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Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who will guard the guards themselves? Humanity's Commonwealth won its war with the alien Shrehari Empire seven decades ago. Starships engaged in commerce have replaced the battlecruisers, and much of that commerce flows through free ports established on what was once a disputed frontier. Yet even long after the armistice, the relationship betw Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who will guard the guards themselves? Humanity's Commonwealth won its war with the alien Shrehari Empire seven decades ago. Starships engaged in commerce have replaced the battlecruisers, and much of that commerce flows through free ports established on what was once a disputed frontier. Yet even long after the armistice, the relationship between humans and an unfathomable, easily offended species remains tense. When someone assassinates a Shrehari trade emissary on Aquilonia Station, a human-owned free port dug into the crust of an airless moon, leaving a Commonwealth Navy officer as the sole suspect, everyone fears the worst. An alien envoy killed by a member of the Armed Services is a case for the Commonwealth Constabulary, humanity's interstellar police force. And with galactic peace at stake, the investigation lands on the desk of Chief Superintendent Caelin Morrow. As head of the Rim Sector's internal affairs division, Morrow has one of the more challenging and unpleasant jobs in the Constabulary. She investigates those in authority -- members of the police, the military or government officials. That makes her one of the most disliked if not outright hated cops in the Commonwealth. However, Morrow and her officers are also known as the last of the incorruptibles. They're the ones with nothing left to lose, those who are highly skilled at uncovering and prosecuting malfeasance, no matter how powerful or wealthy their suspects might be. It makes them the ideal investigators to satisfy an angry Shrehari government. But soon after Morrow arrives on Aquilonia to establish the truth, she realizes there is something more ominous behind the Shrehari envoy's assassination than one of the seven deadly sins that usually motivate violent crimes. Was his murder an act of passion, or an act of politics? And what will the results of her investigation mean for the future of humanity's relations with its restive alien neighbor?


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Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who will guard the guards themselves? Humanity's Commonwealth won its war with the alien Shrehari Empire seven decades ago. Starships engaged in commerce have replaced the battlecruisers, and much of that commerce flows through free ports established on what was once a disputed frontier. Yet even long after the armistice, the relationship betw Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who will guard the guards themselves? Humanity's Commonwealth won its war with the alien Shrehari Empire seven decades ago. Starships engaged in commerce have replaced the battlecruisers, and much of that commerce flows through free ports established on what was once a disputed frontier. Yet even long after the armistice, the relationship between humans and an unfathomable, easily offended species remains tense. When someone assassinates a Shrehari trade emissary on Aquilonia Station, a human-owned free port dug into the crust of an airless moon, leaving a Commonwealth Navy officer as the sole suspect, everyone fears the worst. An alien envoy killed by a member of the Armed Services is a case for the Commonwealth Constabulary, humanity's interstellar police force. And with galactic peace at stake, the investigation lands on the desk of Chief Superintendent Caelin Morrow. As head of the Rim Sector's internal affairs division, Morrow has one of the more challenging and unpleasant jobs in the Constabulary. She investigates those in authority -- members of the police, the military or government officials. That makes her one of the most disliked if not outright hated cops in the Commonwealth. However, Morrow and her officers are also known as the last of the incorruptibles. They're the ones with nothing left to lose, those who are highly skilled at uncovering and prosecuting malfeasance, no matter how powerful or wealthy their suspects might be. It makes them the ideal investigators to satisfy an angry Shrehari government. But soon after Morrow arrives on Aquilonia to establish the truth, she realizes there is something more ominous behind the Shrehari envoy's assassination than one of the seven deadly sins that usually motivate violent crimes. Was his murder an act of passion, or an act of politics? And what will the results of her investigation mean for the future of humanity's relations with its restive alien neighbor?

30 review for The Warrior's Knife: A 26th Century Murder Mystery

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tony Hisgett

    I downloaded this book several years ago, but I didn’t read it straight away waiting to see if it was just going to be a one off or if it really was the first in a series. With a second book finally being released I finally got around to starting the series. Unfortunately in the meantime I made the mistake of reading the two Ghost Squadron books, which meant I knew far more about ‘Talyn’ and the situation than I should. Unfortunately it turns out the author has twisting the two series together, a I downloaded this book several years ago, but I didn’t read it straight away waiting to see if it was just going to be a one off or if it really was the first in a series. With a second book finally being released I finally got around to starting the series. Unfortunately in the meantime I made the mistake of reading the two Ghost Squadron books, which meant I knew far more about ‘Talyn’ and the situation than I should. Unfortunately it turns out the author has twisting the two series together, although this definitely isn’t mentioned in the blurb for the Ghost Squadron or the Constabulary Casefile books. As for the actual story, this wasn’t bad and I quite warmed to Chief Superintendent Caelin. To beginning with the investigation seemed to be a lot of going backwards and forwards asking the same people the same questions, but eventually it got going and was quite interesting. Unfortunately if you have read the Ghost Squadron books, the ending will not be a surprise. There were a few minor irritations, for example; A corrupt cop is providing evidence against an important vicious mobster, but instead of putting him protective custody they just leave him in his house where he then committed 'suicide'. There are at least two obvious things wrong with this. What idiot doesn't protect their star witness and what even bigger idiot thinks it was suicide? Overall this was a decent story, but knowing about Talyn did spoil the ending and has affected my rating.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    This story was intriguing and well written. I did get a little bit lost in the business/political/spy interactions and keeping on top of which group did what. I liked the police procedural aspect to the story and the classic who-done-it investigating. The end actually surprised me which made the book all the better. I'm hoping there will be more books based on this character. Mystery and science fiction aren't two genres that often cross over and I really enjoyed it. My only complaint would be t This story was intriguing and well written. I did get a little bit lost in the business/political/spy interactions and keeping on top of which group did what. I liked the police procedural aspect to the story and the classic who-done-it investigating. The end actually surprised me which made the book all the better. I'm hoping there will be more books based on this character. Mystery and science fiction aren't two genres that often cross over and I really enjoyed it. My only complaint would be that there wasn't quite enough action/suspense for my taste. I like a lot of running and shooting type excitement.

  3. 5 out of 5

    V.L. Stuart

    The Warrior's Knife by Eric Thomson, is, I am happy to say, the first in a series about the Commonwealth Constabulary. The book introduces us to Chief Superintendent Morrow, a woman of remarkable capabilities who investigates crime and crime syndicates in the rim worlds. In this first book, she finds herself entangled with not two but at least three separate espionage organizations while trying to sort out the death of an alien merchant. Nicely entangled, deliberately written, and fine characteri The Warrior's Knife by Eric Thomson, is, I am happy to say, the first in a series about the Commonwealth Constabulary. The book introduces us to Chief Superintendent Morrow, a woman of remarkable capabilities who investigates crime and crime syndicates in the rim worlds. In this first book, she finds herself entangled with not two but at least three separate espionage organizations while trying to sort out the death of an alien merchant. Nicely entangled, deliberately written, and fine characterizations make this a introductory book one that screams for more, and I want more. A long time ago – decades – someone said that scifi and mysteries would not mix. They were certainly wrong.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Raymond

    Nicely crafted and developed Law and Order injection into Decker's War series! Don't read unless you have read Decker's War series. Thompson is a masterful writer of military sci-fi with added touches of Law Enforcement mixed with grand galactic scope. Well seasoned with names of characters and tidbits that are homage to classic and modern books and movies. Classical education and modern culture embue his worlds with outstanding context. Well worth reading all his books in series order! Nicely crafted and developed Law and Order injection into Decker's War series! Don't read unless you have read Decker's War series. Thompson is a masterful writer of military sci-fi with added touches of Law Enforcement mixed with grand galactic scope. Well seasoned with names of characters and tidbits that are homage to classic and modern books and movies. Classical education and modern culture embue his worlds with outstanding context. Well worth reading all his books in series order!

  5. 5 out of 5

    William Howe

    Space mystery This is really a murder mystery with a SF skin. The SF part is handled well and does not detract from the story, and it makes for a ‘cleaner’ mystery as you can use an alien species as a driving force for certain necessities (can’t autopsy the body, language barrier for some witnesses/suspects, etc.). The call out to Ian Fleming was obvious to me, but pointing it out at the end was well done. Proofreading was good. No serious complaints. I will purchase the next installment. This was Space mystery This is really a murder mystery with a SF skin. The SF part is handled well and does not detract from the story, and it makes for a ‘cleaner’ mystery as you can use an alien species as a driving force for certain necessities (can’t autopsy the body, language barrier for some witnesses/suspects, etc.). The call out to Ian Fleming was obvious to me, but pointing it out at the end was well done. Proofreading was good. No serious complaints. I will purchase the next installment. This was well written. I may use this as a jump into his other novels.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Neeuqdrazil

    I really enjoyed this. It marries SF and cop procedural mystery, and does it well. This is set in the same universe as Thomson's Siobhan Dunmoore series, about 70-80 years after the events of those books, but Thomson avoids the temptation to make any callbacks to the events of those books, beyond those needed for world building. (i.e., you don't need to have read the Dunmoore books in order to read this, and vice versa.) I really enjoyed this. It marries SF and cop procedural mystery, and does it well. This is set in the same universe as Thomson's Siobhan Dunmoore series, about 70-80 years after the events of those books, but Thomson avoids the temptation to make any callbacks to the events of those books, beyond those needed for world building. (i.e., you don't need to have read the Dunmoore books in order to read this, and vice versa.)

  7. 5 out of 5

    Susan Bryan

    Great mix of mystery and sci fi This is a very well written who dun-nit in a sci fi setting. Who killed the alien? Was it commerce, war or politics? Old enemies and new friends complicate things, faster than you can fall down a gravity lift. Some very nice twists and turns. I like both mysteries and sci fi and found this book extreme,y enjoyable. As soon as I finished, I looked for the next! While I wait, I think I’ll re-read the author’ Sioban Dunmore series. Enjoy!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Evan

    Nothing groundbreaking, but a good. solid science fiction/mystery story that moves along with engaging characters. It really harkens back to the old days of sce-fi such as Asimov's Caves of Steel books. The technology and context are there in the background, but the focus is on telling an interesting story without a lot of flourish or metaphysical contemplation. Fortunately, I think there is still room in the genre for this kind of book. Worth a read. Nothing groundbreaking, but a good. solid science fiction/mystery story that moves along with engaging characters. It really harkens back to the old days of sce-fi such as Asimov's Caves of Steel books. The technology and context are there in the background, but the focus is on telling an interesting story without a lot of flourish or metaphysical contemplation. Fortunately, I think there is still room in the genre for this kind of book. Worth a read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Les

    Terrific A good old fashioned detective story set on a disreputable space station,nothing is what is seems,Inspector Morrow and her colleagues deal with spys,aliens and several unsavoury organisations to solve a murder,great book,great characters.Hopefully we'll get more from the inspector in the future. Terrific A good old fashioned detective story set on a disreputable space station,nothing is what is seems,Inspector Morrow and her colleagues deal with spys,aliens and several unsavoury organisations to solve a murder,great book,great characters.Hopefully we'll get more from the inspector in the future.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Robert Follis

    Very good crime & sci-fi novel Set in the same universe as Erics other recent sci-fi books, this is a very good story with great characters and some mind twisting turns. Highly recommended for crime and science-fiction fans. Great pleasure for those who like both genres

  11. 5 out of 5

    Malcolm McLean

    Well written sci-fi detective story Characters to care about, murky military and political complications, action and a brilliant wrapup. Thanks Eric Thomson this intriguing new series. Waiting for the next installment.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ingrid

    Good detective series I loved the world building and the characters. I'm eager to see what case she takes next, this book definitely feels like it's setting up to a deeper dive into the shadows characters and her old nemesis. Good detective series I loved the world building and the characters. I'm eager to see what case she takes next, this book definitely feels like it's setting up to a deeper dive into the shadows characters and her old nemesis.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    I share Morrow's distaste for politics so I didn't enjoy this as much as I'd hoped. I also got a little lost with all the plots and counterplots. However, I was horribly jet-lagged at the time so that is more my fault than the author's. I share Morrow's distaste for politics so I didn't enjoy this as much as I'd hoped. I also got a little lost with all the plots and counterplots. However, I was horribly jet-lagged at the time so that is more my fault than the author's.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Scooby Doo

    DNF: 56% It started out well with a feisty female protagonist and an interesting mystery. But about halfway it got bogged down with too much plot intrigue and boring conversations speculating about political machinations and cloak-and-dagger nonsense about make-believe agencies.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jerri

    Interesting mystery sci-fi. Very convoluted and lots of politics, but still a good read.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Te Kee

    Fun read This one was twisted like a rattlesnake and has fangs to match. Just when you thought you had figured out what comes next, rattle, rattle and zap. Thank you, 😺

  17. 4 out of 5

    Elroy Carson

    Darn excellent novel. Thanks Mr.Thomson. Well written, evenly paced interstellar detective mystery. I enjoyed not being able to foresee an who done it.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rob Vliegendhart

    Good read. Tantalizing Nice expansion on Deckers war universe. Development is nice. Pace could be a bit faster. Let the next one come!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Theodore

    Not bad

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tony Ellis

    Great read, loved the space opera police procedural with the alien species mix. Very well done

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Ross

  22. 5 out of 5

    John Back

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mark

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sukh Kak

  25. 5 out of 5

    Caleb

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tom Waugh

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mark Hargrove

  28. 5 out of 5

    Aline

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tino Didriksen

  30. 5 out of 5

    Terrence Davis

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