'A meticulously researched, epic story of Cat, a Cornish serving wench taken slave by Barbary pirates... This is beautifully written, first class escapism'
-- Mail on Sunday
'An unashamedly escapist page-turner that will be enjoyed by fans of Kate Mosse and Philippa Gregory' -- Daily Mail
'Fast-paced and exciting, Crossed Bones is the ultimate escapism'
-- Sainsbury's Magazine
'I really couldn't put it down. Exciting and romantic (oh so romantic!) and there is so much suspense. The descriptions are fabulous' -- Barbara Erskine
'Johnson imbues her historical story line with a captivating energy and momentum' -- Publishers Weekly
From the Author
If you enjoy the books of Daphne Du Maurier, Anya Seton, Mary Stewart, Jean Plaidy, Georgette Heyer, Thomas Hardy, Emily Bronte, Henry Treece, Dorothy Dunnett, Rosemary Sutcliffe and Mary Renault, then I hope you may enjoy CROSSED BONES. I am certainly not claiming that it equals any of their classic works(how could I?), but these were the authors I read and loved when I was growing up and they are the writers who helped to form me as a writer.
Having said this, CROSSED BONES is a strangely hybrid beast, neither fish nor fowl. It is not pure historical fiction; nor is it romance, nor adventure, nor a modern novel, nor a ghost story, nor a thriller, but a combination of all these, and how it came to be that way is a story in itself.
If you are at all curious please come and visit my website and find out how I went to Morocco to research the story of how the Barbary pirates abducted an ancestress, and came back from Morocco with a Berber husband. If anything, it's a stranger story than that of Catherine Tregenna, and there are certainly times when it feels as if I am a character in someone else's novel, my life being directed word by word, event by event by some other perversely creative imagination.