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Lifting the Lid - A comedy thriller [Kindle Edition]

Rob Johnson
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Book Description

When Trevor Hawkins hits the open road in his beat-up old camper van with his incorrigible dog, Milly, his quest for adventure soon spirals dangerously out of control. The simple act of flushing a hotel toilet transforms his life from redundant sales assistant to fugitive from a gang of psychopathic villains, the police and MI5.

Then there’s private detective Sandra Gray, who could cheerfully throttle him for turning a well paid, piece-of-cake job into a total nightmare. Or could she?

With more twists and turns than an Escher-designed bobsleigh run, Lifting the Lid is a comic thriller about how a single, split-second decision can change someone’s life forever.

‘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!’
Reviewed by Jennifer Reinoehl for Readers' Favorite

Lifting the Lid is the first book in the ‘Lifting the Lid’ series, featuring Sandra Gray, Trevor Hawkins and his incorrigible dog, Milly. The sequel, Heads You Lose, is now available from Amazon.


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"A superb adventure-comedy... Lifting the Lid will grab you and pull you along for a fun and wild ride...
The story was fast-paced, and the light-hearted style keeps you smiling. The characters are lively and intriguing.
They leave you wanting to read more about them and their zany lives... I can't wait for the sequel!"
- Reviewed by Jennifer Reinoehl for Readers' Favorite

"It's brilliant!... You go from one hilarious, life threatening scene to the next and you'll never know where it's going.
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 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

About the Author

Some readers have asked me if my comedy thrillers 'Lifting the Lid' and 'Heads You Lose' are partly autobiographical. Am I anything like the main character, Trevor Hawkins? The answer, quite simply, is: 'No, I'm not.' Okay, so I do own an elderly VW Transporter camper van (currently off the road), I do have a dog (five rescue dogs actually), I do have a low pain threshold, and I can occasionally be accused of 'anally retentive faffing'. But there the similarity ends.

Unlike Trevor, I live in Greece with my wife, Penny, two cats and the aforementioned rescue dogs. As far as I'm aware, Trevor has never written anything longer than a shopping list in his life, whereas I'm working on a new novel and two screenplays.

I hope you enjoy reading my books, and if you'd like any more information, please...

*    visit my website at rob-johnson.org.uk (where you can also listen to my series of short, hopefully humorous podcasts)

*    follow @RobJohnson999 on Twitter

*    check out (and please like!) my Facebook author page at facebook.com/RobJohnsonAuthor

Product Details

  • File Size: 490 KB
  • Print Length: 319 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1633200132
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Xerika Publishing; 1.0 (August 2013) edition (December 12, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E9BMAOU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #299,103 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Has Promise February 6, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Trevor Hawkins accepts a redundancy package from his employer of fifteen years and then hits the road in a Volkswagen van with his dog Milly. But very quickly his plans go awry. First the van breaks down and he has to stay in a pricy hotel which doesn’t allow dogs. Then he breaks the lid on the toilet when he is trying to fix the flush, turning his world into a chaotic romp.

Lifting the Lid is a very funny and engaging story about how one decision can change someone’s life forever. I liked Trevor and his dog Milly. Trevor isn’t very bright and keeps getting himself in one scrape after another, and Milly lacks any training at all, but is very sweet.

The chapters are short and the action is very fast-paced, flipping from one scene to another and I was kept guessing throughout, wondering how the various parts would come together in the end. The plot abounds with everything from a gang of psychopathic villains to a private detective, a vindictive mother, a missing wife, and of course a fair assortment of law enforcement personnel, some honest and some not. The humor becomes a bit too slapstick at times, but nevertheless, the roller coaster ride is wonderful.

The twists and turns kept me on the edge of my seat, laughing all the time. The story is intriguing, but the best part is just enjoying the frolic from one adventure to the next. Each scene is fully detailed with wonderful, hilarious descriptions so that I felt as if I were at the extremely loud concert or in the hotel room when the maids discover Milly.

Lovers of comedic thrillers are sure to enjoy the Lifting the Lid.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Normally, I don't comment or post reviews, but having read Lifting the Lid, I find it refreshing that a self-published books can be this high in quality, while avoiding easy cliches. As the wonderful title implies, this book is both funny and unusual, with equal measures of laughs and violence, and a plot that rarely sags; I was kept guessing until the end. While some parts of the plot are a little ambitious at times, it scarcely matters when the ride is this comfortable, the pace this fast.

Definitely looking forward to reading more from this author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good fun read October 23, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Trevor is a dull man, the one unusual fact about him - his wife disappeared one day and never returned, presumed dead. Sandra is a PI, on a nice little earner to carry out a simple job. But a broken toilet lid throws the whole process into utter chaos. Soon Trevor and Sandra are embroiled in an escalating case of mistaken identity and farce, chased by the police, the secret service and criminals.

This is a story that doesn't take itself too seriously. It's an enjoyable romp, full of largely incompetent characters who lurch from one mishap to another, that steadily improves from beginning to end.

What starts out as a simple mistake, Trevor breaking a toilet in the hotel he's staying in, spirals out of control. He attempts to avoid paying the bill for the toilet by taking someone else's, but discovers some hidden paperwork, and decides to follow it up. Almost immediately Trevor is in over his head.

The author quite neatly escalates the story as it proceeds, adding several layers of complexity and characters, widening the conspiracy, making the end result much more interesting than it initially seems.

The characters are well drawn. Sandra is tough and resilient, Trevor is a bit useless, but surprisingly stays the course. The various police officers and secret service agents are arrogant and incompetent, the criminals sleazy and blunt. There's a strong sense of humour throughout.

I guess my only complaint would be regarding Trevor's missing, presumed dead wife, Imelda. The way this is resolved at the end seemed a little... pointless. However, that's minor and my own personal opinion. A nicely told story.

**Originally reviewed for Books & Pals blog. May have received free review copy.**
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Trevor and his dog begin a journey that will take him from bad to worse. Leaving his bitter mother, he goes on a road trip to find himself, except one false has many on his tail.

A small humorous scene is chucked in the beginning, with two men trying to move a drugged up man from the elevator.

Unbeknown to him, his bitter mother starts making murder allegations to the police. He ends up at a hotel where he accidently breaks a toilet lid. This small act sends him off to steal another one from another room, only to discover that something of value is hidden within the cistern.

A private investigator, Sandra, is hot on his tail when she discovers he took it. This small item takes Trevor on a trip to a festival only to be followed by more men, some may be good, and others may be bad. Trevor’s road trip only gets worse.

Each moment it gets crazier as more characters gather to track him down. The plot thickens as it would seem corrupt cops are hiding things about a past disappearance involving Trevor and his missing wife.

Trevor cannot catch a break. As the time goes, so does the things that keep adding up against him. An unusual package that seems innocent makes things the more bewildering.

Although the story is quite humorous in places, it does dwindle out a bit. The characters are numerous and multi-dimensional, but a little to much talking happens. I was itching for something more. So because there is quite a bit of dialogue it could have been shorter.

But then… the story develops in all sorts of ways. Characters begin to connect together. The action heats up as Trevor and Sandra get closer to unearthing a whole range of things.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not sure how to categorise it but anyway its a great read. Adroitly...
This is not the sort of book I normally read. A crime comedy or a comedy thriller? Not sure how to categorise it but anyway its a great read. Read more
Published 1 month ago by john rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars A highly recommended great fun read.
A good old fashioned romp. 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... Read more
Published 2 months ago by heidi woodgate
3.0 out of 5 stars I liked it a lot
I liked it a lot. It made me smile, had some surprises, they kept moving. I didn't like the killing, and I got confused sometimes when they skip locations every time the chapter... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Patty Gaugler
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
it was confusing at times keeping up with all of the activity.
Published 6 months ago by Ginger
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Liked it
Published 7 months ago by Bruce Mutch
5.0 out of 5 stars 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!
Published 7 months ago by MJL
4.0 out of 5 stars A comedy thriller about overbearing mothers, toilet mishaps and dogs...
It’s taken me ages to read this book. That’s not code for “it’s not very good”, honestly, just bear with me. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jo Armstrong
1.0 out of 5 stars A Comedy? A thriller?
This book just wasn't for me. Could have been the location and the language being in UK. I read it over vacation time and found it neither a comedy nor a thriller. So sorry.
Published 10 months ago by D. Beck
3.0 out of 5 stars Opinion from a Colonial Git
English comedy that I enjoyed. Some of the English expressions are singularly English and leave me as an American curious as to their origins, but overall I enjoyed this one.
Published 10 months ago by Darrell Van Wagner
5.0 out of 5 stars Mixups And Mayhem
Trevor , a rather typical young man, finds himself in a rut . Tired of his job , he plans to shake things up and hit the road in search of adventure . Read more
Published 11 months ago by terry ewing
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More About the Author

Some readers have asked me if my comedy thrillers 'Lifting the Lid' and 'Heads You Lose' are partly autobiographical. Am I anything like the main character, Trevor Hawkins? The answer, quite simply, is: 'No, I'm not.' Okay, so I do own an elderly VW Transporter camper van (currently off the road), I do have a dog (five rescue dogs actually), I do have a low pain threshold, and I can occasionally be accused of 'anally retentive faffing'. But there the similarity ends.

Unlike Trevor, I live in Greece with my wife, Penny, two cats and the aforementioned rescue dogs. As far as I'm aware, Trevor has never written anything longer than a shopping list in his life, whereas I'm working on a new novel and two screenplays.

I hope you enjoy reading my books, and if you'd like any more information, please...

* visit my website at http://www.rob-johnson.org.uk (where you can also listen to my series of short, hopefully humorous podcasts)

* follow @RobJohnson999 on Twitter

* check out (and please like!) my Facebook author page at https://www.facebook.com/RobJohnsonAuthor

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