#BlogTour #Review ~ Poor Hands By Oliver Tidy @Bloodhoundbook @olivertidy

Out of 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. Can 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…

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. 



My Review

After reading He Made Me I was chomping at the bit to get back to Booker’s cafe/bookshop. It is like visiting old friends or going home after an extended time away. It’s so easy to sink back into the comfort of the shop along with David and his friend Jo. Jo the ex-cop who is now a PI .. lives above the cafe with David but they have separate apartments .. that is the basis of their relationship in a nutshell. David adores Jo, she gives him so much rope then pulls him in again never quite returning his feelings. They are however the best of friends.

Set in a corner of Kent these two seem to attract either needy people or something crime related. This time Jo is trying to trace some ancestors for a wealthy client .. David befriends a homeless immigrant and offers a job.

The depth of the characters is wonderfully portrayed and makes for a great mystery. Not a full on crime, nitty, gritty thriller but a slow steady unravelling tale with some humour along the way. There are some poignant moments involving a grieving Ben.

I like Jo, she knows her own mind but I wish she would stop teasing David, he is in danger of becoming a puppy dog in her presence. I enjoy the sizzling will they, won’t they but give the guy a break!

I really enjoy settling down with these folk imagining I’m in the book cafe sipping some coffee, it induces such a warm cosy glow that means I would be quite content to sit there all day! I have raved about Oliver Tidy books before but this one has surpassed those.

Thanks to the author and Sarah at Bloodhound Books for my copy which I read and reviewed voluntarily.

 4.5 Stars.

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