Mars at Midnight : Detective Ace Sloan

  • by William Graham
  • Narrated by Leslie Starr O'Hara
  • Series: Detective Ace Sloan
  • 2 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Detective Ace Sloan (The Red Planet Murders) returns in this exciting and compelling murder mystery from author William Graham. Set in the Martian colonies in the 22nd century, Detective Sloan must solve the murders of two immigrant women found buried in the Martian dunes and of a famous college professor. What is the connection between the murders? Sloan and his rookie colleague Detective Kate Hammer uncover a secret political conspiracy as they try to solve the crimes. This work is a fast-paced thriller with a political intrigue and edge to it.


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Like a real old-school “whodunit”

Mars at Midnight is the next in the series of Ace Sloan Mysteries. The Martian atmosphere will kill you instantly if you are subjected to it. This is also what some of the people inside the colonies are wishing for too. They want it bad enough to kill. Detective Sloan and his new partner Kate Hammer will try to solve a new mystery in this new short story.

The narration was done by Leslie Starr O’Hara who does a wonderful job narrating as the main female character in this short story. O’Hara also is able to capture Detective Ace Sloan’s character pretty well. I’m always intrigued when I see a female narrator for a male drive book — but this one actually ended up being split more than I realized. O’Hara does a great job and I will definitely be looking for more books narrated by her. The quality of the recording was also really well done, I listened on headphones and heard zero mistakes.

I’ve read all of the Ace Sloan Mars Mystery books and none of them have let me down. Like a real old-school “whodunit” just when you think you know who the killer is, the plot takes a turn. Graham has a wonderful way of mixing the old school mystery novels into a new and fun Martian climate.

Sloan is the perfect “gumshoe” detective using old school methods and thoughts to solve murders while in this story, his new rookie sidekick Kate Hammer adds a young and new perspective to the whole thing. I like Sloan, but I found myself really enjoying Hammer even more. She is one of those caring yet carefree characters that I find myself falling for in novels.

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Murder at Midnight

William Graham has delivered another enjoyable mystery in his Ace Sloan series (although Sloan himself does not actually occupy a huge amount of time in the story). When an arctic tour group finds a body buried in the sand of Mars the detective is called in to find the killer. But this is just the first of many victims.

The book link with previously books and the events of those books. While it doesn't dwell on it, the politics of previous books do play a part in the story and the background on Mars. Despite all this the book stands on it's own and can be read without any prior knowledge of the politics, characters and history.

While not being overly sci-fi the story makes good use of the particulars of Mars as setting and the earth immigration. The story could be translated to a Earth bound setting, removing some sci-fi elements, without great detriment. It's not reliant on them but they add to the ambiance of the story.

The only thing that really stood out as 'off' to me was the inclusion of a characters running a podcast. For something set in the 22nd century the idea of a podcast just felts extremely anachronistic. That the idea of podcasting, especially in the was it is presented which is no different to how they are now, still being a thing in 100+ years is unlikely. It is in some ways important, as it is the podcast the brings the character into the mix but it just didn't feel realistic to me.

I have listened to previous books with different narrator and while this one is an improvement, there is still a ways to go

Narrator Leslie Starr O'Hara provided voices to separate characters, but then each character was flat and generally unemotional (other than a few angry outbursts). Any inflection other than anger was not shown. There was some dry humour in the narrative that was overlooked by the narration. While she is well paced and easy to follow in terms of characters (generally) but lacking any real spark to lift the characters off the page.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
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- Kingsley

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-22-2016
  • Publisher: William Graham