Today I’m helping close down the Blog Tour for “He Made Me” by Oliver Tidy.
About the book:
David Booker and Jo Cash are experiencing similar stuttering starts to their new lives on Romney Marsh when Rebecca Swaine turns up seeking help. Someone is demanding a lot of money from her husband and she wants to know why.
What do the dying words of one man – he made me – actually mean?
As the mystery unfolds people will come undone and reputations will be ruined before the answer becomes clear.
At the end of the day Mrs Swaine might end up wishing she’d let sleeping dogs lie…
When I first picked up this book, I was a little concerned that it was the second in the series, and I hadn’t read the first. I need not have worried, however – this most definitely works as a standalone.
Jo Cash is an ex-Police Officer turned PI, while David Booker owns a bookish themed cafe – just the sort of place I love! The pair met during the first book, and get on well. David also owns living space above the cafe, some of which he rents to Jo as an office and lodgings. It would appear Jo has fallen on hard times since leaving the Police, and David feels a debt to her to help. He is soon dragged into helping her with her first case.
Both Booker and Cash are likeable characters, and it will be interesting to see how their relationship unfolds throughout the series.
The case that Cash is offered seems at first to be very straightforward, but then turns into something more complicated. Mrs Swaine is the character to offer the case, and she is a very shrewd, at first very unlikeable character, although she did grow on me.
Overall, I would say this is another cosy crime in a village setting. It does take a while to get going, but once it does, it’s an enjoyable read.
My star guide: 4 out of 5.
Thank you to Bloodhound Books who gave me a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Oliver Tidy was born and bred on Romney Marsh, Kent. After a fairly aimless foray into adulthood and a number of unfulfilling jobs he went back to education and qualified as a primary school teacher.