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Tisiphone's Quest

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Senior Detective Samantha “Sam” Sarafian gets her planet’s toughest cases. Her stack of homicide department honors is nice, but the thrill for Sam has always been in stretching her skill, in finding hidden information and putting it all together the way no one else can. Now a harmless antiquarian has been murdered, an artifact is missing from his collection, and the killers have fled off-world. To bring them to justice, Sam faces a puzzle that will take more than her intellect to solve.

The murderers have cutting-edge magic, technology, and worlds in which to hide. They also have the artifact. In the right hands, it could be the key to limitless knowledge, and every day brings them closer to unlocking its secrets. Powerful, desperate people want those secrets. They’re not about to let one stubborn cop stand in their way.

Sam’s allies are few, and her problems multiply as the chase moves across the galaxy. Her superiors have been suborned by the enemy; her spaceship AI keeps bending the rules; her pilot is definitely under a curse; and an alien wizard might be falling in love with her.

If she and her team fail, technology that has already led one species to extinction falls into hands that won’t hesitate to use it for personal gain. If they succeed, their lives will never be the same.

338 pages, Kindle Edition

Published June 5, 2018

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R. Jean Stevenson

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July 14, 2018
This slim novel is a lot of fun, and contains well-melded elements of a half dozen genres encased in clever worldbuilding. Stevenson's debt to Glen Cook is terms of the detective noir fantasy is clear, but rather than a single world-weary voice she follows her quartet of characters, each with a distinct voice and viewpoint, so they can observe their allies and discover their backgrounds and secrets through that observation. It's deftly done and engaging, leaving the reader mysteries to ponder and solve through clues left in the text.

If you enjoy detective takes OR space operas OR wizard's duels OR people trying help heal one another's damaged psyches, Tisphone's Quest has all those things and more
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