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Strippers, drugs, and headless corpses....

All in a day’s work for Bubbles Marlowe, HoloCity’s only cyborg detective.

What do an anti-tech cult, a deadly new street drug, and the corrupt Chief of Police have in common?

It’s a question Bubbles can’t afford to ask. Last time she got curious, it cost her job, a limb, and almost her life.

She vows to stay out of police business. But with a newly minted cybernetic enhancement, a semi-legal P.I. licence, and a knack for asking the wrong kind of questions....

Vows are made to be broken.

But as the body count stacks up, Bubbles realizes she’s made a terrible mistake.

Can she figure out who is behind the murders before she loses her head?

If you love glitter, grit, and hard-boiled badassery, you’ll love this new take on the classic detective novel because it's got non-stop action, lots of laughs, and a sassy robotic pig.

©2021 S.C. Jensen (P)2021 S.C. Jensen

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Great listen!

A cop down on her luck. Disability. Loss of an arm on the job. A small PI start-up with a little shot of income from a lucky break that came with a free admin. A crime. A case. All the stuff that makes a great crime novel. Add in a cyborg arm, body scanners, a futuristic world where water and vegetables cost a week salary, a demi-god wannabe, and an emotional support pig. What you have here is a great story in the spirit of Blade Runner, Ghost in the Shell (the book, not the Scarlet Johansson movie), or Neuromancer but with the one liners of a Dirty Harry film. Edgy with lines like “They’ll find your pink nippled corpse in the harbor” or “we can debrief anytime you need,” but never drifts into gore or erotica with no plot motivation. Be sure to upgrade your accessories to pink and jump on this series. The story ends well resolving all the open questions (I hate crime novels that leave major questions unanswered). Jensen also does a great job allowing the world she created (skin tech and evolving machines) to open the story for the next book.

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Pretty sci-fi noir for having an MC named Bubbles

“Rain came down in sheets that would make a neurologist wince.”
The cover art and book summary teased a flavor like The Fifth Element meets Blade Runner. And, yes, there are shades of each. But, the predominant feel is sci-fi noir as former cop turned washed-up cyborg-detective finds murder and mystery while trying to find a missing girl.

She’s a “gray sprinkle on the cupcake of life.”
On the quirky side, there’s a lot of colorful imagery, from Bubble’s pink hair and robo-arm, to Cosmo the glittery drag-queen sidekick, who reminded me of bar tender/warlord Pree in the TV series Killjoys. There’s some snark and silliness, especially with Hammet the pig, narrated with annoying anime effect. But, there’s not nearly enough humor, sass, or action for a book titled Bubbles in Space: Tropical Punch.

“If my life is going to be more than a fart in the undercurrent, I have to square up against the big fish.”
If you want a decent mystery procedural starring a Sam-antha Spade-ish Bubbles, that’s free of sex, profanity, or anything more than cozy-level murder-mystery violence, then this is a pretty good book. The narration played better at 1.5. At $7 for 7 hrs, this is priced right. However, if you were hoping this book would swing farther to either the campy-kick@ss side or the gritty Sin City in space side, I’m afraid you’ll be disappointed.

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