Hardback: £12.99 | Publication Date: October 2010 ISBN 978-0-9562315-9-8 | Advance Information Sheet
Paperback: £7.99 | Publication Date: September 2011 ISBN 978-0-9567122-8-8 | Advance Information Sheet
The first book in the Tartan of Thyme series, following the adventures of teenage, self-made billionaire Justin Thyme, as he struggles against mysterious forces to keep his family together and stop the Curse of Thyme from striking again.
'I don't have to build a time machine; I could still change my mind...' Justin shook his head, grasping at once the futility of his dilemma. The first domino had already been pushed; the fuse had been lit; the countdown had started. He'd passed the point of no return, and was trapped in the adventure of a lifetime with absolutely no way out.'
Justin Thyme is a self-made billionaire living in a castle overlooking Loch Ness. The day he turns thirteen, he receives an anonymous gift: a fabulous watch with a puzzling message hidden on it. When he tells his father of his plans to build a time machine, the Laird of Thyme reveals tantalising fragments of past espionage and warns his son of a ruthless enemy keeping him under constant surveillance. At first, Justin fails to take Sir Willoughby seriously, but when a stranger arrives claiming to be his long-lost grandfather, Justin is wary – especially after his beloved Nanny insists the old man is an impostor.
Justin's TV celebrity mother departs on a Congo expedition with her eccentric film crew and Eliza, a computer-literate gorilla. Whilst returning, Lady Henny is abducted, and clues prove that the kidnapper has inside information; someone in Thyme Castle must be a spy – or possibly Sir Willoughby's old enemy in disguise. Everyone is under suspicion: Justin's nervy tutor; their snooping housekeeper; the theatrical gardener; an ex-royal butler; and Mrs Kof, their freakishly strong cook. Suddenly, the race against time is on. Can Justin convert his vintage motorbike into a time machine, rescue his mum and discover the identity of their resident spy in less than a week ... or will the dreaded Thyme Curse claim another life?
I was hooked from the first chapter of this amazing book. I cannot recommend it enough - it really is THAT good
Review by Bookzone4Boys
This book is in equal measures, extremely clever, extremely funny, filled with subject matter that is guaranteed to captivate and excite the imagination of it's intended readership, well paced, extremely exciting, and absolutely "CRAMMED FULL" with puzzles and clues to be solved!
Review by Keith, BookGroupOnline.Com
Interpersed throughout the narrative is Justin's explanation of the enigma of time: wormholes, timeforks, causal loops, the ultimate time travel paradox – nothing escapes his gaze. I've no idea of whether I'm dealing with science-fiction or science-fact here but I now believe that changing the course of an historical event may not destroy the fabric of time after all!
Review by Lizzy's Literary Life