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A species that has no word for murder, has a murderer aboard their spaceship. 

Alien 

Tristol lives in exile. But he’s built a life for himself aboard a human space station. He’s even begun to understand the complex nuances of human courting rituals. 

Detective Hastion is finally flirting back! 

Murder 

Except that Tristol’s beloved space station is unexpectedly contacted by the galoi - a xenophobic species with five genders, purple skin, and serious attitude. They need the help of a human detective because there’s a murderer aboard their spaceship. Murder is so rare, the galoi don’t even have a word for it.

Tristol knows this because he is galoi. 

Romance

Which means that he and Detective Hastion are on the case...together. 

Delicate sensibilities? 

Contains men who love other men in graphic detail, regardless of gender, biology, or skin color...and lots of emotively sexy tentacle hair. 

New York Times best-selling author Gail Carriger (writing as G.L. Carriger) brings you a light-hearted romantic cozy mystery featuring an adorable lavender alien and his human crush.

©2019 Gail Carriger LLC (P)2019 Gail Carriger LLC

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Michael Lesley + lavender alien = CUDDLELICIOUSNESS!!

This story was simply ADORABLE!! 😱😱

Wait! It’s Tris, our lavender, wriggly-haired alíen that’s ADORABLE! ❤️❤️❤️ He is beyond precious and so full of love!

I’ll warn you that this is a very insta-love story with “baby” and “honey” endearments from the get-go. I always have a problem with that, but Tris made me look the other way and not mind so much when his hunky, brown and bearded detective called him baby.

Tris is from a mysterious and xenophobic race of beings. Detective Hastion is human. Both live on a space station. Both are very into the other, but neither has a clue about how they feel until a runaway cat and a murder bring them together.

The mystery was interesting because of the otherness of the culture Carriger created for the galoi (Tris’ race).

The relationship was interesting because of the alien/human match-up, and the fact that Hastion’s brown shade was gloriously beautiful to the galoi.

This was a total fluff piece, murder aside. This was also totally hot 🔥🔥🔥🔥!! Can you say prehensile hair? Can you say self-lubricating member? ❤️❤️

I do hope Carriger creates more stories in this universe!

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As Awesome As Socks and Ramen!

I don’t know why it took so long for me to listen to this one. But I’m glad I finally did.

I wasn’t sure what to expect since I didn’t read the blurb but let me tell you, this book delivers! It’s funny, it’s amusing, it’s sweet, it makes you wanna be friends with Tristol.

There’s the awkward getting-to-know-each-other phases, to growing more comfortable together and accepting each other’s being. There are hot steamy scenes as well. It was interesting but also hot.

There’s a bit of mystery too and while this one presents as a light sweet romantic sci-fi romance read, it also has a strong social commentary that makes us reflect on how societally-centered issues.

It truly is wonderfully written matched with Michael Lesley’s skillful narration.

This one is going to be worth your credit, it’s going to be one of those audiobooks that I’ll listen to again and again.

Five galactic stars all around.

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Listened then immediately relistened

I never thought I would like a space story but it turned out I loved this book. The pretty purple (sorry lavender) alien helped alot and a gay romance and an narrator who made the book come truly alive.

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Silly and Salient

A beautiful story exploring otherness, acceptance and the importance of connection, wrapped up in silliness and hot alien sex.

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one of the best books I've read/ listened lately

I fell head over hills in love by Tris and his exuberance and sunny disposition from page one!!!
He's a delightful character and absolutely LOVABLE!!!!!
Drey is the perfect person for Tris and they're awesome together!
wonderful world building, addictive plot and storyline!
Awesome Narration performance!
a HIGE 5*

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Wonderful!!

I wasn’t sure what to expect and fell in love with this story. It made me laugh and made my heart hurt. Tristol was excellent and so alien, but still conveyed a relevant message in his elegant way. I would happily read more in the world.

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I got bored

I love to hear Michael Lesley. He brought the story to life. But the story lacked in some ways. It was too predictable in spots. It became one big eye roll.

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Fantastic

Excellent story with great writing and narration. Very funny and sweet, and interesting with the alien aspects.

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More from this universe please!

Wonderful creation, characters, and story. Of course Michael Lesley is marvelous as always. I hope from more from this universe from G.L. Carriger, so please, please, please?

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I want more!

A funny and beautiful story. Well written and well narrated. Hope the next one will come out soon. I loved it !!!

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  • Lisa Hughes
  • 10-30-19

I want so much more

I listened to this audiobook in one sitting because I just couldn't stop. The story is so unusual and hauntingly beautiful. It's funny, poignant, intriguing and just plain marvelous. The mix of sci-fi and romance hit all my buttons. It introduced a new directors and a fascinating culture that I'm desperate to learn more about. Please please please write more Gail!
Michael Lesley continues to be one of my all time favourite narrators. He manages to be hilarious, sexy and play on all my emotions. Just so perfect!

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  • MC
  • 10-03-19

Beautiful

I originally resisted starting this book because it was set in space. That was a mistake.
I have thoroughly enjoyed the tale, and whilst the San Andreas books remain my favourites (of GL Carriger) I look forward to hearing more about a special purple alien.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-23-19

Loved it. Please write more!

Gail never fails to produce loveable fully rounded characters. This story is beautifully written.

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  • Antonia
  • 09-23-21

Thought provoking, hilarious, moving, and sexy

Michael Lesley was the perfect choice of narrator for this sci-fi romance. He brought out the nuances of the story so well, and I'll definitely be seeking out more of his narration, as well as having started another of Gail Carriger's audiobooks the same day I finished this one. You can read the plot summary for yourself, but I would add that this hilarious, sexy whodunnit turns out nothing like you would expect, but something far more moving and thoughtful. It comes in at just under six and a half hours, relatively short for an audiobook, but it really packs a punch. Highly recommended.

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  • Amanita
  • 07-06-21

Loved it!

This is a new series by a very beloved author, and what can I say, she delivered! Again!
This feels familiar and comfortable (space station life at its best) and totally fresh and new (alien societies and culture) it is utterly charming and to top it all off its got a mystery!
Yummy!

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  • gary
  • 05-07-21

The sweetest book

While it is true the two main characters' relationship moved from acquaintances to lovers at mach 2 it is a very sweet book that is so beautify written and narrated. I really need more lavender alien in my life!

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  • ♡Dani♡
  • 09-17-20

Start over; my Darling.

Be brave enough to find the life you want and courageous enough to chase it. Then start over and love yourself the way you were always meant to. ♡Madalyn Beck♡

Tristol was absolutely adorable!!! ♡ I loved the way his sentient hair took different shapes based on his moods with his lavender skin, flirty charm, love of shoes and sweet demeanor. Also, how he took care of his friends cat 🐱 cuteness overload!!! I laughed hard when he was so intense on making sure the cat had the right amount of affection and playtime. His charm was innocent and perfect.
Drey is an amazing soul mate for Tris! He was such a grump in the beginning but I believe it was meant to cover up his true feelings. I can't gush enough about this story. Even the audio was phenomenal. Michael Lesley's narration was the perfect match for both of the MC's. I also enjoyed the side characters voices and quirky traits he gave them, everything was on point.
The only thing I am internally crying about is the fact that I want to be a part of Drey & Tristol's wedding day/honeymoon. I want to know all of the design ideas and colors that Tris has planned. I feel gypped on those details😭😭😭.
Overall the book was outstanding; everything from their love, sex scences, murder mystery and world building, I did not want this to end. I hope more books get added to this universe. I would love to read more Galoi love stories; it was mentioned that there are around 100 exiled so... (wink, wink, nudge, nudge... more please!!!). 🤣💕🥰💕

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  • C-B
  • 05-03-20

Gorgeous story and great audio version

A gorgeous story of space station life, love and acceptance. With a backdrop of a mystery death on a visiting spaceship to solve.
A stand alone story from GL Carriger (Gail Carriger with more explicit sex scenes) set on a space station with two main characters that come to life in an alternate world that's easy to move to.
The narration fits the story really well, and is a joy to listen to.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-16-20

Thank you for hope

This might seem silly to some but this book has given me hope. Hope of acceptance. Hope of change. Hope of love. I am a genderfluid, pansexual being. I have been suiciedal since i was young and have tried and failed several times to take my own life. I also self harm. Some of this has been and still is due to feeling out of place within society. And even though this is a fiction book it has given me hope. Hope i had lost but desperatly needed. Thank you so much for giving me back some.

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  • Dix
  • 01-05-20

Alien romance

This was fun! Relax and enjoy a gay romance in space. Who doesn’t love strokeable aliens with flexible gender.

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  • Wide Eyes, Big Ears!
  • 09-19-21

What a fantastic sci-fi story!

Tristol is a Galoi, a species with five genders, and he has lived in exile from his people for years. He bonds with Det. Drey Hastion, an earthling who maintains law and order on the human space station they both live in. When a Galoi spaceship unexpectedly requests assistance, Drey and Tris must investigate a murder onboard their ship. This cross-species romance was incredibly charming, fun, and thoughtful. Despite the low-level instalove, Drey and Tris have wonderful chemistry and I loved how much of a role Tris’s expressive hair and his love of purple played throughout the story! Good sci-fi always shines a questioning light on our own customs and beliefs and Gail Carriger certainly does that here. Michael Leslie is always such an enthusiastic and creative audio narrator and he really excels here.

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  • Ange
  • 11-25-20

great story but...

I just hate it when the endearment baby is used...like, there are so many better ones that don't mean infant human. The fact that once Drey started using that word he seemed to forget that Tris actually had a name was also super gross and kind of infantilising. I would have enjoyed this story a whole lot more if that word didn't exist in it.
I do recommend this book though, it's a great story, and Michael Lesley was awesome.

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  • Alexandra
  • 08-23-20

Who doesn’t love a purple alien

What a wonderful sweet story about love in its many different forms.

Tris and is Soul Mate must solve a murder, on a alien spaceship that hits a bit to close to home for Tris.

I really enjoyed this sweat short story

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  • love to read
  • 08-22-20

star crossed lovers

a gentle take of love in future space. a very similar flavour to the sumage solution... if you like that, you'll enjoy yhis

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  • Sarah
  • 07-10-20

Aliens, romance and a twist...what's not to like.

This was a great story that I have now listened to at least a half dozen times and one that I will continue to return to. Michael Lesley does a brilliant job with the narration and the story is a wonderful blend of wit and humour and poignancy. If you listen carefully you might even hear the message that all worlds can be better places with a little interest in each other and tolerance of difference which is a message I can truly get behind. Well done G L Carriger for a beautifully crafted tale.

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  • A. J. Bergman
  • 06-01-20

I recommend this to anyone who will listen.

Funny, hot, enjoyable and oh so poignant, this is a wonderful tale brought to life perfectly by Michael Leslie. I have read the book multiple times and will undoubtedly re-listen to this at some point. I hope we get more books featuring these wonderful two.

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  • Kayla
  • 11-25-19

Funny sweet unrivalled plot

If you like alien world building G. L. Carriger has an inimitably hilarious and cleverly devised writing style and story flow. If you need an uplifting read with sexy heroes and a twisted plot you want to listen to this well narrated book.

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  • Ev
  • 10-12-19

Brilliant

Honestly loved this so much. Funny, sexy and interesting. Really want to know what happens next.

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  • L Sommerland
  • 09-14-19

Wonderful

Michael Lesley is a narrator God and this was as fabulous as Tris’ hair! Love love love.