Book 6 in Vorkosigan Saga series (1995)
Publisher: Baen Books
The latest installment in the adventures of Miles Vorkosigan. Miles and Cousin Ivan travel to Cetaganda to play the part of sprigs of nobility doing their diplomatic duty.
But when the Empress of Cetaganda dies naturally, and her lifelong attendant dies unnaturally, Miles and Ivan find themselves in the thick of it.
Miles tries to play detective in a strange, complicated, and deceptively alien culture. Meanwhile, handsome and lascivious Ivan manages to get himself involved with several women at the same time – all of whom are TROUBLE from the word go. Miles had always wanted to save the Empire – it was just that the Cetagandan wasn’t exactly the empire he’d had in mind…