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Fly Me To The Moon: Sylvia Stryker Space Case #1

(Sylvia Stryker Space Case #1)

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National bestselling author Diane Vallere gives a space academy dropout a chance to fit in--but it's what makes her different that changes everything...

***Originally published as MURDER ON MOON TREK 1.***

When space academy dropout Sylvia Stryker hacks her way into the position of Uniform Inventory Manager aboard Moon Unit 5, she jumps at the chance to leave her small plane
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Kindle Edition, 267 pages
Published August 1st 2018 by Polyester Press (first published December 17th 2017)
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Laura Murder on Moon Trek 1 was the title when it was first released at the end of 2017. Around the release of book 2 and 3 (Aug/Sept 2018) it was changed…moreMurder on Moon Trek 1 was the title when it was first released at the end of 2017. Around the release of book 2 and 3 (Aug/Sept 2018) it was changed to Fly Me to the Moon.
It's still the same book but the new title fits better with book 2 and 3's titles
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Mark Baker
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2018
Sylvia Stryker has hacked her way onto Moon Unit 5’s maiden voyage, and she is hoping to keep a low profile. However, within hours of getting on board, she finds a body in the uniform closet. Now she finds herself facing questions not only about whether she should be on the ship but about the murder itself. Setting out to clear her name, she begins to wonder if something much bigger is going on. Can she stop it?

I loved this mystery set in space. It took me a little while to fully feel comfortabl
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Marie McNary
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve never read a cozy mystery set in space and I’ve had my eye on this series since it came out. When I saw Amazon had it on sale for $0.99, I couldn’t resist! Sylvia Stryker is an intelligent and enthusiastic protagonist. Early on there were so many new characters and story elements being introduced I felt a bit overwhelmed, but after a few chapters, I had things figured out and I inhaled the book in less than 48 hours. I can’t wait to see where in the galaxy Sylvia’s adventures take her next! ...more
Clare O'Beara
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
This book has an alternative title of Fly Me To The Moon.
A uniform attendant on a posting aboard a space tourist ship breaks her leg, and Sylvia Stryker takes her place, not completely legally. Sylvia will do almost anything to get off her home planet. She is half-Plunian, so her skin is a nice lavender colour, and she has a few other physiological differences. Maybe this is why she comes to the attention of the sole security officer, the burly Neptune. Or maybe it's something else, going by th
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Meg
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fast, light mystery set on an interplanetary spaceship on its way to one of Jupiter's moons. Sometimes it's a good thing to break away from the norm and read something paranormal or fantasy, to take a breather; this fit the bill very well. My main gripe was the author's tendency to repeat facts or actions; this is a running theme of mine when it comes to cozies that I'm sure will not end anytime soon. Secondary to that is the relatively small amount of time/emotion spent on a life-changing tra ...more
Barb
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a wild and wacky ride! Not to mention a delightful blend of Science Fiction/Fantasy with Cozy Mystery.
Dianne Vallere has created a wonderful scenario: a passenger cruise to Ganymede. The main character has hacked her way into the job of uniform manager just to get on board because she's always wanted to be involved with space travel. Within hours of arriving at her duty station, she's discovered a murdered man, met an alleged stowaway, and been taken into custody by a giant of a man who ma
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Richard Goodman
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
When I first started reading “Murder On Moon Trek 1”, I was skeptical about whether the author, Diane Vallere, would be able to pull of what she was attempting, based on the summary on the book’s back cover. She was doing a cozy murder mystery set on a space ship traveling to a distant moon and featuring off-world species, forged employment papers, class struggles, and a robot cat. On the first page, she jumped right in and presented us with a corpse, introduced the main character for a potentia ...more
Teresa Kander
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
This is a great first story in what promises to be a fabulous new series. The main character is reminiscent of those in other series by the author, in that she has a flair for fashion and a curiosity to solve mysteries around her. However, this character is from another planet, is PURPLE, and solves her mysteries in space.

When I read the description of this book/series, I was curious whether the author would be able to do it justice, as it seemed so far removed from her other series. However, a
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Norma Huss
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I do believe this book is changing me from a mystery reader to a future-world mystery reader! There's probably nothing scientific about it, but it is a great read! Sylvia Stryker is a great character, smart but somewhat naïve, willing to try anything but a tad loyal. (That loyal is my idea, just from her reaction, not from the plot. Okay, maybe I'm adding something, but I can foresee what might come next - and really looking forward to it.) Definitely recommended! (Read it in two evenings - but ...more
Barbara Hackel
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sylvia Stryker was forced to drop out of the space academy when her father was arrested, but it didn't stop her from continuing to learn the remaining curriculum. And a few years later she saw an opportunity to get a position on Moon Unit 5, hacked into the necessary computers and got her credentials straightened out so she could get that job. Beyond that, nothing went right. Finding a dead man in the uniform room shortly after the trip began was only the tip of the iceberg. So much happens in s ...more
Lola
Aug 14, 2018 rated it liked it
As soon as I heard of this book I knew I wanted to read it. A Cozy Mystery set in space just sounded exactly like my kind of the book. And I really enjoy how the author blended the two genres together. It was a very fun read and I liked reading it.

Fly Me to the Moon follows the story of Sylvia Stryker who has hacked her way aboard the newest space cruise ship, Moon Unit 5. She has taken the place of the original uniform manager to fulfill her dream of serving aboard a space ship. She is more th
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Shawna
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murder on Moon Trek 1, the first in a planned series follows Sylvia Stryker, a half-Plunian, half-Earthling who wants nothing more than to go to space as a member of the Moon Unit 5 crew. After leaving her Federation training before completion (under less than stellar conditions), Sylvia had quietly studied at home, hacking the Federation for the class outlines and studying from outdated textbooks. After discovering a Moon Unit 5 crew member had broken her leg just prior to the cruise ship's mai ...more
Sapphyria
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Murder on Moon Trek 1 is a fun book in Diane Vallere's new Sylvia Stryker Mystery series.

Sylvia Stryker is half-Plunian/half-Earthing and a stowaway on Moon Unit 5. Well, not so much a stowaway as she is there illegally after hacking the system and setting herself up as uniform inventory manager after the current manager broke her leg. She's always wanted to be part of the space program and as a space academy dropout, under less than stellar reasons, this was her best chance to leave her small p
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Cheryl Scott
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, mysteries
Delightful Space Cozy

When Sylvia Stryker manages to land her dream job - through duplicitous maneuvering - on a space ship for celestial tourists headed for Jupiter's moon, Ganymede, she's pretty happy with herself. But that doesn't last long. When she discovers a a murdered crew member, she makes a by-the-book report, only to find herself at odds with her boss on her first day. Soon, she's also in custody of the security officer.

As a fan of Diane Vallere's Mad for Mod and Style and Error cozy m
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Autumn
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Diane Vallere has dared to go where no author has gone before in the cozy mystery genre with the first book in her new series, Murder on Moon Trek 1. The series is set in outer space and if the first book is any indication, it will be a delightful series.

The story opens as Sylvia Stryker, half earthling, half Plunian, begins her duties as uniform ward officer aboard Moon Unit 5…..by finding the dead body of the ship’s second navigation officer in the uniform closet. Since she hacked her way into
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Cheryl Scott
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor, mysteries
Delightful Space Cozy

When Sylvia Stryker manages to land her dream job - through duplicitous maneuvering - on a space ship for celestial tourists headed for Jupiter's moon, Ganymede, she's pretty happy with herself. But that doesn't last long. When she discovers a a murdered crew member, she makes a by-the-book report, only to find herself at odds with her boss on her first day. Soon, she's also in custody of the security officer.

As a fan of Diane Vallere's Mad for Mod and Style and Error cozy m
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Susan
Dec 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review
Murder on Moon Trek 1 was another great read from Vallere as well as an amazing start to a new series. Sylvia Stryker's dream is to leave her small planet behind and take part in a moon trek so she hacks into and falsifies her records so that she can take part in this maiden voyage. Things definitely don't go as planned when she finds a dead body, attracts the attention of the head of security, and become embroiled in the middle of a murder mystery.

I have to admit that I am not the biggest scien
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Eileen
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading Murder on Moon Trek 1 by Diane Vallere the first book in her new Outer Space Mysteries series. Think Star Trek crossed with a cozy mystery and you might have an idea where the humor and fun comes from in this story. You have a space academy dropout who hacks her way into a position aboard Moon Unit 5, leaving her small planet. Sylvia Stryker is not your normal alien; she’s purple, off the charts smart, and a photographic memory that saves her hide more than one. While wo ...more
Nate
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Typically a cozy mystery takes place in a small town with someone working at a local shop or working locally in the community. This book takes us to outer space where the Moon Units are cruise ships through space. We meet our heroine Sylvia Stryker who is wonderful. Strong, passionate and ready to kick anyone’s butt who wants to put her down. Her father was arrested for a crime committed with the space pirates, her mother who is an earthling mines dry ice and her ex boyfriend Vaan is on the Fede ...more
Judy Johnson
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although Sci-fi isn't generally my choice of reads, I gave it a try simply because the author was Diane Vallere! All of the other books I've read from this author were out of this world (pun intended) so I just knew I'd love this one too if I gave it a chance! I'm so glad I did! No spoilers here! Just as you would expect, this is a totally FUN murder mystery that doesn't disappoint! Once again, the writing and editing are flawless and the story is even better. The characters a great and well dev ...more
Nadine
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
What an exciting and captivating book!

I loved this space cozy! I’m not normally much of an ‘outer space reader’ but I am super glad I made an exception for this book!

At the beginning of the book, you land smack bang in the middle of things. I immediately liked it; the feel of this book was really good. Sylvia is only just on the spaceship and already she’s in big trouble. She has to find the truth to clear her name. But who to trust?

The whole book was lots of fun, but - being a murder mystery -
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Krystyna
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dreams can lead you to a whole heap of trouble!

What a terrific read. Okay it's set in a futuristic setting but the plot flows well and is very well written. Following her dreams might be difficult with her father being a convict and her own health imperfections. However where there is a will there's a way. Alright it might mean hacking to get her onto a ship and on her way to her dreams. What she didn't expect was murder, sabotage, pirates, her former life ending and her present under threat fr
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Linda
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is Diane's first outer space novel but it's really good. We've got Lt. Sylvia Stryker, who's conned her way onto Moon Unit 5. Sylvia is from the planet Plunia which is the reason she couldn't pass the physical. She requires more oxygen than humans do.
The first thing Sylvia discovers when reporting to her duty station is a dead body.
After which she meets the head of security Neptune, just Neptune. He's big, he's bad and he makes her life miserable. There relationship really makes this story
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Bev
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: have-read, own-it
Diane continues to please as she ventures out into "outer space" with this story. I would call this a spacey cozy mystery if I could give it a genre.
Sylvia Stryker hacks her way into a position on Moon Unit 5. She thinks this will be an easy job, after all it's the Uniform Inventory Manager. Well, things are not as easy as she thought, especially when the ship's second navigation officer is found dead in the uniform closet! Explain that one to your supervisor! Then she gets in trouble for her ow
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Ashley
4.5 Stars

I was so intrigued by the idea of a cozy mystery set in space. It's such a unique idea, so I couldn't wait to start reading Murder on Moon Trek 1. And let me tell ya', it was such a fun read!

I don't read a lot of scifi, but I've been venturing out more in my reading and trying new things. I'm so glad that I picked up a copy of this book! The mystery was compelling and left me guessing until the reveal. The characters were so great. Sylvia was instantly likable, Neptune was so mysteriou
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Debbi
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting story about academy dropout Sylvia Stryker. She finds herself involved when there is a death of a moon unit officer and possible sabotage. I'm not into space fantasy books, but this really had me wanting to keep reading and try to figure out whodunit. Diane Vallere is an excellent writer and since I love her other series, I thought I'd give this one a try. I'm glad I did. It had me guessing until the very end. The ending also makes me interested in what Sylvia's future holds. Looking ...more
Laura
On the surface this didn't look like something I would pick up, but I adored Vallere's homage to Doris Day in the Madison Night series, so I decided to give this a whirl. It's a cozy mystery set on a cruise ship, except the ship is a spaceship and the heroine has lavender skin.

Omnibus: Sylvia Stryker Space Case Cozy Mystery Omnibus: Moon Landing Anniversary Edition
Catherine Winslow
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was offered this book for a review. I have only read one book of Diane Vallere's, but there are so many more. I love her Doris Day based series, started the first (but love Doris Day), and was unsure I'd like Murder on Moon Trek 1. I'm not usually a science fiction reader, but I did enjoy this book. Forget the main character, Sylvia Stryker has lavender skin, it's still a cozy little mystery that kept my attention. As simple as it sounds, she's supervisor over the uniforms, it's still a neat s ...more
Elizabeth Dodd
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I first read about this book I figured it could go one of two ways--either be dreadful, drowning in cliches and old tropes, or be great fun.
It is great fun.
The main character is an unusual person with interesting quirks.
The supporting cast is equally quirky.
This mystery could be anywhere, anytime in the basics, it just happens to get a twist by being in space.
Enjoy yourself.

NOTE: The book I have is titled Fly Me to the Moon,but is this story. Don't know why there is the difference in title.
Mark Muckerman
I'm going to start off with a warm & fuzzy "it's a pretty decent read"!

Not a long book, nor is it an epic sci-fi opus, but it was enjoyable. It was also fresh, linear, and moved with good pace, which was both a pleasant and refreshing change/divergence from my normal library of 400+ page SciFi / Fantasy books which are great, but are also loooong.

Decent read. Pick it up for yourself, enjoy the experience, and make your own assessment, but I don't think you'll be disappointed.
Robyn
Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sylvia Stryker always wanted to be a part of a space mission. She finagled her way aboard the spaceship, wanting to make a better life for herself. With a series of mishaps, and encounters with the people on the ship, things didn't go as planned. The cast of characters were fascinating, and the story drew me in. Diane Vallere is a great story teller, and this book kept me engaged from beginning to end. I can't wait to find out what happens next!
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