When Sam Keller left the military, she ran to the far end of the galaxy. Now she captains the Bonnie Belle, a spaceship full of courtesans who bring a little pleasure to hard-up men on mining colonies. When one of her girls turns up dead, it’s Sam’s job to find out who killed her, fast.
Marshal Daniel LeClair is as tough as steel and quick on the draw. But when his vacation gets replaced by an assignment to help find the killer, he can’t help angling for a little action with the saucy, hard-charging Sam. She’s got brains, attitude and a body he wouldn’t mind investigating.
Sam, six months lonely, might just indulge him. But the Guild that owns the Belle wants the case closed yesterday. With pressure coming from all quadrants, Sam and her marshal clash over false leads and who’s on top. But when the killer threatens the Belle again, romance will have to wait. It’s a captain’s job to save her crew, no matter the cost.
Title: In the Black
Author: Sheryl Nantus
Series: Tales from the Edge #1
Genre: science-fiction, space opera, romance, mystery
This wouldn’t normally have come up on my reading radar, but it was selected as book of the month for the Vaginal Fantasy book club. I’m glad I read it – I found it sufficiently fun and interesting, and really liked the strength of Sam as the protagonist. To be honest, there wasn’t much substance here, the murder mystery aspect was pretty straight forward, as was the romance (if not a little inappropriate at times). There wasn’t really anything special or unique; even the characters were fairly one-dimensional, including Sam and Daniel, but I enjoyed it enough to want to read the sequel and follow these characters and the voyages/adventures of the Bonnie Belle a little more.