Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Bloodhound Books for inviting me onto this Blog Tour for POOR HANDS by OLIVER TIDY.
In a big old building on the south coast of Kent, David Booker runs a book-themed coffee shop and Jo Cash operates a private investigation business. They live there, too. But not like that.
Jo needs help with tracing a mystery client’s living relatives. David needs help with his staffing problems. Will they both get what they are looking for?
Sometimes two heads are better than one. Sometimes a poor hand is better than none. But not always…
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
I was pretty excited to be returning to Dymchurch, the beautiful coastal town in Romney Marsh, that just shouts come on sit down with a lovely cup of coffee and chill out with a book for a bit. Oh bliss, well it could of been but David Booker needed more staff now that his book shop come coffee bar was taking off, as his regulars kept growing in numbers. Not only that though, when his friend Jo Cash, who shares the living accommodation with him upstairs, needs a hand with her PI venture, after loosing her job as a detective. Well David feels quite responsible, ok yes it was all because of him that the police job went belly up, so he lends her an hand. Now David really has got it quite bad for Jo and seeks her approval at ever turn, but Jo’s detective skills are lacking here because she only sees him as a mate.
Now the whole place just gives me that chilled laid back feeling, which makes the stories more of a cosy read, with a few reality shocks thrown in to remind me that there are some pretty mean bad guys out there that frighten the heebie-jeebies out of me. There are some real great characters in this story, just loved Ben that had special needs but with some pretty neat talents and Maria a young woman that arrived with bags of trouble. Throw in an almost 200 year old mystery and you could say they are in business.
I am getting really comfortable with Booker and Cash now and feel I know mostly how they will react to situations. The pair of them are very different and yet make a well balanced force together. Then add Oliver Tidy’s often subtle dry humour that just rolls off these pages and I know that I shall be entertained. Looking forward to the next one and hope that some of the characters from this story can carry forward into it.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Oliver Tidy was born and bred on Romney Marsh, Kent. After a fairly aimless foray into adulthood and a number of unfulfilling jobs he went back to education and qualified as a primary school teacher.
A few years of having the life sucked out of him in the classroom encouraged Oliver abroad to teach English as a foreign language. The lifestyle provided him the time and opportunity to try his hand at writing.
Oliver’s success as a self-published author has led to his Booker & Cash series of books, which are set mainly on Romney Marsh, being signed by Bloodhound Books.
Oliver is now back living on Romney Marsh and writing full time.