The 5th Gender: A Tinkered Stars Mystery

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Publisher Description

A species that has no word for murder has a murderer aboard their spaceship!

New York Times bestselling romantic comedy author Gail Carriger (writing as G.L. Carriger) brings you a light-hearted science fiction mystery featuring an adorable lavender alien and his human crush.


Tristol lives in exile. But he's built a life for himself aboard a massive space station. He's even begun to understand the complex nuances of human courting rituals. Detective Hastion is finally flirting back!


Except that Tristol's beloved adopted home is unexpectedly contacted by the galoi – a xenophobic species with five genders, purple skin, and serious attitude. They need the help of a detective because there's a murderer aboard their spaceship. Murder is so rare, the galoi don't even have a word for it. Tristol knows this because he is galoi.


Which means that he and Detective Hastion are on the case… together.

"This is a fun, funny, sexy book, and I'm so happy it exists. It hits you in the feels, makes you laugh and cry, and makes you think about matters of family, kin, and the heart." ~ Bookriot

Delicate Sensibilities?

Contains men who love other men in graphic detail, regardless of gender, biology, or skin color... and lots of emotively sweet tentacle hair. Perfect for fans of Lesli Richardson, Becky Chambers, or Lyn Gala.

Want more adorable awkward gay boys and hot sex cleverly disguising social commentary? Try Carriger's San Andreas Shifters series.

Also by G L Carriger

The San Andreas Shifter series (start with The Sumage Solution)

As Gail Carriger

The Curious Case of the Werewolf that Wasn't

The Finishing School series (start with Etiquette & Espionage)

The Delightfully Deadly novellas

The Parasol Protectorate series (start with Soulless)

The Supernatural Society novellas

The Custard Protocol series (start with Prudence)

The Claw & Courtship novellas


May 18
Draft2Digital, LLC

Customer Reviews

emeraldwednesday ,

Great world-building

I love Gail Carriger’s Victorian-era books so much that I was a bit hesitant to try something set in the future. But this was delightful. The characters were well drawn, and the alien species well fleshed out. I did find the comparison/metaphor for LGBTQ+ issues in the current day to be a bit heavy-handed, and I figured out the mystery very early. But the romance and relationships in general were great, and I’m very much looking forward to finding out more about the galoi. I hope to see the characters back in another book.

History reader 15 ,

Fantastic world building

I would love to see more from this amazing universe.
It’s a joy to read something that accurately describes what actually happens when two utterly different cultures meet; how translation of language isn’t enough, and how knowledge of the culture is a must to understand how to properly translate.
Amazing utterly alien aliens.
Kind too. No war or monsters.

Kpeters1 ,

Interesting world building!

I loved - and devoured - this story about an alien who left his people, but was drawn into the first murder investigation ever in the history of his people. The way it unfolded was beautifully done, and this may be my favorite Gail Carriger book to date. Hoping for MORE in this series for sure!

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