Guest Post, Interviews

Poor Hands by Oliver Tidy @olivertidy @Bloodhoundbook #BlogTour

Hello everyone! Today I’m happy to be a stop on the blog tour for Poor Hands by Oliver Tidy, who was kind enough to provide us with a very interesting guest post! I cannot wait for my schedule to clear up a little so I can read this story!

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Title: Poor Hands
Author: Oliver Tidy
Publisher: Bloodhound Books
Date of publication: July 11th 2017
Format: Digital Review Copy
Source: Publisher
Number of pages: 342

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…

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Poor Hands is the third book in my series of Booker & Cash stories. Booker & Cash are a private detective pairing based on Romney Marsh in the south of England – my home.

In the summer of 2009 I moved abroad to start a new job – teaching English as a foreign language. I’d lived my whole life on Romney Marsh and I couldn’t wait to escape. I’d been a qualified primary school teacher for seven years but I’d had enough of that. I was looking for change, some adventure, a bit of excitement. So I got a job in Istanbul. And that is where I found my writing mojo.

I’ve loved books and reading for as long as I can remember and I think that for a lot of people like that it’s only a matter of time before they want to have a go at writing. I’d tried in the UK but with all the distractions it had never happened for me. In Istanbul I found myself responsibility and distraction free.

I lived and worked in Turkey for the next eight years. Writing went from an interest to a compulsion, something addictive. And then to a day job when I was able to give up teaching.

I have some fantastic readers. They have been very generous, supportive, helpful and kind. I will be forever grateful to my readers because without readers writers are nothing. I believe that. Without readers I would not have had the encouragement or the income to live the dream. And for the last two years that’s what I’ve been doing – writing full-time.

For personal reasons I’ve recently moved back to the UK and Romney Marsh. I’ve missed both. I’m still enjoying writing, although it’s having to take a back seat for a while as I sort out my life here and get organised. I have ideas for future stories. I’ve been experimenting with my writing and I shall continue to do so. Writing still excites me and all the time it does I won’t be able to stop.

I would like to thank Bloodhound Books for inviting me to be a part of this blog tour!



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.
You can find Oliver on TwitterFacebook, or his website and his books on Amazon

Don’t forget to follow the blog tour for more information about Poor Hands!


27 thoughts on “Poor Hands by Oliver Tidy @olivertidy @Bloodhoundbook #BlogTour”

  1. It’s nice to read author’s stories about themselves. I wonder if lots of us readers will be inspired to try and write at some point? I would love to, but after reading such amazing books, I think I would be betting sticking to reading and reviewing.
    Oliver’s book sounds good. I look forward to your thoughts when you get to his book.


    1. I love learning more about people who create those stories we escape to. I’ve always known that I don’t have the creativity to write a book, but I love the idea that an author’s experience can trigger something for someone else and spur them to start writing.
      Thank you for stopping by, you never miss a post! 🙂 xxx

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  2. Great post Meggy, and I loved reading a little about the authors background and his writing process. Kind of interesting how after wanting to leave Romney Marsh he returned again years later. Sometimes I think about moving to another country but I know I’d miss my home too much, even moving away for uni was too much distance from home for me. 😀
    Anyways this sounds like an interesting book and I hope you enjoy it, and the other two in the series, when you get around to it! 🙂 ❤


  3. It’s always nice to hear authors who unexpectedly turn to writing because of their passion for literature. Some of them don’t even realize how skilled they are!! I can only applaud this man for taking the time to write and to deliver, what seems like, fantastic novels! Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on this book, Meggy! 😉


  4. Such a wonderful post. I admire people who are able to make the decision to follow their dreams no matter how big the change. In this case, it was quite big but glad it worked out. Interesting to see the author appreciating readers, I am sure we all feel the same about them(authors) too. I can’t imagine a world without books 🙂


    1. Big life decisions scare the crap out of me, haha! But some people just go for it and it turns out so well, it’s a real inspiration. I love the relationships we can create with authors thanks to our blogs and social media, it adds something special 🙂


  5. Oh this is such a lovely post my Sweechie – it’s so great to get to know the author a little more and what drove him to write his stories now 🙂


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