The Romney and Marsh Files Comments Page

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  1. My wife and i have read all the R&M books,in 4 weeks, and we have never laughed so much. The characters were great (shame we lost Grimes). I just hope you reconsider and write some more R&M.
    We have read the first B&C which we enjoyed although not laughing so much but will read the rest.
    Will have to start a campaign for more R&M.

    • Hi Nigel,
      Many thanks for getting in touch. It’s always good to hear from satisfied readers. But above all else, I prize hearing from readers who’ve enjoyed my idea of humour in the books. I had such a lot of fun writing the R&M Files. I might come back to them one day. For now, I have other projects that I want to have a go at.
      Best wishes to you and your wife. 🙂
      PS Thanks for giving another of my series a go.

  2. Hi Oliver, I’ve just finished reading Particular Stupidities – I’ve enjoyed the whole series and have downloaded the final two and will start reading number 6 tonight. I just want to point two things out to you:

    Number 1) I can’t remember which book,I think it might have been in book 3, you mentioned a date being the 4th of the month. Unfortunately, the fourth was spelt forth (as in go forth and prosper) rather than the spelling for the number four which in this context is fourth – the letter ‘u’ was left out. I’m happy to reread and find out exactly where this occurred if you need me too.

    Number 2) is the big one – you made out that the girl with Down Syndrome has a disease rather than a disability. My nearly 12 year old has Down Syndrome and he is not sick in the true sense of sickness – he has a disability. There is a difference in having a genetic disability and having an illness like leukaemia or the flu. I would like you to re-write the references you made in the two books regarding Down Syndrome and correct the paragraphs concerned to show that it is a lifelong disability and not a sickness that she was going to get over which to me is the way it was written. People with Down Syndrome have the condition all of their lives and many go on to live a full and fulfilling life – they don’t know any difference and it is just part of their makeup as a human being.

    Anyway, I’m off my soap box and would be glad to work on this with you if you would like any advice etc.

    Keep up the good writing and perhaps write number 8 in the Romany and Marsh Files.

    Regards, Geraldine

    • Hi Geraldine,
      Many thanks for getting in touch. Good to know that you’re enjoying the R&M Files.
      Without having the text to hand I cannot reply in detail regarding your comments on Downs Syndrome, but I will look at it again and I will examine my description of the condition. I am well aware that it is not an illness and would certainly not seek to make light of it in any way.
      My sincere apologies in advance for anything I may have written that caused you any ill feeling for the read.
      Best wishes

  3. Hi Oliver
    my wife and I have worked our way through the Acer Sansom series ad moved on to Romney and Marsh. I enjoyed the AC books but love the humour of the Romney and Marsh Files even Romney’s occasional foul ups. I have just finished the last one White Knuckle and loved it particularly the TV interview and the CC response. My wife is just finishing the fifth one and loves them as much as me. Shame about Grimes but like the final tribute, perhaps you could write James Peters Book with Pg as the DI and maybe even pen Romney’s book.
    About to try out Booker and Case, having just worked through the three short stories and think they show promise. Like the link to Booker’s just before Peter’s demise.
    Best regards
    Andy R’.

    • Hi Andy, Many thanks for getting in touch. It’s always good to hear from readers who are enjoying the books. Thanks for your support.
      I had such a lot of fun writing the R&M Files. I miss the characters. I don’t have any plans to write another in the series but never say never. I have actually considered having a cross over with B&C in a one book.
      I hope you enjoy the B&C stories.
      Best wishes

  4. I read the Booker and Cash books and was sorry to see there were not any more to read. I reluctantly began the Romney and Marsh series thinking that I would give it a try since I enjoyed your writing style and character development. I have finished the first one and think these characters may be better than in the B and C. Certainly a good read and look forward to finishing the remainder of this series. Keep up the great storytelling and I shall keep up the reading end.

    • Hi Carolyn, Many thanks for taking the time and trouble to comment. That and your kind words are sincerely appreciated. It’s really good to know that you’re enjoying R&M after B&C. Here’s hoping the series continues to provide you with reading pleasure.
      Best wishes.

  5. I have read the entire Romney & Marsh series and I, too, enjoyed your humor immensely. I found myself reading certain passages over and over just so that I can keep the vivid images in my head just a little longer (and smile just a little longer as well!). I checked Amazon site frequently to see if a new R & M book has come out and I discovered this site. And that’s how I just found out from reading your comments that you have no plans to continue the R & M series. I am so bummed and shocked! Best of luck to you and I sincerely hope you will come back with a new Romney & Marsh book one day! Thank you so much for making me laugh with your words.

    • Good morning Angel,
      First, thank you very much for taking the time and trouble to get in touch over the R&M Files. Your comment and the nature of it cheered me up this morning. I enjoy hearing from readers who’ve enjoyed the series, especially when they say something nice about my idea of what’s funny. I had such a lot of fun writing those books.
      It is true that I had no plans to continue the series. It was of a time and place for me. That’s what I believed. But I never said never. And guess what? R&M#8 is my current writing project. It’s going well. I hope to have it ready for self-publication sometime later this year.
      If you would like a free short story involving R&M you can subscribe to my newsletter on the landing page of my website at and download it in Three Short Blasts. Alternatively, you can buy the book for 99p from Amazon. I think it’s got some laughs.
      Best wishes and thanks again.
      PS I have a character in my next book out called Angel 🙂

      • Thank you for your reply! I’m so thrilled to hear that R & M is coming back. I actually bought Three Short Blasts about two years ago because I couldn’t get enough of Romney & Marsh. I read that story about three or four times since to give myself a good laugh. It works every time. Thank you!

      • My pleasure, Angel. I’m happy to learn that you enjoyed the R&M in TSB. This might amuse you: I originally wrote the R&M short story as a stage play. And then, because I also compose music and write songs, I had an inspired idea – how about Romney and Marsh the musical? The idea of DI Romney bursting into a song about a tramp never gets old for me. If i ever make any money from my writing I’ll pay to have that performed in the West End 🙂

      • Best news that R&M are coming back hope it’s back in time to read on our September holiday. I’ll get the short stories anyway.
        Thanks and can’t wait.

      • Absolutely thrilled that R&M will be back! These are some of the best books I have read – many laugh out loud moments – and I cannot wait for #8. Thank you for bringing them back and continuing to delight your readers.

  6. Absolutely love the R&M books, even though I receive quizzical looks and raised eyebrows, from my spouse, as I laugh out loud whilst reading. Having read the Booker and Cash offerings as well, it is refreshing to note that you sir, are able to weave labyrinthine plots for each book. My only reservation regarding your books is your continual, repeated, ad nauseum, atheism. Please, don’t misunderstand. I believe that you are totally within your rights as a human being and a writer of fiction to express any opinion you wish. It is with a pinprick of irritation that I say to you; how would you feel if you found an author you truly enjoyed, only to have that same author denigrate your personal belief system in every. single. thing. he wrote?

    • Hi Debi,
      Many thanks for your time and trouble to comment. Good to know you’re enjoying the reads and thanks you for your kinds words. All much appreciated.
      You’re right, I do let my atheism shine through – perhaps a little too much sometimes. I’ll try to rein it in. Honestly, I’ll try. 🙂
      Best wishes

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