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 that the people who designed and installed it did.


Hello and welcome to the hub of my online presence.

I am a CWAP – a crime writing author publisher. That means I’m independent of any publisher. Being a CWAP, I do almost everything myself in the production of an ebook from conception of an idea through to formatting and uploading the finished article to ebook retailers. Two things I don’t do are the cover art and the proofreading. These are outsourced to professionals in their respective fields thus ensuring that the finished item to appear on your ereader is a product of quality, in technical terms at least.

So far I have written thirteen full-length books in three different series: The Romney and Marsh Files – British police procedurals set in Dover, Kent (7); The Acer Sansom novels – international thrillers (4) and my Booker & Cash stories – private detective tales set in the south of England (2). I have also written a book of three short stories – one in each of my three series. For more information on any of these titles and for links to both Amazon UK and Amazon US please see the series links in the header above.

I also blog regularly about my journey and experiences as a CWAP. Clicking on the ‘Writer’s Blog (aka Diary of a CWAP)’ link in the header above will take you to the latest blog-post.

I sincerely welcome the opportunity to communicate with readers of my books, so if you are one with something to say, please get in touch here or on one of my social-media sites. Links can be found in the sidebar of the ‘Writer’s Blog’ page.

Thanks for looking.

283 thoughts on “About Oliver Tidy

  1. Hi Oliver, I have just read Joint Enterprise. Really enjoyed it, as I have the first two Booker/ Cash novels, and now the first three R/Ms.
    I have read hundreds of books, all purchased through Kindle. I have to say that I have derived more pleasure from your books than just about all others.
    I have been inspired to write to you, as an hour ago my wife and I were rolling on the floor laughing as I read to her directly from Joint Enterprise, where poor Romney is being anally inspected by the female doctor, when ‘a pocket of foul smelling air’ escapes. It was the most hilarious encounter I have ever read.
    Thank you so much for your wonderful writing. I wish you every success. You truly deserve it. Why you’re not signed to a major publisher is simply bewildering.
    Thanks again
    Geoff Caple. Perth. Western Australia

    • Hi Geoff,
      Many thanks for taking the time and trouble to get in touch over the reads. It is hugely gratifying to receive such positive feedback for my writing, especially regarding my idea of what’s funny. I have had an enormous amount of fun writing the R&M Files in particular. I remember the doctor’s surgery scene well.🙂 Not based on personal experience I hasten to add.
      If and when you read more in the series, please let me know what you think.
      Best wishes to you and your wife.

      • I am on my 6th R and M and realizing that I have only one book left in the series, I really hope that you will write more. I am enjoying them so much. I wish you much success.
        Ana in Ecuador

      • Hi Ana (in Ecuador)🙂
        Sincere thanks for taking the time and trouble to get in touch. It’s always good to know that the books are being read and enjoyed. Thanks.
        I’m not sure whether there will be any more R&M FIles. Never say never, but with so little time for writing and so many other project I really want to have a bash at we will see.
        Best wishes and thanks again.
        PS You could be my only reader in Ecuador. Great stuff.🙂

  2. Hello Oliver, I am an avid reader of your Romney and Marsh books, I have read all seven and eagerly await the next installment to the series, I haven’t tried the other books yet, Acer or Booker but might give them a go, i enjoy the R & M ones as I love the detail of the area and local info you put into them, being from Kent, not Dover I feel I can relate to them more, I am also a London cabby and would love to see a R & M book featuring the team drafted into the capital maybe with me dropping them off somewhere, anyway excellent writing, please please continue the R & M series for as long as poss, all the best regards, Terry (terencebradford@aol.com

    • Hello Terry,
      Sincere thanks for getting in touch to let me know you’re enjoying the R&M Files. I always enjoy hearing from satisfied readers.
      Your suggestion for a future plot device is noted.🙂 Romney and Marsh in London? Why not? But you know Tom would find something to complain about.
      Best wishes

  3. The information about the publishing of your books is very interesting. Perhaps you would like to give me more details about your self publishing deal and how you market and publicise your books. I am the president of Anderida Writers, in Eastbourne, and would be happy to share details of your success in the Anderida Writers newsletter, of which I am editor. You can contact me at https://tonyfloodblog.wordpress.com and by email at: tflood04@yahoo.co.uk If might help you to check out my website at http://www.celebritiesconfessions.com

    • Hi Tony,
      Sorry to have missed the FB thread yesterday.
      Certainly, I can share my experiences to date. Happy to do so.
      As I’m always looking for a blog-post topic, I might also write on on my experiences. When I get that done, I’ll drop you a copy at the above address.
      Celebrity Confessions checked out. Some great reviews and comments for your writing. Congratulations.
      Best wishes, I’ll be in touch.🙂

  4. Hello Oliver
    I have just finished A White Knuckle Christmas and really need to know when I will be able to read the next in the series! I’ve grown fond of the characters (especially Romney, bless him!) and your storylines just get better and better. I devour books at a rate of knots and yours are the best I have read in ages. No crime fiction aficionado should miss out on Romney and Marsh!
    Very best wishes and thank you.🙂

    • Hello Julie,
      Thank you so much for your lovely comment on the R&M Files. I just this moment sat down to write something (not a R&M, sorry) and your message came through to put a smile on my face.
      I’m not sure if there will be another R&M File. Sorry. I haven’t decided yet. I’ve had a lot of fun writing them but there are other writing projects I’m itching to have a go at and time is limited. If I do revisit Dover CID it’ll be a while.
      Thanks again for your kind words and time and trouble to get in touch.
      Best wishes

  5. Hi Oliver

    I downloaded your first Romney and Marsh novel as a free download to my kindle. I have now become addicted to them! I have read the 2nd and have now started the 3rd and really enjoying them. Keeping writing, looking forward to reading the rest.

    • Hi Kate, many thanks for your time and trouble to get in touch with such a great comment. Much appreciated. Good to know that you are enjoying the R&M Files thus far. I hope you enjoy the others as much.
      Best wishes

  6. Hello and good morning ! As requested I am getting back to you following my completion of the Romney and Marsh series . Very enjoyable , liked the mordant wit and one liners , so enjoyed the little mention of Dr Syn , one of the most enjoyable tales ever written , and the R 4 , reading by Rufus Sewell was brilliant . Nice sideline to the ‘ off piste ‘ lifestyles , of Romney and Marsh . Thanks again enjoyed them all . May have a bash at some of your other work , as this Kindle lark envelopes me .

    • Hi Clive,
      Many thanks for your time and trouble to feedback with your ongoing R&M Files experience. It is genuinely encouraging and pleasing for me to learn that you’ve enjoyed them. I have had a lot of pleasure writing them.
      If and when you get around to trying another of my series, please let me know what you think.
      Best wishes.

  7. Hi I have just finished bad sons I could not put it down and have read almost none stop in 1 day, needless to say I really enjoyed it, my 1st time reading your work, it won’t be the last.

    • Hi Rob,
      Sincere thanks for your time and trouble to get in touch with such positive feedback for Bad Sons. Good to know you enjoyed it. Booker & Cash are my most recent series and the one that I feel I’ll be concentrating on in the near future – #3 is in the pipeline but on hold, like the rest of my life, while the European football tournament is on🙂
      Best wishes

  8. Hi Oliver,
    I’ve just finished reading Particular Stupidities, and wanted to drop you a line to say how enjoyable the experience has been.
    Up until I discovered your writing I rarely read sequential novels. I moved on to RM after the first two BC’s, and have never looked back. Now, after reading numerous passages to my dear wife Helen, she is now treading a similar RM path. Can you picture it? The two of us lying in bed at night, she on her Kindle, me on my iPhone devouring your wonderful writing at an ever increasing pace. Each morning, at the breakfast table, we discuss where we are both at with our particular RM novel. Being two or three novels ahead it is tricky for me not to give away any spoilers.
    Incrementally, each novel is better than the last. How that is possible is an absolute credit to you.
    Please be assured, wherever your future writing takes you, we will be pursuing it with great enjoyment and enthusiasm.
    Geoff and Helen
    Perth Western Australia

    • Hi Geoff,
      What great pleasure I took from your message. It made my day. Thank you sincerely for your time and trouble to get in touch. I’m really pleased to learn that you and your wife are enjoying the R&M Files.
      Your message came through as I was enjoying Sunday lunch with the family (my mum told me off for checking my smartphone at the table if you can believe it – I’m 53!) and I was happy to be able to share your kind and amusing words with them all. Just great.
      I can only hope that the remaining books in the series continue to entertain you and your wife. I hope you’ll let me know when you’re both done with them and any others of mine that might stray onto your internet enabled devices.🙂
      Very best wishes

  9. First time I have read any of your books, thouroughly enjoyed the Rope enough Romney and Marsh book. I like to read authors who write and set novels in the UK, always great feeling to think you know where the characters are, maybe even been there. Now look forward to reading the other R&M novels. Keep up the great writing and thanks for doing so. Will make sure I recommend you to friends and family

    • Hi Bob,
      Many thanks for your time and trouble to leave a positive and encouraging comment on R&M File#1. Good to know you enjoyed the read. If and when you get around to the others in the series I hope they continue to please.
      Best wishes

  10. Enjoying the Romney and Marsh series. I will give the other series a try as well and will provide a constructive review on all books. Well done for highlighting Bowel Cancer and getting Romney to seek help. It was funny but at the same time important for him to be examined by the lady Doctor. So if there is anyone out there who has any concerns go to your GP. Also on book three you done a good link with the Zeebrugge incident and delivered it will.

    • Hi John,
      Many thanks for your positive feedback on the reads and a couple of the more sensitively aspects of them. Always good to know that the books are being read and enjoyed. If and when you get around to my other series, I look forward to seeing what you think.
      Best wishes

  11. I want to add my kudos, lover RM and BC and now moving onto AS. As much as I love your books – sometimes laugh out loud funny – I am really impressed how you respond to each of the comments here. That is really lovely.

    • Hi Frances,
      Sincere thanks for your comment. Much appreciated. It’s always encouraging and pleasing to know the books are being read and enjoyed. Thank you also for remarks about my contact with readers. It’s my pleasure to interact with readers who take the time and trouble to get in touch. Writers are nothing without readers.
      Best wishes

  12. Dear Oliver, I have now read all of your books, and would thoroughly recommend them as a jolly good read.They are well written, have well constructed plots and are first class page-turners.
    One criticism – ocassional use of unecessary bad language.
    Please keep them coming.

    • Hi Peter,
      Many thanks for your time and consideration to leave a very positive comment. Sincerely appreciated. I’m always happy to hear that the books are being read and enjoyed. On the language issue , I’m not a big fan of bad language in the books I read and I do try to keep it to a minimum in the ones I write while remaining faithful to how I imagine my characters would react in certain situations.
      Best wishes and thanks again

  13. Hi Oliver
    I downloaded the first of your Romney & Marsh books as a free one on Kindle by accident. My wife asked me to find her some books on the Romney Marsh as we live in Hythe, I downloaded yours and thought I would read it. I’ve become so hooked on them that I have now read all seven Romney and Marsh books and will move onto the Booker and Cash ones next. It was great in the Romney and Marsh books to be able to relate to lots of the places that you mention in your books. Every one of them has been a good read. Keep up the good work.
    Richard Mansfield
    Hythe – Kent

    • H Richard,
      Sincere thanks for your time and trouble to leave a very positive comment on the books. Much appreciated, as are your downloads. I’m always made happy to hear from readers who are enjoying them. I had a lot of fun writing them. I hope Booker and Cash work for you as well.
      Best wishes

  14. Hi Oliver,
    I am reading the last Romney and Marsh book at the moment and I am hoping the next one will arrive in my Kindle as I finish so there will be no gap. I am really enjoying them. iLife to read British detectives and I love the descriptions you include of Dover and the surrounding area. The characters are quirky yet eminently believable. The crimes are also very believable and not too full of blood and gore. I especially liked the sympathetic way Joy continued to keep Helen the elderly lady in mind and didn’t just think she was dementing. I haven’t yet tried your other novels but I am sure to dip in soon. Publishers don’t know what they are missing. Thank you so much for keeping me hugely entertained. Sheelagh Kelly

    • Hi Sheelagh
      Many thanks for your very kind comment. Sincerely appreciated. Really good to know that you’re enjoying the R&M Files. I had a lot of fun writing them. If and when you get around to one of my other series, I look forward to learning what you think.
      Best wishes.

  15. I was going on holiday to Dover and was amused by the Romney and Marsh link so started to read the first novel. I was so caught up with the characters that on the second day I downloaded 2 more and then 2 more and now have just finished the 7th one in under 2 weeks. Thanks for the ride!. I cant remember when I have laughed out loud at a book but yours made me. Also cried when we lost you know who (don’t want to be a plot spoiler) I really miss him. Please dont leave the series altogether and leave my new friends in cyberspace. I have really enjoyed this series and intend to do something I rarely do and that is re-read them all over again. Keep writting and entertaining us please

    • Hi Ruth,
      Absolutely loved your comment. Thank you very much for sharing your R&M Files experience here. You made my day. And as for re-reading them – is there a higher compliment that a reader can pay a writer?
      Best wishes and thanks again.🙂

  16. Hi Oliver,
    Just want to thank you for the Romney Marsh Files. I have now finished all seven and loved them all. I normally like to read “stand-alone” novels, but having read the first in the series just had to go on. Each book better than the last. I’ve even got my wife on to RM. She on her Kindle, me on my iPhone.
    I’ve also read the first two BC books also. So will explore the rest of your writing.
    Thanks again.
    Perth. Western Australia.

    • Hi Geoff
      Sincere thanks for your time and trouble to leave such very positive feedback, and for your support of my writing. All much appreciated. It’s always good to learn that the books are providing some reading pleasure, especially so far from home and by more than reader in the household.
      Best wishes to you and your wife.

  17. Hello Oliver,
    I have just finished A White Knuckle Christmas your latest Romney and March Novel. My husband and I find your story lines gripping and your chacters jump off the page. Unfortunately every time I start on a new book the housework comes a second best and this book has seriously delayed my packing readt for my holidays. Keep up the brilliant work,don’t change the characters. Thank you for some super reading. Lea

    • Hi Lea,
      Many thanks for taking the time and trouble to get in touch regarding the R&M Files. Much appreciated as are your downloads of the series.
      Hearing from a reader who has enjoyed the Files is always a good start to my day. Thank you.
      I hope you managed to pack for your holiday in time and don’t worry about the housework – it’ll still be there tomorrow. That’s my philosophy anyway.
      Best wishes to you and your husband and thanks again.

  18. Hello, I would just like to say thank you for the Romney and Marsh series so far, I have read each one and thoroughly enjoyed them all. I have particularly enjoyed being a part of their growing professional relationship. I enjoy your style of writing and am now going to start reading some of your other titles, however I will anxiously await the next appearance of R & M.

    Thank you
    Geoff Thompson

    • Hi Geoff,
      Many thanks for your time and trouble to leave such positive feedback on the R&M Files. Much appreciated as are your downloads of the series. I had a lot of fun writing them and it’s always good to learn that the enjoyment has been shared with a reader.
      Here’s hoping that whatever you try next proves as rewarding.
      Best wishes.

  19. Hi Oliver,
    Well, I finished B&C and RM, so have moved on to Acer – Dirty Business. What a book! Completely different in style to BC and RM. This is more hard edge. As I wrote on Kindle comments – I couldn’t put it down. Kept me up unti 2.00am.
    What intrigued me most was the character portrayal of Acer, Tallis, and Eda: a soldier, police officer and journalist, and how each had a different thought process in dealing with the bad guys. Particularly Acer and Tallis. I am ex military myself, so it was interesting to soak up the wisdom of a good old fashioned cop versus the impulses of a highly motivated soldier.
    Needless to say, I’ll be reading the next two.
    You really are a wonderful writer. I just hope you are not a CWAP for much longer and are signed up to a major publisher. IMO you’re up there with the very best.
    Good on yer mate.
    Geoff. Perth. Western Australia.
    P.S. Just read your latest blog re building “a writing room”. Is that marked area next to the house reserved for the construction? It appears to be a tad on the small side. Your talents, I would think, deserve something far more grandiose.

    • Good morning Geoff,
      Very good to hear from you and with such positive and encouraging feedback for Acer. Thank you for giving him a try. I’m really pleased you liked Dirty Business. I think the next in the series is better. There are four out now, so plenty more reading to go. I hope you’ll get as much enjoyment out of reading them as I did writing them.
      Yes, that meagre space is the allotted construction site. I’m not sure how much room they’ll be for me and my laptop by the time it’s filled with the bicycles and lawn mowers and tools that are currently cluttering up my bedrooom.
      And thank you, sincerely, for your kind words for my writing. Knowing that the books are entertaining readers as far away as you are is a real and honest thrill for me.
      All the best and please let me know how you go with Acer.

  20. Hi Oliver,
    Three weeks ago I read the first of your R&M books as a kindle freebie and I was hooked. I have since completed the series along with all of your B&C and Acer Sansom books. I was drawn into each one. Your style of writing is compelling, your main characters charismatic and your plots exciting. Your sarcastic wit is right up my street and I particularly loved Romney. How long before your next book? I can’t wait.I wish you all the success you so well deserve.
    Best Wishes
    Vera Lawton

    • Hi Vera,
      My sincere thanks for your time and consideration to leave such positive feedback on my books. Getting through all of them in such a short space of time is no mean feat and I take it as a huge compliment. Thank you. It’s always good to learn that the books are being enjoyed along with my idea of what’s funny.
      I’m on a bit of a break at the moment but hope to have B&C#3 out before Christmas.
      Many thanks for your good wishes for my writing, your downloads of the reads and for your kind words of encouragement.
      Best wishes

  21. Hi Oliver,
    I really enjoyed Loose Ends. Your imagination knows no bounds – putting Acer through so many trials and tribulations. I left a brief resume on Kindle books. The only disappointment was the departure of Tallis and Eda. I was hoping that Tallis would become an integral character in the series.
    I’ve noted there are only two titles left in the series. I intend to hold off reading them until later this month when I head up to the Shangri La in Singapore for a short break. I intend to laze round the pool, drinking gin and tonics copiously while reading Acer.
    Then on my return to Perth there will only be your three short stories left for me to read. Done and dusted. So I hope you get that extension completed soon and then onto writing something else for me to read.
    All the best.
    Geoff. Perth. Western Australia.

    • Hi Geoff,
      Great to know that Loose Ends didn’t disappoint. Sorry about Tallis and Eda. It seemed like a good idea at the time. I’ve had a few other comments about them
      Enjoy Singapore. I’ve never been but it looks fantastic. I hope Acer continues to entertain you. Do let me know.
      Concrete base down this week. Now for the hard bit. I’d rather be writing.
      All the best

  22. Three Short Blasts; Booker & Cash; missing a closing speech mark after this bit (after John-boy):

    Jo said, ‘Goodnight, John-boy.

    Caught my eye as I read….. One of those typos that get through proof reading.

  23. I was hooked with the first book I read. What fun! What a white knuckle ride! Just finished the last Acer book and so glad. At least now I can come up for air… Love your work. Definitely, more please.

    • Hello Sue
      Many thanks for your time and trouble to leave feedback on your reading experience. I’m very pleased to learn that you enjoyed the Acer novels. Thank you for your kinds words for my writing. Hearing from readers with positive comments makes my day.
      Best wishes.

  24. Have just finished book 6 in the Romney and Marsh files. Have enjoye them all so far ven thoughI have some questions about unresolved matters. In book 6 my question is “What happened to the lawnmower thieves?”

    • Hello again, Anne,
      I appreciate your ongoing interest in the R&M Files.
      I can answer this query because I’ve been asked before and the answer has stuck.
      Two reasons: One, the lawnmower thieves were located in an area outside of the jurisdiction of Dover and police and so subsequent follow up of their activities would, as i understand it, having been taken over by the relevent policing authority (that would include the tragic event that occurred at their offices). Two: This suited me because after due consideration I really couldn’t see how pursuing all that would have added anything to the read. Better to pass it all over. The plot device had served its purpose.
      Best wishes.

  25. Hi Oliver,

    I have just finished your last book in the Romney and Marsh series., a “White Knuckle Christmas “. Well done. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It was entertaining, a good read and was logical. I was happy that there were no major loose ends. Well apart from Justin and Romney’s share of the thesis. The books seemed to improve as I read through the series or was I just more accepting of the characters and their personalities.

    I hope you decide to write another Romney and Marsh tale. Count me in!


    • Hi Anne,
      Firstly, sincere thanks for your support of and interest in the R&M Files. I’m so pleased to learn that you finished them and enjoyed them. I had a lot of fun writing them.
      I’m not sure that there will be anymore. I see the R&M Files as something of my writing apprenticeship (if that doesn’t sound too pretentious). And now I have a number of other writing projects that I really want to have a bash at. Time and space to do that are the commodoties I’m in short supply of, sadly.
      But never say never.🙂
      Thanks again and all the best.

  26. Hi Oliver,

    I have enjoyed R-M series a lot and I am so looking forward to read a new one. Please can you write any faster?🙂 I have been visiting amazon on your page to see if the new one is out! I am a big fan of your humor and writing style.

    • Hi Shweta
      Many thanks for your time and trouble to get in touch. It’s always good to learn that the reads are being enjoyed. Much appreciated.
      I’m afraid there is nothing coming soon from my writer’s desk. I’m stuck in the UK under a pile of household maintenance work. I hope to get back to writing again mid October. Fingers crossed.
      All the best and thanks again.

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