My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This sixth installment of The Murderbot Diaries returns to the more effective (to me) novella length, with Murderbot and his associated humans investigating a mysterious death on Preservation station. Since this particular station doesn't get a lot of mysterious deaths, station security can use all the help it can get -- even the assistance of a rogue SecUnit with an attitude and a mouth to match.
What follows is a well-crafted but rather low-key (until the end!) investigative procedural, limited to the station itself. Murderbot's personality still shines through, and the case itself makes for some interesting worldbuilding, but this one doesn't deliver as much excitement as most previous installments. Also, for whatever reason, Murderbot's penchant for F-bombs approaches carpet-bombing at a few points. (This may be more noticeable on the Audible version.)
I still very much enjoyed Fugitive Telemetry, but I'm hoping for a bit more travel and action next time around. Four stars because Murderbot . . . is still Murderbot, F-bombs and all.
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