A species that has no word for murder, has a murderer aboard their spaceship.
Tristol lives in exile. But he's built a life for himself aboard a human space station. He's even begun to understand the complex nuances of human courting rituals.
Detective Hastion is finally flirting back!
Except that Tristol's beloved space station is unexpectedly contacted by the galoi – a xenophobic species with five genders, purple skin, and serious attitude. They need the help of a human detective because there's a murderer aboard their spaceship. Murder is so rare, the galoi don't even have a word for it.
Tristol knows this because he is galoi.
Which means that he and Detective Hastion are on the case… together.
Contains men who love other men in graphic detail, regardless of gender, biology, or skin color... and lots of emotively sexy tentacle hair.
New York Times best selling author Gail Carriger (writing as G.L. Carriger) brings you a light-hearted romantic cozy mystery featuring an adorable lavender alien and his human crush.
About the Author
Gail Carriger writes comedies of manners mixed with paranormal romance (and sexy stuff as G. L. Carriger). Her books include the Parasol Protectorate and Custard Protocol series for adults, and the Finishing School series for young adults. She is published in many languages and has over a dozen NYT bestsellers. She was once an archaeologist and is fond of shoes, octopuses, and tea.
Table of Contents
The 1st Chapter: What’s with the pet thing anyway?
The 2nd Chapter: In danger of cat scratches and ramen splashes
The 3rd Chapter: It’s always better to have puffy hair
The 4th Chapter: Five-gender foreplay
The 5th Chapter: Embattled briefing
The 6th Chapter: Coordinating colors and other intimacies
The 7th Chapter: But we don’t even he a word for it
The 8th Chapter: Socks, chopsticks, and second dates
The 9th Chapter: No idioms for aliens
The 10th Chapter: Why aliens don’t eat noodles
The 11th Chapter: Favorite shade of purple
The 12th Chapter: But we don’t have a word for that, either!
Glossary of Alien Terms
About the Writerbeast
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
An amusing mystery/naughty science fiction mystery. Not sure if certain references are meant to be tributes to Octavia Butler. Would read more books if this becomes a series.
Thoroughly delightful. As usual G.L. Carriger comes through with great characters
I only like well written, entertaining, amusing SciFi with characters I can care about. Ta-da! Here it is. I read through this at quite a clip because I was enjoying it so much and wanted to see how it would finish. And I figured out one thing that was revealed ahead of the characters. Anemone like hair? Too wonderful!
Review may contain slight spoilers: First and foremost, some important things to note: Explicit sex scenes. Alien ones. Intense, hair-raising sex (pun intended). Death, suicide, xenophobia, and gender oppression are addressed. M/M (alien) primary, and lots of LGBT+, inclusive, and polyamorous goodness everywhere Now to the review! Pro-tip, there's a glossary in the back that would have helped alleviate some of my early confusion as I tried to learn about this strange lavender alien and his planet. Despite some confusion in the until world building due to alien concepts, I was hooked early. Tris the lavender alien, with hair that moves on its own, is a scatterbrained ball of joy and sunshine who is genuinely happy doing the best job possible and making people happy. His views on humanity are cute, deep, thought-provoking, and frankly hysterical. Drey, the human detective, loves Tris from the start, which was one of the more lackluster elements of the book for me. At first. But his instant acceptance and desire to fit into his alien's life allowed for more of that alien culture to come out and be explained. There was no need to build trust first, it was already there. I love-hate the slow tease of the mystery! And this book had a murder mystery to solve on the ship of a race with no words for intentional death. Part of the joy was learning more about this lovely culture as the characters do while solving the case. I have to say, the first big sex scene gave me pause! It was far more detailed, and adventurous, than what I normally read. But it expanded my thoughts and views on the subject and I'm quite glad of it. One lingering thought remains, I want to live in a nest like Tris. Wall to wall smooshy bedding and pillows in the group living space, and private beds and bathrooms for each family member. And all in shades of pink and purple and coordinating colors. I'd live there in a heartbeat! Note: I received an advance copy of the book for an unbiased review.