POOR HANDS by Oliver Tidy

Poor HandsPoor Hands by Oliver Tidy


In 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. Will 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…


My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Read 19/06/17 to 22/06/17

My Rating: 3.6 out of 5 stars

This is the 3rd book in the Booker & Cash series and I recommend they are read in sequence.

Jo Cash is an ex policewoman and has history with David Booker which is covered in previous books. Due to past events Jo has had to leave the Police Force and fell upon hard times which has led to her staying with Booker while she gets her PI business off the ground.

Booker and Cash are a relationship waiting to happen and are currently dancing around each other pretending they are not in love. For me I am not sure the romantic element brings anything to the books but …..

Both are complicated characters that have developed well during the series and I enjoyed getting to know them even better in this book.

The main story is a case Jo accepts to trace the history and find a missing relative for an American client. This case gets put on the back burner when David meets a young woman and feels the need to help. What follows is a fast paced, adrenaline pumping side story that keeps the pages turning. This story reaches its conclusion about half way through the book and we are then back to Jo’s case with a bit of diversion threaded through when David decided to help Ben, a young man with mental difficulties.

I found the book to be a bit fragmented it didn’t all tie together successfully and it felt like I was reading a thriller and a woman’s fiction book all in one which was confusing. I also didn’t like the ending because it wasn’t the end and that annoys me I don’t like loose threads. I assume these will be picked up in the next book but I still think it should have been ended better.

Thank you to Bloodhound Books for the advance copy of this book.

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