The Shadow of the Witchfinder

 In the fifteenth book of the SHADOWS OF THE PAST series, Max returns to the scene of his previous short story, Max's Hallowe'en Adventure. In 1646, East Anglia was a dangerous place to be overheard having a conversation with your cat, as the young time-travellers are about to discover. Oh, beware the Witchfinder General, my friends!

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 of 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?







This is Max's second visit to the village of Mistley Thorn in Essex, as destiny calls upon the feline hero once more. The year is 1646 and, accompanied by the children, Max must face the dreaded Mattthew Hopkins again. Can the time-travelling foursome defeat the Witchfinder to save his victims, or will they fall into his clutches themselves? This may well be their most dangerous mission yet...

"Continuing the fabulous Shadows of the Past series, the Lancelot twins and their serious-yet-clever friend Charlie travel back to the seventeenth century, together with Max the talking Tonkinese cat, in a desperate bid to save three ladies imprisoned by the notorious self-professed Witchfinder General, Matthew Hopkins. But for Max and the time-travelling children, they would have faced a cruel death; one that actually happened to about three hundred innocent women falsely accused of witchcraft by Hopkins. Full of adventure and well-placed humour (plus a gentle touch of the supernatural!), this novel can be read at different levels: by younger children as a fun way to learn a particularly dark period of English history and by young adults and above to question why humankind repeatedly allows evil to masquerade as ‘good’. The historical notes at the end of the book are very helpful and are also a measure of the huge amount of background historical research that goes into the writing of the Shadows series."