The Shadow of Atlantis

"A fabled city lost to time, a distant place we can't recall ... "


Ten-year-old twins Jemima and Joe Lancelot have no idea why their parents have disappeared, but a mysterious old book belonging to their father holds the answer … and so begins a quest to uncover the truth. Together with Max their Tonkinese cat, and Charlie from next door, the children embark on an epic adventure, travelling back in time to the lost city of Atlantis, unaware of the dangers that await them. Can they save the people of Atlantis from the disaster which is about to destroy their land forever? And will they find their way back to the safety of their own time before it's too late?




The Shadow of the Minotaur


"Beneath the palace lie tunnels deep.

A maze is where the beast doth sleep ..."


Ten-year-old twins Jemima and Joe Lancelot continue the search for their missing parents who are trapped somewhere in the past. Together with their friend, Charlie, and their talking cat Max, they are whisked back in time to ancient Crete and the palace of Knossos, where the fearsome Minotaur resides in its labyrinth, feeding on human flesh. Can they help Prince Theseus of Athens overcome the terrifying monster before it devours them all? And will the children survive the terrible storm that threatens to wreck their ship as they attempt to flee the island?



The Shadow of the Trojan Horse

"It started with an apple and ended with a horse.

Accepting gifts from Greeks was a big mistake, of course ..."


The Trojan War is just a game for the gods and goddesses of ancient Greece, but it’s no laughing matter for Jemima and Joe Lancelot when they find themselves transported back to ancient Troy, amidst all the horrors of the deadly conflict. Still on the trail of their missing parents who are lost somewhere in the mists of time, the twins, together with their friend Charlie and their talking cat Max, do their best to prevent the destruction of the famous city. Can the children persuade the Trojans to reject the Greeks’ gift of the Wooden Horse or will it prove impossible to change the course of history?


The Shadow of the Pyramid


"The boy king's death mask gleams in gold,

But hides a tale which must be told ..."


Max, a cat unlike any other you might encounter, is terrified of Egyptian mummies; so he is understandably nervous to find himself transported back in time to ancient Egypt alongside his owners, Jemima and Joe Lancelot, and their friend, Charlie. The twins are still hoping to find their missing parents who are trapped somewhere in the pages of history, having lost the key that would bring them home. Arriving at the court of Tutankhamun, the children uncover a deadly plot to assassinate the young pharaoh. Can they save his life, and will they manage to escape before the plotters discover their true identities?

The Shadow of the Volcano

"The mountain cracks and spews out fire,

The daytime sky turns black as night ..."

The ancient Roman town of Pompeii lies in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, but its inhabitants are blissfully unaware of the deadly threat of the volcano that is about to devastate their lives.

Twins Jemima and Joe Lancelot, still on the hunt for their missing parents, travel back in time to the year 79AD, accompanied by friend Charlie, and Max their Tonkinese cat.

Arriving in the middle of a slave auction in the Forum, the children are shocked to find themselves being sold to the highest bidder. Trapped in the household of a wealthy Pompeian, how will they manage to escape before the town is buried by the erupting volcano?


The Shadow of Camelot

"In days of yore, a tale was told

of swords and stones, and knights so bold ..."


Did King Arthur really exist? Continuing the quest to find their missing parents who are trapped in the past, Jemima and Joe Lancelot uncover the truth behind the legend when they arrive in Camelot. Together with friend Charlie and their talking Tonkinese cat Max, the young time-travellers are plunged into yet another thrilling adventure.

Was the famous knight Lancelot related to the twins? Who knows? Luckily, he seems to think so and is on hand to protect them when danger threatens.

Meanwhile, Max has a mystery of his own to solve. Will he finally discover why Midnight has been haunting his dreams?

The Shadow of the Norman Arrow

"The Northmen sail across the sea.

The king must fight to keep us free ... "


The Battle of Hastings will soon be fought on English soil. King Harold knows the Normans are coming, but first he must head up north to fight the Vikings. Who will come to his aid?

Taking another trip back in time as they continue the search for their missing parents, twins Jemima and Joe Lancelot find themselves in the year 1066, together with best friend Charlie, and Max their Tonkinese cat.

Many dangerous adventures await them during a hazardous journey across the country to help the king repel the invaders. Will they be able to turn the tide of history or will Harold fail to heed their advice?

Max's Arabian Adventure


In this spin-off adventure from the SHADOWS FROM THE PAST series, Max the talking Tonkinese cat goes on a solo mission without his usual time-travelling companions. Snatched from the house where he lives with eleven-year-old twins Jemima and Joe Lancelot, Max is dragged back into the past by an evil magician who has lined him up to perform a special task.

Torn away from all he holds dear, the despondent cat fears he may never be able to return to the present and his beloved owner, Jemima. What will become of him? Will he make it back or will he be condemned to remain forever in a distant time and place, far from home?

Max's Christmas Adventure



Another solo adventure awaits Max the time-travelling Tonkinese cat in this Christmas short story, when he is invited to accompany a well-known figure on a whirlwind trip into the past. He sets off on a mission to search for something very precious to Jemima and Joe Lancelot – their missing parents. Along the way, their search reveals tantalising clues to the mystery and also to the rest of the books that are still to come in the SHADOWS FROM THE PAST series. The tale ends with a rather special surprise for the twins.

The Shadow of the Two Princes

"Two princes fair, one uncle mean,

A tower of blood, a tragic scene ..."


Uncle Richard is kind and caring, isn’t he? Well, Jemima and Joe Lancelot think so, but it's a different matter altogether for the two young princes imprisoned in the Tower of London - their Uncle Richard isn’t a nice man at all.

When the Lancelot twins travel back in time to the year 1483, they have a difficult task on their hands. Together with friend Charlie and their talking cat Max, they know they must rescue the princes from certain death at the hands of their wicked uncle – none other than the infamous villain, King Richard III. Is this a task too far for the intrepid foursome? Will their mission succeed, or must they risk their own lives to save the two boys?

Max's Midnight Adventure




This seasonal short story is a third solo adventure for Max the talking Tonkinese cat. An unpleasant surprise awaits the feline hero when he finds himself trapped in the attic one night. Will he escape the clutches of the Christmas fairy, a regiment of soldiers and three obstreperous French hens in time to enjoy a holiday with his family?

Max's Undercover Adventure



Max the talking Tonkinese cat has his fourth solo adventure in this spin-off short story to accompany the Shadows from the Past series.

Max is snatched from his home in the middle of the night and spirited away to a secret location. There, in the company of other animals, he is put through exhausting physical exercises and tough endurance tests – a true nightmare for the comfort-loving cat. But who are the shadowy figures in charge, and why has he been taken to their training camp? Will Max discover the truth about his mysterious undercover adventure?

The Shadow of the Tudor Rose


"The Tudor Rose is white and red,

Two houses joined to end bloodshed ..."


In 1588, a plot to invade England and overthrow Queen Elizabeth the First is about to unfold.

At this crucial moment in English history, four visitors from the future arrive in Elizabethan London. Twins Jemima and Joe Lancelot, together with friend Charlie and their talking cat Max, embark upon their next journey into the past as they continue the search for their missing parents who are lost somewhere in the mists of time.

Finding themselves tangled in a web of conspiracy, can the young time-travellers unravel the mystery of the Tudor Rose?

Max's Hallowe'en Adventure




In his fifth solo mini-adventure, Max the talking Tonkinese cat, the feline hero of the SHADOWS FROM THE PAST series, travels back in time to the mid-seventeenth century. He doesn’t understand how this has happened until he recognises his surroundings and realises it isn't the first time he’s been to this place. Why has he been brought to this tumbledown cottage in the middle of nowhere? All is about to be revealed…

The Shadow of the Witchfinder

"He seeks them out, he hunts them down - will they float, or will they drown?"


In 17th century Essex, at a time when most people believed in witchcraft, the name Matthew Hopkins was enough to strike fear into the heart of many a woman who lived alone with only a pet cat for company… for Hopkins was the Witchfinder General.

The 15th book in the Shadows from the Past series takes the time-travelling foursome back to the year 1646. It isn’t Max’s first visit to the village of Mistley Thorn, but this time his friends Jemima, Joe and Charlie are by his side.

Their mission is to bring an end to Hopkins’ campaign of terror. Will they succeed, or might this prove to be their most dangerous challenge yet?


Max's Royal Adventure



The rightful King of England is on the run. With a price on his head and in fear for his life, Charles Stuart is desperate to escape his pursuers, the Parliamentarians who executed his father. A rich reward has been offered for his capture and everyone is on the lookout for the young man. Nowhere is safe. How will he ever manage to flee the country without help?


Never fear – the Guardians of Time have a Special Agent lined up for the job … but he just so happens to be a cat!

The Shadow of the Great Fire ... to be published soon

"Behold the city all aflame! Houses blaze like rotten sticks.

Above the roofs, along the streets, the ever-creeping fire licks..."


In 1666, as London recovers from a deadly plague, the old medieval city with its narrow streets has become a tinderbox. After a long, hot summer,  a small spark is all it takes for the whole place to go up in flames – but is this a simple accident or a deliberate act of sabotage?

Towards the end of August, days before the Great Fire is due to break out, three time-travelling children and their talking cat land on the doorstep of one of the most famous figures of the 17th century. Can they discover why they’ve been sent there before it’s too late? Time is running out…

The Shadow of the Slave Ship ... coming next


"Carried off across the sea and taken to a distant shore,

Shackled, sold, no longer free, my life is changed for ever more..."


Newly arrived in the port of 18th century Bristol, on a ship from the Caribbean, a young boy has fled his master and is desperate to avoid recapture. Hoping to make his way to London, the runaway slave has no idea what to do next until he bumps into three other children who have also just landed in the city. Travellers of a different kind, this trio have not journeyed from another country, but from another time – the 21st century – and they will do all they can to save their new friend.

The Shadow of the Shifting Sands ... to follow

"A once rich city lost from sight, swallowed up by endless night,

Now forgotten and far from view, its buried treasures wait for you..."


Miles and miles of nothing but sand; massive dunes like golden mountains stretch as far as the eye can see, and a heat haze shimmers beneath the punishing glare of the desert sun. This is the sight that greets four travellers from the future when they arrive in the Rub' Al Khali desert, otherwise known as the Empty Quarter.

But what has brought them to this inhospitable environment? Only Max knows the answer, for he has been here before…