Here is the full list of books by Debbie Johnson accompanied by reviews.
- 1 A Wedding at the Comfort Food Cafe – published by HarperCollins in March 2019
- 2 A Gift From the Comfort Food Cafe – published by HarperCollins in October 2018
- 3 Sunshine at the Comfort Food Cafe – published by Harper in March 2018
- 4 Coming Home to the Comfort Food Cafe – published by HarperImpulse in October 2017
- 5 The A-Z of Everything – published by HarperFiction in April 2017 – now optioned for film/TV!
- 6 Christmas at the Comfort Food Cafe – published by HarperImpulse in September 2016
- 7 Summer at the Comfort Food Cafe – published by HarperImpulse on 1 May 2016
- 8 Pippa’s Cornish Dream – published by HarperImpulse, July 2015
- 9 The Birthday That Changed Everything – published by HarperCollins, January 2016
- 10 Cold Feet At Christmas – published by HarperImpulse, November 2014
- 11 Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Jumper (Sweater for US edition) – published by HarperImpulse, November 2015
- 12 Fear No Evil, published by Maze (Avon), October 2014
- 13 The Mysterious Case of Cupid and the Drag Queen
- 14 Dark Vision, published by Del Rey (PenguinRandomHouse), March 2014
- 15 Dark Touch, published by Del Rey (PenguinRandomHouse), March 2015
A Wedding at the Comfort Food Cafe – published by HarperCollins in March 2019
‘A wonderful book that made my heart soar.’ – best-selling author Jane Linfoot
Return to the Comfort Food Cafe for the wedding of the year! Wedding bells ring out in Budbury as the Comfort Food Café and its cosy community of regulars are gearing up for a big celebration… But Auburn Longville doesn’t have time for that!
Between caring for her poorly mum, moving in with her sister and running the local pharmacy, life is busy enough – and it’s about to get busier. Chaos arrives in the form of a figure from her past putting her quaint village life and new relationship with gorgeous Finn Jensen in jeopardy.
It’s time for Auburn to face up to some life changing decisions. Settle in for a slice of wedding cake at the Comfort Food Café – a place where friendships are made for life and nobody ever wants to leave.
REVIEWS: ‘Enjoy every moment of this delightful read which has also has a few life lessons for us all.
It’s like one big family and circle of friends where everyone is loved, cherished and appreciated wrapped up in a fabulous story, which I loved from beginning to end.’ – Em the Bookworm on Shaz’s Book Blog ‘This was just a great feel good, massive celebration of a book.’ – Rachel’s Random Reads ‘I have loved every one of the tales from the Comfort Food Cafe series, but I think this might be my favourite.
As always, I devoured the book in just a couple of sittings, laughing and crying my way through its pages.’ – Fabulous Book Fiend ‘Through the series, we have read about 6 amazing women, I have cheered for them and I have shared their joy at finding their own happy endings, and they will for sure keep a little piece of my heart.’ – Alba in Bookland ‘If you haven’t read Debbie Johnson’s books yet, where have you been?
They are wonderful, soul-soothing and emotional reads that will have your mouth smiling and your eyes dripping.’ – best-selling author Milly Johnson ‘It’s heart-warming and encouraging stuff and there is something for us all to identify with. As a wise woman in the story says herself – ‘there is no sell-by date on sadness’ and we all need someone to care. Do you know what? That is the true heart of this series – in these pages we find people who care, and their love reaches out and holds our hands too.’ – Mrs W’s book blog
A Gift From the Comfort Food Cafe – published by HarperCollins in October 2018
‘You’ll devour this book in one go.’ – Woman’s Weekly
Cosy up at the Comfort Food Cafe for a romance that isn’t just for Christmas… Christmas has never been Katie Seddon’s favourite time of year. Whilst everyone else shares memories of families coming together and festive number ones, the soundtrack to Katie’s childhood wasn’t quite so merry. But since she moved to the village of Budbury on the gorgeous Dorset coast, Katie and her baby son have found a new family.
A family who have been brought together by life’s unexpected roads and the healing magic of a slice of cake and a cupful of kindness at the Comfort Food Café. This year, Katie’s new friends are determined to give her a Christmas to remember, and with a gorgeous newcomer in town, Katie’s Christmas wish for a happy home for her son might just come true.
REVIEWS: ‘As cosy as a hot buttered crumpet!’ – best-selling author Milly Johnson ‘A Gift from the Comfort Food Café was another delightful read which I loved from beginning to end.’ – Em the Bookworm on Shaz’s Book Blog ‘I know I’m guaranteed the perfect escape when I visit Budbury.’ – Jera’s Jamboree ‘I can’t really express how much I enjoyed this story which had me hooked from the first pages and had me reading into the small hours of the night.’ – Rachel’s Random Reads ‘Oh how I wish the Comfort Food Cafe was real!’ – Annie’s Book Corner
Sunshine at the Comfort Food Cafe – published by Harper in March 2018
Summer wouldn’t be summer whithout Debbie Johnson!’ – best-selling author Jenny Oliver
Come to the Comfort Food Cafe this spring for sunshine, smiles and plenty of truly scrumptious lemon drizzle cake… My name is Willow Longville. I live in a village called Budbury on the stunning Dorset coast with my mum Lynnie, who sometimes forgets who I am. I’m a waitress at the Comfort Food Café, which is really so much more than a café … it’s my home.
For Willow, the ramshackle café overlooking the beach, together with its warm-hearted community, offers friendship as a daily special and always has a hearty welcome on the menu. But when a handsome stranger blows in on a warm spring breeze, Willow soon realises that her quiet country life will be changed forever. Curl up with this gorgeous novel and make yourself at home at the Comfort Food Café.
REVIEWS: ‘Full of heart and a delight to read, another triumph from Debbie Johnson.’ – best-selling author Bella Osborne ‘Just my cup of tea.’ – Sunday Times best-seller Sue Moorcroft ‘A mix of laugh-out-loud humour (apologies to those who were sitting nearby when I was reading) and real life experiences, some of them so heart-rending as to bring tears to my eyes.’ – Fabulous Book Fiend ‘Poignant and tender, yet simultaneously optimistic, funny, happy and uplifting, the laugh aloud moments slide straight into hanky grabbing times…’ – best-selling author Jane Linfoot ‘I loved every last second of this wonderful book, it was pure escapism.’ – Rachel’s Random Reads ‘The Comfort Food Cafe series has a magic sparkle.’ – Jane Hunt Reviews ‘A beautiful and touching story that will steal many hearts, perfect escapism.’ – Alba in Bookland
Coming Home to the Comfort Food Cafe – published by HarperImpulse in October 2017
‘You can feel the love, the friendship and the hope.’ – On My Bookshelf Welcome to the cosy Comfort Food Café, where there’s kindness in every cup of hot chocolate and the menu is sprinkled with love and happiness…
When Zoe’s best friend Kate dies of breast cancer, her whole world is turned upside down. Within hours, she goes from being the wacky neighbour who can barely keep a houseplant alive to a whole new world of responsibility when she realises she’s guardian to Kate’s 16-year-old daughter, Martha. Moving to the little village of Budbury in the West Country, Zoe hopes the fresh Dorset sea breeze and the gentle pace of life will help them heal.
Luckily for them both, the friendly community at the Comfort Food Cafe provide listening ears, sage advice, shoulders to cry on, and some truly excellent carrot cake. And when Martha’s enigmatic, absent father suddenly turns up, confusing not only Martha but Zoe too, the love and support of their new-found friends is the best present they could ask for…
REVIEWS: ‘I hadn’t read a story that had left me with such a great feeling of joy and a such a warm heart in a long while.’ – Alba in Bookland ‘Tinged with sadness, but full of hope and high spirits.’ – Simply Homemade ‘This story is one of hope, joy, love, acceptance and understanding.’ – Em the Bookworm on Shaz’s Book Blog ‘Tissues at the ready for tears of laughter as well as sadness.’ – Fabulous Book Fiend ‘Coming Home to the Comfort Food Café is a gorgeous enchanting, charming and sweet story, a must-read for anyone who loves cozy romantic books.’ – With Love For Books ‘Coming Home to the Comfort Food Cafe is the perfect story whatever the season. I adored it!’ – Rae Reads ‘I urge you to pull up a chair, grab a bowl of your own comfort food and sit back and relax with a wonderful story.’ – Rachel’s Random Reads ‘Such an emotional read for me with a balanced mix of sadness and humour. Tears of laughter as well as the sadness! I tried to read slowly because I just didn’t want it to end. The ending? More tears! Just perfect.’ – Jera’s Jamboree
The A-Z of Everything – published by HarperFiction in April 2017 – now optioned for film/TV!
‘Original and thought-provoking.’ – Sunday Times bestseller Katie Fforde P is for Paris where it all began. J is for Jealousy where it all came undone. But the most important letter is F. F is for Forgiveness, the hardest of all. Sisters Poppy and Rose used to be as close as two sisters could be, but it’s been over a decade since they last spoke.
Until they both receive a call that tells them their mother has gone – without ever having the chance to see her daughters reunited. Andrea, though, wasn’t the kind of woman to let a little thing lik death stand in the way of her plans. Knowing her daughters better than they know themselves, she has left behind one very special last gift –the A-Z of Everything.
REVIEWS: ‘Moving and uplifting all at once, I devoured this book about mothers, daughters, sisters and – ultimately – love.’ – Sunday Times best-selling author Jane Costello ‘Funny and poignant – a celebration of life and the enduring power of love.’ – Carys Bray, bestselling author of A Song for Issy Bradley ‘Heartbreakingly authentic, tender and inspiring. One of my top reads of 2017.’ – Irish Times bestseller Carmel Harrington ‘Simply gorgeous.’ – bestselling author Milly Johnson ‘B is for brilliance, which is just one of many adjective that I would love to use to describe this amazing book.’ – Rachel’s Random Reads ‘A stirring and precious read.
After reading this story, I’m making my own list of A to Z, for things I want to change, reminiscence, love and release in my life.’ – The Free Press Journal ‘An emotional journey of discovery, reflection and forgiveness.’ – Erin’s Choice ‘What a beautiful and moving story. Such detail and such originality!’ – Alba in Bookland ‘The author has done the impossible here, namely she has written a book that is so incredibly emotional but at the same time so very uplifting.’ – On My Bookshelf ‘Stunning – a truly gorgeous book that I know I’ll be reading again and again. Debbie Johnson is a genius.’ – Laura Bambrey Books
Christmas at the Comfort Food Cafe – published by HarperImpulse in September 2016
‘Like a mug of hot chocolate with marshmallows – warm, melting your heart and cheering’ – On My Bookshelf Becca Fletcher has always hated Christmas but she has her reasons for being Little Miss Grinch.
Now, though, she can’t avoid her version of ho-ho-hell – because she’s travelling to the Comfort Food Cafe to spend the festive season with her sister Laura and her family. She’s expecting mulled wine, 24-hour Christmas movie marathons and all kinds of very merry torture. Little does Becca know that the Comfort Food Cafe is like no other place on earth. Perched on a snow-covered hill, it’s a place full of friendship where broken hearts can heal, new love can blossom and where Becca’s Christmas miracle really could happen – if only she can let it…
REVIEWS: ‘A treat to read at any time of the year.’ – Books and Me ‘Full of friendship and village community spirit, beautiful scenery, romance and fun.’ – Bookworms and Shutterbugs ‘A gorgeous Christmas story that will leave you with a warm glow!’ – Rae Reads ‘Another winning book from the talented Debbie Johnson.’ – Rachel’s Random Reads ‘Perfect to enjoy on a crisp afternoon with a delicious hot chocolate (with marshmallows!). I’m sure you’ll fall in love with the cafe and all its regulars too.’ – Alba in Bookland ‘Hot chocolate in book form.’ – The Reading Shed ‘An amazing fictional place that manages to enchant me every time I read about it.’ – With Love For Books
Summer at the Comfort Food Cafe – published by HarperImpulse on 1 May 2016
‘Full of quirky characters, friendship and humour, you will devour this engaging and heartwarming novel in one sitting’ – Sunday Express’ S Magazine WINNER of the RNA Contemporary Romance of the Year Award 2017! The latest book from best-selling author Debbie Johnson will make you laugh, make you cry, and make you raid the pantry in the middle of the night… The Comfort Food Cafe is perched on a windswept clifftop at what feels like the edge of the world, serving up the most delicious cream teas; beautifully baked breads, and carefully crafted cupcakes.
For tourists and locals alike, the ramshackle cafe overlooking the beach is a beacon of laughter, companionship, and security – a place like no other; a place that offers friendship as a daily special, and where a hearty welcome is always on the menu. For widowed mum-of-two Laura Walker, the decision to uproot her teenaged children and make the trek from Manchester to Dorset for the summer isn’t one she takes lightly, and it’s certainly not winning her any awards from her kids, Nate and Lizzie.
Even her own parents think she’s gone mad. But following the death of her beloved husband David two years earlier, Laura knows that it’s time to move on. To find a way to live without him, instead of just surviving. To find her new place in the world, and to fill the gap that he’s left in all their lives. Her new job at the cafe, and the hilarious people she meets there, give Laura the chance she needs to make new friends; to learn to be herself again, and – just possibly – to learn to love again as well. For her, the Comfort Food Cafe doesn’t just serve food – it serves a second chance to live her life to the full…
REVIEWS: ‘Full of quirky characters, friendship and humour, you will devour this engaging and heartwarming novel in one sitting’ – Sunday Express’ S Magazine ‘An extremely enjoyable novel, tremendously warm and enveloping, with great characterisation. It really came from the heart.’ – Romantic Novelists’ Association Awards judges ‘What a lovely summer read! This book was fabulous, fun, summery and heartwrenching at times. Debbie is great at setting up a story so that you absolutely can not quit reading until your finished.’ – Hello ChickLit ‘Heart-warming and optimistic, Summer at the Comfort Food Café is a genuinely gorgeous novel, a book of hope and solidarity, friendship and humour and the belief that everything might just turn out okay after all’ – Reviewed the Book ‘If this book had arms it would grab you and pull you in to the most amazing book ever…just magical’ – Lisa Talks About ‘What an absolutely wonderful book!
It was one of those that you really never want to end. It had me crying with laughter, crying with emotions, and crying with sorrow.’ – Annie Cooper’s Book Corner ‘A simply stunning read! I honestly loved everything about this book.’ – A Spoonful of Happy Endings ‘Before you start reading this book I would recommend buying a big box of tissues. I was 3% in when I had to tweet Debbie because I couldn’t stop crying. While I spent a lot of this book with tears in my eyes they weren’t all sad ones.
This book will give you all kinds of tears and you come out of it stronger than before.’ – Starcrossed Reviews ‘Everything about this novel was perfect. The beautiful setting, the friendships, the blossoming-romances, the characters and most importantly it’s underlying message that there is always hope. Feel-good fiction at it’s very, very best.’ – Bookaholic Confessions
Pippa’s Cornish Dream – published by HarperImpulse, July 2015
The perfect summer story – a funny and moving read set in glorious modern-day Poldark country.’ – Bestselling author Jane Costello Winner of Best Short Romance, Love Stories Awards 2016 Every summer has a story… Since Pippa Harte was forced to take over her parents’ farm, she’s barely had time to shave her legs let alone make time for a date. Now she’s more likely to be getting down and dirty mucking out the pigs – and avoiding those of the human male variety.
When Ben Retallick walks out of her childhood and back into her present it seems that perhaps Pippa has more time than she thought. All Poldark smoulders and easy-going charm, Ben’s definitely worth whipping her wellies off for! But Ben is a man with his own past and his own issues – and as much as she’s enjoying having him around, she’s got to get a grip. After all life isn’t always a beach … Then again, this is Cornwall. Set on the gorgeous Cornish coast at the height of summer, this is the perfect romance to take on your hols!
REVIEWS: ‘A sheer delight’ – Sunday Express ‘Has all the best ingredients for a holiday read: the beautiful West Country, a family-run farm, and a mystery man with Poldark-style charms’ – Yours Magazine ‘A summer romance with an abundance of country charm, Pippa’s Cornish Dream by Debbie Johnson is a standout title for this season.’ – Book Chick City ‘A beautifully addictive read’ – Reviewed the Book ‘A wonderful, engaging story that will leave you with a smile.’ – I Am, Indeed ‘A fantastic read – romance, beautiful Cornish scenery, a gorgeous but troubled hero, teenage traumas, great characters, lots of humour and a real feel-good ending. Highly recommend this for your summer-reading shelf!’ – Portobello Book Blog ‘Truly addictive…the perfect 21st century love story’ – Jane Hunt Reviews ‘What a fantastic book! I read it in one sitting and loved everything about it … I’m sorry if I sound over-effusive but I think you’ve got the message now. The book was amazing and I want to read much more by Debbie Johnson!’ – 5*, Annie Cooper’s Book Corner ‘A wonderful summery book, full of fun and frolics’ – 5*, Rachel’s Random Reads ‘This book is full of everything – romance, family dynamics, teenage rebels, the Cornish coast … It makes you want to go and book a holiday rental and visit the local coves! – 5*, Bookworms & Shutterbugs ‘The perfect summer read whether your out on your balcony (like me) or by a pool ( like I was wishing)’ – Star Crossed Reviews
The Birthday That Changed Everything – published by HarperCollins, January 2016
‘A lovely, emotion-filled, giggle-inducing story’ – Sunday Times bestselling author Milly Johnson She wanted a birthday surprise, just not the one she got… The last thing Sally Summers expected from her husband on her special day was that he’d leave her for a Latvian lap dancer half her age. So with her world in tatters, Sally jets off to Turkey for some sun, sea and sanctuary. The Blue Bay resort brings new friends and the perfect balm for Sally’s broken heart in gorgeous Dubliner James.
He’s just the birthday present she needs. And when the chemistry between them continues to spark as the holiday ends, Sally wonders if this is more than just a summer fling. But James has scars of his own and Sally isn’t quite ready to turn her back on her marriage. This birthday might have changed everything, but what will the next one bring?
REVIEWS: ‘‘Funny, raunchy, and heartwarming…Buy it. Read it. Tell your friends about it.’ – Hello Chick Lit ‘I laughed, screamed in frustration and felt the truly full happy feeling that you get when you turn the final page of a great story…Bridget Jones, eat your heart out!’ – Lisa Talks About ‘I’ve got nothing but love for this novel and its amazing author!’ – Spoonful of Happy Endings ‘If you’re looking for a fantastic fun summer story, get this book. You will love it!’ – With Love For Books ‘This is an incredible book which for me felt like the cheeky love child of Bridget Jones and Jackie Collins with an extra kick in the balls thrown in.’ – Daniel Riding ‘Easily my favourite book so far by Debbie Johnson…a perfect poolside book.’ – Rachel’s Random Reads ‘A new and refreshing romance for all fans of romantic comedy whatever their age.’ – Jane Hunt Writer Reviews ‘Pure escapism…you’re in for a treat!’ – Jera’s Jamboree ‘A book that can put a smile on my face just a few words into the storyline is definitely going places.’ – Me, My Books and I ‘Her stories never disappoint.’ – Jaffa Reads Too ‘An emotional tale of friendship, heartbreak and learning to love yourself…my new favourite book.’ – The Book World of Anne ‘I don’t remember laughing so much (SO MUCH) when reading a book…FUCKING BRILLIANT!’ – On My Bookshelf
Cold Feet At Christmas – published by HarperImpulse, November 2014
‘A real feel-good book that had me smiling, purring and laughing in equal measure.’ – Becca’s Books Running out on your wedding shouldn’t be this much fun! A remote Scottish castle on a snowy Christmas Eve. A handsome husband-to-be. A dress to die for. It should have been the happiest day of Leah Harvey’s life – but the fairytale wedding turns sour when she finds her fiancé halfway up the bridesmaid’s skirt just hours before the ceremony!
Fleeing the scene in a blizzard, Leah ends up stranded at the nearest cottage, where she collapses into the arms of its inhabitant – a man so handsome she thinks she must have died and gone to heaven! And when Rob Cavelli suddenly finds himself with an armful of soaking wet, freezing cold, and absolutely gorgeous bride on the run, he’s more than happy to welcome her into his snowbound cottage this Christmas…
REVIEWS: ‘The characters brought so much life to the story that I read it all in one sitting.’ – She Read ‘Fun, sexy and fabulously festive.’ – best-selling author Jane Costello ‘I fell in love with this book…the chemistry practically jumped off the pages and into my living room.’ – For the Love of Books ‘Intense, raw and full of emotion…Cold Feet at Christmas is a fantastic read about two characters who are learning to live life to the full again.’ – Cosmochicklitan ‘Be warned, you may very well need a cold shower after reading this one! Very descriptive and tantalisingly good!’ – Two Little Humans and Me
‘This is the most wonderful Christmas novel to curl up with during the cold months. I loved it.’ – Girls Love To Read ‘A fun and flirty Christmas romance with plenty of steamy moments, this book is anything but cold. The characters share a great chemistry and are easy to like, with a relationship full of twists and turns.’ – Book Chick City ‘It is without a doubt one of the best Christmas reads I’ve ever read. It is full to bursting with emotion, scandal, drama, twists and turns. It is fabulous!’ – the Book Geek Wears Pyjamas
‘A comedy delight…hilarious character, good plot and great world building! This is a definite read for the holiday season.’ – Mandy Bookworm It’s well written, the characters are fun and enjoyable, the story is interesting and entertaining, and the sex scenes – did I mention how HOT they are? – are scorching good. Debbie Johnson, write more, please. I liked this a whole, whole lot.’ – Vox Libris
Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Jumper (Sweater for US edition) – published by HarperImpulse, November 2015
‘Debbie develops great characters, writes a plot that flows quickly and leaves you feeling that all is good in the world. Perfect for wrapping up warm with a mug of hot chocolate and escaping into another world for a while. I loved it and would highly recommend this book.’ – Jill Loves to Read You’ve seen Mark Darcy in his reindeer jumper, now meet Marco Cavelli lli in this season’s Christmas knit!
For single mum Maggie, Christmas has always been a family occasion – her daughter Ellen filling the house with her bubbly warmth and mistletoe, her dad Paddy having one too many festive tipples, and the traditional family Christmas tree looking like a drunken elf vomited a rainbow all over it. But this year, with both Ellen and Paddy away for the holidays, Maggie’s facing a truly blue Christmas – alone with nothing but a bottle of Baileys and an M&S turkey dinner.
Until walking the snowy streets of Oxford, Marco Cavelli quite literally crashes into her life – and, complete with broken leg, becomes her unexpected houseguest. All dreamy brown eyes and 6’5” of gorgeousness, the man is hotter and more delicious than a freshly baked mince pie. Though Maggie always thought it’s a truth universally acknowledged that you never kiss a man in a Christmas jumper?
REVIEWS: ‘Oh my days, how I love books by Debbie Johnson…like mulled wine at Christmas time it makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside!’ – Lisa Talks About ‘A great romance for this time of year.’ – Rachel’s Random Reads ‘Didn’t disappoint in any way.’ – Annie’s Book Corner ‘What I enjoy most about these stories is the wonderful way the characters come alive; they jump off the page, often larger than life, filled with all sorts of angst like the majority of us and yet, there is also a charming vulnerability makes them seem, oh, so real.’ – Jaffa Reads Too ‘I loved the book and couldn’t put it down once I had begun, it was simply brilliant!’ – Chick Lit Chloe ‘Cute Christmas story that had me grinning from ear to ear’ – A Blabbering Bookseller ‘Like being wrapped in a warm blanket sipping a hot chocolate…a stunning Christmas read!’ – The Angel’s Pearl
Fear No Evil, published by Maze (Avon), October 2014
‘A spine-tingling occult crime caper, Fear No Evil comes with a hefty dose of humour. It takes our heroine right to the gates of Hades, ecnountering drugs, alcohol, fraud, betrayal, murder and hair dye along the way. It’s fun, it’s moving and it’s thoughtful.’ – Bridget Rowan, Lancashire Evening Post THIS PAGE-TURNING THRILLER WILL HAVE YOU UP ALL NIGHT!
The dead don’t like to be ignored… Jayne McCartney, Liverpool’s only female private eye, is soon to get a crash course in this and other ghost-related facts. Until now she’s kept her snooping firmly to the dodgy, sometimes dangerous – but definitely human – Liverpool underworld. But that all changes when an elderly couple approach her with a terrifying story… Their daughter, a 19-year-old student, died falling from her halls’ window. But she didn’t jump, they insist – she was pushed. By a ghost.
Who or what is walking the halls of Hart House? And will this case end up haunting Jayne forever…?
REVIEWS: ‘For fans of the supernatural thriller, this will be the ideal book, but it is unique in that it is also laced with humour and oozes sexual tension throughout … I found the storyline to be unique and I had no idea which direction it was going to go in. Johnson keeps you on your toes right up until the very end.’ – Book Love Bug ‘I like a book where the first paragraph gets me totally hooked, and in the first paragraph of “Fear no Evil” by Debbie Johnson, there is humour, swearing and cross dressing.
How could anybody NOT want to know where all that was leading? And the appearance of a body within the first few pages leaves you in no doubt that this is going to be a thrilling read…although the book is, in places, very scary and at times extremely emotional, all the way through it is tempered with humour.’ – Jane Willis on Shaz’s Book Blog ‘Fear No Evil is a bloody brilliant read!
I devoured all 400 pages of it over two late nights, and there’s not a thing about it I didn’t love. Liverpool, ghosts, demons, a hot ex-priest, a fiesty female PI with a great sense of humour, and the Scouse mafia. What more could you ask for?!’ – Zoe Markham, book blogger and author ‘New Jersey may have Stephanie Plum, while the south of England has Grace Smith; but Liverpool now has JayneMcCartney who gives both of them a run for their money.
A spine-tingling occult crime caper, Fear No Evil comes with a hefty dose of humour. It takes our heroine right to the gates of Hades, ecnountering drugs, alcohol, fraud, betrayal, murder and hair dye along the way. It’s fun, it’s moving and it’s thoughtful.’ – Bridget Rowan, Lancashire Evening Post ‘Fear No Evil mixes paranormal and crime fiction together and does it really well. It was also quite an easy read, so didn’t take long to get into, and wanted to carry on reading just to see what happened.
It also has its fair share of humour and one liners. A really good,enjoyable read.’ – I Love Reading ‘A cracking crime novel, with lots of unexplored threads to unravel and lots of secrets and bits of plot to smush together to reveal the bigger picture.’ – Girls Love To Read ‘A terrific ghost story with a gutsy, some might say ballsy heroine that readers won’t be able to resist.’ – Cayocosta Book Reviews
The Mysterious Case of Cupid and the Drag Queen
Published by Maze (Avon) February 2015, as both a novella and as part of the Love…Maybe anthology,also featuring PI Jayne McCartney from Fear No Evil
Hot on the trail of a missing Chihuahua called Cupid, private eye Jayne McCartney discovers that love can come with a bite, and that even the simplest of investigations can turn rabid… For readers who like their crime with a drop of romance and a bite of humour.
Amazon reviews: ‘Love this funny story which had a good twist… first time I read this author, very well written.’ ‘Excellent.’ ‘Quirky little read – 5*.’
Dark Vision, published by Del Rey (PenguinRandomHouse), March 2014
Also available in audiobook ‘Dark Vision is a sassy and often very funny fantasy romp, lifted above the mass by the wit of protagonist Lily and her best friend, the fabulously ballsy Carmel. Clever and full of sharp wisecracks, this is more comic than horror, a deftly told entertainment that shows there is certainly room in the world for a Liverpudlian Charlaine Harris.’ – Keith Brooke, The Guardian Lily McCain is cursed.
With just one touch she can see a person’s future, whether it’s a good fortune or a terrible fate. Afraid of the potent visions she foresees, she distances herself from the world, succumbing to a life of solitude. But at the touch of a mysterious stranger – who has powers of his own – Lily sees a new, chilling future for herself: one where she is fated to make a terrible choice…
REVIEWS: ‘Must read.’ – Daily Express Saturday magazine ‘If you loved True Blood, you’ll adore this new fantasy novel which has all manner of supernatural thrills.’ – Daily Star Sunday magazine ‘A fantastic rollercoaster ride of goddesses, rock n’ roll and the supernatural.These aren’t women who care about what clothes they’re wearing or spend time stressing about their weight – they’re far too busy trying to save the world, skinny jeans or not.
They smoke too much, drink too much, suffer horrific hangovers and make bad decisions, and I love them for it.’ – Geek Planet Online ‘The best examples of the subgenre are ones that not only give a true feel for the city in which they take place, but also leave you with the impression they could not have been set anywhere else. Like Kate Griffin’s London, Tanya Huff’s Toronto or Sergei Lukyanenko’s Moscow, the Liverpool that Debbie Johnson crafts feels intimate and familiar, even if it’s a place you’ve never set foot in your life.’ – Starburst ‘This roisterous romp through Celtic mythology – tweaked for the 21st Century – and modern Merseyside comes with a side helping of some sensational Scouse humour and a gutsy tongue that remains firmly in the cheek. Dark Vision makes for an exuberant read with sinister undertones…rather more than your average fantasy novel…bring on the sequel!’ – Bridget Rowan, Lancashire Evening Post
‘Dark Vision has single-handedly restored my faith in the genre…if you want a fresh, exciting paranormal read that’s intelligently written and doesn’t bother with any of the usual stereotypes, you know what to do.’ – Zoe Markham, book blogger and author ‘I loved Lily McCain, feisty and fearless, she’s definitely somebody I could be friends with in real life. The book had plenty of twists that kept me turning the pages wanting to read more. Lily and Carmel are very believable, girls who can stand on their own two feet rather than weak, simpering females who need a man to come along and protect them. I also never thought I’d read a fantasy book featuring vampires and the like which would have the word scousebrow in it! Hilarious.
Debbie Johnson has written a fantastic book here and I personally cannot wait for book two.’ – Book Addict Shaun ‘An entertaining read, with some great humour (only occasionally veering off into silliness), with an ending which avoided the easy options. Recommended for fans of vampires, hot blokes and Liverpool.’ – the Fantasy Review Barn
Dark Touch, published by Del Rey (PenguinRandomHouse), March 2015
‘Johnson just gets better. Dark Touch is the sequel to Dark Vision and takes us to a completely different level. The writing is assured, the storytelling tight and the characters fully and realistically developed. A thrilling, chilling, funny and sometimes thought-provoking caper through Liverpool and New York.’ – Bridget Rowan, Lancashire Evening Post It’s not easy finding out you’re a Goddess.
For Lily McCain, the move from local music journalist to being the incarnation of Mabe, Mother of Mortals was a surprise to say the least. Thrust into a game of gods and monsters, the rules of which she barely knows, one thing is clear: if you have power, someone will try to take it from you.
REVIEWS: ‘Striking a varied but balanced tonal mix – and maintaining the previous book’s level of nerdy shout outs to the likes of Ghostbusters, The Fantastic Four, Superman, Star Wars, Father Ted and Doctor Who – the story manages to be romantic without being simpering, sexy without being sordid, funny without being flippant, and exciting without being histrionic.’ – Starburst ‘The characters are fun to be around, have their own type of quirkiness and really stay with the readers imagination as the tale progresses.
Back this up with top notch action, a bucket load of twists alongside dialogue that really will give you a world you want to stay in and all round you know that you’re in for a treat.’ – Gareth Wilson, Falcata Times Blog, via Amazon ‘Dark Touch is a hell of a wild ride….a hilarious, unique, original, laugh out loud, cheesy, action packed, wild ride, and when it gets serious…it usually makes you feel some intense feels. It pretty much has everything you want in a good book, and I’m excited to see where the story goes next.’ – Alisha Bookseller, via Amazon.
But not everyone was quite so keen…despite overwhelmingly positive reviews, you can’t please all the people all the time! Just for fun, a selection of my favourite ‘bad’ comments…(all spelling/grammar is the reviewers’ own – in fact they’re part of the fun!)
‘Not read yet. Can’t really comment as saving to read at Christmas.’ – 1* Amazon review for A Gift from the Comfort Food Cafe
‘After reading half of this thing (i really want to call it a turd), I skim read it.’ – A Gift from the Comfort Food Cafe ‘I don’t like the fact that it won’t download to my kindle I have hundred of books I have paid for that won’t download’ – 1* Amazon review for A Wedding at the Comfort Food Cafe ‘I did not actually buy this item.’ – 1* amazon review for Sunshine at the Comfort Food Cafe ‘I do not care for explicit sex. Sex is private and not a spectator sport. Excellent writing ability.’ – Christmas at the Comfort Food Cafe
‘Poorly written. Probably won’t read anymore of her books at this time.’ – Christmas at the Comfort Food Cafe ‘It’s like a nightmare.’ – Dark Vision ‘Started okay but became utter rubbish!’ – Dark Vision ‘The author wrote in such a boring language that you were thinking about killing yourself, before you even got to the 3rd page. So long dreadful sentences and words. It was horrible. I felt like my teeths were being dragged out.’ – Fear No Evil
‘Life’s too short to spend another minute reading tripe…’ Cold Feet at Christmas ‘Good job it was 99p and that was 98p too much.’ – Cold Feet at Christmas ‘It is Okay if you like swearing, sex and reading rubbish.’ – The Birthday That Changed Everything ‘There’s 99p I’ll never see again!’ – Summer at the Comfort Food Cafe ‘The literary version of a Carry On film…’ – The Birthday That Changed Everything ‘A poorly written sexual romp.’ – Cold Feet at Christmas ‘These people giving 5* reviews must have been paid!’ – Cold Feet at Christmas
‘Weird and not very good.’ – Pippa’s Cornish Dream ‘Silly.’ – Pippa’s Cornish Dream ‘Is this what passes as literature these days?’ – Pippa’s Cornish Dream ‘Dreadful. I can’t understand all the good reviews. Utter rubbish.’ – The Birthday That Changed Everything ‘I do not review books.’ – Cold Feet at Christmas