Friday, May 11, 2018

The Tea Master and the Detective, by Aliette de Bodard

★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Space Opera Mystery) A mindship with PTSD afraid to enter deep space anymore meets a “consulting detective” with no past who’s looking for help finding dead bodies out there. (20,011 words; Time: 1h:06m)

"The Tea Master and the Detective," by , published on by .

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Pro: At the highest level, this is the story of how The Shadow’s Child and Long Chau worked together to solve the mystery of how Hai Anh died and manage to save Tuyet from the same fate while bringing the Sisterhood to account.

More deeply, it tells how Shadow overcame her fear of the deep spaces. Even if not completely healed, she’s made progress and is likely in a much better position to support herself.

There are obvious connections between Long Chau and Sherlock Holmes. The title, “Consulting Detective,” the drug addiction, and powerful deductive ability but limited interest in being civil.
The ending suggests Long Chau and The Shadow’s Child will work together in the future on more cases. We’ll look forward to it.

Con: The story sort of fizzles out. In the end, we don’t have a murder so much as criminal negligence. And Shadow doesn’t act as though she’s all that much better off than she was to start with.

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