What the publisher says:
n 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…
What I say:
Poor Hands is the third installment in the Booker and Cash series. Like the previous two this novel is told from the point of view of Booker as he comes to terms with what he thinks are unrequited feelings for Cash and as he settles into the way of life involved in running his bookshop cum cafe on Romney Marsh.
As this is the third book we are starting to get to know the main characters quite well. Their relationship is somewhat of a puzzle with Booker admitting to himself but not Cash how he feels about her but with hints from time to time that Cash may also have feelings for him, They keep rheir relationship on a professional level for the time being but, for me at least, there were hints that this may change in the future.
The dramatic entrance of a young girl into Bookers, the cafe, catches David’s interest and when he comes across her the following morning looking as if she has slept rough he offers to help her. To everyone’s surprise she takes him up on his offer and begins to work and live at the cafe. When she disappears overnight it seems that there is more to her than meets the eye and Booker finds himself mixed up in situations and with people he would rather not
Alongside his attempts to help Maria, Booker once again helps Cash with one of her cases, this time to help a wealthy client from America find any living relatives. Even this seemingly innocent case proves more difficult than expected once the two start to delve into the secrets of this family.
Although part of a series this book can be read in isolation as the story is completely separate to each of the other two. Oliver Tidy has his own style of writing and this is another strong story fron start to finish which does not rely on coincidence to carry it through. The little details of the history and description of the area of Romney Marsh are just enough to put the book into it’s setting and I imagine if you are at all familiar with the area these would add a little extra colour. I can’t help but like the characters and find myself rooting for them when they find themselves in the odd sticky situation. I am immensely looking forward to the next book in this series.
Rating 5 out of 5