News Flash: The Practice Baby is now on the long list for the Sisters in Crime Davitt Award for best new crime fiction!!!


LM Ardor is the author of the Gene Hacker Trilogy. The first in the trilogy is The Practice Baby, available for purchase now. Coming soon: Whose Baby?

Guest Reviewer:

Dr Dee Flanary has a full life: a thriving medical practice, three teenage children, and all the social and cultural benefits of living in Sydney, one of the most exciting cities on the planet. 

However, age and divorce have made their mark on her emotionally, and she struggles to come to terms with the sudden death of her ‘practice baby’ – a child she’d looked after from birth, who had ‘tunnelled his way into her heart’. The complication is she feels sure the death isn’t accidental, as the police and pathologist maintain, but murder. As she struggles to prove her case, she has to defend her professional status, her family, and her life.

Replace the atmospheric detail of the pathologist’s laboratory (Patricia Cornwell and Kay Scarpetta) with the hectic detail of the general practitioner’s surgery, and you have the setting created by L M Ardor in this exciting account of a GP caught up in the competing demands of patients, family, lover, and Medical Board disapproval. And that’s without mentioning the dangers of her stubborn refusal to accept a verdict of death by natural causes.

The deep blue of Sydney Harbour, dotted white with sails, outcrops of golden Sydney sandstone, the aromatic pink berries of untidy peppercorn trees – the colours and light of Sydney are the vivid backdrop for the action of this story. Just as Ian Rankin takes his readers to the Edinburgh that the tourists don’t know, L M Ardor gives readers the pungent flavours of Sydney: crowded and dirty, full of traffic squeezed into nineteenth-century streets and between derelict buildings, but also airy and colourful, with vistas across the Pacific Ocean and evenings lit by a huge yellow moon rising over Middle Harbour.

I’ve never read such a dramatic, physical denouement with a female investigator before. Because Dr Dee is a woman I was expecting a cerebral, analytical unfolding of the plot, with documentary evidence of her suspicions. To find the resolution so physical was something of a surprise – an effective one.”

Maureen Perkins, Modern Historian, Author of The Reform of Time: Magic and Modernity.


                                      Kath channels LM at Sisters in Crime talk,June 2019
Review: Adelaide Advertiser, January 2019