The jury’s in:
Derderian’s one-man murder mystery is short, sweet, and flawlessly plotted. The author’s clean, sparse style puts the focus on the question at hand—Fred’s untimely demise—without freefalling out into the black of space; descriptive details make the backdrop and context of inter-planetary commerce completely believable without being distracting. And nothing, absolutely nothing, is superfluous in this tightly-written novella.
Reading time: Three hours, max—and that’s counting the thinking time required for those literary detectives hoping to figure out the ending before the ending (good luck)
Recommendation: Non-SF fans can appreciate Blood Orbit as a cute, clever story with all sorts of twists. At the same time, SF veterans will get some chuckles at details such as the nature of a “perp” in space (personal rocket pack).
is available as an ebook on Amazon Kindle for $1.99, as well as in other non-Kindle electronic formats.