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
***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.
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.
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.
Have you read Station Eternity? Do you enjoy reading science fiction?
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!
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Sounds very unique with it being sci-fi!
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!
That seems quite different having the Sci-Fi aspect with the cozy mystery, great review 💕
It was quite a bit different than what I usually read, but I still enjoyed it.
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!
I hope your library gets the audio soon!
Interesting combination of science fiction and cozy mystery. Good review!
Thank you, Linda
This is new to me, but I love science fiction and mysteries…so win-win.
It’s pretty good.
This sounds like a really fun story. I love both sci-fi and mystery. I’m definitely going to check this one out! 😀
It is a lot of fun. Those aliens were kind of interesting.
I loved Mur Lafferty’s Six Wakes, so I can’t wait to read this one. 😀
I hope you enjoy it, Lark
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!
Oh, good! I hope you enjoy it.
Science fiction is not something I read either but I am glad you enjoyed it! Have a great weekend!
Thank you, Cindy
Sci-fi isn’t a go-to genre for me but I’m glad you enjoyed this one.
It’s not a go to genre for me either! :). But, I did enjoy it.
This sounds like such a fun story! Although I don’t typically read science fiction either, I’m glad it was a story that you enjoyed. Great review Wendy!
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🙂
It was like a regular mystery, just with some strange creatures around.
I do like SciFy. I find it very entertaining and often times very cool. This one sounds like a winner. Excellent review!
Thank you, Tessa. It was fun to read something very different for me.
As a lover of murder mysteries and Science Fiction, this sounds right up my street. Great review Wendy.
Thank you, Janette!
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.
Thank you, Jodie! I used to read sci/fi as a child, but haven’t read much at all as an adult.
This sounds so different from anything we’ve read before.
Same for me! It’s different than my usual stuff, but I enjoyed it all the same.
I read sci-fi, but this is something I haven’t seen. Sounds like the start of a fun series!
I hope so!
This sounds like such a fun read, I love that it’s added mystery to an already fun premise
It sure was fun, Rae!
Awesome review Wendy. I don’t read sci/Fi but it sounds like you enjoyed this one 🤗📚💜
I don’t read much sci/fi either. 🙂
I read a few scfi books but not many.
I don’t read many either!
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.
This was my first Sci/Fi mystery too.
Do you read mostly electronic books using a kindle?
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.