Blog Tour ~ Review ~ Poor Hands by Oliver Tidy.


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Today, I’m lucky to be able to post my review of Poor Hands as part of the blog tour.

Many thanks to the author Oliver Tidy, publisher Bloodhound Books and blog tour organiser Sarah Hardy for the ARC copy of the book in return for an honest review.

Book summary. 

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.


I really enjoyed Poor Hands, its a fun and very enjoyable read.  Sometimes you find a set of characters in a novel and simply click with them! I clicked with David Booker and his partner in crime Jo and would happily read about their adventures for years to come.

Poor Hands has multiple story threads running through it, but at no point does it become over complicated.  The stories never swamp each other out leaving the reader scratching their heads trying to keep up, but are thrilling enough to keep the reader highly entertained and engaged.  It’s a thrilling read and an addictive page turner.  Another one of those reads that pull you in and wanting to turn the pages to find out the conculsion.  Hours will happily pass by without you noticing!  You will find yourself looking up and suddenly aware that an afternoon or evening has passed by without you noticing the passage of time.

The setting is perfection.  Remembering I love books and love coffee shops.  In fact, I adore sitting in coffee shops with a good book, soaking up the atmosphere and enjoying a really good story. So finding out that David Booker runs a café which has books from his aunt and uncles old bookshop on display and I straight away wanted to spend more time there with him.  Genious idea by the writer Oliver Tidy and he was won himself a new fan.

This book is part of a series, but that should not put off readers who have not previously read Jo and David’s adventures.  I haven’t read the books that proceed Poor Hands and it didn’t affect my enjoyment of the story, its so well written that you could happily read this as a stand alone.  Having found David and Jo so likeable I would also say it would be a great series to read, and buying them all would provide anyone with hours and hours of reading pleasure.

I look forward to reading more of this crime fighting pair and revisiting Bookers coffee shop in the next instalment.

Poor Hands can be purchased from Amazon

Author Bio 

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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.
Oliver can be followed on Twitter, Facebook and his Webpage


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