Chocolates and Cyanide 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 box of milk chocolates is delivered to a man just before he leaves to fly to work in Botswana. He does not open it and just tucks it into his packed suitcase. His suitcase is delivered in error to a lady passenger in Johannesburg, who helps herself to one of the chocolates and dies of acute cyanide poisoning!

A concerted effort by the police in South Africa and England have to determine who was the intended victim, and who placed the cyanide in the chocolates, but the identities keep them mystified until they find who purchased the chocolates, and who stole the cyanide. The activities of a string quartette throws up several red herrings…

Genre(s): Kindle Short Reads > Two hours or more (65-100 pages)
> Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Kindle eBooks > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Mystery
> International Mystery & Crime
Books > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Mystery
> International Mystery & Crime
Series: n.a.
Length: 87 pages
Release date: 2016-02-26



“Are you married, Mr. Arnold?”

“Yes, but my wife and I are separated and she lives with her parents in Lincoln, just the other side of Cambridge.”

“Can you think of anyone who would like to see you incapacitated, or even dead?”

“No, I’ve no enemies. Most people I meet seem to like me.” And he laughed.

My Opinion

An unopened box of milk chocolates, two identical pieces of luggage, and a mix-up of the latter lead to the death of a woman.

With Chocolates and Cyanide, Mike Lord has created a nicely built crime story about a death by cyanide poisoning. I found myself following the investigating team’s steps right from the start, wanting to solve the mystery. 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 moments made it a nice and relaxing read.

This is a book for you if you like slower paced mysteries without gore, interesting plots, novella-length reads, ordinary 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 Chocolates and Cyanide?  Or – if you did not yet read Chocolates and Cyanide – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂










12 thoughts on “Chocolates and Cyanide by Mike Lord #BookReview @Lordmaity

  1. I’m reading this whilst eating chocolate…should I be careful?! I love the title and the premise of this book and one I’d definitely read. Lovely review and extract.

    • You shouldn’t be in danger right now, Annika 🙂
      The author’s writing has a slightly old-fashioned touch, certainly a reason for being relaxed while reading. Enjoy the read.

  2. I actually would be interested in this after your review – the novella length and
    without gore and right up my alley… and chocolate is a fun topic.
    I will keep you posted if I am able to get to this book – I have a large to read list going 🙂

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