confesses to having seen Marina on a foreign website and paid for her to come to Oxford, finding her work. However, as a supposed gay man, he is keen to hush up his sex life with her. Robbie believes that Marina was killed in mistake for Alice and then Dorian is also murdered, in order to preserve a secret well beyond Robbie's imagination.
DI Lewis and DS Hathaway investigate the death of Marina Hartner, an attractive young woman from the Czech Republic who was killed when someone broke a mirror over her head, slicing open her jugular. Lewis doubts it was a random attack and the victim left the name of what appears to be an Iraqi town written in her own blood. The mirror was taken from the office of Professor Hamid Jassim, who reports theft the following morning. She worked in a pub but was brought to the UK by an Oxford professor, Norman Deering and was having a sexual relationship with him and others. Lewis soon realizes however that he's made an incorrect assumption that changes the nature of the case entirely.
The fabulously successful Oxford-based fantasy novelist seems to Lewis to be the key to solving the bizarre murder of a beautiful woman with a mirror.
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