Note: I received an ARC copy of today’s book from the author. I was not required to write a review in exchange for the book, and all opinions expressed are my own.

I’m a big fan of sci fi, and grew up watching Star Trek re-runs with my dad. I may have mentioned this a time or two! I also grew up watching mysteries on PBS with my mom. Does anyone else remember Mystery! hosted by Diana Rigg? Mom and I were definitely fans! When Nikki Haverstock mentioned that she was publishing a cozy sci fi mystery, I knew that I’d be reading Space Murder!

Nikki started out the book in the middle of the action, which made the book hard to put down. I liked Captain Laika from the start, and quickly became invested in what would happen to her, and the rest of her crew. Space Murder has a fast-paced plot and my kids will tell you that I gasped aloud a couple of times while reading it. (Some of those twists!) When the mystery was solved, I found myself saying, “Why didn’t I notice that?” The ending made sense, and didn’t come across as contrived, so it’s a good mystery in my opinion!

Space Murder is a perfect read for fans of cozy mysteries, and my mom would have loved the book! Sci fi fans who enjoy a good mystery will not want to miss what I sure hope is the first book in a series. Captain Laika’s faith puts this in the Christian fiction category, and the book is a clean read. I’m completely comfortable letting my tweens and teens read it, and I have a sneaking suspicion that my teen daughter will be asking me when the next book in the series is due to release! With Christmas coming, this would make a wonderful gift for the mystery or sci fi fan on your list.

Of course, if you’re gifting a book, I recommend pairing it with some good tea. The Blueberry Black Tea from The Spice & Tea Exchange that is pictured in my cup today is one of my new favorites. If you’re lucky enough to have a shop somewhere nearby, you can smell all of the fabulous teas they offer and pick what appeals to you. If there’s no shop in your area, you can’t go wrong with the blueberry! The blueberry flavor is strong enough that it’s not overwhelmed by the black tea, but you can still taste the black tea. The two flavors blend nicely, and they have created just the right balance between the two. This is a great morning blend, and also a good pick-me-up in the afternoon on the days when you need a little boost.

What are you reading and sipping this week? Let me know in the comments or on social media!