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“The Spare Man” by Mary Robinette Kowal

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The Spare Man

Mary Robinette Kowal
Published: 2022
Genre: Sci-Fi/Mystery

Tesla Crane is an engineering genius and famous heiress who is traveling with her new spouse and service dog Gimlet on a luxury cruise spaceship headed to Mars.  She is reveling in her anonymity when a body turns up and her husband is taken into custody as suspect #1.  Tesla is willing to do whatever she needs to do to clear her husband’s name, and pushes through incompetent local security officials, chronic pain and PTSD, and a slew of fishy suspects to solve the case.  Although it is set in the future on a spaceship, the story has an old school feel and has been called “The Thin Man in space.” A quick and enjoyable read, give this book a try!