by Martha Wells
After discovering a dead body on Preservation Station, Murderbot becomes part of the investigation to solve the murder.
Taking place between Exit Strategy and Network Effect, this is the latest novella in the Murderbot Diaries. Finally getting to just be what it is, a rogue SecUnit, Murderbot agrees to play by Station Security’s rules in order to help them solve the murder. This agreement, however, makes the investigation progress slower than if Murderbot had simply been allowed to hack and trespass, something the SecUnit snarkily points out on occasion to the humans in charge.
I enjoyed this addition to the series with its latest mix of sci-fi, mystery, and humor. Dr. Mensah’s continued trust in Murderbot encourages Murderbot to trust the humans and find its place among them as a rogue SecUnit. It builds bonds with more humans, as well as other bots, while seeing just how much strength in numbers can actually achieve.