This is a thoroughly entertaining mystery which, hopefully, will be the start of an ongoing series, since it sets up a rich milieu and and intriguing characters with a lot of potential for further adventures. Even in this short novella format, the detectives - scientists and techies - are already interesting and unusual enough to make you want to know more about them, their relationships and their various fields. Perry clearly knows and likes the world she writes about, because she never falls into the trap of quirkiness for its own sake; these folks are genuine oddballs who are convincing and engaging, never forced. The fast-paced plot unfolds organically, combining the serious nature of a death investigation with touches of well-placed comedy, and tossing in enough turns to keep the suspense level up; there's even a neat, unexpected twist at the end. Extremely enjoyable read, let's hope for a series!