Not sure about the longer book, but maybe this would help me decide.
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Much of my "reading" these days is actually audiobooks while walking.
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Long form review, which I have not read yet: locusmag.com/2023/09/liz-bourke-reviews-the-master-of-samar-by-melissa-scott
EDIT: read the review, and it sounds intriguing, although the "mystery" aspect doesn't come through as strongly as my previous impression: more political intrigue than police procedural.
The Mesoamerican (?) world is interesting, and the explicit use of timestamps on each chapter (including foreshadowing, jumping back and forth) is somewhat unique, but the book definitely leaves the reader with that "Ooops I started a trilogy" feeling.