Book Review: Station Eternity by Mur Lafferty

Posted October 7, 2022 by WendyW in Book Review, bookblogger / 45 Comments

Station Eternity
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Series: Midsolar Mysteries #1
by Mur Lafferty
Publication Date October 11, 2022
Published by Penguin
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Genres: Fiction / Science Fiction / Time Travel, Science Fiction
Pages: 464
Format: ARC

***I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.***

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....

Station Eternity by Mur Lafferty is the first book in her new sci-fi mystery series, The Midsolar Murders.  The author does a wonderful job of mixing an exciting Sci-Fi setting with a compelling murder mystery.

Book Recap:

Mallory Viridian always seems to be nearby when someone is murdered.  No, she’s not a murderer, but she has a habit of being close by murders and helps solve them.  However, unlike the average cozy mystery series heroine, being around so much murder, doesn’t make her a hero for solving them, it makes her a social pariah, and worse, a suspect.  

She finds solace and refuge on a sentient space station with only aliens on board.  But, when the station starts to allow humans to visit, Mallory wonders if murder will follow.

My Thoughts: 

I found this sci/fi mystery very entertaining.  Mallory was a fun character to read about.  All she wants to do is hide away, but trouble always seems to follow.  The aliens on the ship were very creative and interesting characters, and I enjoyed the way Mallory interacted with them.  

The mystery was very good, and I had no idea who caused all the mayhem until Mallory figured it all out and let us know.  It really wasn’t much different than a regular murder mystery, just add in a space station full of aliens.  

I don’t read much science fiction, so I can’t really vouch for how well this book does in that genre, but I can say that it’s an entertaining, and fun book.  I found the characters compelling and the plot was interesting.  I also liked the premise of having the main character attract murders.  Instead of being cute like a Miss Marple, Mallory becomes a social pariah and an actual suspect.  


I recommend Station Eternity to anyone who enjoys Science Fiction.  I received a complimentary copy of this book.  The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

About Mur Lafferty

Mur Lafferty is the author of Solo: A Star Wars Story and the Hugo and Nebula nominated novel Six Wakes, The Shambling Guides series, and several self pubbed novels and novellas, including the award winning Afterlife series. She is the host of the Hugo-winning podcast Ditch Diggers, and the long-running I Should Be Writing. She is the recipient of the John Campbell Award for best new writer, the Manly Wade Wellman Award, the Best Fancast Hugo Award, and joined the Podcast Hall of Fame in 2015, its inaugural year.

Have you read Station Eternity? Do you enjoy reading science fiction?

45 responses to “Book Review: Station Eternity by Mur Lafferty

  1. Wow a mystery sci fi. I am still not a fan of sci fi, but keep trying it. This sounds very interesting – another one to go onto my Goodreads list!

    A great review!

    Have a good weekend!

    Emily @ Budget Tales Book Blog

  2. I was supposed to read this week but looks like I might not be until next weekend but I’m sure I will enjoy this. Great review!

  3. Jenny+McClinton

    That seems quite different having the Sci-Fi aspect with the cozy mystery, great review 💕

  4. I really wanted to grab up this book, but I had too many review books! I definitely want to read it so I’ll probably request an audio from my library. I hope they have an audio. Glad to see you enjoyed it, Wendy!

  5. I’ve been interested in reading anything by her since reading her Six Wakes a few years ago. Sounds like this is one I would like and need to buy. I’m looking forward to starting it!

  6. I’m not much of a scifi reader but I do love a good mystery, and I’m pretty sure I’ve never read one with aliens involved. Sounds great fun, Wendy🙂

  7. I do like SciFy. I find it very entertaining and often times very cool. This one sounds like a winner. Excellent review!

  8. Janette

    As a lover of murder mysteries and Science Fiction, this sounds right up my street. Great review Wendy.

  9. Although I not a fan of this genre, I appreciated reading about this book. A wonderful review Wendy. I’m glad that you enjoyed this book.

  10. I never read a sci/fi mystery before, so I might look for this one. It sounds like a nice fun book and I would need something to counteract the serious books I’m reading now.

    • Yes, I read mostly ARC’s and I read on my MacBook, or on my kindle. I listen to audiobooks as well, but not nearly as often.