Seeing this book as a bargain reminded me of what a wonderful series the Kathy Kolla and David Brock series is. The Marx Sisters was the first book.
As I read this when it first came out, I am borrowing information from the author’s website to tell you more. See below.
First published : 1994 Hamish Hamilton/Penguin, UK; 1999 Arcade, USA
Jerusalem Lane is a little piece of Dickensian London untouched by development, its inhabitants mainly refugees from pre-war central Europe. But could elderly Meredith Winterbottom really have been killed for the politics of another age?
As DS Kolla and DCI Brock delve into the Lane’s eccentric melting pot, past and present interlink in unexpected ways. What connects Mrs Rosenfeldt and Adam Kowalski to a smooth property developer and an American academic? And what is Meredith’s son Terry up to? Not to mention the dottily Marxist sisters. Could this be a recipe for murder?
Shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey Award for the best first crime novel of 1994.
One of the most intelligent, intriguing and well thought-out debut crime novels I have read for a long time. (The Times, UK)
The Marx Sisters is a well-wrought, well-paced, original and elegant crime mystery. (Australian Book Review)
There are at least ten novels in the series so if you like one, keep going. My favorite was the Malcontenta. See below from the author’s website.
For DS Kathy Kolla the chance to investigate the unnatural death of a physio at the exclusive Stanhope House Clinic seems the ideal opportunity to leave behind more mundane police duties. Especially when what at first seemed suicide or accidental death is clearly more complicated. A cover-up to shield the clinic’s illustrious clients, or murder?
So Kolla is not at all pleased when she is abruptly taken off the case, and turns to DCI Brock for help. But their unofficial inquiries flounder in the mire of corruption as the violence behind the clinic’s respectable face escalates out of control.
Joint winner of the inaugural Ned Kelly Award for the best Australian crime novel of 1995.