The Imposition of Unnecessary Obstacles

Tor.com. (The Investigations of Mossa and Pleiti, Bk. 2). Feb. 2024. 224p. ISBN 9781250906793. $20.99. SF
Investigator Mossa and Scholar Pleiti are back, still haunted by the events of their first investigation while in the midst of another missing-persons case that is not at all what it appears to be. Statistically, too many university students have gone missing in the past year, which is the excuse that Mossa uses to inveigle her lover Pleiti into the case, both for her knowledge of the university and for her ability to see the evidence from a new perspective. It’s a point of view that gives her partner the clues she needs to solve everything, even as the long journey around Jupiter gives them the time and space needed to figure out how to take their personal relationship forward. Their romance is heartwarming, and Mossa’s observations on the human nature of those she investigates are as wry and witty as ever.
VERDICT Readers of their first outing, The Mimicking of Known Successes, will be thrilled to have Mossa and Pleiti back on the case as it takes its surprisingly cozy mystery into this sci-fi setting and grounds it in an on-the-nose portrayal of academic politics in all of its delicious viciousness.
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