When Zack, a techie at Universal Library, doesn't show up for work, no one notices or seems to care except for Turing Hopper. She knows something's up and wants to find out what. Clever and hardworking, she's determined to get to the bottom of things, but legwork is out of the questionTuring isn't human. She's an artificial intelligence program with a difference: she's sentient.

Turing gets help from two reliable sources. Maude Graham is an older employee who's not been treated fairly by the younger crowd moving through the ranks at Universal. She is more than willing to help Turing, who's always been there for her. Then there's the lackadaisical Tim Pincoski. Tim, who doesn't know the truth about Turing and would like to date her, has always had dreams of being a PI.

Tim, Maude, and Turing make an excellent team. The three of them are soon on the trail of a scheme that could lead to a truly Universal shakeup.

The always innovative Donna Andrews comes up with a clever scheme in YOU'VE GOT MURDERso clever, she may have come up with a new subgenre! All characters, human and non, are a delight and definitely hold appeal for techies and non-techies alike. (Apr., 304 pp., $21.95)

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg