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The Cold Between (2016)

by Elizabeth Bonesteel

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Series: Central Corps (1)

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"Deep in the stars, a young officer and her lover are plunged into a murder mystery and a deadly conspiracy in this first entry in a stellar military science-fiction series in the tradition of Lois McMaster Bujold. When her crewmate, Danny, is murdered on the colony of Volhynia, Central Corps chief engineer, Commander Elena Shaw, is shocked to learn the main suspect is her lover, Treiko Zajec. She knows Trey is innocent--he was with her when Danny was killed. So who is the real killer and why are the cops framing an innocent man? Retracing Danny's last hours, they discover that his death may be tied to a mystery from the past: the explosion of a Central Corps starship at a wormhole near Volhynia. For twenty-five years, the Central Gov has been lying about the tragedy, even willing to go to war with the outlaw PSI to protect their secrets. With the authorities closing in, Elena and Trey head to the wormhole, certain they'll find answers on the other side. But the truth that awaits them is far more terrifying than they ever imagined, a conspiracy deep within Central Gov that threatens all of human civilization throughout the inhabited reaches of the galaxy--and beyond"--… (more)
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This was really a lot of fun. Wasn't sure what to expect going in, but enjoyed it right from the start. ( )
  Malaraa | Apr 26, 2022 |
The pacing was a little uneven, sometimes too fast, sometimes too slow. But I'm not really complaining, because it was a great read. I already got the next one.

But...Elena should have told the captain of the Penumbra to broadcast a distress signal, because that would have made Valentis clearly in the wrong.

There I go, trying to rewrite a book that I could never have written.

It does have bits of murder mystery and bits of romance (OK, a seriously steamy chapter), but it is space opera at the core and that is not a bad thing. ( )
  wunder | Feb 3, 2022 |
This book was suggested to me based on my love for Lois McMaster Bujold. It's not *quite* as good as Bujold, but it does have several of my favorite aspects of her books: great characterization, a plot which mixes politics, diplomacy and action, people from different societies needing to coexist, love between mature adults, and positive gender relations.

Bonesteel (is that her real name?) has written a fast-paced, high-stakes story with plenty of twists and reversals -- a story which kept me up too late on a work night, which is of course one of the highest praises for any book.

I've bought the next book in the series and am looking forward to reading it, not just because I anticipate a fun plot but because I genuinely want to find out what happens next to the characters. ( )
  jsabrina | Jul 13, 2021 |
The setting of the book a bit of a murder mystery and it seems that it may link back to a missing starship from 25 years ago. Elena is on shore leave on the planet next to a wormhole that sends out an EMP blast every day like clockwork. While she is out having drinks and consoling her broken heart her ex -boyfriend is murdered and by coincidence the man she spent the evening with is framed for Danny’s murder. Once she is back up on the ship she finds out Trey, the man she whiled away a night of passion is being arrested as Danny’s killer. With the captain giving her some time to figure out what is going on things start moving very quickly and she realizes that she doesn’t know as much about Danny as she thought as it seems he was working on the disappearance of a Central Corps ship in the area of the wormhole.

Things move off planet and towards the wormhole as things don’t appear to be what everyone first thought. The story is good and the mystery of the wormhole is pretty much solved by the end of the book but there are more questions and a good ending for most of the people involved.

Digital review copy provided by the publisher through Edelweiss.
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  Glennis.LeBlanc | Jan 6, 2020 |
A good story, and a great first novel, but it needed better world-building and less talk about feelings. Although I enjoyed the first 2/3 of the book, I thought it really fell apart in the last third. I had trouble following what exactly the characters were trying to do, and they seemed more concerned about who was in love with who instead of the potential disaster on their hands.

I will watch for more from Elizabeth Bonesteel, as there is a lot of potential here. ( )
  Gewurz | Dec 16, 2019 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Elizabeth Bonesteelprimary authorall editionscalculated
Aquan, Richard L.Cover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mangold, KatharineNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McGrath, ChrisCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Szafranski, Paula RussellDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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"Deep in the stars, a young officer and her lover are plunged into a murder mystery and a deadly conspiracy in this first entry in a stellar military science-fiction series in the tradition of Lois McMaster Bujold. When her crewmate, Danny, is murdered on the colony of Volhynia, Central Corps chief engineer, Commander Elena Shaw, is shocked to learn the main suspect is her lover, Treiko Zajec. She knows Trey is innocent--he was with her when Danny was killed. So who is the real killer and why are the cops framing an innocent man? Retracing Danny's last hours, they discover that his death may be tied to a mystery from the past: the explosion of a Central Corps starship at a wormhole near Volhynia. For twenty-five years, the Central Gov has been lying about the tragedy, even willing to go to war with the outlaw PSI to protect their secrets. With the authorities closing in, Elena and Trey head to the wormhole, certain they'll find answers on the other side. But the truth that awaits them is far more terrifying than they ever imagined, a conspiracy deep within Central Gov that threatens all of human civilization throughout the inhabited reaches of the galaxy--and beyond"--

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