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Rope Enough (The Romney and Marsh Files Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Oliver Tidy
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (857 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Newly promoted Detective Sergeant Joy Marsh is shipped out to Dover on the Kent coast to work under Detective Inspector Romney – a copper with a reputation as a cantankerous bastard but good at his job.

On her first night as his sergeant a brutal crime in the town starts a chain of events that will test the mettle, the resolve and the detective in both of them.

Cultures clash and dark deeds are done in this the first instalment of the Romney and Marsh Files.


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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    Product details

    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 3905 KB
    • Print Length: 236 pages
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00AIZ5ME6
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
    • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (857 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #323 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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    More About the Author

    Hello and welcome to my author page.

    I am the author of five 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, A Dog's Life and Particular Stupidities).

    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:

    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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    Customer Reviews

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A great debut novel 18 Dec. 2012
    By Rich66
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    This is a fantastic debut novel. Like a modern day, slightly more enlightened, Gene Hunt, the central character, Romney, courses his way around the Kent coast in pursuit of his suspects, encountering a host of larger than life characters en-route. You root for him and his partner, Marsh (great pun) every step of the way. The writer manages to conjure up the tensions of small town England and crafts a plot-line that keeps you hooked until the very end. I can't wait for the next one.
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    32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Well written, gripping stuff 15 April 2013
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    If I say that this is a solidly written police procedural novel, I mean that only in the best sense of the word. All of the characters, on both sides of the law, are well and convincingly delineated, as are the various social milieux and the tensions of life and society in post-2000 Dover and Kent. The plot moves along at a hearty pace, and the denouement, though expected, still makes you hold your breath in case something goes wrong at the last moment. Highly recommended, a real page turner.
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    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Joggs along at a pace that keeps you reading 4 Oct. 2013
    By Kezz
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    This one caught my eye because I know Romney Marsh well. I live in Kent and so all of the locations are well know to me. This added an extra element of enjoyment for me. The story is well written and Oliver Tidy deals with the delicate nature of the crimes in a reader friendly way. Rape is a difficult subject to cover, but don't be put off, it is written with a great deal of care on the part of the author. He proves without doubt that overly graphic descriptions are unnecessary when it comes to putting pictures into the mind of the reader. The main Characters grow nicely as the book progresses, and I will be buying the next books in the series to see how they develop. I have to thank the author for giving me the boost that I need to finish my own book and get it uploaded to Kindle. All in all this book is a great read and well worth your time. I also think that these Characters and their case files would make a good TV series, good luck and keep it up Mr Tidy.
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    21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 22 April 2013
    By Elaine Tomasso TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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    At the end of this book Mr Tidy tells us he did his own editing and invites comments on it. He has done an outstanding job as I didn't spot any errors, most unusual in Kindle books and not only the self published. I hope he gets a publishing deal soon as his writing certainly deserves a wider audience.
    This is a good solid police procedural which I read in one sitting. The plot, the search for a rapist, is interesting, the subplot is a bit more obvious but gives more of an idea of the plodding nature of most police work, the characterisation seems lifelike although it would be nice to get to know DS Marsh better and the dialogue is very well written. All in all an impressive debut and I'll be reading more in the series.
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    13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable if a touch transparent. 16 April 2013
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    Reasonably well rounded male characters, not so much on the females. Well constructed plot, a little too easy to guess the ending, but that did not detract from from my overall enjoyment. Encouraged me to buy the next two in the series.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Rope Enough (The Romney and Marsh Files) 29 April 2013
    By Gillian
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    A very well written detective story which will keep you riveted till the end. I edit and proof read my husband's self publishing books as for me mistakes leap off the page and ruin the experience,however I can honestly say that I didn't find one. I read for pleasure and poor proof reading drives me nuts so thank you, not only for a good story but an enjoyable read.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A great read!! 27 May 2013
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    As this was free to download I wasnt expecting too much, however this was a very pleasant surprise. Tidy is a great writer, the plot was intriguing but it was the characterisation that got me hooked. The only complaint is that I wished it had been a bit longer! I have just downloaded the 2nd in the series and hope it will be as good.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Tidy Up! 16 Nov. 2013
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    The review fields surrounding Oliver Tidy's work can be a rum old place, not least because the author takes the time to comment on each and every one. Considering that the cumulative number of reviews across all five of his books is currently 650+, this is no mean feat (LOOSE ENDS and DIRTY BUSINESS, the first two in the Acer Sansom series, have only been out two months, but have already gathered 42 reviews between them).

    The reason the reviews are, er, a bit contentious, is because Mr Tidy's comments will mirror the tone of the review. Exactly. If you leave a thoughtful and considered review, even if you didn't like the book, you'll get a thoughtful and considered review back. If you didn't like the book and whack only a couple of stars on it but without arguing your case, you'll get something similar back. If you do his legs and leave a one-star troll-fest...................well, just pray he doesn't find out your address.

    So, having read a couple of the more negative reviews with interest, I opened ROPE ENOUGH half-expecting brutal and tasteless sexual violence, institutionalised police misogyny , wafer-thin female characters and latent xenophobic attitudes towards Eastern Europeans (not to mention doddery editing).

    I didn't find any of these, and I think a number of reviews are perhaps unfairly misleading, particularly where the editing is concerned. ROPE ENOUGH is an intelligent and multi-layered thriller with a real richness about the setting and some skilful handling of subject matter that clearly some people don't want to read about, but which is an unfortunate part of life for some, and everyday life for the police.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars A good book
    A really good well written book that's has a good twist to the tale and makes for compulsive reading will seek out more.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent writer
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    Published 4 days ago by Cleonile
    5.0 out of 5 stars This is a fabulously good read. The story is exciting and it's dry ...
    This is a fabulously good read. The story is exciting and it's dry easy reading. The character of Romney is so well depicted in a few words - a great protagonist. Read more
    Published 10 days ago by Mrs Smith
    4.0 out of 5 stars Page turner
    Good plot with a number of twists. Looking forward to reading the next in the series.
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    Excellent book,one of those that's very hard to,put down keeps you guessing to the end
    Published 16 days ago by David
    4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
    Well written reflecting sound knowledge of real police work and kept me guessing. An excellent read for those who enjoy crime novels
    Published 21 days ago by jch23
    4.0 out of 5 stars Almost a 5
    Just missed being a 5. Cracking read but there were a couple of places where there were too many sub clauses, the English got a severe mangling and I had to read it a couple of... Read more
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