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Joint Enterprise (The Romney and Marsh Files Book 3)

Joint Enterprise (The Romney and Marsh Files Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Oliver Tidy
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)

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Product Description

Dover gets darker. Romney gets rattier. Marsh gets moodier. Grimes gets grottier. History rears its ugly head on the Kent coast.

A film company comes to town and Detective Inspector Romney makes himself a powerful enemy. There are scores to settle. There’s going to be a reckoning and it’ll end in tears. Someone’s out for revenge. The lid’s off and so are the gloves. This time it’s personal. (That’s enough clichés).

Like Grimes’ diarrhoea, the third instalment of the Romney and Marsh Files builds to an explosive climax.


Some Amazon comments on the Romney and Marsh Files:

“I have read all three of the Romney and Marsh files and have enjoyed many hours of entertainment.”

“I've read all three in the series of Inspector Romney... I have enjoyed them immensely and would recommend that they all be made into films or TV series.”

“As with the others in the series the author sets a good pace with interesting character elements and a plot which keeps you interested throughout.”

“Done all three books now in this trilogy and been surprised how much I have enjoyed them as I have not read crime novels before.”

“I have read all 3 books in this series in the last month, I hope there will be more to come from this author as I have really enjoyed them.”

“This is the third book of the Romney and Marsh series I have read or should I say devoured in less than a week.”

“Excellent book. I hope this is not the last book in the Romney and Marsh series that Mr Tidy writes. Really enjoyed all three books.”

I am currently working on the first in my Booker and Cash stories Bad Sons and the fourth in the Romney and Marsh Files, provisionally titled Matters of Life and Death. After I have made these available on ebook, I’ll be tackling the third Acer Sansom, probably.

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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, two books in the Acer Sansom series of thrillers and one book 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 Acer Sansom books became available for download (Dirty Business and Loose Ends). These are different stories in a different genre, and while each is a stand-alone novel they really should be read in order. In January, 2014, I self-published the first of what I hope to be many of my Booker & Cash stories (Bad Sons). 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 happy to receive feedback at my blog:

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 story 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 the Romney and Marsh Files and one for the Acer Sansom books.

My books are written in British English.

I look forward to hearing from you.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rival for Peter James 1 May 2013
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The author has taken the brave step of hanging his story around a horrific historical event recent enough to still resound in the memory of anyone over 35. This was a big gamble but he pulls it off well enough and explains his reasons in an author's note at the end of the story.
In the previous books, I have generally found Romney to be a rather reasonable character, but in this book he seems to have undergone quite a transformation. It is hard to find a redeeming feature in him, even when he is displaying compassion and empathy it is obvious that he has an ulterior motive. He seems to have reverted to his playground days at times. I found myself empathising with Marsh as she viewed him with disappointment and frustration. Although it isn't said outright, there seems to be an underlying idea that much of his mood is a consequence of the residual pain and discomfort from the injuries he received in the line of duty. By the end one also is wondering if his personality has also been affected by other health worries.
There is a little more of the personality of Marsh showing through in this book but by no means enough, and I hope that there will be more to come in future outings from these two. The character of DC Grimes is explored more thoroughly than that of Marsh and we begin to get to know him. At first he seems almost like a caricature bungling detective, but as he is developed, he becomes a more well rounded character with hobbies, emotions, more investigatory skills than DI Romney gives him credit for, and a surprising courage and modesty. The author seems to be growing more comfortable and confident with characterisation and we find some gems even in minor characters.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Is there a fourth book? 18 July 2013
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I'm struggling to explain why but I didn't enjoy this book as much as the last - book 2 is probably my favourite.

At times I felt that the crimes was almost taking second place to Grimes' eating & Romney's grouchy attitude - there was an awful lot of both which I felt was somewhat overdone. This was a shame as the storyline was, as ever, very good but finding the murderer seemed almost too easy & I kept waiting for a twist in the plot that never happened. Did no one think to look at the film before handing it back to Crawford? Who knows what might have been on it? I would have thought that Grimes was desperate to see himself on celluloid!

I'm not sure about the "Wilkie" storyline - would somebody actually take the actions he did with a wife & young child to think about? Seems unlikely to me.

However it's still a great read & the ending is inspired leaving so many potential doors open. I do hope I've not given anything of the plot away as I wouldn't want to spoil it for others & as ever, I'd recommend it.

Will there be a book 4 & what do I read while I'm waiting?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A ship by any other name? 16 Sep 2013
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Firstly, I would like to say that I obtained the first book in the Romney and Marsh series, Rope Enough, for free and was so impressed that I bought the other two books in the series. I have enjoyed all three books in their own way and so I hope that none of what follows will put anyone off from enjoying this series.

Joint Enterprise is another gripping story and the characters are well drawn, as always. The scene with Marsh being assaulted (I'm going to really try to avoid spoilers in this review) is quite harrowing but very well told. Likewise, the final scene is excellently illustrated. However, there are some problems with this book in my opinion. Firstly, it has a tendency to devolve into farce at times, which I think detracts from the quality of the story. Secondly, and this is the major problem in my opinion, I think the choice of the name of the ship (which I accept is central to the story)is ill-advised. My first reaction was that it was a factual error. After a while, I realised that it was an attempt to separate fact from fiction, but I just don't think it works. I think it would have been better to have either made it completely fictional or stick with the real name of the ship but don't involve the fictional characters to any degree.

Of the three books, I think my overall preference is for the first, Rope Enough, but I have been entertained and engrossed by all three. I can't help seeing Bradley Walsh as Romney and the bloke who plays Mrs. Tichell's husband in Doc. Martin as Wilkie, but that's just me! I wish Mr. Tidy every success in the future and I would really like to see more Romney and Marsh stories in the future. I feel sure, with some professional editing, that these books could have a very successful future indeed. If you haven't tried them yet, you really should.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another winner 21 April 2014
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This is the third in the Romney and Marsh series by Oliver Tidy and continues to entertain.
Generally I enjoyed this and felt I was beginning to understand the various lead characters and thought the story as well paced until almost at the end when everything seemed to be revealed in a bit of a rush.
I was also unconvinced by the actions of the Willis character at the end, I thought his reactions were a bit unlikely
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4.0 out of 5 stars Liked it
I thought this was a good follow-up to the earlier books in the series, which I have read. The plot is OK, possibly not as strong as the previous titles. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Patrick Mitchell
4.0 out of 5 stars Great characters and very enjoyable
an easy fun read, loving how Romney is developing as a character with his stubbornness and quirkiness. would make a great tv drama
Published 14 days ago by L. A. Tedstill
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Published 18 days ago by Grandad
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed
Love these books. Good characters and easy reading.
Published 21 days ago by Miss Amber Finnegan
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Read
The story lines just get better. Lots of twists and turns. I read this whilst travelling and ended up sharing my meal times, airport times and any other spare time with it. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Ricoh
5.0 out of 5 stars MORE PLEASE
just loved it could not put it down read all three Romney and marsh files in a week good plots believable characters at times had me laughing out loud BRILLIANT
Published 1 month ago by dell
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
This 3rd book took a while for me to get into but once I did it was just as good as the previous 2. Romney didn't come across as laid back and humorous as in the other 2 books but... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mandy
5.0 out of 5 stars More Please Oliver!
Having discovered the 1st R & M Kindle book in the Freebies section of Amazon and thoroughly enjoyed it, I did a rare thing & brought the second File. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mark Hudson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good follow on
The team is working well in spite of Romney just coming back to work and not100% fit a good story well researched with humour and pathos looking forward to next instalment
Published 1 month ago by rockyb
5.0 out of 5 stars Romney and Marsh
My daughter told me I might like Oliver Tidy's Romney and Marsh. She knows I like murder mysteries but I had never heard of this author or these characters. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sprat
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