Station Eternity – A Midsolar Murders Book 1
Amateur detective Mallory Viridian’s talent for solving murders ruined her life on Earth and drove her to live on an alien space station, but her problems still follow her in this witty, self-aware novel that puts a speculative spin on murder mysteries, from the Hugo-nominated author of Six Wakes.
From idyllic small towns to claustrophobic urban landscapes, Mallory Viridian is constantly embroiled in murder cases that only she has the insight to solve. But outside of a classic mystery novel, being surrounded by death doesn’t make you a charming amateur detective, it makes you a suspect and a social pariah. So when Mallory gets the opportunity to take refuge on a sentient space station, she thinks she has the solution. Surely the murders will stop if her only company is alien beings. At first her new existence is peacefully quiet…and markedly devoid of homicide.
But when the station agrees to allow additional human guests, Mallory knows the break from her peculiar reality is over. After the first Earth shuttle arrives, and aliens and humans alike begin to die, the station is thrown into peril. Stuck smack-dab in the middle of an extraterrestrial whodunit, and wondering how in the world this keeps happening to her anyway, Mallory has to solve the crime—and fast—or the list of victims could grow to include everyone on board….
Death always seems to happen around Mallory. So much so that she escapes Earth to go to the Eternity Station. When death seems to follow her there, she goes back to her sleuthing ways to try and solve the new murders.
This is exactly my type of book so I am not sure why I didn’t love it. A sci-fi story that seems a lot like life I know. Throw in some murders, a mystery and an amateur detective and this should be perfect. Maybe there were just a few too many characters or I just could not get over that I really didn’t like the main character Mallory. I can usually get over that, but she was really quite arrogant.
So what I did like was the narration in the audiobook. I switched back and forth from the book to the audio and I connected more with the story through the audio. I love Sarah Mollo-Christensen as a narrator and she does a great job narrating this one.
I did want to know what was up with all the things going wrong in the station. I liked Ren and his brother. And I did like the quirky nature of the book. I’ve seen it described as Jessica Fletcher in space. The mix of the culture and the different types of aliens were also a hit for me.
But after all that, I would be interested to see where book 2 goes. If you are up for something a little different and like a slow burn, you should give this one a try.