Murder at the Space Hotel

I have to be honest, and admit that I found this book to be very two-dimensional, both in the characters of the story and the story itself, and the writing came across as clunky enough to get continually in the way of the read.

The plot is set up as a locked-room mystery; a businessman was murdered while staying at a high-tech orbital hotel, and neither murderer nor murder weapon is immediately apparent. Detective Herry ‘Chief’ Mortimer and his side-kick, Scott Yvensen, are dispatched to unravel the mystery. Happily for them, all the suspects are happy to answer their questions, of which our heroes only need to ask one or two to immediately ascertain that their interviewee is not guilty.

Murder at the Space Hotel has, at its root, an interesting basis – software ethics. It’s the sort of heatedly argued debate that’s currently in vogue almost whenever topics such as self-driving cars come up, along the lines of whether it’s more socially acceptable for the car’s programming  to squash one woman and her baby, or cause a multiple-car pileup avoiding her. However, the bulk of the story completely bypasses any introduction to the question, allowing it to announce itself out of nowhere towards the end of the book. Between that and the lack of development in the story elements, I didn’t find that this book managed to capture my interest.

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