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am 19. Juni 2014
"Rope Enough" is the first of a series of four books, "The Romney and Marsh Files". The books are set in Dover and describe the cases DI Romney and his sergeant Marsh have to deal with. Romney is, I believe, in his mid-to-late forties; a single man with at least two serious relationships (marriages?) under his belt but convinced he won't find a suitable candidate for a third try, not at his age and not with his requirements.
Marsh is a young woman who has been transferred to Dover only two months ago and has not yet had much time to get to know the place and its people very well.
The two are very different in their approach to their work, but make a successful team - probably because of their differences.

A young woman working at a garage is brutally raped at her work place. She happens to be the girlfriend of one of the most notorious criminals in town, a man Romney would very much like to see behind bars. When more crimes linked to the first one happen, he sees his chance to finally prove the man's involvement in them and other illegal activities. But something does not add up, and it takes a while before the DI and his sergeant realize that there is more to this case than meets the eye.

The way they go about solving it is very well described; I am no expert in police procedure, but it all sounds very much like I'd imagine a real police unit going about their daily work, along with the tedious paper work, reporting to their superiors and so on.

People are portrayed in a believable way, and although I have never been to Dover, I am sure that those who know the place will recognise it well in the book.

This is no cosy mystery. It is contemporary crime fiction, and although Oliver Tidy never goes into too much gorey detail, some scenes are realistic enough to make you want to get on safer ground in the next chapter. Having said this, I very much enjoyed "Rope Enough" (which, contrary to what the title and cover image imply, has nothing to do with anyone's death by hanging).

For a self-published book, it was well edited; I found few typos and only one editing error: A witness changes his name from Nick Holmes to Ricky Holmes a few pages further on.
It was free on the kindle shop when I came across it, and I will certainly go and find the other three books in the series, no matter whether they are for free or not.
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am 30. Mai 2016
Enjoyed this first book in the series very much. Down to earth detective work and having visited Dover a number of times I can really say that is the way it is. Looking forward to reading the next books.
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am 8. April 2014
This is the first book by Oliver Tidy that I read and I really liked it.

If you are interested in police procedurals this one is for you.

DI Romney and DS Marsh (the names probably referring to the "Romney Marsh" region in south-east England are working on a case of serial rape in Dover.

The book is very British indeed. Even the famous cliffs of Dover play a part in the story.
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am 12. September 2013
Well thought out. What I really like about a book is if the English is good and doesn't deteriorate into slang. This is an author to watch.
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am 2. Mai 2014
Als ich gemerkt habe, dass das Verbrechen in diesem Krimi vordergründig Vergewaltigung ist, war es zu spät, da wollte ich schon wissen, warum und weshalb das alles passiert.
Die Tat selbst wird zum Glück nicht allzu ausführlich erzählt, und es wird auch stets klar, wie verabscheuungswürdig das auch von den ermittelnden Beamten betrachtet wird.

Aber dieses Beamtenpaar hat es mir irgendwie angetan. Die Frau bleibt zwar noch recht blass und hat auch noch nicht mal einen Vornamen, aber Tom Romney ist mit seinen Mitte Vierzig und den zwar nicht gerade politisch korrekten, aber eben mir aus Erzählungen anderer Männer durchaus bekannten Ansichten über das Altern und Beziehungen irgendwie ans Herz gewachsen. Schnäppchenjagd auf Amazon kann sich mittlerweile echt lohnen.
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am 2. August 2014
A great book with normal human beings in the story. Can't help loving Romney and his sidekick. Reminds me a bit of the Elizabeth George novels with Inspector Linley and Barbara Havers.
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am 9. August 2015
Hervorragend geschrieben, zeigt menschliche Nähe und den Alltag im tristen Dover. Spannend vom Anfang bis zum Schluss. Sprachlich sehr gewandt, hoffentlich kommt mehr von ihm in dieser Qualität.
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am 18. Januar 2016
Dieser Krimi war ein Zufallsfund. Kein 'Super-Thriller', aber der Fall ist interessant und man möchte unbedingt wissen, was dahinter steckt. Der Autor hat einen angenehmen Schreibstil.
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am 26. März 2015
Quite interesting, after having gotten used to the author's writing. I'll be able to judge better after having read a more recent work of his.
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