Blog Review: Andora Pett and the Oort Cloud Cafe
Welcome to the Andora Pett and the Oort Cloud Café!
Andora Pett and the Oort Cloud Café is the first book in a new cozy mystery series set in space. Today begins the promotional blog tour for the latest book from Richard Dee. Be sure to check out the other blogs participating in this three day blitz event!
Andorra Pett and the Oort Cloud Café
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?
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Andorra Pett, or Andi to her friends, is the newest proprietor of a restaurant location on the space stations orbiting Saturn. She’s landed here to make a new go for herself as she recovers from a breakup with her boyfriend back on Earth. All she has left from home is the money for the cafe as well as her friend and co-owner, Cyril.
Life on the space station isn’t as cut and dry as Andi and Cy expected. The station caters to scientists and miners, which is a bit rougher than they were used to back in London. It’s hard enough trying to get a cafe going without any experience in the restaurant business, but an inconvenient murder means that suddenly Andi has a lot more on her hands than juggling regular or decaf coffee.
The political situation on the space station is complex and the powerful crime syndicate controls more than Andi and Cy understood. They realized they have been set up to be most likely suspects, so to clear their names of murder they decide to solve the mystery before they can even report the body. However, all she needs is a a little luck and a lot of self-determination because she already has the guts to sleuth and serve coffee at the same time.
Amateur detective Andorra Pett narrates her story in a light conversational style tone while the Oort Cloud Cafe is the perfect backdrop to this cozy mystery set in space. Its unique charm and setting give the reader a lovely combination of comfort read and intrigue. When reading this book, I was reminded of Star Trek: The Original Series. There’s a bit of tongue-in-cheek humor and just enough slapstick comedy to even out the tension of the plot.
If you’re tired of the humdrum of cozy mysteries being set on earth, blast off to Saturn and give this a go!
Be on the lookout for book 2: Andorra Pett on Mars!
This review is part of a promotional blog tour for this book. I received an advanced copy thanks Rachel Gilbey and the author, however the thoughts and opinions on this page are my own and were not influenced by them.
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.
Andorra Pett is self-published under his own imprint, 4Star Scifi along with seven other titles by Richard.
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