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  1. I have just finished Rope Enough on my Kindle I really enjoyed it and it didn’t disappoint. I’m unsure if I have read it in paperback from my library because some of it was familiar, mainly the MO with the rapes. I would like to point out that I did find some spelling/grammar mistakes and I hope you will accept me pointing this out. 1) “Marsh didn’t agree with the DI that he would of,” it should be would have. 2) “No skin of our noses,” should be off. 3) “Don’t you think that we could of done with a few more in the search party?” It should be could have. 4) Park’s door was less than ten feet from a style”. The wooden step up in a field is a stile. Will definitely be downloading your other books in the future.

  2. Hi,
    Many thanks for getting in touch with your thoughts on Rope Enough. It is sincerely appreciated.
    I have to confess to a stab of anxiety at your memory of reading something else with a similar MO. I do hope that that turns out to be a very vague familiarity or I’m going to be in trouble with someone. Gulp! Just to clarify – I’m not familiar with another book with something like my story-line, but you know what they say: there are no more original ideas left (or something like that). I haven’t published in anything other than ebook form either. If you ever remember that title, please let me know so that I can seek out all copies of it and burn them.
    You must have a very keen eye for typos as you have highlighted all bar a couple that have been pointed out to me by other readers. I really could have done with you reading it before I published it. Oh, well. Too late now. But I will be including your suggestions in a future edit of the book. Thanks again for letting me know.
    If and when you get around to reading the others I would be genuinely interested to learn how you found them.
    Many thanks again and best wishes.

  3. Dear Mr Tidy, have just read all three books on Kindle and enjoyed them enormously . The characters were so likeable and they were a pleasure to read. Thank you so much for several hours in and around Dover . I do hope there will be some more. With best regards Mike

    • Hello Mike
      Thanks very much for getting in touch to let me know that you enjoyed the Romney and Marsh books. It’s always a boost to learn that from a reader. And thanks for your purchases.
      I’m working on another writing project at the moment but hope to start on another R&M in the summer.
      Best wishes
      Oliver

    • Hello Graham
      Good to hear from you again. Thanks for letting me know that you enjoyed the books and for your purchases, of course. And also, thank you for the recommendations. I believe that word of mouth can make a huge difference to someone like myself.
      Best wishes
      Oliver

  4. Hello from Luxembourg!
    SInce you have asked for corrections … it’s not “déjà-vous” but “déjà vu”, which translates literally as “already seen”.
    I enjoyed all 3 books in the series and look forward to the next one.
    Cheers,
    yolande

  5. Hello Yolande
    Great to know that someone in Luxembourg is reading Romney and Marsh. Thanks for letting me know and thank you also for your purchases.
    I cannot believe that I made such a school-boy error with deja vous. I even remember looking it up -at least I think that I did – because it’s not my native language. How embarrassing. it will be rectified in the next edit. thanks for highlighting it.
    I haven’t started the next one yet, but have plans to in the next month or so.
    Thanks again for getting in touch.
    Best wishes
    Oliver

  6. Hello Oliver!
    some comments for you from Tonga……..where I am working for a short time. I actually live in New Zealand. Incidentally before I start on the books – your Amazon UK link to buy them only works in the UK. In New Zealand (and I guess many other countries) we have to go to Amazon.com. Wouldn’t want you missing out on international sales!
    I am an avid reader of English police procedurals and have read hundreds if not thousands. Romney and Marsh do qualify as being in the what I think of as probably the top twenty. Not bad………well done! I tend to agree with other comments about wordiness….some of the sentence construction in the early part of the book left me dazed!! I think the comments about using female first names are also right. One other thing – the villains are all described in detail – Avery and Park. so is Julie Carpenter. the cops not so much – Romney is a bit vague, as is Marsh and also Grimes.
    anyway the good news for you is that I have now bought books 2 & 3……….and I am looking forward to an unending stream!
    Thank you for the enjoyment!!
    all the very best
    Colin

    • Hi Colin
      Tonga? That’s tickled me to think that Romney and Marsh are being read there. I’m glad you mentioned that. I lived in New Plymouth for a year in the nineties. Saw a lot of NZ and absolutely loved it.
      Thanks for getting in touch over the books. I genuinely enjoy hearing from readers.
      It never occurred to me to link to anything other than my Amazon uk sales page from my blog. And I do get some international traffic on the blog. It will be rectified. Thanks for pointing that out.
      Thanks too for your very encouraging comments. It is particularly pleasing, and humbling, when someone like yourself who is an avid reader of the genre says nice things about the books.
      Point taken about the names issue. Something that I’m going to change in the next edit that I upload, which I hope to get around to as soon as I’ve finished dealing with the current writing project that I’m mired in.
      On the matter of physical descriptions, that was deliberate and a personal thing. When I read a book I don’t like too much explicit detail abut how the main characters look. I prefer to create my own image. Particularly, I don’t enjoy it when an author takes a paragraph to make a detailed description like they feel they have to get it out of the way. I’ve tried to dribble a little of how I see Romney and Marsh into the text and will continue to do so. As for the bit part players, I did find it useful and necessary to the storyline to describe Park and Avery. But thanks for the comment. It really does all help to give me a better idea of what aspects of my writing I should think about developing.
      I’ve always been a little verbose in my writing. It is something that I am working on. I like to read tight and spare writing – Elmore Leonard for example – and I do want to write Like that. Easier said than done.
      I’m grateful that you’ve purchased the other two and would be genuinely keen to read what you make of them – how you find them as a series, for example. So, please do get in touch again when you have the time.
      Kind regards and give my best to NZ when you’re back there.

      Oliver

  7. Dear Oliver Tidy
    I have just finished Rope Enough and also enjoyed reading some of your blog.
    You asked for feedback – I hope you meant that, if you didn’t I suppose you’ll just hit delete.
    First of all, there are some typos. Towards the end, in the chase on the Dover cliffs section, there is ‘style’ for ‘stile’. I also spotted ‘would of’ instead of ‘would have’. That really grated. Can’t remember where but it was in the first third. ‘Find and replace’ should track it down.
    Reading your blog I now see that this the first of a series of three. I was going to say that the character of Marsh is a cipher, but perhaps this is something that you have rectified in books 2 & 3. The character of Romney has more depth, but the relationship is a bit unbalanced for the reader as we know so little about her. Personally I wanted to know more about her and hear less about Romney having sex with a young teacher. And I don’t think any woman would use the expression: ‘snagging beneath his age’.
    As a whole I thought it was well-paced, and having a small number of suspects worked well. Unlike many other crime novels, the ending was as strong as the rest of the book. I would have liked a bit more fun – it is a bit downbeat. Your blog is quite funny, so maybe some of that mischief could be included in the fiction writing.
    Why I chose it:
    I chose your book by my usual method, which is not very scientific, and involves sorting crime fiction on the Kindle app by price (cheapest first) and then sorting by those whose average review is four stars and above. I then read a selection of the comments.
    Rope Enough has some very positive comments on Amazon, and they don’t appear just to be written by friends and family or an Indian review factory. If I reviewed it on Amazon I would give it four stars. (I do write a few reviews, sometimes with surprising results. I wrote what I thought was quite a kind and encouraging review of a truly dreadful book and got a v shirty message from the author. Since then I scrutinise reviews more closely.)
    Good luck with your next book(s). I will keep an eye out for them.
    Sarah

    • Hello Sarah
      I’m always pleased to have a reader contact me about my writing – I include the blog in that because I’m just as attached to it as I am the books. I’m pleased to see that you enjoyed the experience enough to get in touch. I do genuinely value reader-feedback even if sometimes I have to go and sit in a darkened room for an hour or two to get over it. There are a lot of opinions out there. Fortunately for me most people are being very nice and encouraging – I include yourself in that in case you are wondering.
      Thanks for pointing out the typos. Strangely enough, another reader highlighted the unforgivable ‘stile’ mistake. At least I think that he was complaining about that stile and not my writing style. The mistake is unforgivable because I used to climb then to get to school – plenty of time to get to know how to spell them. My mother would not be amused.
      I have had my ‘would have’ ‘would of’ shame pointed out to me a couple of times – now, that is a mistake that those that notice do seem to have an almost pathological intolerance of. I think that this must just be one of those erroneous common usages that I have adopted unthinkingly. For your information – should you ever try the next in the series – I also have made the same mistake in that book. I haven’t worked up the courage to check the third book yet. All three were self-published before I got wind of this howler and so there is not much I can do about it now. In the fullness of time I will submit revised editions to Amazon and this will be addressed. As a penance I am wearing my hair-shirt for a week. Just my luck that the weather has finally turned hot where I live now.
      Marsh’s character is something else that others have mentioned as not being fully developed, particularly in Rope Enough. My – weak – reason is that she was the new kid on the block and so I was giving her a deliberately low-profile. I like to think that in Making a Killing I have gone some way to showing some of her strength of character and her integrity. But overall she does need more and if I ever get around to writing another in the series I will address that too. You might be pleased to know that there is only any explicit sex in the first book. I don’t really know what came over me with that, but again it seemed to work at the time. I don’t really regret it either. It seemed strangely appropriate.
      You mention humour. When I started writing the first book I was not looking to make light of any of it – it was a crime novel and I was playing by the rules. When I got to the second, I thought, why not try for some laughs and so I made a bit of room for some of my own brand of humour. In the third book, I am possibly approaching the line if I haven’t actually crossed it in places. That said, I wouldn’t change a word of any of them – other than the mistakes in my English usage. I have honestly had a lot of fun writing them, especially Joint Enterprise. For the record Making a Killing is probably the best of the three.
      As for the reviews – hand on heart they are all genuine and the only person that I know is Rich66 who made the first comment on each. I thoroughly disapprove of sock-puppetry. If I can’t make it on merit, I won’t make it.
      If you had reviewed it and given it 4* I would HAVE been very happy (block caps are for me not you). I don’t think that it’s a 5* book. Probably a 3.5*. As you say, some of the reviews are very encouraging, although today I notice that I got a 3* from a man who referred to Rope Enough as tedious and something that he wouldn’t be recommending! I’m sure that I’ll get worse.
      I appreciate your good wishes for the future. If you should read any of the others, please let me know what you made of them.
      All the best
      Oliver

  8. Hi Oliver,
    I’m an avid crime/thriller reader and I’ve just finished ‘Rope Enough’ which, yes, I did download for free.

    I see that others have beaten me to reporting a few typo’s and the occasional grammatical faux-pas, but rest assured that they didn’t detract overly from what I found to be an absolutely lovely book!!!

    For me, Romney & Marsh (love the tongue in cheek there by the way), are delightful and I can see them coming on par with Rebus or Resnick. The book flowed well. The procedural aspects were covered thoroughly enough without being over-done and becoming tedious. The storyline was well founded and didn’t get lost along the way.

    I’ve just sent my rating of 4 stars to Goodreads which, with a little more attention to the detail picked out by others, would have been 5.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the read…so much so that I’ve just bought books 2 & 3 and I’m looking forward to what could become a favourite duo.

    Regards,
    Andy

    • Hello Andy
      Many thanks for your most encouraging comment.

      I hope to have those typos fixed soon. I’m glad that they didn’t detract from your enjoyment of the read. Amazon also emailed me to tell me someone has complained that the book has no Table of Contents (none of the books do!) so that’s something else that I must address.

      I had a great deal of fun writing the books – they get a little lighter – and I’m looking forward to getting started on the fourth. I’m involved in another writing project at the moment.

      It’s always pleasing for me to read positive things about Romney and Marsh from readers who especially like the genre. It’s very encouraging.
      I shall now pop over to Goodreads to check out your review – thanks in advance for that.

      And thanks for the purchases of books 2&3. If you’ve had a look at other comments here, you know what I’m now going to write – please let me know how you find them when you get around to reading them. And I always mean it.
      Regards
      Oliver

  9. Hi Oliver
    Have just read my free download of Rope Enough and apart from the odd grammatical
    error, it was great reading.I enjoyed the use of real places/names/pubs etc., I used to live
    Eythorne,village not far from Dover,so know area well. I wonder how many readers
    realise the main characters are named after the beautiful Romney Marsh area in Kent.
    My great great grandfather was the leader of the Aldington Gang,Cephas Quested
    arrested at Brookland on Romney Marsh,hanged at Newgate… now that could be
    a good story to elaborate on….
    I’ve just downloaded the other two books.Keep em coming..
    Diane Quested
    Dorset

    • Hi Diane,
      Firstly, many thanks for dropping by my blog to let me know that you enjoyed Rope Enough. It adds an extra dynamic to a comment when it comes from someone who knows the area well.
      I originally had other names for the two detectives, but when it occurred to me to call them Romney and Marsh, being born and bred there, I couldn’t resist and I’ve never regretted it.
      Cephas Quested, what a brilliant name. I recently penned a crime thriller set in and around Dymchurch. I hope to have it on Kindle by the summer. I also hope to write other books set there and using my central characters. I can most definitely see history rearing it’s ugly head to have the descendants of the Aldington Gang settling scores. I’m quite serious about that. It’s a brilliant plot idea.
      Finally, thanks for your purchases of the other two books. I look forward to seeing how they grabbed you.
      Best wishes, Oliver.

  10. Hi Oliver,
    I’ve just finished reading rope enough and thought it was great – will definitely be downloading the other books in the series. Just thought I’d let you know about a mistake I spotted that noone else seems to have picked up on the comments on here – when Romney and Marsh are talking about the surveillance team he says “there’re a good team” where it should be they’re.

    • Hi Siobhan
      Thanks for letting my know that you enjoyed Rope Enough.
      I could do with your eagle-eyes – you are right: an error not spotted before. I ‘m grateful that you pointed it out. I thought I had them all by now. Imagine how cross I would have been if I’d done my next edit and missed it.
      Hope that you enjoy the others in the series and if you spot anymore typos, please, let me know.
      Best wishes.
      Oliver

  11. Hi Oliver
    I’ve just read Making a killing and again thought it was a great book – I love how the characters are developing and am looking forward to reading the next in the series! I’ve spotted a few typos for you…
    When Duncan is thinking about his divorce it says ‘he’d of had to sell’ instead of he’d have had to sell, when Romney and Grimes arrive at the golf club the bloke who tells them to move their car affects a look of distain – it should be disdain, when they are discussing who could have killed Emerson they stay they are looking for killer or killer’s – no apostrophe needed and when Thatcher is being questioned he says ‘I’d of had to move out’rather than I’d have had to move out. Hope that helps and looking forward to reading many more of your books.

    Siobhan

    • Hi again, Siobhan
      I’m glad that you liked the second book. Thanks. But to be honest I’m more interested in your unique ability to spot typos that seem to evade everyone else (me included of course and I’ve read the books at least a hundred times each). Do you proof-read for a living? Of course you don’t – you wouldn’t do it in your free time for free if you did.
      I am truly grateful to you for these other errors that you’ve highlighted. The next time I see a message from you in my inbox I shall reach for the Romney-and-Marsh-corrections-notepad and pencil before I open it.
      All the best and I look forward (really) to hearing from you if and when you get around to Joint Enterprise.
      Oliver

  12. Hello Oliver

    I’ve just finished reading “Rope enough” and have thoroughly enjoyed it. I did spot a few typing errors (already commented on by other readers) but it certainly did not detract from my enjoyment of your excellent book. Well written, minimal padding (too much padding tells me that the story isn’t up to much), you cannot be accused of that certainly. You got on with the story as you had a story to tell. Well done. I will now down load your other books.

    Penny

    • Hi Penny,
      Thank you very much for taking the time and trouble to get in touch with your thoughts about Rope Enough. It continues to be a real pleasure for me to see that a reader has enjoyed the book.
      I don’t like padding in books. It puts me off. I like to make my own mind up and pad out for myself as I go if I feel the need. That’s how I want to write. It’s nice to see that that is appreciated.
      Thanks for your future purchase(s) and please let me know how you find them.
      Best wishes.

  13. I have just finished Rope Enough and enjoyed it thanks,
    The only typo I noticed was my home village/suburb shockingly being called ‘Willesboro’ oh the shame.
    Seriously a good book and I will hunt down the rest, loved the play on words Romney and Marsh too

    KH

    • Hi Kim,
      Glad that you enjoyed the book. Thanks for letting me know. My head is duly hung. I can only beg forgiveness, provide assurances regarding further mentions and serve a penance. (Please, not the hair shirt again.) I have an historical association with Willsborough – I used to play table-tennis for a club called Gladbrooke out of an old tin hut there too many years ago. It’s probably gone now. Happy days.
      All the best.

  14. Dear Mr Tidy, have just read all three books on Kindle and enjoyed them enormously . The characters were so likeable and they were a pleasure to read. Thank you so much for several hours in and around Dover . I do hope there will be some more. With best regards Mike.

    • Hello Mike
      Thanks very much for getting in touch to let me know that you enjoyed the Romney and Marsh books. It’s always a boost to learn that from a reader. And thanks for your purchases.
      I’m working on another writing project at the moment but hope to start on another R&M in the summer.
      Best wishes
      Oliver

  15. Hi Oliver,
    I think I left a comment on your blog but my browser seems to be a bit of diva tonight so not entirely sure it’s saved. So email it is.
    Bizarrely I came across Rope Enough by accident, I had a problem with my kindle and was randomly downloading books on the phone to Amazon Support! But seeing as I downloaded it I thought I’d give it a try, and I’m so glad i did. Enjoyed the twists and turns uncovering the whodunit, and the charectors were interesting and funny in places ( poor Grimes and his dodgy chocolate rolls). I’m on Joint Enterprise now and enjoying it, but less on the charectors personal lives so hoping to see a bit more of Romney, Marsh and even Grimes outside of the station.
    Anyway, great books and please keep writing! I’ve left a good review on Amazon, hope it helps. And I’ve told my fellow book buddies yours are a good read 🙂
    Thanks,
    Emma
    Ps Great to read a decent note from the author at the end of the book, made me google to see if there was a blog which I never do after reading a book

    • Hello Emma

      No sign of a comment on my blog 😦 But thanks for persevering and getting in touch by email.

      I’m very pleased to learn that you enjoyed Romney and Marsh (and Grimes, of course – possibly my favourite DC). I wonder, did you read Making A Killing between Rope Enough and Joint Enterprise? It’s not essential that one does, but it does help understand the animosity that exists between Marsh and Wilkie.

      It’s nice for me to understand that someone other than just me appreciates some of my ‘humour’. When I was writing about Grimes’ tummy troubles I was laughing out loud. Not everyone has liked that aspect of the book but it’s my book and I’ll cry if I want to – sorry that should be party. (If you are not of a certain age that will mean nothing to you. Sorry in advance.)

      If and when I get around to another in the series, I will aim to develop the characters. Many have let me know that this is an aspect of the books that needs attention. I agree with this.

      Thanks so much for your encouraging words and the Amazon comment – I have replied there, thanks for your purchases and thanks for recommending the books to your friends. It is all sincerely and much appreciated.

      Oh and you are the first person to let me know that the little author bıt at the end of the story was worth doing!

      Best wishes
      Oliver

  16. Dear Oliver

    Thank you so much for writing a book that is entirely plausible with correct use of grammar (good for you if you do your own proof-reading!!) and without foul language decorating every line. Rope Enough was downloaded free from Amazon, but be assured that I will shortly be looking for other titles from your range – and – as a mark of my pleasure in a good read – I am more than willing to pay for them.

    I am a pensioner living in rural Spain where good English detective books are quite hard to come by, so I rely almost totally on free downloads from Amazon to find new (to me) authors. I am a life-long fan of Frederick Forsyth and have struggled to find anyone to match his style, attention to detail and most of all, a story I can actually believe in and relate to. Rope Enough is close, but please, please do not follow the road of other authors and stray into the realms of extreme violence and fantasy, if you continue with your theme of good basic detective work with a touch of private life thrown in I will continue to read and recommend your books to my friends.

    My only minor complaint would perhaps be a lack of humour in your characters, but perhaps that will emerge in later publications. R.D.Wingfield knew how to use black humour in his Frost series which I’m sure helped their popularity.

    Please feel free to use any part of this email to advertise your books, I am delighted to feel able to recommend Rope Enough.

    Regards

    Lynn

    • Good evening Lynn

      Thank you for your lovely and encouraging email. I continue to be genuinely touched and surprised by communications from satisfied readers.

      I appreciate your remarks about Rope Enough. What you are looking for is what I’m happy writing. I don’t think that the extremes of violence and language are essential to a good story – that’s not to say that there isn’t any in the series, but I do try not to overdo it.

      Rope Enough was, obviously, my first in this series. I think that when I wrote Making a Killing I realised where I wanted to go with these characters. I have a strong sense of humour and I’m confident that you will find examples of that in the book. In the third, Joint Enterprise, I know that I’m in danger of crossing the line, but I was having so much fun I couldn’t help myself.

      You’ve paid me a high compliment with your Frederick Forsyth comment, thank you. Funnily enough, I’m sitting in my armchair proof-reading the second book in my other series – both of which should be published on Kindle by the end of this month (that really isn’t meant to be the plug that it seems) – which I would consider to be closer in style and substance to Forsyth (please don’t think that I am comparing the quality of my writing to his).

      Thanks in advance for the purchase and please do let me know how you find Making a Killing.

      From Istanbul (my home town) to you in rural Spain, have a great evening,

      Oliver

  17. Hello

    I have just finished reading Rope enough on my Kindle – my husband
    bought it for me for my birthday and I thought – oh god another machine
    I’ve got to find out how to use

    I looked on Amazon and, after a great deal of cursing and hair-pulling, I
    managed to get some free books on to the infernal machine

    Can I say that reading Rope Enough made all the effort really worthwhile.
    I have never written to an author before, I will be going straight to Amazon
    to download more of your work. I found the plot compelling reading and the
    ending absolutely perfect.

    Keep up the good work

    Jackie

    • Hello Jackie

      What a lovely email. Thank you and please thank your husband for buying you a Kindle. If he hadn’t, you wouldn’t be reading my books and I wouldn’t have had my Saturday evening made by your communication.

      Very pleased that you liked the book. You’ll find a lot of good free books on Kindle but you need to check back often because some authors only have their books free for a couple of days now and then.

      If and when you get around to any of my others, I would love to hear how you found them.

      Best wishes whatever you’re reading

      Oliver

  18. Hi Oliver,
    I just wanted to drop you a quick note to say i really enjoyed all three Romney and Marsh books ( so much so i was up late last night as i couldnt sleep until i finished the 3rd book!)
    I really hope you write some more as i’d hate to think Romney snuffs it and leaves Dover to its own devices!
    Thanks for the great books
    Claire, Scotland

    • Hello Claire
      Thank you very much for your very encouraging email and I’m sorry that my reply is so long in coming. I fully intend to have Romney, Marsh and Grimes back out fighting crime in Dover after the summer.

      Best wishes
      Oliver

  19. Hello Oliver!
    more thoughts from Tonga! I have now read Book 2. An improvement over book 1: very strong plot that was involved; short sentences; excellent characterisations; and very good use of metaphors. Book 1 was good but this one is better. I really don’t have any niggles about editing – although I have to confess that I am the worst proof reader: it is rare for me to check my own reports! Book 2 had a very good sense of place and the relationships are coming together nicely. all in all very good indeed – congratulations!
    all the best
    Colin

    • Morning Colin
      Good to hear from you again.
      Yes, I feel that book two is better than book one. Looking back, I think that in this book I realised what I wanted from Romney and Marsh and started working towards that end. Book three is different again, I think, in so far as I have pushed my own idea of humour – possibly over the line in places – but it worked for me. I see them all and their relationships with each other much more clearly now.
      Thanks for your thoughts and encouraging words. If you get around to book three I would love to know what you make of it.
      Oh, and I changed my blog to include links to .com. Thanks for that heads-up.
      All the best
      Oliver

  20. Hi Oliver
    I have just finished reading Rope Enough and would just like to say how much I enjoyed it, I found the characters most believable, the plot kept me intrigued right to the end. I have just purchased Making a Killing and am looking forward to reading it.
    I wish you every success as an author.
    Regards
    Dave

    • Hi Dave
      That’s really very good of you to get in touch and let me know that. Thanks.
      Thanks also for your purchase of Making a Killing. Please let me know what you make of that when you finish it.
      Kind regards and your good wishes are much appreciated.
      Oliver

  21. Dear Mr Tidy

    I would like to congratulate you on three excellent books. I found your
    writing extremely addictive (not to the extent of neglecting children
    addictive, but page-turningly suspenseful) I found myself looking to
    read on all the way through each book.

    You have asked for honest feedback, and I would comment that, at times,
    the descriptive passages can be a bit flowery and over eleborate; a
    recent bit that particularly comes to mind is the paragraphs describing
    the battle scene as R+M are stood on the battlements in Joint
    Enterprise. You could probably do with using a few more commas too, as
    some sentences seem to run out of breath and sense until you re-read
    them. I saw in your recent blog post that a lot of the other stuff has
    already been pointed out to you. I think a freelance editor might be
    worth the time/money to investigate. Should you feel the need, I would
    gladly act as a proof reader for you.

    That aside, I think that what I have read so far places you high in the
    ranks of UK police crime authors. Your writing reminds me of Peter
    James’ DI Roy Grace series, an author and character I love to read.

    Real ripping yarns, all three! Keep up the good work, and let me know
    when your next R+M might be released (I’m hoping that Romney hasn’t been
    killed off???)

    Looking forward to trying Acer Samson.

    Thank you for three great reads so far, I am amazed that you haven’t
    been picked by a major publisher/agent/literary whatnot, as yet. I can’t
    see it will be long before they are knocking on you door. Hopefully you
    will still commune with us mere mortals when your six-figure advance is
    sloshing around your bank account!


    Kind regards

    Jaap

    • Hello Jaap

      I have just finished my teaching stint for the week. I have come back to the staffroom feeling quite murderous – and they are only eight years old! What a pick-me-up it was to read your encouraging and friendly email. Thank you.

      That flowery language is something that I know I am guilty of, among other literary crimes. I understand that I need professional help (not just for writing!) to get the best out of my novels – and to help me realise that I’m not writing for The Booker Prize. But at present that is out of my price range. As you mention, I’ve had some very helpful feedback from readers. I’ll be doing another draft of all three books to accommodate comments and corrections sometime in the next couple of months.

      I’m slogging away at the Acer Sansom books at present. Another labour of love.

      Your offer to proof-read is very generous and much appreciated. Thanks again. As it happens one of the R&M readers is doing that for me already on the Sansoms, which is jolly decent of him. If he gets fed up maybe I can contact you?

      Your comparison with other writers is not something that I take lightly. It is such a compliment.

      I couldn’t kill off Romney just yet. I’ve grown attached to him, to all of them. I hope to start another in the series in the summer when I’ve tidied up all my other projects. I have some good ideas to embarrass them all further.

      As for getting picked-up by the traditional publishers – haha – I won’t hold my breath. The books aren’t bad, but they’re probably not that good. Besides, I really enjoy self-publishing and communicating with readers. It’s a whole new world. Mind you, did someone mention six-figures…..? I can disappear with that kind of money. Even my mum would never hear from me again.

      Oh and your purchases of books two and three are much appreciated. Straight into my toddler’s nappy fund. Such is life.

      All the best and thanks again for a lovely end to my working week.

      Oliver

  22. Hi Oliver, just a quick note to say I have just finished reading Rope Enough. A very interesting read and a well constructed story, from start to finish. Particularly interesting for me as I live in Dover, and know all the locations. My wife and I often walk up on the cliffs across to ST Margarets. The garage on Crabble Hill is no longer there, having closed down about two years ago.
    I am now going to buy the next book on my kindle, and hope it is as good as the first. I will let you know what I think.
    Kind regards,
    Andy

    • Hello Andy

      Thanks for getting in touch. And thanks for your encouraging comment on the book. I’m always pleased to hear from readers, especially those who know the area – there have been a few.

      You might be interested to know that I did live on and off in Dover about ten years ago and became quite fond of the town. When I decided to write these books and set them in Dover I was really writing from memory and it is quite probable that some of my memories for locations have let me down. I have also used the old ‘artistic licence’ to create/exaggerate/manufacture/alter one or two. I can only hope that in doing so I don’t upset anyone who lives there.

      In the second book you will find a golf course situated on the White Cliffs…..What? I hear you cry. I know that there isn’t one there, but I had the idea to base the story around a golf club and initially I was going to use the club a bit further down the road, in Deal I think it is, but when I thought hard I thought that I had better not in case someone took exception to that so I made one up. I hope that that explains that.

      The garage that was at Crabble was indeed the one from the story. I lived just around the corner from it. I’m sorry to hear that it’s gone. What’s there now? A block of flats? Or is it just a vacant plot?

      I thank you in advance for your purchase of the next book. I think that it is better than the first in terms of the ‘quality’ of the writing and the plot. I also know that I have a long way to go as an author before my stuff could be considered any good. I will be interested to know what you make of it. Please get in touch when you are finished.

      I haven’t been back to Dover for a good many years – I now live abroad – but next time I’m in UK I will be visiting Dover. I need to refresh and update my memories for more Romney and Marsh books and get a shot of nostalgia into the bargain. I do miss those walks on the cliffs and a decent pint afterwards.

      All the best to you and your wife.

      Oliver

  23. Hello Oliver!

    The Tongan outstation reporting! I have now read Romney and Marsh 3. I have to be honest – when I started this book I was worried! First – the re-enactment which was signalling a murder from the start; second, Romney was so out of character for so long I began to wonder who had a problem – me or him! However, Romney’s trouble was soon rationalised and understood. And the re-enactment was a curtain raiser. I do think the characterisations have improved enormously since the first book – Marsh and Grimes especially. The plot was feasible – I also remember the Herald of Free Enterprise. So all in all a very enjoyable read………Thank you!

    I do hope this isn’t the Reichenbach Falls? These guys have a lot of mileage in them yet! and yes! the humour worked……for me at least!

    All the very best

    Colin

    • Hello Colin (Istanbul calling!)

      Good to hear from you again. I’ve been looking forward to seeing how you found the third book. I had a lot of fun writing it and as I said before my idea of humour was in danger of taking over.

      I’m very encouraged to learn that you enjoyed it and that it all panned out all right in the end.

      Thanks very much for getting in touch over the books. I genuinely appreciate and enjoy that. And, of course, thank you for your purchases and support.

      The Reichenbach Falls mention tickled me. I think that it will be easier for me to resurrect DI Romney than it was for Conan-Doyle and his protagonist. I’m thinking a bottle of exploded ketchup or something. (I’m also not getting the same sort of public outcry that Holmes’ demise triggered. So far it’s only you and my mum and a handful of loyal RomneyandMarsh Filesphiles?!)

      ı hope to start the fourth sometime in the summer, sanity permitting.

      All the best to you and take care in Tonga

      Oliver

  24. Hi Oliver, Have just finished Rope Enough and have to say its a damn good read and has all the hallmarks of a good detective series that would transfer easily to the prime time small screen if you can still call TV a small screen!!
    I thoroughly enjoyed the story and look forward to reading others in the series and if I may say I think that as an author you have the qualities of Jeffery Archer & Jack Higgins in that the book was one that you just couldn`t put down. Good luck in your career as an author, I for one will be looking out for your books. Thanks for the read and making it easy to comment on it.
    Dave

    • Hello Dave
      You caught me at my desk before I have to go in and teach 3B. And I’m glad that you did. Your email has given me a real pick-me-up before I tackle that rabble. Thanks so much for your kind words and for taking the time and trouble to share your thoughts with me. It is much appreciated.

      If and when you get around to reading the others in the series I will be interested to know how you find them.

      Now…once more into the breach…

      Best wishes
      Oliver

  25. Hello,

    I have just finished reading “Rope Enough” followed by “Making a killing” and must tell you how much I enjoyed both novels. I downloaded them via Amazon onto my kindle.

    My enjoyment of the books was greatly enhanced by the fact that my parents used to live just outside Dover and I know the area reasonably well. To continue the connection, the golf course mentioned in “Making a killing” seemed very like the one at Kingsdown, just outside Deal. Even more coincidentally, the house in which my parents used to live actually backed onto the course itself. The house was (Is ??) named Niblick and is located on the right hand side of the road leading up to the golf club – quite possibly the last house before the club.

    In any event, I wish you every success with your writing career and hope that the “Knock on the door” from the publisher is just around the corner. Your writing certainly merits it.

    With best wishes,

    Simon

    • Hello Simon

      Thanks for getting in touch about the books. I genuinely enjoy hearing from readers. While I’m at it thanks for your purchase of MAK.

      So pleased that you enjoyed the books. Believe me, encouraging feedback is worth a great deal to me as an aspiring author. More than money.

      That golf course – When I started writing Making a Killing I knew that it was going to be set at a golf course, so I looked up on Google to see what was about (I don’t live in the area anymore). I really wanted to set it on the cliffs – a bit of artistic licence. I noticed that there was a course at Kingsdown (as you mentıon) and I did think about setting it there and identifying it. But then I feared that there could be some kınd of backlash from them if any of the members read it and got snotty about it (really, you never know!) So I made up the location. I think that I mıght have used the geography of the first hole of Kingsdown to describe the first hole of the course in Making a Killing.

      You can imagine my surprise to read that a similar set-up actually exists out there. I’m glad. It will give the book a little more authenticity perhaps.

      If the publishers are coming, I do hope that they ring ahead. I don’t answer knocks at the door anymore in case it’s someone I know.

      Best wishes and if you get around to Joint Enterprise, please let me know how you find it.
      Oliver

  26. Hi Oliver, just to let you know I have now read all the books in the series, and have thoroughly enjoyed them. The way you have left the story hanging is very clever, and I hope it isn’t too long before we hear more of Romney and Marsh. As a local it is quite interesting to be able to picture the places where the story takes place, particularly as we drive past many of them regularly. Indeed we have a very good view of the castle from our back balcony. I think poetic license is fine, for example the Buckland Hospital has no maternity or A & E facilities , so it is a trip to the william Harvey for Dovorians.
    In answer to your query, there were in fact two garages on Crabble Hill. The one on the left as you go up the hill has been closed for about two years, and is a derelict plot. The one on the other side is now a limo hire place and workshop.
    I look forward to the next installment
    Best wishes
    Andy

    • Hello again, Andy,
      Good to hear from you once more.
      You’ve certainly read those other two quickly. So pleased that you enjoyed the three.
      When I wrote them, I didn’t really know how they would be received and so I gave myself a chance to leave it at three and call it a day on that project if there seemed no demand for more. Hence the ending. But I’m so glad that there has been a generally encouraging response to them because I’m itching to get going on the fourth and it’s great to have that motivating reason.
      I’m involved in another writing project at the moment, but hope to start the next R&M sometime in the summer.
      I’m also pleased/relieved to understand that I haven’t done Dover too much of a disservice with my hazy memories of the geography. Maybe I won’t have to wear a balaclava when I next visit after all.
      It was the garage on the left that I remembered, so thanks for updating me on that.
      Funny comment you might like – I have had a couple of people who live in and around Dover read the book and contact me, like yourself, and one of them commented that he couldn’t understand why DI Romney would take his girlfriend to somewhere like The Eight Bells for a drink and a meal when The Park Inn was closer to the station and nicer. That tickled me. I had to explain that I chose the Eight Bells because that’s where I used to drink owing to the cheap beer and two for one meals.
      Best wishes
      Oliver

  27. Hi Oliver,
    I thought I would let you know how much I have enjoyed reading your first two books. I downloaded and read Rope Enough, closely followed by Making a Killing. I’m about to download and read Joint Enterprise, all in the space of a week – well it is half term!
    I am a big fan of crime novels, I love your writing style, you kept me guessing (wrongly) until the end and I didn’t get bored by unnecessary details.
    I look forward to your Acer Sansom novels,
    Keep them coming!
    Liz

    • Hello Liz,
      I’m very pleased to hear from you and flattered that you are spending so much of your valuable half-term reading time on my books. I’m glad that you have enjoyed them so far.

      I’m guessing that you are a teacher. Me too, or I was until I gave up my primary school classroom to move abroad to teach English, so I do know how important half-term relaxation is to re-charge the batteries.

      Thanks for your purchases and your feedback. I hope that Joint Enterprise doesn’t disappoint you. Maybe you will let me know when you have finished.

      Best wishes

      Oliver
      PS Have you done your plans for next week or are you leaving that until Sunday night? Now you hate me.
      PPS If you are not a teacher or working in a school I’m going to look and feel a bit stupid.

  28. Hi there, just wanted to let you know how much l enjoyed the first two books. Downloaded all three and looking forward to starting the third one tonight. Downloaded the first one free, really enjoyed it so was happy to buy the next two.
    Keep up the good work.
    Mary.

    • Hi Mary
      Many thanks for your lovely comment and thank you too for the purchases. Very pleased to learn that you are enjoying them so far. Please let me know how you find the third.
      Best wishes.

  29. Hi again,
    6th May I left a comment when I’d read the first Romney & Marsh…then bought books 2 & 3…just finished the last one.

    Overall opinion?…..You were robbed and should have won that CWA Debut Daggers Crime Writing Award.

    I’ve just posted the following on Amazon & Goodreads together with a 4 star rating…

    “Once, every now and again, along comes a character (or characters) that you instantly feel comfortable with. That’s how it has been for me with these delightful detectives, Romney & Marsh.

    It was actually with some regret that I finished this, the third novel. You see, previously I’ve known that I had at least one more to fall back on, but this is unfortunately the last in the series at present.

    Once again Oliver Tidy has brought together a fairly simple plot line (no, it’s not overly complex), and added in some fairly decent Police procedural (no, it’s not overly technical), and woven these together with humour, and a straight forward writing style (yes, it’s extremely easy reading).

    The result? Yet another thoroughly enjoyable book by this author. But one which leaves you hanging (not literally) on the precipice wanting to know what’s become of our main character.

    Book number four please Mr Tidy…and don’t spare the horses!!!”

    Don’t let them grind you down and keep doing what, in my opinion, you do well. 🙂

    • Hello Andy,
      Good to hear from you again.
      Your most encouraging comment has touched me as a writer and I thank you sincerely for it. Encouraging comments are worth their weight in Amazon royalties. Scratch that. A decent comment is worth a bucket-load of Amazon royalties.
      I’m always particularly interested to hear from readers who have managed all three of the Romney and Marsh Files and who have an opinion on how the series is hanging together. I’m very pleased to see that you’ve enjoyed them.
      I’m engaged on another writing project at present, but when I’ve sent that off to Amazon I’ll be back on the beat with Romney and Marsh. They might even visit the CWA with arrest warrants regarding something unspeakable.
      Once more, thanks for your purchases and your support.
      Best wishes
      Oliver

    • Couldn’t have put it better myself! I waited ages to read number 3 because I knew it would be the last one for a while and wanted to savour the pleasure.

  30. Thank you so much for giving away Rope Enough for free as I would never have bought it but being free and living in Kent it caught my eye and was so glad it did as I loved it so much downloaded and very gladly paid for the other two. More importantly have been singing your praises to friends in the hope they will do the same. One friend lives in Dover but only likes old fashioned books as she calls them, wishes she could go to Dover library to borrow you! Will have to keep going on converting her.

    You are a great discovery, I wish you well with your writing and look forward to more! Thank you so much, like to say that as not said often enough these days.

    • Hi Helen
      What a lovely message. Thank you very much for your kind words and your purchases.
      You have vindicated my plan for the books. As an unknown, I hoped that if I made the first book available for free then people might download it, enjoy it and be encouraged to download the others.
      Word of mouth recommendation is really important to self-published writers like me so I thank you too for helping to spread the word.
      If your friend should get to a library and ask for a Romney and Marsh File she might get some funny looks. I don’t have ‘real’ copies of my books, only virtual ones. You’ll just have to convert her for me.
      Thanks for your good wishes and once again I appreciate your time and trouble to get in touch.
      Best wishes.

  31. Dear Oliver
    I enjoyed your first book so much that I downloaded and paid for the next two via Amazon and read them one after the other. As an inhabitant of Kent I enjoyed the references to places I knew, and I am very glad to hear that Romney survives. I would be happy to proof read the next one for you 🙂
    Linda in Maidstone

    • Hi Linda
      Thanks for getting in touch. I do enjoy hearing from readers who have had some pleasure out of the books.
      Thanks also for your purchases and your offer to proof-read for me. That’s very kind of you. I haven’t started on the fourth book in the series yet, but I hope to in the summer. When it’s finished I might just take you up on your offer.
      Best wishes.

  32. Please don’t leave us in the lurch! I was already addicted after book 1, loved the second book but book 3 made me howl with laughter from the very start. grumpy old Romney just tickles me and some of the lines really were laugh out loud good. Apart from the witty banter, the characters have continued to develop and the plotlines are original and well constructed. I said it before and I’ll say it again. Oliver Tidy is right up there with Peter Robinson, If DI banks can turn up in 20 or so books then I see no reason why Romney & Marsh can’t do the same same. More Please!

  33. Please don’t leave us in the lurch! I was already addicted after book 1, loved the second book but book 3 made me howl with laughter from the very start. grumpy old Romney just tickles me and some of the lines really were laugh out loud good. Apart from the witty banter, the characters have continued to develop and the plotlines are original and well constructed. I said it before and I’ll say it again. Oliver Tidy is right up there with Peter Robinson, If DI banks can turn up in 20 or so books then I see no reason why Romney & Marsh can’t do the same same. More Please!

    • Hello Sarah,
      Good to hear from you again and to learn that you have finished and enjoyed Joint Enterprise. It’s also great to see that you appreciated my attempts at humour. It was the book that I had the most fun writing.
      Thanks so much for your purchases, continued support and encouraging comments.
      I’m sure that I have a few more Romney and Marsh Files in me (that sounds uncomfortable). I hope to get started on the fourth when I have finished another writing project that I am involved in.
      All the best and thanks again.

  34. Just read first book in your trilogy, really enjoyed it, off to download others now, well done sir, a cracking good read

    • Hi John,
      Many thanks for getting in touch. Very pleased to learn that you enjoyed Rope Enough enough to get the others in the series. I hope that they don’t disappoint. Please, let me know what you think when you get around to reading them.
      Kind regards.

  35. Only one comment to make………when will the next three be coming out.
    I could not stop reading them, I was even thinking that it would make a great TV series and was imagining who all the characters would be played by…..wonderful

  36. Hi Oliver, Very much enjoyed reading Romney & Marsh I & II great page turners – Very courageous of you, I thought, to write up yet another jaded DI with a female DS in tow but they worked well for me, very engaging characters – and I devoured both books very quickly ( that’s good for me )
    My only quibble is of a technical nature (after all good research is what goes to make convincing scenarios) In book II when Marsh is talking to the pathologist about Elliot Master’s apparent suicide he informs her about Master’s low sugar level, hypoglycaemic condition suggesting that the hypo would probably proved to be fatal if the condition was not balanced with insulin. In fact the opposite is true to administer insulin to treat a hypo would be catastrophic – the onset of hypoglycaemia is treated with any fast acting glucose/sugar product and it certainly is not a fatal condition, the only danger to the sufferer being the risk of injury should they collapse, and even then in the absence of help the body will produce a hormone called glucagen which will eventually bring the person round. Sorry to be pedantic but take heart type I diabetes is something that most writers seem to get wrong. Just downloaded and looking forward to reading book III.
    Regards Martin.

    • Hello Martin,
      Many thanks for getting in touch to let me know what you think of the Romney and Marsh books. It’s always very encouraging to see that readers are enjoying them. Thanks too for your purchases. All much appreciated.
      Now, to your remarks regarding my howling medical error. Yes, it was an unforgivable mistake for me to make and believe it or not I always sincerely appreciate readers taking the time and trouble to correct me whatever it relates to. As a self-publisher reader feedback is essential in helping me to develop as a writer. I do hope that you will read the blog post that I have pasted a link to below. It relates to this diabetic episode and It might amuse you. It will certainly explain things, I hope.
      I hope that you’ll get in touch to let me know what you think of Joint Enterprise when you get around to reading it.
      Thanks again and best wishes.
      https://olivertidy.wordpress.com/2013/05/10/the-penitent-writer/

  37. I have thoroughly enjoyed all three books in the series (happily paid for 2 after first one free) and sincerely hope that there will be more. I found them comfortably easy to read – and having just read another UK based Police procedural from another author that I never knew who was speaking in dialogue and all the main characters had such similar names that I could never remember who was who – that is more important and perhaps more of a writing skill than I’d previously realised. I think I perhaps enjoyed the first two better than the last and I’m not sure if I could articulate why exactly. I don’t think I enjoyed Romney being quite as curmudgeonly as he was in the third book.

    If I had any specific criticism of the third it was that the layout wasn’t as easy to read, there was no white space between paragraphs and visually it was easier to lose your place if you glanced away – I do a lot of my reading on the treadmill and it seems to matter more. I’d like to see a little more ‘paper’ between the blocks of words, a few more carriage returns.

    I did note some specific typos in Joint Enterprise, if you are happy for me to detail them here – I haven’t read all the comments to see if they’re covered already – apologies if they are. I’ve only been audacious enough to note them as I’ve seen you ask for it.

    Location 518 – quite whistle should be quiet whistle
    Location 1514 – Security was spoken too – should be to
    Location 2039 – He had became should be ‘had become’ or He became’
    Location 2169 – for happened – for what happened
    Location 2224 – could care less – should that perhaps be couldn’t care less?
    Location 4040 – misdemeanours too – to
    Location 4069 – top himself from laughing – stop himself
    Location 4598 – at a pitiable sight – as a pitiable sight?

    I’ve enjoyed my time in your company Mr Tidy and I look forward to more time together in future – thank you.

    • Hi Julia,
      Many thanks for your time and trouble to leave a very encouraging and extremely helpful comment. Much appreciated, as are your purchases.

      You are not alone in finding Romney a little too cantankerous in the third book. I’m already thinking about how I can swing it back in his favour in the fourth book when I get to it. Fair comment.

      Your remarks regarding spacing are noted and I will be happy to oblige in the next book. No problem there.

      I am sincerely grateful for the typos that you have highlighted for me. That is really helpful. A couple of them I have already, but not all. Thanks. Next edit they will updated.

      Thanks for your communication and your kind words. I look forward to hearing from you again.

      Best wishes.

  38. Oliver,
    This is a copy of my review on Shelfari yesterday.

    Detective Inspector Romney and his new assistant Detective Sergeant Marsh are involved with two murders and a suicide centred on the local golf club in Dover. The plot is quite complex as small amounts of information come to light over a period of days. Romney is a little old fashioned, and suffers some physical anguish in this book, whilst Marsh tends to think outside the box which does not always endear her to her colleagues, but does make a good foil for Romney. The ending was a little unexpected, especially as there had been no indication whatsoever of the final character introduced to the reader even existing, but then that hidden character makes everything else clearer. Do need a quick word with the author on his website as some of his grammar needs adjusting, but in general a very enjoyable and relatively undemanding read. I look forward to the third novel in the series, to see how Romney’s relationships develop, or otherwise.

    My comments about grammar have already been dealt with by other contacts previously on your site. Have to admit I almost wish that I had not looked because I did just catch sight of comments about Romney becoming even more cantankerous, this before I read the third in the series. Ah,well, shouldn’t read everything laid before me I suppose.

    On a personal note, as a retired primary school headteacher, I sympathise with your end of term feelings, and hope that you have had a good break – remember the end of the career is worth striving for. Also, as my review went on Shelfari, I have received contact from American members who are aware that Rope Enough is available on Kindle and some of them have downloaded it. Hope they appreciate your efforts.

    • Hi Alan

      Many thanks for taking the time and trouble to get in touch and to leave a very fair and encouraging review on Shelfari. And thanks, too, for your purchase. All much appreciated.

      Now, Shelfari? I must admit to not being aware of it. I have had a close association with Amazon through my self-publishing since last December and I have tried to become more involved in self-promotion in the last couple of months so imagine my surprise to learn about Shelfari. And its an Amazon thing. Thanks for highlighting that opportunity for me.

      As a keen reader and book lover I will be very interested in using this site. I just found the review for Rope Enough that you left in June! Thank you for that. It’s very encouraging.

      As you’ve probably seen, I’m a self-publisher and for these three books that means that I did everything myself except the cover art. If there is one thing (actually there are many things) that I have learned in this venture it is that no one can effectively proof-read or edit their own work.

      I must have read each of the three titles at least ten times in a bid to root out all my errors and in the end I just stopped seeing things. When a reader contacts me to let me know that ‘style’ should have been ‘stile’, for example, I cannot believe that I made that mistake. And so it goes on.

      Of course, there are elements of my grammar, spelling and English usage that I do need to have pointed out to me. I’m a long way from perfect. You will be pleased to know that I have now have help with that. A retired gentleman and fan of the Romney and Marsh books with experience in newspaper editing is looking over my next two books that I hope to self-publish soon. They are not Romney and Marsh books.

      As you will have noticed from the blog, I’ve been very fortunate in that the vast majority of readers who have got in touch to point out my mistakes have been constructive, friendly and helpful with their feedback. I have to say that some of my faith in humanity is restored by such people.

      You’re not the first to read something on here that you would rather not have seen. I hope that it doesn’t spoil your enjoyment of the third book when you get around to reading it. Not sure what I can do to avoid that in future. I’ll have to give it some thought. Maybe a notice about possible spoiler alerts would be helpful.

      I’m currently living and working in Istanbul teaching English to young Turkish learners in a private school. Compared to being a class teacher in an English primary school with all that that entails and implies, I have to say the working week is a great deal easier and less tiring. As for the children…kids are the same everywhere.

      Thanks again for getting in touch. I hope to hear from you again. Oh, and that’s great news about other readers across the pond. Thank you for helping to spread the Romney and Marsh word.

      Best wishes
      Oliver

  39. Dear Oliver,

    Having just finished reading ‘Enough Rope’, I would like to say that my wife is pleased that I have now just finished reading ‘Enough Rope’. I got completely sucked in and rather ignored the family for a few good hours this afternoon.

    Not bad at all really! Eastbourne being my home town, I have to wonder whether Dungeon & Ness might make an appearance at some point.

    Well done up until the “there’re” instead of “they’re”, and the use of a ‘flashlight’.

    Rather good though, I will be buying the next books, but considerable thanks for a really good ‘free’ download from B&N.

    Sincerely,

    Steve.

    • Hi Steve

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Glad to see that you enjoyed the read, even though your wife might have been a bit cross about it. I’ll take it as a compliment that you got engrossed.

      Yeah, a few typos and ‘Americanisms’ in the three that need addressing in the next edit. My apologies for those.

      Dungeon and Ness? Now there’s an idea. Maybe they could be a couple of detectives from East Sussex’s finest in a future book. 🙂

      I look forward to seeing what you think of any other R&M’s if and when you get around to reading them.

      Best wishes.

  40. I just finished Enough Rope, and really enjoyed it! I saw some comments on one of the blogs about Romney not talking about his girlfriend using her first name. I did notice that but it seemed so a part of him as a character that it didn’t seem odd! I just seemed to fit him.

    I am having an issue finding the other two books to purchase. I have a Nook from Barnes & Noble and they only have the first book available. Since I don’t have a Kindle I am stuck! Any suggestions??

    • Hi Peggy
      Thanks for getting in touch. It’s good to know that you enjoyed Rope Enough.

      That name thing…yes, that’s how I saw him when I wrote it. I’ve been surprised by the number of comments about it. Mind you, if Romney seems grouchy in this first book it’s nothing compared to how he ends up.

      I only have Rope Enough available through Barnes & Noble. Smashwords distribute the book to several ebook oulets, but because I live in Turkey it was impossible for me to set up an account with Smashwords to sell books. Giving them away is fine.

      As an unknown, I’m happy to give away the first in the series in the hope that readers might be tempted to go on to purchase the others. Unfortunately, for some that means that they have to go through Amazon UK or US to buy the others. No good for you. Sorry.

      I have a friend with a Nook book and he has an app that converts Kindle books into another format so that he can read them on his Nook. Other than that, I can’t think of anything.

      If you can and do figure something out and you then read Making a killing (the second book) I’d love to know what you think.

      Best wishes and thanks again for your kind words.

  41. Hi Oliver, I’m about halfway through Joint Enterprise after reading Rope Enough & Making a Killing. I enjoyed both the previous books & I’m fully intune with the trillogy philosophy (which I hope will work for me).
    Joint Enterprise is a great read so far, the main reason I say this is because humour has started the creep in. This should never distract from the story but it somehow makes the characters more real. Mark Billingham, Stuart McBride and, to a lesser degree, Ian Ranking all empoy varying levels of humour in their books and I’m pleased to see that you’ve employed the same tactic.
    Great writing, enjoyable reads. Best of Luck for the future
    All The Best
    Paul

    • Hi Paul
      Thanks for getting in touch. And if you’re into the third book, thanks for the purchases.

      I am always particularly pleased when a reader accepts and appreciates the direction that I took these characters in. I’m talking about the humour.

      I never set out to write a series. That has just happened. I was about halfway through Making a Killing when I realised there was opportunity for humour. I had a couple of incidental moments in Rope Enough, a few more in Making a Killing that I contrived and in Joint Enterprise I really went looking for it with a net. Not everyone has approved – see Amazon comments on Joint Enterprise – but plenty have. I have no regrets. I had a lot of fun writing Joint Enterprise.

      I agree with you absolutely about the realism. I’ve worked with all sorts of people in all sorts of jobs and humour is an element of relationships and life that always finds its way to the surface – particularly dark humour, funny sarcasm and (what’s a nice way to write taking the p**s?). Life without humour is a pasty-faced option in my view.

      I haven’t read any of those authors you cite (I know what you’re thinking: not even Rankin?) I really must. I understand they are all well respected and I am encouraged to get stuck in if they have incorporated elements of humour in their writing from time to time. I could learn from them.

      Thanks again for getting in touch and your good wishes. The fourth Romney and Marsh is now in production and if you enjoy Joint Enterprise, I think you’ll like this one, too.

      Best wishes.

  42. I must admit I got the first one as a free e.book from Amazon but enjoyed it so much I straight away bought the other two & really hope there is more to come. Thank you for a book which kept me engrossed to the end.

    • Hi Chris
      Thanks for getting in touch to let me know you enjoyed the books. As a self-publisher it’s always good to know and encouraging.
      Thanks too for your purchases of the second and third in the series. I hope they don’t disappoint.
      Best wishes.

  43. Hello Oliver
    I left a comment on your blog, but thought I would also jot a few notes here as well. Like many of the others mentioned I downloaded enough rope free on Amazon. It was a cracking good read. I did notice some typographical errors, which have already been picked up by some of the other readers…the ex teacher in me. I have also enjoyed a short career in the police force and identified strongly with DI Romney. I am just about to start reading Making a Killing having downloaded it recently. Keep up the good work. Your formula is working
    Kind regards
    Frank

    • Hello Frank
      Many thanks for getting in touch. It’s always good to learn that someone else has enjoyed the book.
      I am pleased/relieved that my idea of a DI strikes a chord with someone who has a better understanding of the reality than I do – I have never been in the police. I wonder if he will continue to – he does become rather crotchety as the series progresses. I look forward to your view on that if you are happy to share it when you’re done with the next book. Thanks for your purchase of that.
      Best wishes.

  44. Oliver, thanks for the prompt response.I have just finished reading Making a Killing. The Romney Marsh partnership is really blooming with Marsh cementing her character. This is important as she provides the necessary foil for Romney who is in danger of lapsing into mediocrity to satisfy close out quotas for his superiors. Some clever twists at the end. No significant typo/grammatical errors worth reporting. I have just downloaded Joint Enterprise. Looking forward to enjoying more of Romney’s dry wit and Marsh developing into a shrewd first rate copper.
    Cheers
    Frank

    • Hello again Frank
      Glad you liked the second. In many respects I believe it to be the best of the three. Marsh is definitely turning out to be the foil for both Romney and, in book three, Grimes, as you’ll see. I appreciate you letting me know what you thought of this title and sincerely hope to hear form you regarding the third. Thanks for your purchase, by the way.
      Best wishes.

  45. Oliver,
    Just finished ‘Rope Enough’ – excellent read. Have downloaded and started ‘Making a Killing’ and almost immediately came upon another example of poor use of English which was evident in ‘Rope Enough’ also – namely “would of” instead of “would have”. To have to read the literal transcription of lazy speech is excruciating. Please amend. Also climbing over a style should be a ‘stile’. Other than that I commend you on your writing skill and ability to keep your readers entertained – well done. Paul B.

    • Hi Paul
      Many thanks for your encouraging comment and for your purchase of Making a Killing.
      Yes, that ‘would of’ has been mentioned a few times. Unforgivable, I know. It is on my list of things to rectify when I get around to a full edit of the three books as is ‘style’ and several more mistakes. Thanks for your suggestions and if/when you come across any more I’d be grateful to know them. Every little helps.
      Best wishes.

  46. Oliver,
    Reading ‘Making a Killing’ – you really need to research diabetes! To talk of hypoglycaemia as being potentially fatal if not ‘balanced’ with insulin is nonsense – it is because there is too much insulin in the system that diabetics get to that state and it is solved by eating something sweet (or if unconscious by rubbing glucose gel on the gums or by an injection which causes the liver to produce glycogen which increases blood sugar levels). If you ever come across a person you think may be having some sort of diabetic episode, give sugar.

    Your description of a ‘screamer’ is misleading – happens to some people. Some get arrested for being drunk and disorderly but most diabetics get ‘the shakes’ and an urge for something sweet. Chocolate has never tasted nicer than when you are hypo. I can have a really low blood sugar level and be unaffected – I have never had a ‘screamer’.

    You are not alone in not understanding diabetes – most doctors are confused by it in my experience.

  47. Oliver – congratulations on an excellent book. ‘Joint Enterprise’ was a little slow to start with but certainly developed at a pace and to the point where I could not put it down. Fewer typos than in previous two books – even they did not deter from the enjoyment. Thank you. At any point in the future you want anybody to proof read a draft please don’t hesitate to contact me. Regards.

    • Hi Paul
      Good to hear from you again. I hope this means that you have forgiven me for the diabetes howler in Making a Killing?
      Thanks for your comment on Joint Enterprise. I’m always a little anxious when a reader gets to this one after the first two because it is a little different.
      And sincere thanks for your offer to proofread future work. That is much appreciated too.
      Best wishes.

    • Cheers, Ian. Glad you liked it. Try before you buy was always the plan and like that iconic tv role model from my youth was oft moved to say, ‘I love it when a plan comes together.’
      Please let me know what you think of the next when you get around to it.
      Best wishes.

  48. Hi Oliver
    I was pounced on by your mum the other day when returning from the town. She told me about your books. I did forget to look them up until talking with a friend who had just returned from a cruise. She told me how great the Romney and Marsh, Rope Enough book was that she had loaded onto her Kindle. I loaded it onto my Kindle 2 days ago and sadly have finished reading the book. I say sadly as I now feel lost without my fabulous, easy reading book. I have always loved murder/ detective mysteries and so would like to commend you on a wonderfully written, interesting story. I am now onto my next R & M book and do not want to get to the end!
    I have lived on the Romney Marsh for too many years to admit too and found the references to this part of Kent, William Harvey Hospital, Dover Castle etc. just a joy and delight added to a magnificent story.
    Well done Oliver, no wonder your mum is proud of you. Please keep writing and I (and many others) will keep avidly reading.
    Best wishes
    Ann

    • Hello Ann
      Many thanks for getting touch to let me know you enjoyed the first R&M File. It’s always good to learn. Glad you liked it.
      I spoke to mum this evening in a bid to learn your identity. After hearing all about her patchwork club, the state of her corns, the price of heating, the leaks in the church roof, her progress towards becoming the first ordained priest in the Romney Marsh chapter of the Hells Angels, the problems with non-stick frying pans, the issues surrounding Greece leaving the Euro (!), the news of comet Ison visiting our corner of space, the difficulties she’s having servicing her motorbike and the last months weather, I now know who you are. I also have a thumping headache and a £10 Skype bill, bless her.
      I must admit I struggle to imagine mum pouncing these days, although the thought did bring a smile to my face. There’s life in the old dear yet.
      I hope you enjoy the second and third in the series. If you don’t, please tell mum.
      Best wishes.

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