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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Death and Disorder: A Vivian Wexler Galactic Mystery" by Patricia Crumpler.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Vivian Wexler, a successful but young private detective from Earth, is surprised and honored to receive a special request from the prime minister of the planet of Soralole to help solve a mystery. The Soraloles are a humanlike race of beings who are peaceful and never kill, not even animals. Yet the last two years have brought a rash of suicides among the race for the first time in history. Because there are typically no conflicts on the planet, Soralole has no police officers or detectives of their own to investigate the situation.

With her keen insight and the help of Douglas “Dee” Dunbar, an old childhood flame she meets along the way, Vivian quickly cracks the case and saves the planet of Soralole. In gratitude, the prime minister recommends her for a training position as a Galactic Agent with the Confederation of Planets. Now Vivian’s work will really be cut out for her. Will she be able to make it as a Galactic Agent and balance her newly rekindled romance at the same time? She is also still suffering lingering effects of an infection she caught while saving Soralole. She doesn’t know if she’ll be able to shake it off or whether she even wants to. And what’s going on with her strange new addiction to coffee?

Death and Disorder: A Vivian Wexler Galactic Mystery by Patricia Crumpler is an exciting sci-fi thriller with a dash of romance. The book is told from the 3rd person point of view of Vivian, an intelligent and strong-willed protagonist. She is a fun lead to follow along with, as she is quick-witted and able to appreciate the humor in the situations she is thrown into. She has a lot of depth and faces internal struggles along the way, making her feel very realistic.

The worldbuilding in this novel is fantastic. A variety of planets, alien races, and technologies are described in detail and are very believable. I also liked the author’s explanations of the different types of space travel, including matter transfer, where your atoms separate, travel independently at a pace faster than the speed of light, and reassemble at the final destination. Some parts of the future are very advanced, while some things never change, such as humans’ love for coffee and chocolate. These luxuries have now been well-received galaxy-wide through trade.

Although this book contains a lot of action, I really liked that it takes time to tackle important issues and provide commentaries of the state of our world. In the book, Earth has not been admitted to the Confederation of Planets because humans are too warlike. The Con-Plan Tribunal’s position is that if Earthlings have not been able to cease from fighting with each other for even a day across the planet’s history, there is no way they can be trusted to maintain peaceful relationships with other intergalactic species. The book addresses bigotry, as Vivian must struggle to overcome her own prejudices in building positive relationships in her role as a Galactic Agent. The book also deals with the topic of addiction, as it ponders whether it is always bad, even in cases where its results are positive.

There is very little I can find to critique about this novel. I would have liked to see a more developed romance between Vivian and Dee. The timeline felt rushed and the feelings unrealistic. I also felt like the title of the novel didn’t do the book justice. Death and Disorder is such a bland title for such a unique book. That said, these minor quibbles did not interfere one bit with my overall enjoyment of the story. With interesting characters, settings, and themes, I thought it was a top-notch novel. The editing was excellent, as I did not find a single error throughout the book. I happily rate it 4 out of 4 stars, and I would love to see a sequel in the future. Star Wars fans, or any lovers of futuristic sci-fi novels, will love this book.

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This book is AMAZING. I absolutely love adventure and the new frontier and this book brought it all together for me. If you like mysteries, aliens, space and adventure, this book is for you!
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I'd like to read this book, as it seems to have a good amount of everything and the story sounds very interesting too. I enjoyed your review very much, very comprehensive and teasing.
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Usually I don't like sci-fi novels but this one sound to be interesting, I think I will read the book. I enjoyed your review.
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The storyline is very captivating. I am a big fan of sci-fi novels, and I believe I will really enjoy this one. Thanks for the review.
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I love mysteries and books about finding clues to something. I would read this book. Seems interesting. I like romance too
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I'm not really into sci-fi books but I have to say, your review is so enthusiastic and well-written that I feel tempted to pick up Death and Disorder: A Vivian Wexler Galactic Mystery. Thank you!
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I love action thriller books. Because they're fun to read. Great review
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kaicastleberry15 wrote: 09 Oct 2020, 12:46 This book is AMAZING. I absolutely love adventure and the new frontier and this book brought it all together for me. If you like mysteries, aliens, space and adventure, this book is for you!
Thanks for commenting!

SarahShebl wrote: 09 Oct 2020, 13:46 I'd like to read this book, as it seems to have a good amount of everything and the story sounds very interesting too. I enjoyed your review very much, very comprehensive and teasing.
I hope you enjoy the book. Thanks for your comment!

Tonze wrote: 09 Oct 2020, 14:30 Usually I don't like sci-fi novels but this one sound to be interesting, I think I will read the book. I enjoyed your review.
I hope you like it as much as I did! Thanks for stopping by.

Joan642 wrote: 09 Oct 2020, 15:26 The storyline is very captivating. I am a big fan of sci-fi novels, and I believe I will really enjoy this one. Thanks for the review.
Thanks for stopping by to comment!

DianeLove1 wrote: 09 Oct 2020, 18:30 I love mysteries and books about finding clues to something. I would read this book. Seems interesting. I like romance too
I hope you enjoy the book! Thanks for commenting.

Dominik_G wrote: 10 Oct 2020, 09:27 I'm not really into sci-fi books but I have to say, your review is so enthusiastic and well-written that I feel tempted to pick up Death and Disorder: A Vivian Wexler Galactic Mystery. Thank you!
Thanks for the compliment and for stopping by!

Chigo Nwagboso wrote: 10 Oct 2020, 17:24 I love action thriller books. Because they're fun to read. Great review
Thanks for your comment!
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unamilagra wrote: 08 Oct 2020, 22:00
Star Wars fans, or any lovers of futuristic sci-fi novels, will love this book.

Present and accounted for! :D This book sounds amazing. I love sci-fi and am always amazed at the new ideas and technology dreamed up by sci-fi authors.
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The world-building sounds terrific in this sci-fi thriller novel. I like the fact that it has strong commentaries on relevant societal issues. Great review!
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A science fiction mystery that addresses important issues using a future setting to talk about the present seems really terrific. Thank you for your great review!
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I'm a big fan of scfi with a female protagonist! Thanks for yoru detailed review.
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Maconstewart wrote: 12 Oct 2020, 16:00
unamilagra wrote: 08 Oct 2020, 22:00
Star Wars fans, or any lovers of futuristic sci-fi novels, will love this book.

Present and accounted for! :D This book sounds amazing. I love sci-fi and am always amazed at the new ideas and technology dreamed up by sci-fi authors.
It sounds like this book would be a great match for you! I hope you decide to check it out.

lavenderbooks20 wrote: 12 Oct 2020, 19:49 The world-building sounds terrific in this sci-fi thriller novel. I like the fact that it has strong commentaries on relevant societal issues. Great review!
Thanks for commenting!

NetMassimo wrote: 14 Oct 2020, 03:34 A science fiction mystery that addresses important issues using a future setting to talk about the present seems really terrific. Thank you for your great review!
Thanks for stopping by to comment!

HannahsReads wrote: 14 Oct 2020, 15:08 I'm a big fan of scfi with a female protagonist! Thanks for yoru detailed review.
This book would be right up your alley! Thanks for your comment!
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As a big fan of sci-fis as well as romance, I think the mix of both elements in this novel stirs a bit of curiosity in me to seek out this story.

Thank you for a great review!
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