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Their first major case involves the disappearance of Nelson's statue, the theft of the Koh-i-noor diamond, as well as a gang of smugglers and wreckers led by one of their deadliest enemies from Camelot.
The Temporal Detective Agency's first case since relocating to the 21st century from Camelot involves the theft of the world's biggest diamond, the disappearance of Lord Nelson's statue from the center of London, and a battle against a gang of ship wreckers and smugglers based in the year 1734. With the help of Sir Galahad, the Agency faces death and defeat in their first real case when they meet the evil Black Knight and cliff where he kills his enemies.... called the Leap of Faith.
Leap of Faith is the first in the Temporal Detective Agency series.
Merlin is a well-disguised and good-looking woman, madly in love with Arthur, who once he realises she's a woman, loves her back. Merlin's sister, Tertia and Unita (two of Merlin's apprentices) and Galahad start the detective agency using Merlin's old cave, but move their centre of operations to the 21st century, because the cases are more interesting and the toilet facilities are far better.
A bit at the front
The Temporal Detective Agency
Camelot started to fizzle out when Arthur and the lovely Merlin went off to the island of Avalon for an extended honeymoon. Bless!
Okay, so Merlin was a woman…Yawn! …and the fantastic disguise I helped her with every day fooled the whole of Camelot for years, including a very confused Arthur. But that’s another story and this one’s about me and my friends in the Agency.
Let’s start at the beginning.
The Knights of the rather worm-eaten Round Table drifted off one by one until there was no one capable of helping Arthur look after the country, and even my friend Galahad was too busy setting up his Olé Grill restaurant chain to be a politician. Of the others, Tristan moved to Cornwall and opened up a tea shop with scones to die for; Iolanthe, Bors, and Mordred were busy inventing a machine that could calculate; Gawain vanished one day on one of his adventures chasing the evil Black Knight; while others just got lost and were never seen again. I even heard Guinevere went back to her father’s place in North Wales with a besotted Lancelot hanging round her like a faithful puppy. though to be honest there wasn’t much point in staying round Camelot any more.
So we didn’t.
The day after Merlin left, my cousin Unita (Neets to me), Marlene, and I started the Temporal Detective Agency, opening for business in the wizard’s old cave. We reckoned it was only right and proper considering we were Merl’s last apprentices and Marlene was her younger sister. I say younger, but she was thirty if she was a day and getting really old and frumpy.
I suppose we could have moved to another part of Britain and opened up shop, but as we’d done a bit of time traveling with Merl and sort of inherited her Time Portal along with the cave, we decided to base ourselves in the 21st century where the cases promised to be more interesting than just finding missing pets. We also suspected the toilets would be much better than smelly holes in the ground half full of used leaves and wood ash. We even persuaded Galahad to join us so we could use the Olé Grill restaurant as a cover and besides, he made great coffee.
What we found was that the sanitation and smells certainly improved, but the cases were still mostly dull because good, interesting crimes are few and far between, if not actually nonexistent. Business was pretty slow, but the retrieved felines kept Neets’s cats company and the odd goldfish kept them from getting hungry. We even left business cards in carefully selected centuries knowing that Temporal would only mean On Time to most people. After all, who on earth really believes in time travel, but the only improvement was that we were asked to find a pet saber-toothed tiger and the odd snake.
Neets and I thought it might be because we sounded a bit old-fashioned coming as we did from fifteen hundred years in the past, so Marlene enrolled us into college until we learned how to fit in and like rap music. No one knew where we came from, of course, but people seemed to sense we were slightly older than them by a few hundred years, and that can be quite off-putting to a young lad who thinks his luck’s in. Still we did our best.
Nothing changed much until one day...
Leap of Faith is billed as A YA title though anyone who enjoys a rip-roaring escapade, a sassy heroine and plenty of humour, will love it!
The Temporal Detective Agency consists of three female characters from Camelot - one of which is the younger sister of Merlin (who, we're reliably informed, is actually a woman). The story is told from the youngest member, Tertia's point of view and a very witty narrator she is too.
Now based in the 21st century and fed up with looking for lost pets, the time-travelling trio zzzzzp through their Time Portal to the 1700s where they get involved in a mystery that began with the disappearance of Nelson's statue and Marble Arch. Throw into the mix Sir Galahad, the Black Knight, smuggling and wreckers operating off the Gower peninsular in Wales, and you have an excellent tightly written, suspenseful read.
Leap through the centuries, history and adventures in the company of Tertia and Unita,
Richard Hardie's book Leap of Faith is the first in a series of 'The Temporal Detective Agency' kind, for young adults and for the young at heart - and for anyone taking an interest in the twists and turns of history - and how tweaks in the back-stories don't alter history, as much as it adds to it - and in a very exciting, clever way. The story is ace! Tertia and Unita travels through the ages, sorting out problems, defeating evil and bringing back 'lost' items (even buildings!) from the 21st century, with Marlene, the sister of Merl (Merlin) being their boss. There's one adventure after another, and Richard has to know his history really well to play around with it as he does. I have one word for it: Fantastic!
Sassy and Marvellous
Haven't you felt you lived at another time?
Haven't you wanted to travel from era to era?
Well, that's the predicament of the band of teen age girls in Richard Hardie's marvelous, irreverent and exciting YA adventure, LEAP OF FAITH.
Three daring girls began life in King Arthur's court where they were apprentices to the great female magician, Merlin (You see, it's a little different from the past you thought you knew.) When Camelot fell, they found themselves between worlds. Naturally, because they have a taste for adventure and a craving to solve mysteries, they found the Temporal Detective Agency. So, when someone steals the statue of Lord Nelson from atop its column in the center of London and leaves in its place one of our heroines, they must take the challenge. Zipping between their hang-out in the 21st century Ole Grill, 18th Century Wales and other times and places places, they can't quite imagine that, if they are to resolve the whirlwind of menacing situations they encounter, they will meet a demonic evil from their distant trans-temporal past and face the end of their own lives.
Fortunately, it's the first of a series, so this is only the beginning
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