“Space Turbulence” by Alex Le Soum- A Sci-fi Murder Mystery
This was actually supposed to be posted yesterday, but constant diversions prevented it. I now have my husband tied up and gagged so he can’t delay me anymore! Anyway, I wanted to get this review out so others who like the sci-fi/mystery genres could hear about this latest find. I’m certainly glad to have read it! The temptation to read its sequel is tempting, despite my growing TBR list!
Here is the review:
Mysior is a woman who has lived in a difficult marriage for too long. She may be queen, but the status is relative when you consider she lives on an outcast planet known as “The Dump”. As if her husband’s open cheating and lack of respect toward her aren’t enough, now his abuse has escalated to the physical kind and she can’t take any more. After a particularly brutal beating, she goes on the run with the help of a sympathetic maid. The only way to ensure her safety is by leaving the planet, but that means going by ship with a questionable captain, Hammer Mehren. She is not sure if she can trust him or not, but her options are rather limited, forcing Mysior to take the risk.
Unfortunately, her troubles increase within the first twenty-four hours of being on board the ship. The captain’s brother, Mal, is found murdered and it is unclear who did it. Being that Mysior is the only one with an airtight alibi (with the captain) during the possible times of the murder, she is the one person on board he can trust to conduct the investigation. Yet such a job is far out of her realm of experience and nothing is as it first appears. Everyone onboard seems to have a hidden agenda she must uncover. Yet if she doesn’t find the killer soon, Mysior could be next. Solving the murder and avoiding the amorous attentions of the ship’s captain will be one of the most challenging times of her life.
This is one novel that grabs your attention in the beginning and doesn’t let go. I never felt a dull moment throughout. It kept up the suspense while also including many enjoyable and humorous moments. The author managed to create realistic and fleshed out characters that all felt unique. Some were easier to like than others. Mysior is the main character in this story, but in the beginning I honestly didn’t like her. She seemed weak, petty, and inept. Yet, appearances can be deceiving. She really grew as a person over the course of the story and proved to be strong, assertive and likable by the end. It was an excellent display of character development by using adversity to bring out a person’s better traits. I’m glad the author has written a sequel following Mysior’s journey further. You will want to know what happens next, particularly about her relationship with Hammer.
There is one factor that should be mentioned. You will also notice some present day phrases that are unlikely to be used in the future. It would have been better for the author to avoid these and create new futuristic ones in their place. Otherwise, I absolutely loved this book and am glad it was brought to my attention.
For those who like sci-fi, mystery, and romance, particularly mixed together, Space Turbulence is a great choice. It has them all and will keep you in suspense to the end. I will certainly be picking up the sequels to this one, as it is well worth the time.