Murder mystery set in space with a future history. Yes there is science fiction in it but only a little bit is relevant to the story. A good read that leaves a few strands of story incomplete.
The science fiction is not thought provoking. There are some science fiction elements that make you think a little bit. The main science fiction thought provoker is fighting an enemy that can read your mind. The enemy is alien and has limitations that balance out the mind reading. The rest is straight murder mystery.
The death (is it murder) mystery (who did it) leads us through antiquities, history, and politics. The history makes the story interesting for a while, if you are interested in ancient Greek history, then becomes a touch repetitive. The politics a little overblown and the real story is the motivation plus deeds of the politicians. The artefacts found during the story are from 200 years of history from the perspective of the main characters and several thousand years into the future from our perspective. Not much has changed in politics over the several thousand years.
This is the first book in the Alex Benedict series and sets the background for the other books. Read this one first. You might then be able to read the other books out of sequence. The sequence is: