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.  🙂










2017-08-15: Song of the day

Al Stewart – Time Passages

It was late in December, the sky turned to snow
All round the day was going down slow
Night like a river beginning to flow
I felt the beat of my mind go
Drifting into time passages
Years go falling in the fading light
Time passages
Buy me a ticket on the last train home tonight

Well I’m not the kind to live in the past
The years run too short and the days too fast
The things you lean on are the things that don’t last
Well it’s just now and then my line gets cast into these
Time passages
There’s something back here that you left behind
Oh time passages
Buy me a ticket on the last train home tonight

Hear the echoes and feel yourself starting to turn
Don’t know why you should feel
That there’s something to learn
It’s just a game that you play

Well the picture is changing
Now you’re part of a crowd
They’re laughing at something
And the music’s loud
A girl comes towards you
You once used to know
You reach out your hand
But you’re all alone, in these
Time passages
I know you’re in there, you’re just out of sight
Time passages
Buy me a ticket on the last train home tonight

Peace, black coffee, and a cheesecake.  ☘


10 Statements – Luciana Cavallaro


Historical fiction novelist and a secondary teacher, Luciana Cavallaro, likes to meander between contemporary life to the realms of mythology and history. Luciana has always been interested in Mythology and Ancient History but her passion wasn’t realised until seeing the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. From then on, she was inspired to write Historical Fantasy.

She has spent many lessons promoting literature and the merits of ancient history. Today, you will still find Luciana in the classroom, teaching ancient history and promoting literature. To keep up-to-date with her ramblings, ahem, that is meanderings subscribe to her mailing list.

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My personal mottoes:

“Persevere until you bleed!”

“Keep your goal always at the forefront of your mind, and never give up!”


10 statements
  1. A typical (work) day begins with… waking to the alarm at 5am, showering, eating breakfast and driving to work at 7am! Spend the day teaching high school students, attend meetings, head home, exercise, shower, get dinner ready, prepare lunches, then eat dinner, spend an hour or two in the office, sit and watch a little TV before hitting the sack!
  2. I lose track of time when I am writing, creating promos on Canva, reading and being out taking photographs.
  3. I have always… loved drawing, working with clay, reading and writing!
  4. I have never… smoked a cigarette.
  5. Home means to me… being safe, secure and surrounded by my family.
  6. I am inspired by… extraordinary people who endure so much to overcome their disabilities and disadvantages in life, and live it to fullest without bitterness.
  7. I would like to meet… Cleopatra. She achieved so much in a world dominated by men.
  8. My worst character trait… lack of patience, which I am working to be better at!
  9. My best character trait… generosity and listening to people.
  10. The best advice I was given… “No-one knows anything.”


Search for the Golden Serpent
(Servants of the Gods, Book 1)

Evan has been having some very strange dreams.
The Perth-based architect dismissed an unexpected phone call from an entrepreneur in Greece, asking him to restore his family home, as the ravings of a crank. Until, that is, the dreams begin, each more vivid than the last. A dream encounter with a mysterious character called Zeus sees him catapulted back in time to 500 years before the birth of Christ.

Evan finds himself quickly embroiled in a plot to prevent the birth of Christianity, an unwilling player in an epic struggle between the old gods and the new, fighting for his life.

Print length:  426 pages

Published:  2015-03-27

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Accursed Women

Five stories, five women, five legends.

Phaedra, a Minoan princess, marries out of duty and to safeguard her precious home. She falls in love with Hippolytos, her husband’s son and asks the Goddess Aphrodite for help. He spurns her affections.

The Trojan War, one of history’s greatest stories ever told. What if the legend as told is wrong? History is told by the victors, and facts changed to twist the truth. Is it possible Helen of Sparta never went to Troy?

Hera, Queen of the Gods, is the most powerful goddess on Mount Olympos. For the first time ever in a candid interview, Hera shares what it’s like to be a goddess and wife to Zeus, the King of the Gods.

Created by the gods as a gift to humanity, Pandora is the first woman on Earth. Did she know what Zeus intended when he presented an urn as a wedding dowry to her husband? Neither she nor Epimetheus knew what it contained, but they were told never to open it.

All Medousa wanted was a life of love and acceptance but one fateful night it changed. While she’s alone in the Temple of Athene tending to the sacred fire, Poseidon pays a visit. No human can stop an immortal from taking what they want.

Print length:  218 pages

Published:  2013-12-02

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3 Quotes – Michelle Moran


Michelle Moran, American writer

Genre:  Historical novel

born:  August 11, 1980 in San Fernando Valley, California, USA

known for (among others):
Nefertiti: A Novel, Cleopatra’s Daughter, Rebel Queen


Amazon:  Michelle Moran


I got my first book deal when I was in college, but it was published in Germany, and I could never actually read it.
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With each book, you get better as a writer. There is no back door to the industry. Read in the genre you want to write, as the more you read, the better you will get as an author.
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I do sit down every day and make myself write. I want 2,000 words every day or 3 single-space pages a day. I think if you are on a deadline, you have to be disciplined. If you turn things in late, you will find yourself without a contract.


Which is your favourite quote by Michelle Moran?