May the Fourth Be with You

The only thing better than books is puns, and the only thing better than puns is puns about books. Since it’s #MysteryMonth AND May the 4th, it’s a great time to check out the following science fiction books, linked to their Booklist reviews, that double as great mysteries.



After Atlasby Emma Newman

This entry in the Planetfall series follows the investigation of a murdered cult leader, whose religion was not as innocent as it appeared.


Blood Orbit, by K. R. Richardson

A rookie cop, his cybernetically enhanced partner, and evil corporate overlords. . . in space!


The Cold Between, by Elizabeth Bonesteel

When her lover is accused of murder, Commander Elena Shaw must clear his name in this far-future military sf mystery. (That’s a lot of genres!)


The Dark Side, by Anthony O’Neill

Anarchists and terrorists threaten life on the moon, and Damien Justus is the cop on the case.


Denver Moon: The Mind of Mars, by Warren Hammond and Joshua Viola

Denver Moon is investigating the suspicious goings-on in a settlement on Mars in this pulpy scifi mystery.


Diving into the Wreck, by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Professional deep-space wreck-diver Boss discovers a gold mine. . . but it contains deadly ancient technology that has dangerous political implications.


Flesh and Gold, by Phyllis Gotlieb

A lizard-woman investigates the murder of a fellow judge, which takes her to several planets in this stylishly sly mystery.


Gunpowder Moon, by David Pedreira

An accident on a lunar mine might not be an accident.


The Highest Frontier, by Joan Slonczewski

This coming-of-age mystery follows the daughter of a wealthy family as she matriculates at a college. . . in space.


Made to Kill, by Adam Christopher

If you like your detectives hard-boiled and your science fiction robotic, you’ll like Ray. Cuz he’s both.


One Way, by S. J. Morden

A prisoner is invited to join other ex-cons to build a colony on Mars. Too bad their corporate sponsor is intent on MURDER.


Six Wakes, by Mur Lafferty

In a society where cloning means you never have to die, six crew members on their way to a distant planet have to figure out what happened to their previous bodies.


Way Point Kangaroo, by Curtis C. Chen

A wisecracking spy messes up one too many times and is sent to Mars, where there’s a lot more murder than he expected to find.


Yesterday, by Felicia Yap

In a society where folks are classed by their capacity for memory, a cop investigates a suicide that may not be…



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