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:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(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

 

Teaser


“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.  🙂

 

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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:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(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
Books
> Literature & Fiction > Action & Adventure > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Crime
Series: n.a.
Length: 73 pages
Release date: 2015-03-23

 

Teaser


“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.  🙂

 

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The respectable ladies of the Knitters’ Guild plan a surprise for the cathedral city. The surprise isn’t meant to include murder…

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Who Killed Vivien Morse (DCI Hatherall, #4) by Diana J. Febry

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Vivien Morse, a young social worker is discovered battered to death in Silver Lady Woods. Everyone assumes she was attacked by her estranged husband until her supervisor disappears. The connection appears to be Vivien’s last client. A damaged and disturbed girl who believes a bundle of rags is her lost baby and never leaves the family farm while she awaits the return of her lover.

The matter is confused by the arrival of a stranger to the area clearly searching for something or someone and an escaped convict with connections to the area.

DCI Hatherall has to separate fact from fantasy to discover who did kill Vivien Morse.

Genre(s): Mystery
Series: DCI Hatherall, #4
Length: 185 pages
Release date: 2016-08-01

Teaser


Peter tapped his lips with his index finger deep in thought. “An odd place for someone dressed for the office to be wandering about, especially considering the wet weather last night. Although if I remember right, it did clear up for a few hours about tea time.”


My Opinion

This book reunites the readers with DCI Hatherall and DI Fiona Wiliams as they try to solve the murder of a social worker.

With Who Killed Vivien Morse, Diana J. Febry has once again created a thrilling British mystery with expertly woven plot lines. It is a compelling read, drawing you close to DCI Hatherall and DI Wiliams as they proceed with their investigation. Diana J. Febry paints a clear picture of the main characters’ mindsets while the story evolves. I was drawn close to Peter and Fiona and – enjoyed deeper insights in some bizarre characters. They are of sufficient depth, believable with their flaws and virtues. The story is a very nicely woven combination of British mystery and human behaviour, and has a wonderful flow; it was easy to get hooked.

This is a book for you if you like (British) mysteries with thorough investigation, calm and impressive storytelling, as well as complex and believable characters.

The excellent fourth book in the DCI Hatherall series!

Highly recommended!

In brief:

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

 

About the author

Diana lives in Great Britain and calls herself “An accidental writer.”

Connect with the author:

Amazon:  Diana J. Febry

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 Who Killed Vivien Morse?  Or – if you did not yet read Who Killed Vivien Morse – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


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