My childhood ended that morning, with my betrothal to a man twenty years my senior. Before the sun rose again, I would be a widow in all but name, and accused of my husband-to-be's murder. Small wonder I remember too well the day The Griffin's Boy fell from the skies…told from the pov of the enigma that is Samara, a complementary short story to "The Griffin's Boy".
Detective Inspector Crombie of the London Met deals with alligators, elephants, and a cosy little arrangement between the underworld and Whitehall that threatens to send his world supernova. It really doesn’t surprise him to discover the Celtic Cousins, the collective bane of his life, are the catalysts of this explosive time.
Wren makes a psychic connection with a girl emigrating to America in 1912. Through his eyes, she is able to foresee the fate of the ship taking her across the Atlantic.
Consequently, RMS Titanic steams safely into New York Harbour: an anomaly which creates devastation for future generations. Wren must somehow turn back time and repair history; even if it means sacrificing everything he holds dear.
"Indiana Jones meets the Da Vinci Code" – as one reviewer has commented!
Wren's discovered an ancient diary; he's convinced that it's the key to a legendary treasure trove. All he has to do is persuade cousin Rhyllann that this isn't a geeky flight of fantasy, escape the protection of DI Crombie of the Metropolitan Police and outwit a sinister cult known as "The Brotherhood". What can go wrong? …
"The Perfect Job". On paper, he's the perfect candidate for the job, but who will guard the guards? Approx 1,100 words.
Followed by "Left Luggage", a tale of husbands, lovers and mistresses told in 140 words.
Thanks to a young girl's premonition, the Titanic avoids her fate, and steams safely into New York Harbour. In this alternative version of the 21st century, World War 1 continues to rage. Captain Rhyllann Jones has been found guilty of cowardice, and waits to be escorted to the gallows.
A short episode from the Celtic Cousins' Adventures; stories to enjoy time after time after time.
Detective Inspector Crombie finds himself spending Christmas in the Italian equivalent of the House of Usher. After picking a fight with the wrong cat, Crombie finds a poetic justice in having the very last word. Detective Crombie features in "A Raucous Time" has an honourable mention in "A Ripple in Time" and takes centre stage in "An Explosive Time", in The Celtic Cousins' Adventures.
Some excellent world building, and the main character has a charm and freshness about her that lends an air of innocence that you just know will serve her well, despite her desperate circumstance. I enjoyed this story, and hope to read more from this author.