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Book Review: Into The Black: A Sci-Fi Mystery (Janey McCallister Mystery Book 1) by Beth Barany

Into The Black: A Sci-Fi Mystery (Janey McCallister Mystery Book 1)
by Beth Barany
May 21, 2020
310 pages
She wanted to make her mark. How hard could it be?

In 2130, at Bijoux de L’Etoile, a high-end casino orbiting Earth, you can get anything you desire.

Newly-hired as an investigator, Janey McCallister wants to solve her first big case—the theft of a priceless gem.

When her case of theft escalates to murder and points to the seedy underbelly of world affairs, Janey has to rely on her new team and trust the mysterious insurance investigator, Orlando Valdez—before a killer escapes into the black.


Into The Black is perfect for fans of J.D. Robb’s Eve Dallas books and Killjoys and CSI. It contains a slow-burn romance, enhanced humans, cool high-tech gadgets, a futuristic vision of the Earth, and a tough heroine with secrets.


Janey McCallister Mystery series
Into The Black (Book 1) $2.99
Lured By Light (Book 2) 
Gone Green (Book 3) $.99

Other Books By Beth Barany
Henrietta The Dragon Slayer YA Adventure Fantasy series (3 books)
Touchstone series, sweet sensual paranormal romance (5 books)

Janey McCallister is the newly minted head of security for the interstellar casino Bijoux de L’Etoile. Sure, she’d rather lend her talents to a more noble cause, but a casino salary is too lucrative to turn down, especially since Janey is supporting her ailing earth-bound mother. Eager to prove herself to her team, and keep her job, Janey throws herself into a successful theft investigation. But just when Janey thinks she may be gaining traction in her new position, a wealthy casino patron is found murdered in his suite. Janey is tasked with solving the crime with a mandated partner, insurance investigator Orlando Valdez.

Into the Black is an entertaining murder mystery set in a creative futuristic world. Janey’s character is carefully crafted while leaving some details to unfurl in future installments. She is an intelligent, logically thinking main character. Agent McCallister’s burgeoning romance with the mysterious Orlando has also been nicely framed for the series. The slow burn nature of the relationship builds suspense and anticipation.

The plot is fast-paced and interesting. Janey’s tenacious, singular focus drives the story to its conclusion. I really enjoyed Barany’s imaging of a luxurious 2130 space station casino and all its high-tech gadgetry. I look forward to future mysterious adventures in this sci-fi sphere.

Four Sheep

Bianca Greenwood

About the Author
Award-winning author, Beth Barany writes in several genres including young adult adventure fantasy, paranormal romance, and science fiction mysteries.

Inspired by living abroad in France and Quebec, she loves creating magical tales of romance, mystery, and adventure that empower women and girls to be the heroes of their own lives.

For fun, Beth walks, gardens, and watched movies and travels with her husband, author Ezra Barany. They live in Oakland, California with a piano, their cats, and over 1,000 books.

When not writing or playing, Beth runs an online school, BARANY SCHOOL OF FICTION. helping novelists to write, market, and publish their books to the delight of their readers, including a group coaching program for genre novelists.