Station Eternity

by Mur Lafferty

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….

My Take

I found it amusing that this book riffs off of the accidental investigator who always seems to be around when murder happens, since I just dropped a series where that became unbelievable. In this case our hero seems to be cursed to have people die around her, to the point where she goes to an alien space station to avoid people. I liked the attempt at alien species and sentient space stations. I did not initially like Mallory Viridian; I found her whiny and self-centered. Like a lot people in real life though, she grew on me. In any case I enjoyed this light-hearted sci-fi murder mystery and look forward to reading more from this series in the future. It is a less serious book than her Six Wakes.