The Body in the Laboratory by Mike Lord #BookReview @Lordmaity


The author sent me an ARC of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

(by Goodreads)

A cleaner finds a jacket lying on the floor of a top secret laboratory and then suddenly discovers there is a dead body inside the jacket. The police investigation is hampered by the secret research being conducted at the laboratory in the Fylde. Painstakingly the police review the suspects, but it becomes clear that the murderer probably came from overseas, prompted by the need for an organisation to find out what type of research has been achieved in the laboratory.

One clue leads to an investigation amid the Vietnamese community in Nottingham, but the suspect appeared to have fled to Madrid where there are no extradition facilities for mere suspects. The police consider how they can lure the suspect back to the UK.

A simple murder investigation becomes an international chase for the killer as the police forces in Germany and France become involved when it is discovered that the suspect was originally recruited by Stasi in East Germany before unification, but then fled to Marseilles and then on to England to escape custody following a murder conviction.

At the last moment the Special Branch from Scotland Yard becomes involved and the murderers are arrested.

Genre(s): Kindle eBooks
> Literature & Fiction > Action & Adventure > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Crime
> Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Crime Fiction > Murder
> Literature & Fiction > Action & Adventure > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Crime
Series: n.a.
Length: 73 pages
Release date: 2015-03-23



“I don’t know if you agree, but I don’t think he’s got anything to do with this,” said Bill to his DC after Monty had left the room, “but he has a resentment against authority that we might find difficult to deal with later.”

Valerie nodded, and smiled. Valerie was about 25, and had been a policeman, formerly called policewoman, for about five years. She had always wanted to be in the police and recently she was offered training as a detective, and then this position was offered to her. She was not tall, but slim with grey brown eyes and brown hair which she usually pinned to the back of her head.

My Opinion

A dead body is found at a top secret laboratory and DI Bill Cleverly and DC Valerie Jones are called to the crime scene.

With The Body in the Laboratory, Mike Lord has created a nicely built crime story focussed on DI Cleverly and DC Jones and their search for Dr Li’s killer. I was an interested bystander, following the investigating team’s steps. The main characters are of sufficient depth, adequate for a novella. Mike Lord created a mystery without gore, letting his team investigate in a calm and determined manner. The story proceeds at a slow yet steady pace, the dialogues provide sufficient information for the reader; some interesting turns and little fun surprises made it a nice and relaxing read. I am looking forward to reading Chocolates and Cyanide, another mystery by Mike Lord.

This is a book for you if you like slower paced mysteries without gore, interesting plots, and normal main characters.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Slow, steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:
Violence :mrgreen:
Sexual content :mrgreen:


About the author

Mike Lord was born in London within the sound of Bow Bells, just as the WW2 was about to explode. He was evacuated to the country as a small boy and then was brought up in Berkshire. His family moved to various places, including three years in Singapore from 1948, which had a curious effect on his later life. Mike has spent the vast majority of his working life in developing countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, and now lives and works in Vietnam.

Mike has lived and worked in Vietnam since 1997, where he lives in a provincial city with his wife, and has constant stream of visitors from the families of their seven adult children. He has just published a novel featuring the beautiful wife of the 18th century Emperor Quang Trung, who is still revered all over Vietnam.

Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about The Body in the Laboratory?  Or – if you did not yet read The Body in the Laboratory – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂











3 thoughts on “The Body in the Laboratory by Mike Lord #BookReview @Lordmaity

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  2. An interesting well-written review, Karen and this definitely has intrigued me and I want to check this book out. The fact that it has little gore and is steadily paced would suit me perfectly!

    • Thank you for the praise, Annika. The teaser is typical for the style. As I stated, it was a quite relaxing read. I wanted to solve the case as well, without my usual impatience, though. Happy reading!

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