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Bad Sons (Booker & Cash Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Oliver Tidy
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Book Description

David Booker returns to Romney Marsh on the south coast of England for a holiday. He is expecting to spend time helping his aunt and uncle pack up the stock of their second-hand bookshop in preparation for a happy retirement.

He arrives in Dymchurch on a miserable April night to find his relatives missing without word or clue regarding their whereabouts.

As events unravel, the attitude of the local police pushes David into searching for answers to the questions surrounding his family’s disappearance. To get them he will look death in the face and owe his life twice over to a woman he hardly knows…

Extracts from Amazon reviews for Bad Sons:

“Very good read. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and like other readers found it hard to put down.” (B J Orchard, 5*)

“Best offering so far. WOW, I think it is your best yet, I found it hard to put down… I have been reading books for about the last 63 years, and have read thousands, and you are in my top three authors of all time, well done, keep it up.” (Phildiver, 5*)

“Just a really good read. Highly recommended if you love a good read that's all about the story - not unnecessary boring love / relationship angst!” (Katie L, 5*)

“Your best book so far!! I too read it in a day. It was impossible not to. Knowing it was being set in my home village made it eagerly anticipated. I was not disappointed. The story flowed easily and was exciting.” (Sharonlavinia, 5*)

“Gripping. A cleverly crafted thriller that just cannot be put down.” (Rich66, 5*)

“Read it now. I've been up all night in full ‘just another chapter’ mode so that tells you the plot is compulsive. There are new twists and revelations in every chapter so I was unable to stop until I found out what happened next.” (Elaine Byrne, 5*)

“A really good read. I read it in a day. I had to force myself to take an occasional break as it was enthralling. I'm looking forward to the next Booker & Cash book.” (T Brenchley, 5*)

“A great story reminiscent of the early Robert Goddard books. I couldn't put it down… I enjoyed it immensely.” (David Lemon, 5*)


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3586 KB
  • Print Length: 244 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I0X1E2W
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,900 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Hello and welcome to my author page.

I am the author of four titles in the Romney and Marsh Files series of British police procedural novels, three books in the Acer Sansom series of thrillers and two books in my Booker & Cash stories.

My venture into self-publishing began in December, 2012, with the self-publication of the first of the Romney and Marsh Files. These don't have to be read in order, but, like consuming the many and varied courses of a good lunch, it is best if you do (Rope Enough, Making a Killing, Joint Enterprise and A Dog's Life).

In September, 2013, my first two Acer Sansom books became available for download (Dirty Business and Loose Ends). In December 2014 I released the third in this series (Smoke and Mirrors). These are different stories in a different genre, and while each is a stand-alone novel they really should be read in the above order.

In January, 2014, I self-published the first of what I hope to be many of my Booker & Cash stories (Bad Sons). Book two in this series (He Made Me) became available January 2015.
Please see the listings here on Amazon for a more detailed synopsis of each title.

If you do read any of my books, I would appreciate you taking the time to comment with your thoughts here on Amazon. As a self-published author it appears that reader-feedback is vitally important in furthering interest for other readers. I am also very happy to receive feedback at my blog: olivertidy.wordpress.com.

I feel it is worth mentioning that with the first three Romney and Marsh Files I did everything myself except the cover art. That includes the proof-reading and the editing. One thing I have since learned about self-publishing is that one should not and simply cannot rely solely on oneself for these tasks if one wishes one's work to be the best that it can. Help is needed to limit the inevitable mistakes that one simply ends up not noticing, no matter how many times books are read through for errors. Readers of these books have generally been wonderfully tolerant and helpful with their observations regarding my English language mistakes. (Please see my blog for evidence of this.) I have now used this feedback to upload improved editions of each of the three books.

With the Acer Sansom books, my Booker & Cash stories and the fourth Romney and Marsh File I have had assistance with proof-reading and editing. These books are more professional, more correct and more polished for it. That said, any mistakes that do occur are my responsibility alone, especially as I have had a habit of changing things when my collaborator was not looking.

If you have an inclination to learn more about me or my writing, I blog at the address mentioned above. Here you will also find a comments page for each series of books.

My books are written in British English.

I look forward to hearing from you.


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4.7 out of 5 stars
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read which I would recommend 26 Jan. 2014
By Aurora TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I enjoyed this story immensely; in fact I downloaded it in the morning and had finished it before dinner time. I had been looking forward to it from the announcement of its publication date and it didn't let me down.

This was slightly different from Oliver Tidy's previous books, being told entirely in the first person and more introspective in style. On first acquaintance, I wasn't sure that I was going to care much for David Booker, he seemed slightly shallow, especially given his reflections on his wife and his marriage, but as the story progressed his character developed and one began to see behind the facade. He IS a man who cares about people and the rights and wrongs of a given situation but it may take him a little time to get there. He seems to judge a person's character by their appearance, not necessarily in the shallow way of grading their looks on a scale of beauty but more by what he sees in their eyes or some other facial trait. On that basis he seems to have taken an instant aversion to the physiognomycally (yes - I made that one up) challenged Detective Inspector, but it would be fair to say that there is no love lost between the two of them. He also appears to be able to judge who is truthful and honest with a fair degree of accuracy which ultimately proves helpful. We see that he can be impulsive which can be a problem to him, adding to his physical pains. DC Cash makes clear to him on several occasions that she is keeping an open mind about the case, and does seem to be doing so, unlike DI Sprake whom Booker suspects is trying to make a case for him being the murderer.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read but..... 2 Feb. 2014
By somnus
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I will not go into a synopsis of the story as this has already been done very adequately by another reviewer. I love Oliver Tidy's writing style, and, whilst one reviewer said that this book started slowly, I rather liked it and found it to be very atmospheric. I know the area that he talks about well and he describes it perfectly. I had great pictures of Dungeness and its bleakness totally conjured up in my imagination, enhanced by his clever description.
As usual Mr Tidy brings humour to this books and I like his play on words. The pace is steady rather than frenetic and it rolls along nicely.
You may ask about the but......well I thought that the murders that had been committed did not fit the crimes.Don't want to give anything away so I will leave other readers to make up their own minds on this! Because of this I was a bit disappointed as I had expected something much more convincing!I also felt that the end was a tad rushed.
Nevertheless, this is an enjoyable read and I look forward to more Booker and Cash. If there were several more, I think that this would make a good TV series!
BTW, I thought that the cover of the book was very good!
Hopefully however, he will continue with the Acer books (Dirty Business and Loose Ends) as they are unquestionably my favourites and terrific reads.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! 11 Feb. 2014
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I have read all of Oliver Tidy's books and enjoyed all of them. This is his very best. It is fast moving with no flat spots and is impossible to put down. The book is brilliantly written with excellent descriptions of people and scenes without rambling. The story contains a number of sub plots and keeps the reader's interest throughout. On top of everything else the story is believable which is an achievement with this type. I can't wait for more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fabulous book from this author 1 Feb. 2014
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Another great book with very believable characters,after reading a few of Mr Tidys books (and following his very entertaining blog) I recommend you now go on and read his others!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I concur completely with Aurora's excellent review and would only add/emphasise:
- I also read it in a day because I couldn't put it down, not because it is short
- the storyline of a man caught out by happenstance and struggling to overcome it is highly reminiscent of Robert Goddard at his best. It is a change of genre for Mr Tidy which he executes brilliantly
- the successful change to first person/introspective narration not only demonstrates the author's versatility but is very in keeping with plot/genre
I enjoyed it immensely and I hope you ill too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive 23 Dec. 2014
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I have enjoyed Tidy's previous books but have thrown the odd complaint in here and there in my reviews. Proof-reading, for instance, was a serious early problem. That now seems to have been addressed in this novel which, in my view, also sees the author writing even better.

Here we have a well-written story which flows smoothly, making it very readable or engaging. The plot is well-constructed and very early on creates a great "What is happening here?" feeling for the reader. I also liked some of the social insights thrown into the mix and the displays of humour here and there.

Blemishes? Not really, although one pretty big coincidence holds things together and I'm not sure the motives and ending were the best of choices. A slightly different ending would have produced a mind-blowing novel, in my view. I was running with a 5 star rating for most of the book, but did adjust it in the end to reflect that opinion.

That said, I am sticking with this very improved author who is impressing me more and more with each outing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is the 5th book I've read by this author and all have been very good. The details are accurate and interesting and I will definitely be reading more.
Published 1 hour ago by Lindsey Dutton
5.0 out of 5 stars Great. Book
I chose this book because I have read other books by this author they also have been brilliant and I am just going to read a another one
Published 1 month ago by david Adkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep them coming!
I've read all of Oliver Tidy's published books and as with the others this doesn't disappoint. If you enjoy an easy to read, gripping crime/mystery novel then Oliver Tidy is for... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lel
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable fast paced
Involuntary" reluctant "amateur sleuth meets sensuous no nonsense copper. Hopefully unresolved tension will be released in next installment , good read.
Published 2 months ago by R. Edelenbos
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Published 2 months ago by Grandad
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Published 2 months ago by M. Chapman
5.0 out of 5 stars Bad Sons (Booker & Cash, Book 1) - another great read
Oliver Tidy has done it again and had me glued to this book till the very end. Great storyline and a well written tale, especially as I am familiar with the area Oliver Tidy... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Andrea Porter
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Enjoyed this book a lot. Easy reading which leads to relaxation and enjoyment.
Stayed awake until almost 1am to finish it.
Published 3 months ago by C. Price
5.0 out of 5 stars Bad Sons
Romping read. Couldn't put it down. Looking forward to next one. Have read several of Olivier Tidys' books and always get sucked right into the story.
Published 3 months ago by Doughty Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good read
Could not put it down. really enjoyed the story .Edward was so convincing. Read it twice wife enjoyed reading it topic
Published 4 months ago by robert
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