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on July 31, 2010 :
This is another cozy, sci-fi, murder mystery by Rob Shelsky. I’m getting addicted to these. This one is set on a luxury star liner, so there are many possible suspects, and a great sarcastic little sidekick A.I., Spidey. Our heroine is Liner Detective Kiran Bedi, a woman of Indian descent.
She brings a peculiarly Eastern philosophy to crime solving. For instance, the title, Blue Murder, comes from this great opening line:
“Death comes in many guises. This time, it masqueraded as the many-limbed Hindu goddess, the dusk-blue Kali. There was the indelible mark of her visitation, the victim stamped in an irredeemable currency of ghastly shades of blue.” That first line hooked me right there!
On this interstellar flight, Kiran must try to find out the murderer, of course. Is it the competing shipping magnate? He would be forced into bankruptcy if the deceased, Andromedae, had carried through her mission of taking plans for a mass teleportation device to their destination. Is the ship’s steward, the one she personally selected to “service” her, the guilty one? He had access, but what would be his motive for murder? Then there is the personal assistant, a strange woman, but one who seems genuinely grieved at the death of her employer, but perhaps overly so. There seems to be some history there.
Then, last but not least, there is the captain of the star liner. Even he had a possible motive. And could the dead woman’s father somehow have been the real target? But how could he be? He’s a legal corpsicle, frozen back on earth for years to come, and not for committing crimes, but at his own request. It all gets complex, and Kiran could be missing something. But you’ll just have to read Blue Murder, by Rob Shelsky, to find out if Kiran is off track, because I’m not saying any more. But rest assured, both Kiran Bedi, and her sidekick, Spidey, the A.I., have their work cut out for them in this baffling case of Blue Murder, by Rob Shelsky.
This is another great sci-fi “whodunit” by Mr. Shelsky. I love these types of stories, where the reader goes along for the ride and tries to figure out who the murderer is before the story detective does. Also, again, Mr. Shelsky creates some very believable characters. I love the stereotype-breaking Kiran. I also enjoyed the little A.I., Spidey, and his innate sarcasm. Most of all, I enjoyed trying to figure out who did it. And even when I had, I overlooked something. I’m betting you will, too. This gets five stars, partly because it’s a great and fun story, and partly because I got the wrong answer! But, at least I was half right…
(reviewed the day of purchase)