I’m thrilled to be able to share with your my stop of the blog tour for He Made Me by Oliver Tidy and published by Bloodhound Books
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…
Having previously read some of the Romney and Marsh series I was excited to read He Made Me. Although this is the second book in the Booker and Cash series I can confirm, having not read the first book, that it can be read as a standalone story.
I really like the author’s style of writing and having a story told in the first person makes a refreshing change.
Booker lives above a cafe/bookshop that he has renovated after he inherited following the passing of his aunt and uncle. Also living there is Jo Cash, an ex-police officer who saved Booker’s life in the first novel. She has since set up her own private investigation business and landed her first contract. In order for her client, Mrs Swaine, to pay her fees, she requires Booker’s help and so the two of them are drawn into the mystery surrounding the Swain family.
Although I liked the main characters, at times I did find myself wondering why Booker ended up getting so caught up with the investigation. It is made obvious he has feelings for Cash, but I still felt he was treated a little bit like a doormat. There is a hint of will they-won’t they to their relationship and I am interested to see how this will play out in future books.
Initially I didn’t care too much for Rebecca Swaine’s character, but as the story progressed I couldn’t help feel a little sorry for her. The plot was intriguing, if a little slow, in places but managed to keep be guessing until the end.
All in all the I enjoyed this book. It was a quick read, although I do wish I had read the first book in the series if only to fully understand the history between Booker and Cash.
Many thanks to Oliver, Sarah and Bloodhound Books for my advanced reader copy and inviting me on the tour!
He Made Me was published on June 16th
About the Author
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.
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