‘Lifting the Lid’ – Reviews

Below are some of the comments I’ve received so far from critics and readers about my comedy thriller Lifting the Lid (Book 1 in the Lifting the Lid series):

WHAT REVIEWERS HAVE SAID:

(Click on the blue links to read the full review.)

‘A superb adventure-comedy… Lifting the Lid will grab you and pull you along for a fun and wild ride… I can’t wait for the sequel!’ – Jennifer Reinoehl for Readers’ Favorite

‘It’s brilliant!… You’ll laugh so hard, you’ll have to make a couple trips to the restroom… The writing is fast paced, funny and downright thrilling.’ – Samantha Coville for SammytheBookworm.com

‘The roller coaster ride is wonderfulThe twists and turns kept me on the edge of my seat, laughing all the time… wonderful, hilarious descriptions.’ – Long and Short Review

‘The story is just so much FUN! It is entertaining, well-written, cleverly planned and expertly timed… Johnson gives his reader variety in mood, pace, setting and dialogue, never giving them a chance to become bored or to be able to predict where the story is heading.’ – Joanne Armstrong for Ingrid Hall Reviews

‘An enjoyable romp… The author quite neatly escalates the story as it proceeds, adding several layers of complexity and characters.’ – Keith Nixon for Big Al’s Books and Pals

‘An enjoyable read… It brought to mind Lock, Stock, And Two Smoking Barrels.’ – Paul Little for Little Ebook Reviews

‘One hilariously confusing predicament after another… I would recommend the book to anyone who enjoys broad humor and unlikely but likeable heroes.’ – Dixiane Hallaj for Awesome Indies

WHAT READERS HAVE SAID:

‘I can honestly say it’s one of the best books I’ve ever come across.’ – Ferdi Vial (via personal email)

‘Fantastic read. Hurry up with the next one.’ – Stuart Broderick (via personal email)

‘A wonderful read… with lots of unexpected twists and turns… will make you laugh out loud, but there is in addition a subtle political aspect to the work, involving high-level cover-up and corruption.’ – Silenus

‘Couldn’t put it down… Great plot, real characters and dialogue, great fun… Excellent – where’s the next one?’ – I R Bowns

‘An excellent read… As a Christopher Brookmyre fan I enjoyed this book immensely and would certainly highly recommend it, very funny indeed.’ – Brighton Reader

‘A comedy-thriller that is comic and thrilling for a change… I was kept guessing until the end… Definitely looking forward to reading more from this author.’ – Captain Howdee

‘A cracking read… This is a fast moving story with a strong plot, lots of humour and well drawn characters… Made me laugh out loud. Looking forward to encountering the likeable Trevor and his crazed dog Milly in the sequel.’ – Andrew Jones

‘Great British thriller. What a great read… Highly recommended.’ – Stalin

‘A well-crafted and witty crime novel.  I loved the characters and plot of this very polished and fast-paced novel… I never lost my interest or commitment to the story and characters from first to last sentence… Really looking forward to the sequel/s.’ – L P Philcox

‘Jokes and crime, sublime… If you like crime stories and can smile then this is one for you… hilarious…This really is very good stuff. I can’t wait for the sequel.’ – Eric B

‘Utterly enjoyable… Plenty of laugh out loud moments and enough substance to sink your teeth into. I couldn’t wait to pick it up to see what was happening next.’ – Saracynth

‘A great read… very enjoyable and entertaining with the twists and turns of the story. Awaiting the new book, please hurry up.’ – Pat

‘A laugh out loud page turner. I chuckled my way through every chapter of this highly enjoyable book… With fresh characters, humorous dialogue and a strong storyline, it is a true comedy crime thriller of the highest standard.’ – Patrick

‘Funny and hard to put down.’ – Bonusking

‘It made me laugh out loud a few times. Enjoyed it immensely.’ – Nuala

‘This book liked me, and I am grateful for that. It massaged my humour muscles and made staying up late, sometimes past 10pm, worthwhile. Have a go.’ – Bellowsmain

‘A refreshing change of pace… Well written.’ – Simonze

‘This is a good and funny book. It gave me some really good laughs.’ – Skeeter

‘This is hilarious, full of action and humor… It will keep you laughing and reading till the very end.’ – Wayne

‘I am getting to like books written by British and Australian authors more and more… This book is funny and interesting. Better than most books.’ – mike69101

‘This was a sharply written book. Lots of twists and turns, but easy to follow. The dialogue was snappy . . . and very funny.’ – Chris Newton

‘It was good and a fast read… it kept me wanting to finish it.’ – goofball94

‘An interesting thriller with all kinds of twists and turns.’ –  TBreakiron

‘Nice little comic caper.’ – James N Simpson

‘Enjoyed the story very much… Milly was great too.’ – Squeaky

‘Easy read… Well written.’ – Readalot

‘Brilliant. I enjoyed this book from start to finish. It kept me hooked and I was always looking forward to having a moment to carry on reading it.’ – Cukirikova

‘Brian Rix with guns… I will buy the sequel.’ – Kevin Peck

‘Really funny book. Entertaining characters and great fast paced plot. Buy it and buy it now!’- Jonathan

‘Mixups and mayhem… I highly recommend this book to mystery fans.’ – Terry Ewing

‘Wow, what a story!… Couldn’t put it down. Good story, good plot and keeps you hanging on to the end, and very funny in places.’ – M. Coleman-street

‘The humour is delightfully dry and the characters are very real… A great read… Keenly awaiting the sequel.’ – Sandy Whyte

‘Great.’ – Catherine McCleary

‘Well worth giving a go.’ – Bob Standen

‘If you’re open to easy harmless fun, this is your book; laughed out loud.’ – Lisahodg

‘A very entertaining easy read.’ – Peter Warwick

‘Very funny. A real page turner.’ – Rolly

‘As fun to read as it was funny… I can hardly wait for the sequel.’ – Lillian Yarmane

‘A nice surprise. Didn’t remember downloading this but glad I did. Fun read.’ – Linda882

‘A must have read. Brilliant and very funny… Couldn’t put it down and can’t wait for the sequel.’ – Weald Wrinkly

‘Old-school humour at its best. This is one of those books that you just don’t want to put down… I am now looking forward to the next release.’ – D C Macphail

‘Loved it! This would make a great movie. Fast paced, very funny and highly entertaining. Couldn’t put it down and didn’t want it to end. Hurry up with the sequel!’ – Jonathan Lee

‘A thoroughly good romp.’ – La Lectrice

‘Great book. Couldn’t put it down.’ – Neil

‘Just finished “Lifting The Lid”, & loved it! Look forward to your next book. Thank you.’. – robbeau1970 (via Twitter)

‘Just finished reading “Lifting the lid” Great read. Will start “Heads you lose” tomorrow. Cheers!’ – David Heaton ‏@HeatonGBRrrr (via Twitter)

‘This was slick, fast paced, funny and has believable characters… Altogether thoroughly enjoyable.’ – Rick Lawrence (See also what Rick said about both books in the comments section of this page.)

‘I really enjoyed this book… I immediately bought the second book in the series and highly recommend them to anyone who wants a great read.’ – Fred Wood

‘Really enjoyed the book. A laugh out loud crime caper. Looking forward to reading the sequel.’ – Wendy (via personal email)

‘A fantastic story that picks up pace and is real page turner’ – Stuart

‘I chuckled my way through every chapter of this highly enjoyable book… A true comedy crime thriller of the highest standard… A highly recommended great fun read.’ – Heidi Woodgate

‘Great read with plenty of twists and turns.’ – Peter Williams

‘Great book. Excellent from start to finish… This guy is a great writer. I couldn’t put the book down.’ – Steve G “EX 2”

‘Great read. Intriguing plot that draws you in from start to finish. Light-hearted with humour pervading every page. Strongly recommended.’ – Rich GW

‘Entertaining start to finish.’ – Timothy J Kelly

‘It’s a great read. Adroitly plotted, well characterised and above all funny! Highly recommended… The central plot device that sets the whole story going is a wonderful invention yet completely believable… I’ve just ordered a hard copy of the sequel.’ – John Rogers

‘Loved the silly plot and the “easy read”. It brightened our days. Just thought you’d like to know you have three new fans. Just going to start the sequel. Thanks a lot.’ – Val, Jo and Bren (via personal email)

‘We loved the easy read and the comedic style so much that we’re now reading the sequel “Heads You Lose”.’ – GardenDesigner

‘Really enjoyed this, and when I finished it I started the sequel straight away.’ – dcs

‘An easy and funny book to read, with some very interesting characters.’ – Steven Myers

‘Loved this book. Love comedy thrillers. This one was great fun. Will be reading Book 2 next.’ – Richard H. Smith

‘I loved ‘Lifting the Lid’. It made me laugh out loud in places and times when I shouldn’t and it kept its humour right to the end, which is rare in my experience. I highly recommend it.’ – June (comment on website)

‘Five stars. I love these humorous stories. This was very good.’ – Tony Froggatt

‘I found this to be an enjoyable book with lots of twists and turns and would definitely recommend it.’ – Simon Lee

‘Five stars. Excellent.’ – Jeffrey Richley

‘I love a good yarn and this was. I reckon it would make a very enjoyable Channel 4 film, Hollywood would ruin it. Loved all the characters… Just a rollicking good read. Enjoyed the roller coaster.’ – Suz (on Goodreads)

‘The underdog gets there. Well worth a read. Not what you expect.’ – Will Dee

‘Excellent read!’ – Mrs A Weston

‘A quick read which accomplishes what it set out to do, keep the reader interested… a very entertaining story. Funny with some interesting characters. I’m starting the next in the series.’ – Lara

‘I must say it was a delight from start to finish and I have already downloaded the sequel. Many thanks Rob, keep it up.’ – Alan W Shaw

‘Five stars. Easy to read, good plot, well written.’ – Amazon Customer

‘Loved it. Just about to read the sequel. You’ve gained another fan. Keep writing!!’ – So breen (Comment on Ingrid Hall review website)

‘The plot is cleverly put together starting with a toilet which wouldn’t flush and moving on from there… an interesting read.’ – Byres Scotland

‘Easy reading and just right for quiet night in. Thank you.’ – Peter

‘An enjoyable, amusing and well constructed comedy thriller.’ – Amazon Customer

‘Found it funny throughout. Hilarious.’ – Richard Brent

‘A comedy of errors. A witty, enjoyable read.’ – S. Duroe

‘Just finished Lifting the Lid as a holiday read. Thank you. Great fun.’ –  Andrew Johnson ‏@CheckersPoppy (via Twitter)

‘Very entertaining read. Loved it!’ – P.S.Lowe

‘I enjoyed this sinister but light hearted read. It kept me chuckling along right to the end. A thoroughly gripping yarn.’- Cliff Rowell

‘Five stars. Enjoyed this very much.’ – Plumbob

‘An easy read with a fun plot that keeps you guessing and chuckling in equal measure. Interesting characters that the author described really well so you feel you know them. Give it a go. You won’t regret it.’ – John Payne

‘Five stars. Very funny book. Enjoyed it. Am now reading the sequel.’ – Amazon Customer

‘Enjoyed this comic thriller… Fast paced with many twists and turns.’ – Nicola

‘A nice easy read which left me wanting to read the sequel.’ – Jayne Miller

‘Five stars. Brilliant.’ – Amazon Customer

‘My son (who is not a book reader) couldn’t put it down.’ – Demetri Linda-p

‘Good fun read.’ – Granny Di

‘Flushed with success! And what comedy it is. The dialogue is wonderful, especially the bad guys. A real treat as I had no idea what it was going to be like and found myself hooked and regularly either chuckling or laughing out loud. Don’t keep the lid on this novel but tell everyone about it.’ – Amazon Customer

‘Many chuckles out loud, many smiles and mental chuckles. Looking forward to next in series. A promising start. Woof woof.’ – Spineman

Click here for details and where to buy Lifting the Lid.

Click here to read the opening chapters.

Click here for details of Heads You Lose (Book 2 in the Lifting the Lid series).

2 thoughts on “‘Lifting the Lid’ – Reviews

    • Hi Rick. Thanks for taking the time to get in touch, and I’m glad you enjoyed the books. Many thanks also for posting the great reviews on Amazon. (if you can bear to, would you mind posting the reviews on Amazon.com as well because they don’t automatically show up on both sites?)

      You might be pleased to know that I’m well on the way to writing my next novel, although this is very different from the other two. Once this one’s finished, though, I’ll be getting on with the third book in the ‘Lifting the Lid’ series.

      All the best,

      Rob

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