What the publisher says:
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…
What I say:
I was intrigued by the idea of this book from the start and when I started to read I was not disappointed. Oliver Tidy has his own, very distinct, style of writing and the story is told in the first person, which I found a very good angle for the story. This is the second of the Booker and Cash stories but it can be read as a standalone as it is a separate story. I was intrigued enough by the backstory here to go off and find the first novel to read.
Booker lives in the bookshop-cum-cafe he inherited from his aunt and uncle alongside Jo Cash who, it is explained, saved his life in the previous novel. Cash has set herself up as a private investigator but for her latest job she needs Booker’s help to ensure her client, Mrs Swain, can pay the fees. Gradually the two of them piece together more and more information and become more drawn into the mystery surrounding the Swain family. Along the way they become involved with some interesting characters, all of whom seem believable.
I found I really began to like the two main characters. Booker, who is beginning to have feelings for Cash but won’t act on them, is undoubtedly the main character is self deprecating and honest. Cash is a strong determined woman. The interplay between them is enjoyable to read and the “will they won’t they” adds an intriguing element to the story.
Rating 5 out of 5