Genre: Sci-fi, Mystery
First Published: 2017
Publisher: 4Star Scifi
Thanks to Rachel (Rachel’s Random Resources) for organising this blog tour. I was sent a copy of this novel for review, but all opinions are honest and my own.
Meet Andorra Pett; with her trusty sidekick, she’s taken over a derelict café. On a mining station. It just happens to be orbiting Saturn! She’s hoping for a fresh start, away from all the drama of her old life. It’s a chance to relax and start again in a place where nobody knows anything about her or her past.
But the café holds a secret, and secrets have a habit of coming out; whether you want them to or not. And being accident prone doesn’t help. The more you try to pretend that you know what’s going on, the worse it gets.
Andorra’s plans for peace and quiet get lost amid the revelations and skulduggery and she soon realises that the fate of the whole station lies in her hapless hands.
In space, you can still trip over your feet; the question is, will you land upright?
What a fun read!
Firstly I want to say that even if you don’t like Sci-Fi, don’t let that put you off giving this a go. It very much has the feel of a contemporary novel, they just happen to live on a mining station in space rather than on a street on Earth.
In this novel, we follow a cast of relatable characters as they try and go about their lives after discovering a secret in the freezer of a run down cafe. This is exactly what you want from a cosy crime novel. There’s mystery and drama, without it getting too intense and bordering on thriller. There’s plenty of twists and turns to keep you reading to the end (and I bet you won’t guess the ending!)
I for one, can’t wait to see what they get up to next!
Andorra Pett and the Oort Cloud Cafe is available now (Link)
The sequel Andorra Pett on Mars will be out later this year.
About the Author
A native of Brixham in Devon, Richard Dee’s family left Devon when he was in his teens and settled in Kent. Leaving school at 16 he briefly worked in a supermarket, then went to sea and travelled the world in the Merchant Navy, qualifying as a Master Mariner in 1986. Coming ashore to be with his growing family, he used his sea-going knowledge in several jobs, including Marine Insurance Surveyor and Dockmaster at Tilbury, before becoming a Port Control Officer in Sheerness and then at the Thames Barrier in Woolwich. In 1994 he was head-hunted and offered a job as a Thames Estuary Pilot. In 1999 he transferred to the Thames River Pilots, where he regularly took vessels of all sizes through the Thames Barrier and upriver as far as H.M.S. Belfast and through Tower Bridge. In all, he piloted over 3,500 vessels in a 22-year career with the Port of London Authority. Richard was offered part time working in 2010, which allowed him to return to live in Brixham, where he took up writing and blogging. He retired in 2015, when he set up and ran a successful Organic bakery, supplying local shops and cafés. The urge to write eventually overtook the urge to bake but Richard still makes bread for friends and family. Richard is married with three adult children and two grandchildren.
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