About Oliver Tidy

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I love this image. It might just depict the funniest thing I’ve ever seen. If you can believe it, it is the wheelchair/pram access that was installed in a school I worked at. There is nothing fake about this image. Please, count the steps. Think about the geometry and physics involved here. I don’t think the people who designed and installed it did.

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Hello and welcome to the hub of my online presence. That’s me on my beloved Dymchurch beach.

I am a crime writing author publisher. Since early 2017 I am also represented by Bloodhound Books who have taken on my Booker & Cash series.

You can find out more about the books I’ve written including links to both Amazon UK and Amazon US by clicking on the options in block capitals in the header menu above.

Here is a quick overview of what’s available:

The Romney and Marsh Files – British police procedurals set in Dover, Kent,  (seven books).

The Acer Sansom novels – international thrillers (four books).

Booker & Cash stories – private detective tales set in the south of England (three books).

Three Short Blasts is a book of three short stories – one in each of my three series above.

Other books:

Cold Kills – a snowy survival story.

The Crime Writer and other stories – a collection of short stories, novelettes and novellas.

The Prole Soldier – a story set in a dystopian near future.

As you can see from the comments pages in the header menu, I enjoy hearing from readers, so if you’d like to get in touch, don’t be shy.

Thanks.

395 thoughts on “About Oliver Tidy

  1. Hi Oliver you have done it again just finished second R AND M like the way you portray Romney his failings are true to life lots of authors always show their main characters as being infallible he puts his foot in it like all of us …no pun intended Lillian Wests dog poo .Going to start my first Booker and Cash. Dave

    • Hi Dave
      Thanks for your feedback. Great to know R&M#2 hit the mark. Remembering Lillian West’s carpet gave me a chuckle.
      Please let me know what you think of B&C when you’re done. Thanks for your ongoing interest in my writing.
      Best wishes

  2. Hi Oliver,Just finished your newest Acer book and left a review on Amazon. Hope you like it. I loved the book and am eagerly awaiting the next one.
    Your number one 92 year old fan—Erling

    • Hi Erling
      Good to hear from you, sir.
      Great to know you enjoyed the latest Acer. Thanks for your continued support and positive feedback. Much appreciated.
      All the best. 🙂

  3. Hi Oliver just finished Booker Cash no one I,like Booker not a flash hero just a ordinary guy .
    I’m going to purchase next book in line . To carry on reading his next adventures with Cash .good opening novel for this pair .waiting for next Acer book ……. Dave

  4. Oliver
    I have now read all of the Acer Samson, Booker and Cask and Romney and Marsh in that order and I have thoroughly enjoyed all of them.
    I liked the way that you got Peter Grimes into Bookers.
    Now looking forward to any additions to these collections because there are always things to resolve.
    However, did I miss something in that after Grimes’ demise what was the resolution of the lawnmower thefts and the insurance guy who rammed Peter’s car?
    Many thanks for your writing
    Craig Robertson

    • Hi Craig,
      Many thanks for your time and trouble to get in touch with such a positive comment. And sincere thanks for your support in reading all of my series. All much appreciated. Good to know that you’ve enjoyed the reads.
      I’ve been asked about the resolution to the lawn mower issue before. The way I saw it was that that particular incident was outside the jurisdiction of Dover police and so it would have been the responsiblity of Folkestone to investigate and deal with the aftermath of events. Dover CID were happy to hand over anything they could about the crimes on their patch given the tragedy involved. I hope that answers your question.
      Best wishes and thanks again.

    • Hi Ron,
      Many thanks for your very positive comment on the Acer books. Much appreciated. Good to know you enjoyed them. There is an Acer short story in my book Three Short Blasts, which ties up a couple of loose ends.
      Best wishes.

  5. Hi Oliver just finished joint enterprise. Good storyline liked the way you used the unforgettable disaster l remember it well in fact. I didn’t realise you had changed the name of the ferry untill the end ,you always manage to inject a touch of humour in your writing like the way twist things thanks again for great novels Dave

    • Hi Dave
      Good to hear from you again. Great to know that you’re sticking with R&M and enjoying the reads. Thanks for your kind words.
      I was living on Romney Marsh at the time of the disaaster. I knew people who lost people. A tragic event.
      All the best.

  6. Hi Oliver have just finished Cold Kills whilst couldn’t put it downow as in all your other books it didn’t make comfortable reading please more of your previous 3 styles and SOON regards nadene

    • Hi Nadene,
      Many thanks for your comment and for giving this one a try after reading other books of mine. All sincerely appreciated. B&C#3 is next out. Just needs a little more work and it’s off to the proofreader.
      Best wishes

  7. Just finished “Dirty Business” and really enjoyed it.
    It made a change to read about the exploits of a central character in this genre whose exploits were not too “super-hero with special powers”. He has his share of luck – both good and bad – but does not rely on anything which stretches credibility too far.
    The plot developed quickly and maintained pace sufficiently to make me reluctant to put it down.
    Thought it ended very abruptly and I’m assuming the next book in the series picks up where this finished – can’t wait to see what happens next.
    Thank you.

    • Hi Martin,
      Many thanks for your time and trouble to leave such positive feedback for Acer#1. Much appreciated. It’s always good to hear from readers enjoying the reads. I look forward to seeing how #2 grabs you.
      Best wishes.

  8. I am an avid reader of mystery/thriller and have bought used books by the pound from two sources the cost for postage to Canada was horrible. Since then my kindle is years old now. And through Amazon.ca I discovered you. When I read most books I am aware of the actual woods and sentences With your easy flow, crisp phrasing.and story line..I am totally unaware of the actual printed word. It is as if my subconscious is reading and I am actually in your story. I thank you for your work and look foreward to reading your entire output.

    • Hi Norman,
      Many thanks for your time and trouble to feedback so positively and encouragingly on my writing. That and your downloads of my books are sincerely appreciated. I’m glad you’re enjoying them.
      I’m happy to say that I get my fair share of comments from readers and I’m always grateful. Sometimes someone says something that really make me… proud, I suppose is the best word. What you say about being in the story is one of those remarks. Thank you. And by coincidence in this week’s blog post that I shall put out in a day or two I say: ‘Something I’ve realised about my writing: I need to ‘see’ it in order to write it.’ So it works both ways.
      Best wishes and thanks again.

  9. Hi Oliver just finished A Dogs Life great story line ,apart from the story the dialogue and laughs really make for good reading love Romney would make a real life copper as l said before l knew one like him when l was younger in the east end keep up the good work…. Dave

    • Hi Dave
      Always good to hear from you, especially to learn that you’re enjoying the reads. It’s very gratifying. Thank you.
      Probably the aspect of the R&M FIles I enjoyed the most was my idea of what’s funny. Not everyone shares it and not everyone warms to Romney, but i like him and it’s good to know I’m not alone.
      Best wishes

  10. I absolutely LOVE your Romney & Marsh ebooks!! After reading 1, I downloaded the rest of them quick fast & immediately I read MEGA MUCH, mostly crime/police books & so far . . . you are my favorite. I come from a USA police family, but I REALLY LOVE how it is done “across the pond”!! Thank you for sharing your stories.

    • Hi Celeste
      Sincere thanks for getting in touch with such a wonderfully positive message for the R&M Files. Your kind words are much appreciated as are your downloads of the books. It’s always good to hear from readers who enjoy them as much as I enjoyed writing them. Thank you.
      Best wishes

  11. Any chance of having your books available for the Canadian KOBO reader? I am enjoyinhpg your books but might have to buy a Kindle reader.

    • Hi John
      Thanks for your question. It’s good to learn that you’re enjoying the reads. At present, I’m afraid that only two of my books are available anywhere but Amazon, owing to me being locked in to exclusivity agreements.
      Sorry for that.
      Best wishes.

  12. Just finished another of your entertaing novels only read one other author in the last six books yours keep me coming back for more be it Romney and March ..Booker and Cash or Acer just waiting for the next Acer book to be published thanks again Oliver keep up the good work Dave

    • Hi Dave
      I really appreciate your ongoing support of my writing. Thanks very much. It’s good to know you’re sticking with them and enjoying them. Next out is B&C#3 in a couple of weeks.
      Best wishes

    • Hi Tim
      Thanks for your comment. Good to know that you enjoyed the read.
      I have an uncomfortable confession to make: I’m afraid I cannot remember the reason Smith involved Eda. That might seem appalling seeing as I wrote the book, but my memory is shocking and it feels like a long time ago that I last read this title. I have a vague recollection of something but i cannot for the life of me tease it out of the shadows. I do go back to my books from time to time and next time I look at DB I’ll bear your query in mind in the hope I can post a better reply here.
      Best wishes.

  13. Hi Oliver just to say l enjoyed my fifth Romney&Marsh found a few good passages to laugh out loud in l really like Tom he’s the sort of copper you would like or dislike intensely just going on line to download the rest .could you give me the name of a historical novel ,as you said you enjoyed them ,ive read the Sansom ones thanks again Dave

    • Hi Dave,
      As always that’s great to know, thank you. Much appreciated.
      I think that Tom is a character who is either going to grow on you or push you further away.
      My favourite historical novels are the Aubrey/Maturin books by Patrick O’Brian. Quite possibly you are familiar with them. They are, in my humble opinion, so much more than naval history. A real wordsmith.
      Best wishes

  14. Hi Oliver, I’ve just finished all of your Romney&Marsh files. I’d just like to let you know that I’ve enjoyed them all very much. They really are books that are very hard to put down! You’ve bought to life some wonderful characters and gripping story lines, thank you, now I’m looking forward to your reating your other two series, I’m sure I won’t be disappointed.
    Tim

    • Hi Tim
      Many sincere thanks for your time and trouble to leave a comment here on your R7M Files experience. Much appreciated as are your kind words and downloads.
      I had a lot of fun writing these books and it’s always good to hear from readers who share that.
      Thanks in advance for trying one of my other series. The first Acer novel is currently free on Amazon. If and when you get around to anything else of mine, please let me know how it went.
      Best wishes

  15. Hi Oliver, I just read: Rope enough and thoroughly enjoyed it. I have to admit I tend to download free books and as a consequence skip a number of books before I settle with one. I will be actively looking to get your collection, and even pay for them you’ll be pleased to know. Your style and use of English suits me perfectly and I have found myself seeking breaks in the day to keep reading. Thanks for the work, really enjoying it. Regards Ian.

    • Hi Ian
      Many thanks for getting in touch with such a positive message. Much appreciated. Good to know you enjoyed the first R&M File. I hope book two gives you as much reading pleasure.
      Best wishes

  16. I have just read Enough Rope in one sitting – it was unputdownable! I can’t wait to read another R and M ebook. Thank you.

  17. Hey Oliver, There doesn’t seem to be a comments page for Cold Kills, or have I missed something?
    So I guess I have to write it here.
    I finished the book a little while ago, and been thinking what to comment!
    I like it and I didn’t like it……………… that sounds like the beginning of poor sh.. sandwich feedback……. sorry. 😉
    I’ll start again, have you ever watched ‘Tales of the Unexpected’ written by Roald Dahl? I felt it was a bit like an episode from that series. It was a story with a cleaver twist.
    I kept wanting to read on at the beginning, only because I wanted to find out where it was going. I nearly gave up half way through, but I kept going and eventually wanted to finish it. I didn’t like any of the characters, was I supposed to? I didn’t even hate any of them, just meh, so maybe that’s why it was a little hard to get in to it.
    I understand you wanted to try something different and you succeeded. It was well written and a different idea. Popular enough I’d say!
    Personally I like having at least one likable person, all your other books have main characters whom are likable and interesting, I feel want to join in with them on their adventure or solving mysteries or crimes. I guess that’s just the way I like books.

    Sorry if my comments seem a bit negative.

    Looking forward to B&C 🙂 ……………….and R&M?? 🙂 😉

    • Hi Roz
      Thanks for your comment. I’m just glad you gave CK a read. Your support is much appreciated. 🙂 It’s absolutely fine that you weren’t particularly enamoured with it or any of the characters. I’ll take all kinds of feedback and learn from it.
      You are right – there is no one much to like in the book and maybe that was a mistake of mine – we all like at least one likeable character ito relate to.
      Yes, I used to watch ToftU. I liked them. Clever stuff mostly. In fact there was one that has stuck with me to this day that I will one day write a variation on. Maybe sooner rather than later now I’m thinking about it 🙂
      B&C shouldn’t be too long now. Sooner than the next R&M anyway 😉
      Best wishes

  18. Just finished cold kills Oliver, unlike any of your previous books which for me made it all the more enjoyable , hard to put down so read in a few days , keep up the great work , hurry up and finish poor hands , regards Ian ashwell

    • Many thanks for your comment, Ian. Much appreciated, as is your ongoing support of my writing. Glad you enjoyed this one.
      Poor Hands shouldn’t be long now. 🙂
      Best wishes

  19. Just about start Cold Kills, I have even waiting for the new book, looking expectantly every few weeks. I have purchased and enjoyed all of your previous titles. I think Acer is entitled to a bit of good fortune for a while. Keep up the good work. Glenn Brasier

    • Hi Glenn
      Thanks for your comment, and thank you sincerely for your ongoing support of my writing. All much appreciated.
      The third B&C is ready but after interest from a publisher publication has been delayed, probably until the summer. I might have to write something else to fill the time. I will make announcements on the blog whenever I have news.
      I hope you enjoy Cold Kills.
      Best wishes

  20. Almost finished Rope Enough and really enjoying it. Does anyone know where I can purchase the follow on books but in ePub format as all I can find is Amazon Kindle and I have a Kobo reader. Thanks

    • Hi Pete
      Good to know you’re enjoying the first R&M File. I’m sorry but the others are only currently available through Amazon. I will be doing something about that in the future. I do have one other book that is available to read on Kobo as a free download. It is the first in my Acer Sansom series, but then, again, the others are only available on Kindle.
      Best wishes.

  21. I finished the Romney and March series and loved all of them. I’ll miss my friends in Dover. Thanks for giving me many hours of entrainment. Looking forward to meeting Booker and Cash. You have great talent in my opinion. Your books need to be discovered by more people. I found you because Rope Enough was free on Bookbub. After reading it, I bought the series, which I don’t do often. Please keep writing.

    • Hi Lillian, Many thanks for your time and trouble to leave such a positive comment. Much appreciated, as are your kind words for the R&M Files and my writing. You’ve made my day. Good to know that the Bookbub promo did its job. If and when you get around to B&C, please let me know what you think.
      Best wishes.

  22. Hi Oliver – I was sent ‘Poor Hands’ as a pre-read from Bloodhound Books and after reading 3% (on the kindle) I felt I needed to go back to the beginning. I wasn’t disappointed – such a different series and so well written – I love the main characters. I particularly like the descriptions of the area, being from the Southend area originally I can relate to the vast areas of sand when the tide is out and remember going out over this to ‘find the sea.’ I miss this as I now live in the midlands but you have bought back the good memories. I have now gone back to ‘Poor Hands’ and know that I will finish it before publication date so I can leave a review on Amazon and Good Reads – I have Romney and Marsh 1 ready to read next. Glad I found your writing and thank you.

    • Hi Sally,
      Many and sincere thanks for taking the time and trouble to get in touch. I always appreciate hearing from readers.
      I’m really glad to know that you’ve enjoyed B&C. Of all the books I’ve written that series is closest to me – I was born and bred on Romney Marsh and I’m back there now and loving it. I intend giving that pairing a few more adventures yet.
      I hope Romney and Marsh live up to expectations. I had a lot of fun with those two too. Please let me know how that series grabs you.
      Best wishes and thanks again.

  23. Hi Oliver,
    Since firing up my Kindle for the first time in January 2016 (yup, a Christmas present from my lovely wife), I have become an inveterate reader. (172 books to date) I have discovered so many authors that I enjoy and would never have found, if it were not for Kindle. Of all those wonderful books, I have to say that your three series (I have read all of the books) are the ones I have looked forward to reading the most.
    Each one of your books is a treasure trove of finely woven plots, likeable characters and a wonderfully light sense of humour. With some writers, I am keen to reach the final page to find out ‘whodunnit’. With yours however, I find myself savouring every word. They really are beautifully written.
    I started with the R&M books. Once I had finished those, I went onto the AS series. Now I am hooked on B&C! I have literally just finished ‘Poor Hands’ and I have to say that you had me laughing out aloud in places. I can’t wait for the next instalment.
    Kind regards
    John
    PS congratulations on your publishing deal. It is well deserved

    • Hi John,
      First, many thanks for your time and trouble to leave such a positive and encouraging comment. Much appreciated as are your very generous words for my writing.
      One of my great pleasures as a writer is hearing from readers who are enjoying the books.
      I am always particularly thrilled when a reader who has read and enjoyed one of my series goes on to try another and then maybe another. I take that as a huge compliment. So thank you for that also.
      I’m working on another stand-alone story at the moment and then I’ll be back to Booker & Cash.
      Best wishes and once again many thanks for getting in touch.

  24. I love your writing and intend to read everything you’ve written. The pleasure I take from reading your books is enhanced by the lack of spelling mistakes (only one so far) and grammatical errors which dog so many others.
    So far I have read two of the Acer Samson novels and three of your Ten Tall Tales.
    Is there a pun I’ve missed in the Acer Sansom name? I ask because of “Romney and Marsh”; “Booker and Cash” and “Nile UK” (I’d’ve gone with “orinoco.com” myself).
    I was amused by your use of the phrase “better than being poked in the eye with a sharp stick”.
    I’ve always thought that that was a fairly common phrase, it was certainly used often by my mother but on the those occasions when I’ve used it, it’s always caused surprise and mirth. Of course, all that will now change due to you.
    I don’t know how well you’re doing but I imagine that if Intellectual Property is anything to go by, you’re nor short of a bob but I look forward to the day when Acer is as well known as Jack Reacher is.
    I’m a little disturbed by being told I’m not logged into hotmail when I am, and asked for asked for my hotmail account password before I can send this message. If you get it it’s because I’ve found a away around that demand.
    Kind regards,
    Trevor

    • Hi Trevor,
      Many thanks for getting in touch regarding my writing. Your time and trouble are sincerely appreciated, as are your downloads and kind words.
      I must confess that in the early days of my self-publishing journey my texts were often littered with errors of the English language variety. But I learned my lessons and these days all my books are proofread.
      I’ve received many, many comments on the blog but yours is the first that’s asked about a possible pun in the Acer Sansom name. It’s a good point because, as you say, I am quite partial to a little ‘fun’ with my names.
      Acer Sansom was originally to be called Patrick Sansom. This was after two of my favourite authors: Patrick O’Brian and CJ Sansom. However, I never really got used to Patrick and didn’t like the shortened version, Pat. And then one day I saw an article on the web about a young soldier who had died in a conflict in some far flung land. His name was Acer. I instantly liked it.
      Poked in the eye by a sharp stick was something my maternal grandmother used to say. She had other expressions that you would probably recognise: ‘a blind man would like to see it’ for something that was not particularly easy on the eye is one that springs to mind and always makes me smile.
      Self-publishing has been good enough to me to allow me to write full-time. As such, it could be said I’m living the dream. Can’t ask for more than that. And if Acer should ever grace the silver screen I can assure you of one thing: he will not be played by Tom Cruise or anyone else under 4’5″ (unless they offer me enough money to fully compromise my principles. And in case Tom reads this, I am quite cheap).
      Again, many thanks for your contact, which I enjoyed.
      Best wishes
      PS If Orinoco.com had occurred to me I would certainly have considered it 🙂

  25. Only this morning my partner and I were discussing who might play Acer. She was trying to think of a suitable blonde actor and I pointed out that if Tom Cruise can play someone who is 6’5″ and 250 lbs, blonde hair is not an insurmountable hurdle. I have to say that, despite my disgust, I watched the film ready to tear holes in it but, if one can put aside Cruise’s physical shortcomings, it’s actually a rather good film.
    Your maternal grandmother was probably from the same generation as my mother who was born in 1908.
    Since I wrote to you I have read Ten Tall Tales and re-read the first Romney and Marsh (I didn’t realise when I read it about 8 months ago that I was in the presence of greatness).
    I loved your comments (what my partner calls a rant when I do it) in The Crime Writer about the morons who stand up as soon as the ‘plane touches down, it echoes exactly what I’ve been saying for years. What’s even more puzzling to me is the way they’ll stare at me as if I’m crazy for not standing up.
    I have to agree with your comments about your earlier works being littered with errors. I’ll list them for you if you’d interested in/able to correct them.
    I can offer you my services as a proof-reader. I proof-read Will Patching’s Gaslighting and I do charge a reasonable fee, I charged him £0.00 and would be prepared to cut you the same deal.
    You might wonder why I would make an offer like that, it’s just so that at least some books don’t give me the same gut-wrenching feeling that reading things like “through which he clearly expected Marsh to squeeze through” (Rope Enough) does 🙂
    I can’t imagine that you’ll be any less successful than Lee Child has been and you are so much more versatile too.
    Just a sudden thought. It was a real “Oh my God!” moment in Loose Ends when I realised that Mrs Botha had Acer’s baby. My partner asked me what had made me gasp but of course I couldn’t tell her. Luckily I was with her when she got to it and her reaction was a long drawn out “Oooooh”.
    Very clever and, in retrospect, very cleverly hinted at in Dirty Business.
    I now have an Oliver Tidy folder on my Kindle and I can’t give you higher praise than that.
    Trevor

    • Hi Trevor,
      I always fancied Rupert Penry-Jones for Acer, however time is against all of us on that one. That said, if the money had been on the table at the right time… well, please allow me to direct you to a blog post I wrote many moons ago. https://olivertidy.com/2013/10/25/to-sell-out-or-not-to-sell-out/
      All that said, I have to agree with you that Cruise did his usual stuff and the film was eminently watchable. But I’m still not over the betrayal. 🙂
      I am always interested in and grateful for constructive reader feedback. This includes all typos spotted. I do note them when they are offered and every now and again I upload a revised edit to Amazon. I like my books to be the very best, in mechanical terms at least, that I can make them. So, please, anything you find and are happy to pass on, I’m happy to receive.
      Exactly! The looks bestowed by the standing passengers as they wait for the plane doors to open. I’m recently back from Turkey where i lived for a number of years. I travelled fairly regularly with Turkish Airlines. Turks are the worst offenders for this. At times it seemed like half the passengers were on their feet, clutching their carry on luggage, before we’d even touched down.
      Really pleased to learn that you’re enjoying the writing. Thanks for sharing. It’s always good to know.
      Once upon a time, if someone told me they had a folder on me I’d have been a worried man. 🙂
      Now, regarding your offer, here is my email address. I would be very interested in communicating further with you on this. olivertidy@yahoo.co.uk
      Many thanks and I look forward to hearing from you.
      Best wishes to you and your partner. (It is a special thing for me the writer to learn that two people in the same household are reading my books and discussing them.)

  26. Downloaded The Fallen Agent. Your the only reason I kick along my Kindle. At some point I want a signed first edition novel.

    • Hi Dave,
      Many thanks for your ongoing support. I’d love one of my signed first editions too. I’m just waiting for a publisher to print one…or two…. thousand 🙂
      Best wishes

  27. What I love about your books is that I was brought up very close to Romney Marsh and still visit several times a year. This means that I can picture the places in the R&M series and Booker series pedrfectly. It is that accurate reasearch and you local knowledge that brings the stories to life for me. Please keep up these series as it brings me so much pleasure.
    Wishing you all the best
    Jim

    • Hi Jim,
      Many thanks for your time and trouble to get in touch. Much appreciated.
      It’s always good to hear from readers who are enjoying the stories, especially when they know the area.
      I’ve lived on Romney Marsh most of my life and love the uniqueness of the place. To know that that comes through in my writing makes me happy. Thank you.
      Certainly more Booker & Cash in the pipeline. Not so sure about the R&M Files.
      Best wishes

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