Titan continue their series of novels based on Classic Star Trek with #12: The Vulcan Academy Murders by Jean Lorrah.
Due to publishing order differences between the US and the UK this book, is actually her first novel and not second as the numbers indicate. In order to get the back story in the proper order her books go in the sequence #12: The Vulcan Academy Murders and then #7: The I.D.I.C. Epidemic.
In the series chronology, this adventure sits between the episodes Journey To Babel and A Private Little War and implies that there was the passage of a few months between these episodes.
The Enterprise is damaged after a battle with the Klingons and one of Kirk's crew is critically injured. McCoy is unable to help him but Spock reveals that and experimental surgery at the Vulcan Science Academy may be able to help him.
When they arrive at Vulcan they meet with the project leaders; Sorel and a human named Daniel Corrigan. They are using an experimental stasis treatment for critically injured patients and while the process has a high success rate, it also leave the patient extraordinarily vulnerable while in the stasis field.
Tensions are increased when Spock is informed that his mother is currently undergoing the treatment, as is Sorel's wife T'Zan. Shortly after the crew's arrival, a series of malfunctions and two deaths shake the Vulcan Science Academy to the core.
Kirk, along with Spock, McCoy and Sarek attempt to uncover what is going on. Why is someone trying to discredit the project? Does someone have a personal vendetta against Sorel or Corrigan? What thread connects the deaths and who is intelligent enough to reprogram the safety systems of the Vulcan computers?
The story proceeds with a good pace, taking time to explore Vulcan and the people. Lorrah's love for Spock and family are clear and the interplay between father and son is very well done. McCoy meets Geoffrey M'Benga for the first time and the dynamic between them is very good, especially as they both try to help when more `accidents' endanger lives at the Academy hospital. It all wraps up with a satisfactory conclusion and a very Classic Trek epilogue. All in all, The Vulcan Academy Murders is a very good book and the adventure continues in #7: The I.D.I.C. Epidemic.