Book Bites: Andorra Pett and the Oort Cloud Café by Richard Dee

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Andorra Pett and the Oort Cloud Café

Andorra Pett has left her old life behind. But has she only swapped one set of problems for another?

Andorra’s on the rebound. Her only thought is to get a world away from her cheating ex. With her best friend Cy in tow, she invests her meager savings in a run-down cafe. Never mind that it’s on a space station orbiting Saturn, or that Andorra is accident-prone and can’t make toast without a recipe and a video. Surely running a cafe can’t be that hard, right?

Unfortunately, her dreams of a quiet life are not to be, she’s bought into a mystery, trouble is just around the corner.

When the body of the previous owner is found in the freezer, Andorra’s plans hit some turbulence. She quickly finds that the dead man had enough information about the darker side of station life to embarrass a lot of people, they all want to know what he knew. And she’s in the way.

Andorra needs to find out where he’s hidden his book of secrets. Before anyone else does.

One of the local residents must know more than they are letting on. As the body count begins to rise, can Andorra turn her luck around in time to catch the murderer before they strike again?

After all, she might be the next victim.

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Science fiction cozy? Why not?

Andorra Pett moves to a space station in Saturn’s rings in response to a cheating boyfriend. She is joined by her best friend Cy and together they rent a rundown bar on the station and attempt to turn it into a cafe/bakery.  When the dead body of the previous owner turns up dead in a freezer and the local crime boss turns out to be her landlord she realizes she might be in over her head. 

I loved the idea of a cozy set in space, and as far as the mystery goes it is classic cozy with lots of suspicious suspects, plenty of twisty turns, and wonderfully written, larger-than-life misfit characters that begged me to keep reading. Despite the futuristic setting and the factions and frictions of the residents, the space station gives off a wonderful small town feel where the pair’s new friends band together to help make the new cafe a success, despite the scarce odds.

While I did enjoy the journey to the end of the mystery, I did have some reservations about the beginning of the story. It took me a while to settle into it because I just couldn’t wrap my head around the idea that Andi hopped the first transport to the middle of space to open a cafe, in direct competition with the local crime Don, with little knowledge about life in space, zero experience running a cafe, and limited cooking skills. Still, this is obviously a popular series and an intriguing one as well. With the series available on KU, I think I might just give the next book a looksy.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I received an advance review copy for free through Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours, and I am leaving this review voluntarily

About the Author

Richard Dee is from Brixham in Devon. Leaving school at 16 he briefly worked in a supermarket, then he went to sea and traveled the world in the Merchant Navy, qualifying as a Master Mariner in 1986.

He has also worked as an Insurance Surveyor, Lockmaster, Harbourmaster and Ships Pilot, taking over 3,500 vessels up and down the Thames, passing through the estuary, the Thames Barrier and Tower Bridge.

Since the publication of his first Science Fiction novel, Freefall, in 2013, Richard has written another twelve novels, a textbook and a selection of short stories. He has been featured in several anthologies, including 1066 Turned Upside Down, Connections and Tales from Deepest Darkest Devon.

He writes Science Fiction and Steampunk adventures and also chronicles the exploits of reluctant amateur detective Andorra Pett.

Richard is married with three adult children and five grandchildren.

Author Links – 
Website-  richarddeescifi.co.uk.
Facebook at RichardDeeAuthor 
Twitter at Richard Dee Sci-Fi
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15289756.Richard_Dee

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