I’ve been waiting to read The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard for a while now. I wanted to buy a paperback version, but couldn’t get my hands on one. So this was the first e-book I bought for my e-reader. I didn’t know it was actually the third novella in a shared universe, so I’m definitely going to read the other two at some point.
A mindship named The Shadow’s Child, a brewer of mind-altering brews, is visited in her office by a new prospective client. She gives her name as Long Chau, a consulting detective and wishes for the mindship to take her into space to find a corpse. It seems both an easy and a hard assignment; especially because of the trauma in The Shadow’s Child’d past. But this case turns out to be a lot harder, and more complex than either of them had initially thought.