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.


383 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.

    • 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.

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