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.

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.

The Fallen Agent – a UK terrorist threat spook story.

The Harm Farm – a torture-for-pleasure-and-profit- business is uncovered by an investigative journalist.

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.


434 thoughts on “About Oliver Tidy

  1. I downloaded all three Romney and Marsh Files for free, because they were free. I have read “Rope Enough”,an easy read and I was keen to get to the end. Here I think it lost a little, however I intend to read the next.

  2. hi Oliver..a good story..one small comment…use of more first names {femails} would soften characters. A good read..looking forward to the next one {Rope Enough}

    • Hi Ross,
      Many thanks for taking the time and trouble to post a comment. Interesting point that you make and one that I hadn’t considered. I shall watch that effect in future writing. Thank you.

  3. I have just finished reading ‘Rope Enough’ and thoroughly enjoyed it. I will definitely be reading the next two in the series. I liked both the main characters but I don’t like the way Romney referred to his girlfriend as ‘Carpenter’. I think it would be much better if you used first names for your characters. Keep up the good work!

    • Jean,
      Many thanks for your comment. I’m glad that you enjoyed the read and hope that the next doesn’t disappoint. Another reviewer made a similar comment to yours about character names. I shall certainly look at that if and when I get around to writing further Romney and Marsh Files. Regards.

  4. For a great many more reviews, comments and readers thoughts regarding the Romney and Marsh Files, please see the Romney and Marsh Files Comments Page, which can be found on the site navigation bar at the top of this page.

  5. Sometimes its a curse to read fast, as I have finished all three book’s in record time! I just loved Romney, super character – Will be defiantly keeping my eyes peeled for future offerings from you

  6. I very much enjoyed your Rope Enough – easy reading as I sat by my pool in South Eastern Spain. The characters are just fine. Romney is not Harry Bosch but he still shows independence and determination. I will be downloading the next book very soon. I was hooked by the Romney & Marsh names on the Kindle blurb as I lived in Kent for some years. Then the deja vu hit home. I was born in Blackpool, my mother joined us in Charing and in her 90´s made her last journey to that crematorium, my wife worked at William Harvey. And my best pal lives in Willesborough. Fascinating!

    • Evening Peter
      Great to hear from you from Spain – where I would much rather have been today than teaching English to Turkish nine year olds who didn’t seem particularly interested.
      It’s always pleasing to see that someone has enjoyed the book. Thanks for taking the time and trouble to let me know.
      I have links with all those Kent locations that you mention, even the crematorium. Small world sometimes.
      I hope that you enjoy the next in the series.

  7. ,ive just read rope enough & really enjoyed it.It was easy to read & didnt want to put it down.im looking forward to reading your other books thanks maria

    • Hi Maria
      Thanks so much for letting me know that you enjoyed the book. Please let me know how the others work for you. Have a great Sunday.
      Best wishes, Oliver

  8. Hi Oliver I have just finished Rope Enough I thought it an excellent read if I had picked it up at the airport to read on my hols I would have been well pleased. I have read several self published books and was honestly surprised when I found yours was one of them .Most of them have poor Grammer or poor literary style. I would gave yours top marks .I hope all goes well with you. We hope to come to Turkey next year we might bump into each other.

    • Hi Carole
      Thank you for your very encouraging comment. I am so pleased to learn that you enjoyed Rope Enough. I will look forward to meeting you when you come to Turkey. It’s a great place. Best wishes. 🙂

  9. Hello Oliver, I’ve just finished Rope Enough and Making A Killing, and would like to congratulate you on two easy to read, enjoyable books. Romney is just “stiff”enough to be very believable, and Marsh good as his long suffering sergeant. I must say it’s a pleasure to read a story devoid of the foul language prevalent in most novels today. Many thanks
    Steve M.

    • Hi Steve
      Thank you for your encouraging message. I’m always pleased to hear from readers who have enjoyed the books. It’s also good to see that the combination of Romney and Marsh are being appreciated.
      I don’t see the need with these books to use too much bad language. Of course, it will crop up from time to time, but using it every other paragraph dilutes it’s impact in my opinion. Also, my mum would not be happy.
      Thanks again for getting in touch. I hope that if and when you get around to reading the third book you let me know how you found it.
      Best wishes

  10. Dear Oliver, I have just finished reading your first book (free) but will definitely buy the others. I am from Gravesend originally but have family in Deal and have recommended you to a cousin there. Looking forward to reading the rest, yours Elizabeth Beale (now in Orvieto, Italy)

    • Hello Elizabeth
      Thanks for letting me know that you enjoyed Rope Enough enough to go on to make a purchase or two. I genuinely enjoy hearing from readers who do that.
      I remember that in book three someone says something uncomplimentary about Gravesend. If you get that far, please accept my apologies on his behalf.
      Thanks for the recommendation to your cousin. Word of mouth is a powerful resource for me as an unknown.
      I see that you are now in Italy. I hope that you are enjoying your change of scenery. I’m an ex-pat myself and I quite enjoy the life.
      All the best. Oliver

  11. Hi. Just finished the second Romney book and downloading the next. I have thoroughly enjoyed your writing. The two main characters are believable and the story lines are not bogged down in minute detail like many other detective books tend to be. Well done and thank you!

    • Hi Carole,
      Your kind and encouraging comment is very timely. I’m very pleased that you are enjoying the books. Thanks for letting me know and thanks for your purchases. All much appreciated. Best wishes.

  12. Oliver,

    First of all congratulations. If ‘Enough Rope’ is your first book then I think you are going to be an excellent writer. A good plot that moves along at a reasonable pace, I thoroughly enjoyed it. At the end of the book you ask for a little feedback so here goes. My main comment is that you developed the wrong character as the guilty party. For the first half of the book you realy do a good job building Avery up as a nasty piece of scum. The way you describe this individual and his life style is spot on. However you almost drop him like a hot potato and he does not come back into the plot till the last few pages. It is almost as if you had forgotten about him then realised to late that he was a loose end that had to be tied up. Anyway – a cracking read, I will move on to the next one and would not hesitate to recommend you (which I shall do on Amazon).
    Regards, Alan C.

    • Hello Alan,
      Many thanks for paying the blog a visit and for leaving such an encouraging comment.
      Readers are often prompting me to reflect on aspects of either my writing or the books with their observations and opinions and I value each and every one.
      You have thrown up an interesting perspective with what you say about development (or lack of) of Avery’s character. Without going back to read the book (It’s seems so long since I last did) I can’t reply convincingly to your remarks, but it certainly something that I’m going to bear in mind next time I look at Rope Enough. Thanks for your thoughts, by the way. I do know what you mean though. Food for thought.
      If and when you get around to the next in the series please let me know how you find that.
      And thanks again for your very positive Amazon comment.
      All the best. Oliver.

  13. Hi Oliver,
    Having just finished Rope enough, I immediately ordered the next one. Being an ex Royal Marine stationed in Deal, the mention of St Margaret’s bay brought back a few good memories. I look forward to reading both the follow-up books, and if self publishing was the only way to go it shows there are a great many duff literary agents around

    • Hi Ray
      Good to hear from you. Thanks for your encouraging comment and your purchase of Making a Killing. I hope that you enjoy it as much as the first book. And thanks too for the compliment in your literary agent remark. That put a smile on my face.

  14. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Rope Enough and the only tiny criticism would be, as with a few other readers, that Tom should maybe have referred to his girlfriend by her Christian name. I will definitely be reading the other books asap. I read Rope Enough in a few hours, the curse of fast reading, wanting to get to the end, but wanting to savour and prolong the read!

    • Hi Ann
      Very good to hear from you. Thanks for letting me know that you enjoyed Rope Enough. I take it as a high compliment that you read it quickly.

      When I get around to my next edits of these books, I will certainly be doing something about Tom (You may well be the only person who has referred to him thus and that’s put a smile on my face. It makes him seem more real for some strange reason.) using his girlfriends Christian name.

      As a side note, I’ve just finished the 6th draft of another book (not a R&M) and I realised that I was doing it again, despite the comments that I’ve received here and agreeing with them. Slow learner. Looks like there’ll be a 7th draft.

      If and when you get around to others in the series, I will be genuinely interested to learn how you find them.

      Best wishes.

  15. Hello,
    I’ve just finished ‘Rope Enough’ and agree with all those who’ve already posted comments. I love the names, Romney and Marsh and don’t mind a bit that you refer to them all by their surnames. One thing, when did ‘floor’ take the place of ‘ground’? I always think of floor as indoors, not outside. (You are not the only writer using this, but it irritates). I look forward to reading more of Romney and Marsh. I’m sure publishers/agents will be wanting you so that you don’t self publish – unless you prefer to of course.
    Martha Haigh

  16. Hi Martha

    Thanks very much for getting in touch to let me know that you enjoyed Rope Enough.

    Funny thing about the names. It seems that people either like the ‘joke’ or think it’s a bit daft. I have never regretted my decision. Naturally, I like to hear that people like them, so thanks for that too.

    I must admit that if readers hadn’t mentioned that they prefer the use of first names in certain circumstances and relationships, I’d have stuck with surnames. I can understand why readers say it and I’ll change them.

    Floor and ground. Mmm… not thought about that. I see your point and I’ll look at that too when I change the other things. Thanks for the observation.

    I am enjoying the whole self-publishing thing very much, but I’m a ‘real’ book lover and because I’m a ‘real’ book lover if ever the chance came for the Romney and Marsh books to find a traditional publisher, I’d have to consider it. Mind you, I’m not exactly beating off agents with a stick and I may be well advised not to hold my breath.

    If you get around to any others in the series, please let me know what you think of them.

    Best wishes.

  17. Hello Oliver, just to say that I downloaded The first Romney and Marsh for free and loved it, so I bought the second and loved it. I’ve just bought the third and am really looking forward to it. You’re doing a great job and you certainly will succeed, just stick at it.

    • Hello,
      Thanks very much for your wonderful comment and for your purchases. I hope that you enjoy the third as much as the other two.
      I like your blog. You have a new follower. Some great ideas for encouraging students to engage with literature. As a teacher of English, I shall be having a closer look soon.
      Best wishes.

      • Thanks Oliver, I’m not managing to get much on there at the moment but hope to get some new posts on later in the year.. I started the third Romney and Marsh last night and love it. Are there going to be more?

      • I shall watch out for them.
        Good to know that Joint Enterprise has started well for you. I’m working on a couple of other writing projects at the moment, but I do intend to resurrect Romney and Marsh later in the year. I like them too much to leave it at three. Best.

  18. Mr Tidy,
    Just wanted to let you know that I just finished “Rope Enough” and enjoyed it immensely. I would have paid for it if necessary and would have been well satisfied. We readers generally do not know the ins and outs of publishing and such. It is unfortunate you did not receive compensation for your works. I will seek your other books in the series and even pay for them. I thought your writing was interesting and entertaining. I look forward to my next Oliver Tidy read. Keep up the good work. Im sure it will pay off for you.
    Best wishes,
    E. D. Noar

    • Hi
      Very pleased to hear from you. Thanks for your kind words regarding Rope Enough. I’m glad that you enjoyed it.
      As a self-publishing unknown, I have to offer something to entice new readers to try me. Giving away ‘Rope Enough’ was my attempt at this.
      If and when you get around to the next in the series, please let me know what you think.
      Best wishes.

  19. Hi Oliver just finished the second book which I was happy to pay for after reading Rope Enough for free,and have now downloaded the third and been happy to pay for that too, which should tell you something!

    Very much enjoying them and your blog as a developing writer.Plan to take a look at your other series too.

    As others have commented I’d like to learn more about Marsh ,her background and what makes her tick, I also think you could usefully draw out Dover more in the background. For me I enjoy having the setting in a series almost as one of the characters (if that makes sense) look at Rebus and Edinborough,Morse and Oxford,Logan Macrae (by Stuart McBride if you haven’t read any) and Aberdeen.

    Admire what your doing and being brave enough to interact with readers which can’t be easy at times. Anyone can stand on the sidelines and comment , not everyone has the wherewithall to do what your doing.

    Keep at it!
    Chris G

    • Hi Chris
      Many thanks for taking the time and trouble to drop me a decent communication with some useful feedback. And thank you, too, for your purchases of the R&M Files and for taking an interest in my blog, which has to come mean as much to me as the books. All much appreciated.

      Readers have been overwhelmingly very good to me with their suggestions and observations about the books. I am certainly going to take on board the constructive criticism that I have received about characters when I write the next one. Marsh needs fleshing out, Romney needs toning down at times and, you are quite right, Dover needs to be made more of.

      Strange thing is I know that Dover has a wealth of interesting and diverse locations to utilise and despite my best intentions to do so it just hasn’t seemed appropriate to do more than I have. I do understand your suggestion and examples though and will be taking your observations into account when I start work on the next one in the series.

      I really enjoy communicating with readers who have been good enough to try and maybe buy me. Naturally, you can’t please everyone but that’s all part of it.

      Do let me know what you think of Joint Enterprise when you get around to it.

      Thanks again and best wishes.

      • Well not finished it yet but really enjoying it. Romney’s dry wit and the exchanges with ” Mr Crawfish” have had me laughing loud enough for people to ask awhat I’m reading ,it’s a hoot. I know you didn’t aim to write a comedy but I can’t tell “who done it” , the plot’s twisting and Romney is developing nicely as a character I want to read more of, so far so good!

      • It really cheers me to see that some of my attempt at humour is working for you. I indulged myself in Joint Enterprise and I had a great deal of fun writing it. I think that actually the humour came to be as important to me as the policing. I thought that if I could get a good mix that worked effectively I’d be happy. So thanks for letting me know that it’s started well for you.
        Best wishes.

      • Hi Oliver well finished joint enterprise,thoroughly enjoyed it and can’t wait for the next. I’m feeling deprived so please get weaving!

        In the meantime when are the Acer Sampson novels going to be available?

        Kind regards

      • Hello Chris
        Well that’s very good to know. Thank you for your support, kind comments and for the purchases. All much appreciated.
        In a bid to get the Sansoms as good as they can be they are taking a little longer than I originally anticipated to get on Amazon. But I’m sure that the delay will make them much better for the extra work. My new tentative date is by the end of August. I will, naturally, make an announcement on my blog.
        When that is all done and dusted, I’ll be making a start on the fourth R&M book.
        Best wishes and thanks again.

  20. I also got your your first R & M book for free but have paid for the other two, honest! Very much enjoyed the first two and am partway through Joint Enterprise.
    I like the names, though I have to admit that Grimes is my favourite, perhaps because I used to work with someone who regularly ‘decorated’ himself with his dinner. As a horrendous pedant I wince occasionally (anti room had me grinding my teeth!) but overall I think you have done a great job. Looking forward to your next – and very glad to hear this isn’t the end of Romney and Marsh.

    • Hi Sara
      Thank you for getting in touch. I’m pleased to see that you are enjoying the R&M Files to the extent of paying for the privilege. My son’s nappy fund says thank you very much.

      Glad that the names work for you. I have no regrets over any of them even though some readers have expressed an opinion that Romney and Marsh is a bit twee.

      Grimes really comes into his own in Joint Enterprise. By the end of the three books he is probably the one who I like the most. I think that perhaps we all know someone like him.

      In my learning curve of self-publishing, I have come to understand that self-editing is impossible to do effectively. You just stop seeing things. For example, I must have read each of the books a dozen times – really – but as soon as I saw ‘anti room’ in your message I recognised it as wrong. I will be doing another edit with all three books when I have finished with another writing project that I’m engaged on.

      As you’ve seen they will return.

      Thanks again and best wishes.

  21. Dear Oliver (if I may),
    I’ve just finished reading Rope Enough and thoroughly enjoyed it. You ask for editorial mistakes and inevitably there are some missing words, as in all ebooks. However, as an ex-Grammar School pupil with a degree in Literature, I found in the text one of my absolute pet hates! – ‘would of’ instead of ‘would have’. I realise that youngsters these days don’t understand ‘would’ve’ but it is not ‘would of’!!! Best wishes, Sue

    • Hello Sue,
      Thanks for getting in touch. Glad to see that you enjoyed the read.
      I hang my head in shame every time a reader points out that particular language error to me. And my father was Head of the English department. I did it in the next book, Making a Killing, too. They will be corrected in future edits along with other mistakes that readers have let me know about.
      I sincerely appreciate readers helping me out by highlighting errors. As a self-publisher who does everything except the cover art, I have come to rely on helpful feedback, so thanks for your time and trouble.
      Best wishes.

  22. Hi Oliver, I have just completed reading “Rope Enough” and thoroughly enjoyed it,so much so I have just bought and downloaded books 2 and 3. Your books are as enjoyable as those by my other favourite authors Peter Robinson and Peter James. Keep up the good work –More Romney and Marsh please. Regards Katie

    • Katie,
      Many thanks for getting in touch and for your very encouraging message. Thanks too for the purchases of the other two books.
      I hope to start the fourth in the series sometime soon.
      Best wishes.

    • Jennifer,
      Many thanks for getting in touch to let me know that you are enjoying the books, so far. And thanks for your purchases. All much appreciated. I hope Joint Enterprise doesn’t disappoint – Romney does get a bit grumpy. I look forward to seeing how you find it.
      Best wishes.

  23. Yes I’ll admit to being one of those who downloaded it for free as it wasn’t my usual genre of book and I fancied something different to read. It’s taken me approx 5 hours to read as I genuinely couldn’t put it down. I’ll be going onto Amazon now to buy the next instalment and will be letting everyone I know and hope they read it next! Good luck for the future

    Regards Sian Barton

    • Hi Sian
      Many thanks for getting in touch.
      Rope Enough is free all the time as part of my try-before-you-buy initiative.
      Five hours? That’s pretty good going, actually, that’s incredible! It’s really encouraging to know that the book had that effect.
      Thanks in advance for your purchase of the next. Please let me know what you think of it.
      Best wishes.

  24. Just finished “Rope Enough” and thouroughly enjoyed it. I must confess, I only downloaded the book because it was free, but am pleased to have found it. My reading of late has evolved from Steg Larsson, through Jo Nesbo, to yourself, and how refreshing it is to have found an English thriller/detective writer who can hold his own in that company. I will certainly continue through the series. Don’t be too upset about the “free” bit, just think of the royalties when the film producers start knocking! Keep it comming.

    • Jim
      Many thanks for getting in touch and for letting me know that you enjoyed Rope Enough.
      You’ve certainly paid me a high and very encouraging compliment by putting me in that company. Thanks for that too. If only you were a literary agent, or that independent film producer searching for a new project, or perhaps a household name looking for a new role to play…I can dream. But for now my wife informs me – for the third time – that the washing up needs doing before I cook dinner.
      If you get around to the next in the series, please let me know what you think. I look forward to hearing from you again.
      Best wishes.

  25. Thanks Oliver,
    I just finished the first Rope Enough. Love the characters. Will read any and everything that you have written. This is better than watching Sunday football.


    • Hi Lynn
      Many thanks for getting in touch to let me know you enjoyed the read.
      And if the Sunday football you watch is anything like the Sunday morning football I used to play you’re definitely better off with a book. If you get around to any others in the series, please let me know what you think.
      Best wishes.

  26. Just read Rope Enough, having lived in Dover most of my life I enjoyed my home town being highlighted, also would like to congratulate you on an excellent read. And finally Iam looking forward to buying a flat in Priory Towers sounds an excellent place to live

    • Hi Stew
      Many thanks for getting in touch to let me know you enjoyed the read. Much appreciated.
      I’m always particularly pleased to hear from readers local to Dover. I lived in Dover off and on for a few years and always thought it would be a great town to set a detective novel in – Dover has so much to offer a writer. One book turned into three (and one on the way). I hope that you’ll give the next a try, Making a Killing, and if you do forgive me a couple of liberties I’ve taken with the geography.
      I understand that there is a flat for rent in Priory Towers owing to the owner recently becoming a guest of Her Majesty.
      Best wishes.

  27. Hi Oliver Tidy,
    Having read 1st & 2nd Romney & Marsh books, I shall definitely be getting the 3rd – brilliant. I have just finished Acer Sansom ‘Dirty Business’ and was prepared for it not to be as gripping as the R & M books as I didn’t think you could better those characters but, boy, was I wrong !!! Will be starting Loose Ends tonight as can’t wait to find out what he does next (though think I can guess one part of it (I hope)). PLEASE keep writing about all these wonderful characters. Have always been a reader of GOOD authors & you certainly join their ranks. Just one point …. when your books are made into blockbuster films can you PLEASE make sure your characters are portrayed by actors as close as possible to the character in the book UNLIKE a 6’5″ hefty,well-decorated, ex-army chap who was played in the film by a 5’6″ NAME to sell the film – a total sell-out by the Author & completely ruined any further reading by me of his books !! I have not read him since on principal (I’m sure you know who I mean !!) Rant over !!! Really looking forward to getting ti grips with Acer again – Thank you very much for such enjoyable reads, Jacky

    • Hi Jacky
      Many thanks for getting in touch to let me know you’re enjoying the books. I really appreciate your time and trouble, your purchases and your comments.
      I’m always a little anxious when a reader who has enjoyed the R&M Files tries the Acer Sansom books in case they don’t measure up so it’s really good to know that you enjoyed Dirty Business. I hope Loose Ends will please you as much.
      I totally understand what you’re saying about ‘Jack’. I couldn’t quite believe that when I heard it. For my money, as you say, it was a total sell-out and insulting to that author’s readership. Tom might have made a good job of the role in the film – I haven’t seen it – but he is not JR and never will be. I do not understand the decision. Surely, LC didn’t need the money and I bet he’s alienated a good many of his readers.
      Rest assured, when Hollywood come knocking on my door for the film rights there is only one condition: I play Acer Sansom! (Unless Jimmy Crankie wants the part of Acer and can afford it. Unlike LC I do need the money.) 🙂
      Best wishes.

  28. Hi Oliver, Thank you so much for taking the time to reply. When I first heard who was portraying JR I went onto LC’s page to leave a comment and could not believe the THOUSANDS of posts on there saying the same thing that I felt. I did leave a comment and also asked if he ever read his page and listened to his ‘fans’ – obviously not !!! I have not, nor do I ever intend to, seen the film and I have not, nor will I ever, purchased another book of his. Such a pity as JR is an excellent character. Mind you, at the rate you are going with Acer (yes, I am well into Loose Ends ) I feel he is quite capable of taking over JR’s mantle !!!!!! Please don’t ever stop writing about R & M and Acer !!! Many thanks, Jacky

    • Jacky
      My pleasure.
      I’ve enjoyed a couple of Reachers and I must admit to feeling quite incredulous when I first heard about Cruise playing him. As I said in the post (which I’m very pleased you saw) whoever was responsible just ridiculed the character in my opinion. And it’s not like LC would need the money, surely.
      Thanks again for your vote of confidence for Acer and R&M.
      Best wishes.

  29. Hi Oliver,
    I have just read Rope Enough & Making a Killing and before I read Joint Enterprise I thought I would let you know that you MUST write further “files” without doubt. Yes I would pay for them before you ask! I am not a literary critic so can’t give you detailed insights, however I loved reading both your books to the point of not wanting to put them down.
    The next files could be your Turkish Delights!
    I loved the Romney & Marsh concept, I suppose it could have been Camber & Sands! Please write on Oliver as there is so more to come.

    • Hi Tom
      Good to hear from you with such a positive and encouraging message.
      To be honest, I’m far more interested in hearing from readers who have enjoyed the stories for what I hope they are – a light entertaining read.- than from literary critics. If you liked them enough to get in touch and let me know that makes me happy. Thank you.
      Turkish Delights and Camber and Sands gave me a good chuckle. Never say never.
      Just to let you know, I’m working on the fourth R&M at the moment.
      Best wishes and thanks again.

  30. Hi Oliver,

    I don’t usually engage in blogs. I have now read all your books. By the way there are a number of typos not too many and I tend to read late so don’t feel motivated to note them down and communicate them so sorry for not helping you there but I’ll get over it and your no worse off it does not detract from the enjoyment.

    I spend a lot of time reading as I run a financial services company consult in a start up and I am studying a masters. I however need to go somewhere else at the end of the day away from reality but it needs to be engaged in the real world.

    I am as I say not a blogger or a poster on sites but considered that as I enjoyed your books so much I would make an exception.

    I also think as a self publisher and in the advent of muti channel and social marketing which can be done for mostly nothing, and your product being very good that people need to know that your out there. I only came accross you by accident.

    The business school at Falmouth University have a free global consultancy service as long as you let students loose on the activities. Many other Univesrsities do. A marketing campaign using multi channel Internet resource and them doing the work might be a cheap and effective way to get your books noticed more rather than the accidental customer like I was. Apologies if I am teaching you to suck eggs but just thought I would mention it. Time is always a issue and we would rather you spend it writing. Keep up the good work.



    • Hi Neil

      Firstly, many thanks for getting in touch to let me know you liked the books, especially as posting on blogs is not something you are keen on. It’s always pleasing for me to learn that they are being read and enjoyed.

      The three R&M books I published without the help of a proofreader and I’ve learned from several readers of the mistakes I’ve made. No problem that you didn’t suggest any. I think I must have them all now. What I need is the time to fix them. And I will. I’m working on the fourth R&M just now and then I intend to get my edits done of the first three.

      Which brings me on nicely to your very interesting suggestion about the marketing campaign opportunity. I have only recently realised something that I have been hearing about for a long time but not taking much notice of, namely that self-publishing is only half the story – the horse that’s going to pull the cart that is the book is the promotion. And I really don’t know where to start with that. Your information about the possibility of getting help from a business school within a uni is both timely and very intriguing. I thank you for it. That could be a very great help indeed.

      Good luck with that Masters. I wondered about doing one of those recently to improve my options within teaching. In the end I decided to start another book instead.

      Best wishes and thanks again.

  31. Just finished Rope enough. Really enjoyed it and kept reading till the end. Excellent characters. I did not spot a single mistake in the whole book, spelling or other. Keep up the good work. I will look out for your next one. Do not have a lot of money so look out for free versions, but will consider buying the follow ons.

    • Hi Susan
      Many thanks for getting in touch to let me know you enjoyed the read. Much appreciated. If you get around to the next, please let me know what you think.
      Best wishes.

  32. Oliver, Having read the th/ree R & M novels with much enjoyment I have recently started reading the first Acer Sansom book. However, being something of a history anorak I must point and chronological error regarding the events you refer to on Senlac Hill. You were correct inasmuch as the Saxons did fall for the faux retreat of the Normans, but according to Stanley Holloway” it were ‘Arold as were left on the ‘illtop, on his ‘orse, with his ‘awk in his ‘and” Alfred as you mention was fighting the Vikings two hundred years earlier. However this will not stop reading the rest of the book with perhaps a little added frission of finding another typo, coupled with the warning of the old adage that no-one loves a smart-arse.
    Are you still enjoying life in Turkey, I remember so 60+ years ago standing in the Blue Mosque, being a mainly disinterested Royal Marine oblivious to all the wondrous sights about me, more interest in when we were going to find the Marines standard meal when on shore leave i.e. Steak, egg and chips, no matter what country we were in, try local cuisine, no fear, accompanied by the local brew, that we were keen to quaff. It is true, I believe that youth is wasted on the young, how I’d love to retrace those two and half years I spent swanning around the Med, with little or no interest in historical sights including a trip to Petra.
    Anyway I fear I’ve waffled on quite long enough, keep up the good work, I look forward to finishing
    Dirty business and starting the second Acer book
    Yours very sincerely,

  33. Hello Ray
    Good to hear from you again.

    I can’t believe I wrote Alfred. I know it’s Harold. So I immediately checked the manuscript and what do I find? I wrote Alfred!! I can’t believe it. Thanks for pointing it out, really. I will change it. And, please know, I only ever value well-meant comments and corrections, which yours clearly is.

    This is my fifth year in Turkey and Istanbul and to be honest the gloss is wearing thin. Maybe a couple more and time to move on. There are certainly some wonderful sights and sites to see but Turkey has it’s issues, like anywhere. And the longer one stays the more one understands.

    Were you really here sixty years ago? Crikey. It is terrible to have regrets about missed opportunities. There’s a lot to see and do – and write in my case – and so little time.

    Please let me know how Dirty Business grabs you when you’re done and thanks for mentioning that you enjoyed the R&Ms. I’ve nearly finished the first draft of the fourth in that series.
    Best wishes.

  34. Oliver,

    Never rude to ask a pensioner how old he is, he’s usually too keen to tell you, I was 82 last birthday, and hopefully good for a few more yet. I usually say that we are allotted three score years and 10. Well I’m now 12 years overdrawn and so far no-ones charged me any interest, so I’m not complaining. I like to tell people that I’m going to live forever and so far I’m doing alright lol.

    I look forward to the new Romney and Marsh, could one of your new characters be called Dymchurch?



    • Ray
      Fantastic. Good for you, sir. If I can make 82 and still be sharp with a sense of humour, I will be well satisfied. Here’s to many years more – I’ve got lots of books that will need buying when they’re written. 🙂

      I think that calling a character Dymchurch in the R&M Files might be pushing it. I’ve had enough people complain about Romney and Marsh. But, on that decision, I have no regrets at all.


  35. Hi Oliver,

    I’m so glad to write your books in Turkey. I think that Turkish readers really want to get theese books from the book stores and read. I look forward to your next thriller and i wanna be one of the first readers of your next book.

    yours sincerely

    • Hi Pinar
      Thank you for your very kind message. I would be thrilled if one day I could walk into a bookshop in Turkey and see my books on the shelf translated and for sale.
      Best wishes

      • Surprised me too. I’m on the third book of yours in the Romney/Marsh series and enjoying it. I’ll get back when I’ve finished it. Pleased to hear that you might write another one later.

  36. I hope that this isn’t tiresome, but in my bedtime reading last night was another few chapters of Joint Enterprise. Romney visits Edy Vitriols (great name BTW) mother again and she tells Romney on Loc 2918 “His psychiatrist helped him a lot to deal with it. I think all that was HER talking.” So why is Romney so surprised when he visits Dr Puchta, to find that she is a woman in Loc 3198? I was certainly expecting it to be. But then I have to admit, I’m not always listening when a woman is talking either. ;(
    The sinking of the Herald Of Free Enterprise always fascinated me, especially as at the time I was living in Hurstpierpoint, Sussex, which is where the ship’s captain was also from. A week after the disaster, I took a ferry from Sheerness (sheer hell) to Flushing (as we called it) in Holland to visit the war museum near Arnhem and our boat passed the mouth of Zeebrugge harbour, where myself and other passengers stood in silence looking at the capsized ship.
    Finally, I now live in Switzerland, but I also love English ale and whenever I travel home I always look for a pint or two of that famous Faversham beer that No Fokker Comes Close to. A friend even got me the T Shirt, from last years Battle Of Britain memorial day in Capel Le Ferne.

    • Russell
      I never get tired of feedback. I’m grateful for it.
      You’ve highlighted one of those mistakes that makes my blood run cold. Spelling, punctuation, a bit of awkward grammar I expect to fall foul of – I have no great English education. But plot errors are the things of my nightmares. One other springs to mind. In my first edition of Making a Killing I wrote that the diabetic would need insulin to counter hypoglycaemia when it should have been a rapid sugar intake. I even wrote a blog-post on it.


      This is another one. You are absolutely right. Romney should have expected a woman and I missed it. Now that my hands are up I’ll use my artistic worming licence to say that because he’d just come from the pub, was maybe a little ‘tired’, had other things on his mind and does not have a history of paying close attention to old women he just missed Edy’s mum say ‘her’. How does that sound?
      The Herald stunned us all. I was in Dymchurch at the time and knew people who lost people. I’ll never get over the coincidence that exactly twenty-five years later I got the idea for and wrote the story. I had no idea it was that kind of anniversary when I started it.
      A pint of Spitfire was always a cheap special in the Dover Wetherspoons when I lived there. Good stuff, indeed. English ale is in the top five of things I miss living in exile.
      If it’s not a rude question, what led to Switzerland becoming home? Not a common choice, unless you’re Swiss, of course.
      Seeing as you approve of the name Edy Vitriol, allow me to offer you a challenge. What is it an anagram of?
      Best wishes.

      • Maybe it would be easier to change what his mother said to “I think all that was his psychiatrist talking” I can’t believe that I put an s on Vitriol. Who’s perfect eh?
        I’m quite good at anagrams, I watch Countdown (not just because of Rachel Riley) and I usually score pretty well up there on the word game. However, I was unable to find an anagram for Vitriol, so I googled it. Now am I being pedantic here, or is what I found an acronym? Visita Interiora Terrae Rectificando Invenies. Which if my poor Spanish serves me right, means, Look up your bum and you will find dirt.
        Why do I live in Switzerland? The worlds most boring country, (how else could I find all of this time) why indeed? Actually, it’s because my wife, I think she’s my wife, works as a nutritionist for Nestle and I’ve retired early, so I follow her around. Luckily, we also have a property in Andalucia, so I have to escape, I mean visit there, quite regularly to make sure that the Spanish government haven’t stolen it.

      • That is exactly what I will change it too. Thank you.
        I need more Spanish idioms in my life. Maybe Grimes could do an evening course in Spanish and come out with a few in the office. I like it already.
        If you’re watching Countdown (probably in the afternoons) that tells me all I need to know about what Switzerland has to offer.
        Why do I find the words Nestle and nutritionist such appealing oxymorons?
        Andalucia is very nice. Early retirement is nicer still. I’m in danger of becoming rather envious.
        The anagram is for Edy Vitriol. Clue: a struggling self-published author who would very much like to experience early retirement in Andalucia.

  37. Apparently, Visita Interiora Terrae Rectificando Invenies. is something to do with The Philosopher’s Stone. Sorry I was being very slow there in only looking at the surname and now it’s embarrassingly blatant that it is of course your name. Very clever. I had noticed that Edy wasn’t the usual Eddie.
    Actually, the missus is a Doctor of veterinary medicine specialising in animal nutrition and Nestle are now the worlds biggest pet food manufactures. Scary!
    I also wrote something on your “To sell out or not to sell out” blog earlier.
    Cheers Russell.

  38. I’ve just finished Joint Enterprise and what a good story it was too. 5 stars on Amazon. The only trouble is that the last chapter was so frenetic that I feel as though I’ve had a couple of cups of strong coffee just before I’m going off to sleep. I’m looking forward to starting Dirty Business tomorrow.

    • Hi,
      That’s great news. Glad that you enjoyed it. Thanks and thanks for your splendid review on Amazon. Much appreciated.
      I try not to say anything before readers have finished all three, if they are looking that way, but I get quite anxious about how the third is going to be received after the first two.
      I was about halfway through MAK when I realised the direction I wanted to take these characters in and it’s all to do with my idea of what’s funny. Trying to be funny in a crime novel is a dangerous game, I reckon. I’m sure it’s cost me a few readers as the reviews suggest, but I have no regrets at all. I had such a lot of fun writing this third one and you can double that for the fourth.
      Very pleased to learn that you’re going to give Acer a go. I look forward to seeing what you think.
      Best wishes.
      PS Oh, and I had a good chuckle at your comment about reading while eating alone in a restaurant. 🙂

  39. Just read Rope Enough (off Smashwords) and was sad to note that they are no longer available from Smashwords, and the only electronic version I could find was on Amazon (obviusoly Kindle) us poor PDF readers still like the simple life, PLease put them back on Smashwords (I will pay……….to read the books)

  40. Read the first Acer started the second. James H Jackson is my favourite but I would pay anything for a Oliver Tidy first edition. This author adds surprises.

    • Cheers, Dave. That’s a very nice thing for you to say. I’m glad you enjoyed the first Acer. I hope the second doesn’t disappoint. I look forward to seeing what you make of it.
      Best wishes.

  41. I’m a bit too busy right now to do much reading, but I’m loving the short snatches of Dirty Business so far, however, I’ve got a little confused with something that Acer says in Loc 1635. Eda, ‘I’m still not sure you have any idea of who you are dealing with.’ Acer, ‘Maybe not but now he will.’ ?
    Maybe it’s just me being a bit slow? Russell.

    • You’ve caught me smashing away at the keyboard writing Acer #3. Glad you’re enjoying #1. What I clumsily meant by that was that Eda was referring to Botha and then so was Acer. Hope that helps.

  42. Loose Ends is also brilliant. However, it niggled that even a “dead” Acer would not get in touch with Mrs Botha within a month. Also, I hope Acer doesn’t become the Grim Reaper for all the good people he meets and hope he has control of Crouch. Get back to the laptop because as a Evertonian I need a pint right now.

    • Dave,
      Thanks for your comment. I’m glad you enjoyed the follow up.
      Your comment was timely. I’m writing the third at the moment and that is a fair point and one that I have to address in #3. My thinking is that Acer just didn’t believe that she meant anything by it. He had no reason other than what she said to imagine there could be anything meaningful for him.

      Acer as the Grim Reaper? Something for him to get reflective about, perhaps. Also something I’ll have to be mindful of.

      As for the Toffees…my condolences. Did I mention I’m a Gunner? 🙂
      Best wishes.

  43. Gunner,
    “she regained some of her former poise”.”looked up into into his face” .”something to live for”. “in a month contact me”. I’m a slow reader but with thrillers I’m always looking for hints. I was wondering if she was actually the main thug.
    When I say hints I always wondered if Smiley showed his weakness when he let Carla keep his lighter. Acer has a possibility of controlling people like Crouch because he made it clear his moral stand and then I hope if Smith raises his ugly head then people like Susan will protect his back.
    Anyway, can’t wait for the Hammond story.
    Genuinely sorry Arsenal lost in Germany.
    Toffee Dave.

    • Then again, maybe Acer’s just a little obtuse sometimes (or is that me?) 😦 I can’t argue with you when you start quoting the book at me.
      Interesting that you thought she might be the one behind things. It never occurred to me that it could seem that way. Just goes to show that all readers bring something individual and different to a read.
      Such a long time since I read Le Carre. I enjoy his cold war novels immensely. And the Radio 4 adaptations of them I could listen to on a loop.
      I have a feeling that Acer is going to end up being far more in charge of his own life than he has been of late. He is not going to end up being Crouch’s ‘man’.
      Thanks for your thoughts. It’s something special for me when readers want to talk about the books.
      As for Munich…I can’t see anyone beating them in the CL this year. And I don’t begrudge them their success. Rather them than Madrid.
      Best wishes.

  44. Acer possibly building his own team will do for me. Just downloaded your other 4 ebooks. As I’m a slow reader you’ll be happy to know I won’t post a comment until July/ August. Let me know when the signed 1st editions hardbacks are available. By the way, what’s with the dickie bow ? Or is this your best pic.

    • Acer building his own team? That is an idea to consider. I’m serious. Or at least a book in which he is part of one. I like it.
      Thanks for the downloads. Much appreciated. I look forward to seeing what you make of them.
      I think the only way I’ll get a real book is if I print it myself. I’m not that desperate…yet.
      That’s my wedding photo haha. My current-future-ex-wife wasn’t too happy that I’d edited her out of it. I know, I just look like a waiter. 😦

  45. I just finished “Enough Rope” and it reminded me of books by Peter Robinson one of my favorite authors. Well done and I look forward to reading more of your work.

    • Thanks, Jack. That’s a real compliment. Much appreciated. I read ‘Gallows View’ a little while ago. I enjoyed it and was pleased to see there are many more in that series. I’m not sure Romney and Marsh will make it to twenty plus.
      Best wishes.

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