Station Eternity (The Midsolar Murders #1) by Mur Lafferty (2022)
~ eARC Review ~
Fiction | Sci-Fi | Murder Mystery
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….
Expected Publication Date: October 04, 2022
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Thank you to the publisher & NetGalley for sending me a copy to review!
Okay, this was fun and just what I was hoping for. I’m not going to make this a crazy long post for two reasons: 1) No spoilers!! I don’t want to ruin the mystery that unfolds. 2) I don’t have much to say and that’s a compliment. I genuinely enjoyed reading this book and my longer reviews tend to be when I have a lot to rant about haha. This book delivered exactly what it promised. There was a murder, a mystery to solve, a sentient space station, a cool sci-fi world, and a quirky reluctant “detective” named Mallory that takes the lead as murders seem to always happen around her and even trying to hide in space surrounded by aliens won’t stop the “curse”.
I liked Mallory as well as the futuristic yet familiar setting and everything else fell naturally into place from there. A classic whodunnit paired with aliens was a genre mash-up I didn’t know I wanted but now know I can’t stop seeking out. What’s there more to say, really? It was fun, it was mysterious, it was clever, it was entertaining. In short, it was everything I wanted and hoped it would be. If you like science fiction and you like cozy murder mysteries, then consider this quirky pairing.
Station Eternity not only delivers a quirky, fun, cozy-style murder mystery with a reluctant “detective” that seems to attract murders, but it comes packed with a fascinating futuristic world full of aliens, intergalactic space stations, and characters both human and non that will surprise, rile, delight, and more with each turn of the page. I’m a big fantasy/sci-fi fan and having a mystery paired with one of my favorite genres just made The Midsolar Murders a new potentially favorite series I can’t wait to continue with.
Meet 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.