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Four Bodies in Space

(New Voyages #1)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  17 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Set on the space ships and space stations of the Union of Allied Planets, Four Bodies in Space follows Commander Solaris, a scientific officer on a small ship that just wants to be left alone to check her experiments in peace. A peace threatened first by the murder of an ambassador and then by the friendly overtures of his emotionally volatile widow. With her ship in dange ...more
Kindle Edition, 82 pages
Published September 23rd 2019
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Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
I'm usually not a big fan of novellas or short stories because I never feel quite satisfied when I read them but my love for space operas and mysteries outweighed by ambivalence when I requested this novella. I'm glad I did too. It was really good! The story is basically a murder mystery set aboard a spaceship that's transporting an ambassador and his wife and several other diplomats to another space station. There was a lot of material, and diverse characters, packed into 82 pages. I can honest ...more
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good, solid opening to a series. We’ve seen it before, a cool, calm second in command (pointy ears anyone?) who’s got powers of psychometry and a smooth talking, blue blood captain about to take over a beautiful state of the art spaceship. The story feels a little choppy in the beginning as life falls apart on the original ship, off camera murders and political intrigue involving alien and humanoid species but the main characters are strong and the story quickly recovers. It’s a very short read ...more
This was a pretty quick but really enjoyable read.    For a novella,this one racks up an impressive number of bodies as well as setting the stage for a continuing series.  There's a lot in it and with all that Harlow has to accomplish in 82 pages, some things are a bit superficial but she deftly moves the story along at a pretty brisk pace and seeds enough hints and inferences that hooks the reader in.  

There's definitely a Star Trek (original) feel to it which I particularly liked - fun and jus
Mildred Digby
A murder mystery in space with an aloof but intriguing MC who snaps out zingers with surgical accuracy? And *get this* is either ace or the demi-est demi who ever lived? Sign me up!

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this Australian author. Her other works fall more on the paranormal spectrum and feature MF and MM relationships, but I was hooked from the start! I really think this author needs more exposure.

This novella is set in space, first on a ship and then on a hotel-like station but the focu
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Susie by: NetGalley

Booked By Random

*I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

Agatha Christy in Space

This book started full of a truckload of well-worn clichés, making it read like Agatha Christy in space. The first murder, particularly. The first two chapters were just cringe worthy with their typical set up. But, instead of the infamous Hercule Poirot appearing to analyse the scene, we have the Spock-like Solaris.

Luckily this character is partly what eventual
Oct 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Thanks to Net Galley for the opportunity to preview this book. A novella, actually, that has interesting characters, but the plot just stops. I would suggest it needs a stronger ending. Still worthwhile.
Kristian Walls
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Four Dead Bodies is an exciting start to a new series with nearly limitless potential. It is a murder mystery in space but that is just the tip of the ice berg. It has a very Star Trek feel which I am super excited about. I fell in love with Commander Solaris almost imediately, her analytical thinking and staightforward way of interacting with other characters was superb. Captain Jennifer is kind and dedicated and I can't wait to see more of her in the stories to come. The romance was minimal an ...more
Sep 17, 2020 rated it liked it
An interesting sci-if novella. The author does a good job of setting up a series about a space force of which Solaris is a member.

The novella has a mystery that weaves through the narrative and introduces a number of characters. I really liked the way ships are named and I found the authors use of language fascinating too as it helped to embed the story more into the sci-fi environment.

I’m looking forward to the second part of the series and learning more about Solaris and Li.
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Diverting scifi mystery novella!

Content warnings include: murder, violence, xenophobia, unconsensual kissing, mentions of: past war, PTSD, physical therapy, death of a parent.

I enjoyed this short read.
The characters were interesting and the murder mystery kept things exciting, and there were just enough aliens to satisfy me, even if I wish they had played more important roles. The plot is entirely focussed on said murder mystery with a hint of politics. There is no romantic subplot, though Cap
This Story is a super short, super fast read!
It is more of a novella than a book IMHO.
The story centers on a psychically gifted alien character named Solaris.
Solaris is a science officer on an older, but elegant ship.
They are transporting members of another species than ar unable to communicate verbally, and mayhem ensues (no spoilers).

Solaris herself was well-written, as was maybe one or 2 other characters, however there were a lot of characters, and many of them were not well developed give
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: queer-books
This was a really short and quick read that left me wanting more! It was set on a space ship and then on a space station of the Union of Allied Planets. There were major Star Trek vibes which made my inner nerd super happy! The majority of the story was focused on the murder mystery happening on the ship Moving Along Silently (I LOVE the naming convention for ships in the universe), which was sad because I really wanted to know more about the universe and worlds mentioned in the story.

The MC Com
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I will read anything space, it's one of my most favourite genres, but unfortunately this one wasn't for me. This is a very short read with a lot happening in such a short time. I got lost in the beginning with all the different races and characters, I was having trouble remembering who was who. I'm not used to reading novellas, I need a lot of character and world building to fully immerse myself and enjoy a book. If this were a full length novel I may have felt differently but this book/series j ...more
Sep 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Space Mystery

This was a wonderful, truly science fiction read about the efforts of a team on the spaceship “Moving Along Silently” to unearth a murderer aboard. Commander Solaris is the main character, a crew member gifted with the ability to touch anyone and absorb their memories and experiences. For this reason, they wear gloves and keep their distance. Their manner is one more adjusted to clear rules of order, not muddled by emotional observations or reactions. When Captain Jennifer Li takes
Jan 31, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting story, short but full of plot.
The main characters were interesting but I perhaps felt the lack of their development based on the length of the novel.
I received an ARC for an honest review
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good compact story, although I'm not a fan of leaving so many things hanging. Good mystery elements and good story telling.

I really appreciate the copy for review!!
Chana Taylor
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite this book not being of my preference in genre, I enjoyed it. It boasts a sci-fi voyage ending too soon due to a mystery murderer who killed multiple and sabotaged the space ship.
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Luna Harlow is the secret identity of a writer from Melbourne, Australia. By day Luna does confidential (if very boring) admin work, and by night she indulges her passions for writing and the creative arts. Her hobbies include using books as an excuse to not talk to people on the train, and singing along to every song at parties.

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