Lois McMaster Bujold pulls together three previously published Miles Vorkosigan/ Naismith adventures into one hilarious omnibus of MILES, MYSTERY & MAYHEM (4). The stunted but swashbuckling Miles and his cousin Ivan attend a state funeral for the late Empress in Cetaganda. Miles exposes a plot to implicate Barrayarans in a Cetagandan murder and thwarts a treasonous scheme to unlock the Cetagandan genetic databanks. Ethan of Athos is on Kline Station to pick up fresh human ovaries for his planets uterine replicators after a previous shipment arrived damaged. He soon becomes a target of the Cetagandans and Elli wanting the ovaries from the first shipment. Tussling with humanity and genetics, Ms. Bujold revels in her master adventurers ability to foil the bad guys and win the fairy princess. (Dec., 512 pp., $24.00)

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Kelly Rae Cooper