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When Sylvia Stryker’s mentor is jailed for a crime Sylvia helped commit, she jumps on a plan to break him out. Her inspired rescue mission attracts attention from a covert branch of federation intelligence who may have their own agenda. But when a high-profile prisoner is murdered inside the jail where Neptune is held, offers of help evaporate like water on a dry planet. N When Sylvia Stryker’s mentor is jailed for a crime Sylvia helped commit, she jumps on a plan to break him out. Her inspired rescue mission attracts attention from a covert branch of federation intelligence who may have their own agenda. But when a high-profile prisoner is murdered inside the jail where Neptune is held, offers of help evaporate like water on a dry planet. Neptune is moved to a penal colony on Mars where he’ll fulfill the duration of his life sentence mining rocks in sub-zero temperature. There’s only one way out: prove Neptune is innocent. But is he? Sylvia knows better than anyone that Neptune will cross lines other people won’t. Without knowing what transpired in the prison, she can’t know if he’s complicit or not. Sylvia uses her sleuthing skills to solve a locked room mystery . . . while knowing the truth may keep Neptune locked up forever.


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When Sylvia Stryker’s mentor is jailed for a crime Sylvia helped commit, she jumps on a plan to break him out. Her inspired rescue mission attracts attention from a covert branch of federation intelligence who may have their own agenda. But when a high-profile prisoner is murdered inside the jail where Neptune is held, offers of help evaporate like water on a dry planet. N When Sylvia Stryker’s mentor is jailed for a crime Sylvia helped commit, she jumps on a plan to break him out. Her inspired rescue mission attracts attention from a covert branch of federation intelligence who may have their own agenda. But when a high-profile prisoner is murdered inside the jail where Neptune is held, offers of help evaporate like water on a dry planet. Neptune is moved to a penal colony on Mars where he’ll fulfill the duration of his life sentence mining rocks in sub-zero temperature. There’s only one way out: prove Neptune is innocent. But is he? Sylvia knows better than anyone that Neptune will cross lines other people won’t. Without knowing what transpired in the prison, she can’t know if he’s complicit or not. Sylvia uses her sleuthing skills to solve a locked room mystery . . . while knowing the truth may keep Neptune locked up forever.

33 review for Spiders From Mars

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mark Baker

    It’s been four months since we last checked in with Sylvia Stryker, and in that time, she’s had one thing on her mind – freeing Neptune, her mentor and friend, from prison for a crime he sort of committed. She’s come up with the perfect plan, too. She’s going to have him declared dead so she can slip him out of prison. However, when she goes to file the paperwork, she learns that there has been a murder in the prison and Neptune is the only suspect. Her original plan out the window, she has to a It’s been four months since we last checked in with Sylvia Stryker, and in that time, she’s had one thing on her mind – freeing Neptune, her mentor and friend, from prison for a crime he sort of committed. She’s come up with the perfect plan, too. She’s going to have him declared dead so she can slip him out of prison. However, when she goes to file the paperwork, she learns that there has been a murder in the prison and Neptune is the only suspect. Her original plan out the window, she has to act fast to free him and clear his name before he disappears for good. Can she do it? Yes, this sounds like many of the cozy mysteries I read a love, but there is a twist to it – Sylvia’s adventures all take place in space. The setting is fun and detailed, but it never takes away from the action. I got lost in Sylvia’s world very quickly, and I suspect you will as well whether you love science fiction or not. The plot is fast paced with plenty of twists and turns. Unfortunately, a few of them were a bit abrupt. The story makes sense in the end, but I wish things had been explained a bit more. The characters, some human and some alien, are all fully developed, and I was thrilled to get to spend more time with them. If you are interested in something new and different, be sure to check out this series, and if you are already a fan, you’ll be happy with Sylvia’s latest case. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Richard Goodman

    I was happy to dive into this book , the fourth in Diane Vallere’s Sylvia Stryker space cozy series, because I like the characters and you don’t often see romantic mysteries set in space. The description on this book gives you a good idea about the plot but doesn't tell you that the story moved along pleasantly, there were fun references to David Bowie and pop space culture, and all my favorite characters were there doing what they do best, including Pika the sugar addicted alien. As I was readi I was happy to dive into this book , the fourth in Diane Vallere’s Sylvia Stryker space cozy series, because I like the characters and you don’t often see romantic mysteries set in space. The description on this book gives you a good idea about the plot but doesn't tell you that the story moved along pleasantly, there were fun references to David Bowie and pop space culture, and all my favorite characters were there doing what they do best, including Pika the sugar addicted alien. As I was reading, I felt like this was similar to a mid-season episode of television series- a fun, self-contained episode that didn’t need any extra plot development that week. I settled in to just enjoy some time with Pika’s sweet tooth, Doc’s grumpy attitude, Neptune’s “The Rock” impersonation, and Sylvia’s dogged security expert / uniform officer. As the mystery portion of the story was wrapping up, I was thinking what a good stand-alone story this was until a sudden plot development threw a massive monkey wrench into the status quo. I didn’t see it coming because that wouldn’t be the conventional trope for this type of story and it will definitely shake things up for future storylines, in a good way. Hopefully we soon get to find out how those new developments will play out. (In exchange for an advanced reading copy, I am giving this honest opinion about the book.)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Spiders from Mars is another exciting installment in Vallere's Sylvia Stryker cozy mystery series. Sylvia has been busy formulating her plan to save her mentor, Neptune, from prison. Just when she puts her plan into action, things go from bad to worse. Neptune gets framed for a murder he didn't commit meaning that Sylvia's plan to get him out gets complicated. Now Sylvia needs to find out what really happened and come up with a new way to save Neptune. Time however is not on Sylvia's side so she Spiders from Mars is another exciting installment in Vallere's Sylvia Stryker cozy mystery series. Sylvia has been busy formulating her plan to save her mentor, Neptune, from prison. Just when she puts her plan into action, things go from bad to worse. Neptune gets framed for a murder he didn't commit meaning that Sylvia's plan to get him out gets complicated. Now Sylvia needs to find out what really happened and come up with a new way to save Neptune. Time however is not on Sylvia's side so she definitely needs to solve this case fast. Vallere sets up a good story for Sylvia by having this mystery really force her to look at her friends and allies to see whether or not they deserve that trust. Sylvia needs to really look at the people she surrounds herself with to see if they deserve her trust. I also really enjoyed seeing my favorite secondary characters again since I really think that they add to the story. The book's mystery is well done with many twists and turns, and it succeeds at keeping the reader guessing. Overall Spiders from Mars proved to be an entertaining read that I would most definitely recommend. I look forward to reading Sylvia's next adventure. Received a copy of Spiders from Mars from the author in exchange for my honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Hackel

    Sylvia Stryker is back, and hail, hail the gang's here too. After Neptune was imprisoned,taking responsibility that was really a joint effort with Sylvia, all Sylvia seems to be able to concentrate on is getting Neptune out of prison. And now she has a plan! This epic conclusion to the series has everything you can imagine. Drugs, duplicity, distrust? Check. Loyalty, luck, and love? Check. Shocking revelations? Check. Friends, fun, fashion? Errr...check. Friends and fun for the reader, for sure. Sylvia Stryker is back, and hail, hail the gang's here too. After Neptune was imprisoned,taking responsibility that was really a joint effort with Sylvia, all Sylvia seems to be able to concentrate on is getting Neptune out of prison. And now she has a plan! This epic conclusion to the series has everything you can imagine. Drugs, duplicity, distrust? Check. Loyalty, luck, and love? Check. Shocking revelations? Check. Friends, fun, fashion? Errr...check. Friends and fun for the reader, for sure. It's just, I'm not convinced uniforms can = fashion. But I'll let you decide for sure. This much I know, I raced to the end and loved every minute of the book. Now I'm going to read the whole series again! So much fun!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Janet Graham

    Another Fine Space Adventure/Cozy Mystery I love this series. There is just enough tongue-in-cheek sarcasm to make me happy. The constant wardrobe/fashion/clothing comments are also cute and fun. The mystery is a very good cozy set in hypothetical space. It really does remind me of watching the original Star Trek 'Lost in Space/ Battlestar Galactica of my childhood. This is a wonderful; addition to the series. While the books do stand alone well, I think that the reader would enjoy the series mor Another Fine Space Adventure/Cozy Mystery I love this series. There is just enough tongue-in-cheek sarcasm to make me happy. The constant wardrobe/fashion/clothing comments are also cute and fun. The mystery is a very good cozy set in hypothetical space. It really does remind me of watching the original Star Trek 'Lost in Space/ Battlestar Galactica of my childhood. This is a wonderful; addition to the series. While the books do stand alone well, I think that the reader would enjoy the series more by reading them in order. This book will certainly pull the reader out of the standard cozy mystery rut. This series is more like a cozy action/adventure mystery. The author gave me this ARC book for free and this is my honest opinion.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    An excellent and fun read. The intricate plot read like a 5 dimensional chess match. Uniform Lt. Sylvia Stryker is a hoot, but also a very real and well-drawn character, trying her best to survive while keeping her own moral structure in place. "I learned at an early age that people were generous when it came to pity, but pity didn't pay the bills. Sometimes, when the circumstances were right, lying, cheating, and bartering did. (Pity helped make it easier to fool people, though, so it wasn't a h An excellent and fun read. The intricate plot read like a 5 dimensional chess match. Uniform Lt. Sylvia Stryker is a hoot, but also a very real and well-drawn character, trying her best to survive while keeping her own moral structure in place. "I learned at an early age that people were generous when it came to pity, but pity didn't pay the bills. Sometimes, when the circumstances were right, lying, cheating, and bartering did. (Pity helped make it easier to fool people, though, so it wasn't a hundred percent unwelcome.)" As I was reading I kept thinking that the author must get a kick out of creating all the planets, new forms of individuals, and all their backstories (plus, let's not forget the clothes!). Seems like no matter what the society (past, present, or future), many of the same problems occur (sigh). My only disappointment was the author's use of a transporter. Seems way too convenient a way to move the plot forward. But that is a minor point in an otherwise well-written story.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    I absolutely loved this latest installment of this series. It was great being back with Sylvia and the whole gang on another case. This one's a little more personal because Sylvia's trying to free Neptune from jail, prove his innocence, and figure out who's framing him for murder. This mystery was a great one. It was fast paced and high stakes. And when it came time for the reveal, I was completely shocked by it. I did not see that one coming. If you're a fan of cozy mysteries, I highly recommen I absolutely loved this latest installment of this series. It was great being back with Sylvia and the whole gang on another case. This one's a little more personal because Sylvia's trying to free Neptune from jail, prove his innocence, and figure out who's framing him for murder. This mystery was a great one. It was fast paced and high stakes. And when it came time for the reveal, I was completely shocked by it. I did not see that one coming. If you're a fan of cozy mysteries, I highly recommend checking out this super fun series.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sandy

    I never expected to love this series, but I do! It’s set in outer space, but cozy mystery all he way. Sylvia has spent the last four months plotting to free her unjustly imprisoned friend from prison, but it doesn’t go quite as she intended. This is a fast-paced story with a lot of action. It’s intelligently written, with a great plot and engaging characters. I received this book free and chose to make a voluntary, unbiased review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Just finished book 4 in the Sylvia Stryker adventure (murder) mysteries. Another winner. Keep reading them in order. It's well worth it. Lots of fun. Doc, Ofra, Pika, Neptune, Zeke-all great additions to Sylvia's family. Thank you, Ms Vallere, for another delightful read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Aighmi*

    What a fun book this was! This is one of my favorite authors, and I love her concept of scifi cozy mysteries! Even better are the Bowie references in this one. It is well-written & -edited, the characters are well-fleshed-out and relatable, the plot twisty and interesting. I recommend it highly! What a fun book this was! This is one of my favorite authors, and I love her concept of scifi cozy mysteries! Even better are the Bowie references in this one. It is well-written & -edited, the characters are well-fleshed-out and relatable, the plot twisty and interesting. I recommend it highly!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Diane Vallere

    Read chapter one here: https://www.dianevallere.com/spiders-... Read chapter one here: https://www.dianevallere.com/spiders-...

  12. 4 out of 5

    Katherine

    An enjoyable addition to the series.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kim

  14. 4 out of 5

    Courtagonist

  15. 5 out of 5

    Stacie Haden

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kristi

  17. 5 out of 5

    Gwendolyn Brooks

  18. 5 out of 5

    Norma Huss

  19. 4 out of 5

    Karen Stromberg

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

  21. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Scott

  22. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Oertel

  23. 5 out of 5

    B. Kay

  24. 5 out of 5

    Susan Moxley

  25. 5 out of 5

    Michael C. Benson

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ellen

  27. 4 out of 5

    Christi Smith

  28. 5 out of 5

    Denise

  29. 4 out of 5

    Marie McNary

  30. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Buerke

  31. 4 out of 5

    Voodooenglishman

  32. 5 out of 5

    Greta

  33. 5 out of 5

    Dinesh

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