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February 8, 2023

Station Eternity by Mur Lafferty ~ a Review

by Donna Huber

Mallory Viridian seems to attract murder wherever she goes. She has an almost psychic ability to recall details and make connections at the murder scenes - often leading to her being suspect number 1. Tired of all the deaths she cannot stop, she jumps at the chance to board an alien space station.   Another human - one who was supposed to have been murdered at a party Mallory was attending - pilots a space shuttle that is often docked at Station Eternity. With no other humans around the deaths stop and Mallory lives a relatively quiet life. However, when a human transport is scheduled to dock with the space station, Mallory is worried. Xan is worried but for an entirely different reason.

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book cover of science fiction mystery novel Station Eternity by Mur Lafferty
October 2022; Ace; 978-0593098110
audio, ebook, print (464 pages); sci-fi mystery

I'm not sure exactly what drew me to this novel when I accepted it for review as I don't often read science fiction. Maybe I thought it would be of interest to my post-apocalyptic book club (we have a broad definition) or perhaps it was the mystery aspect that I thought would be of interest to my mystery book club. Or maybe because I had recently read The Spare Man by Mary Robinette Kowal. It was also a sci-fi mystery and I loved it. Whatever it was that drew me to Station Eternity - I loved it!

Once I started it, I had trouble putting it down. I checked out the audiobook from my digital library so I didn't have to put it down while I did housework this weekend. 

Parts of it made me think of Star Trek Deep Space Nine with its various alien inhabitants, parks, restaurants, etc.  While I did find the space alien aspects interesting it was really the mystery that held my attention.

There are flashbacks to Mallory's and Xan's time on earth before they went to space. These glimpses give us pieces of the puzzle that is being worked out in the present.  It is quite an intriguing mystery. While I think the ending explanation was a little too simple, the journey of getting to the answer was very satisfying.

If you love science fiction mysteries, then you want to pick up this book. Station Eternity is book 1 in The Midsolar Murders series and I'm looking forward to reading book 2.

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Donna Huber is an avid reader and natural encourager. She is the founder of Girl Who Reads and the author of how-to marketing book Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour.

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