In the dusty ruins of the ancient House of the Perfumer at Pompeii, astonishing discoveries are taking place! Long forgotten perfumes are being re-invented and given new life. But when one of these whiffs of wonderment – believed to have legendary hypnotic powers – goes missing, it is up to that well-known archaeologist and little-known poet, Cairo Jim, and his friends to try and stop a rush of evil so gargantuan that the world could be plunged into a chasm of eternal terror!
Young listeners will be captivated by this entertaining mix of history, mystery and unique characters. In a dark, long-forgotten antechamber in the Temple of Harthor, an astonishing hieroglyphic discovery has been made! What have the hieroglyphs got to do with the legendary Transilient Scepter of Rameses? Is it true that this dust-smothered ancient scepter could possibly have the astounding powers attributed to it? Will this power once again see the light of day in this modern age?
"It pays to enrich..."
Legend has it that somewhere in Peru, atop a towering, jungle-covered mountain, stand the ruins of ChaCha Muchos, the Lost City of Dancers. What happened there nearly 500 years ago remains a mystery. Who were these people? And why, in the end, did the entire tribe dance itself to extinction? When that well-known archaeologist and little-known poet, Cairo Jim, sets out to solve the mystery, he doesn't know that he is not the only one on the trail to ChaCha Muchos...
When that well-known archaeologist and little-known poet, Cairo Jim, and his friends Doris the Macaw, Brenda the Wonder Camel, and Jocelyn Osgood make the "find of the century", a new enemy on the scene sets out to discredit Jim and destroy his hard-won reputation.
Far away in Upper Egypt, in a place known as the Valley of the Kings, that well-known archaeologist and little-known poet Cairo Jim (assisted by Doris the Macaw and Brenda the Wonder Camel) is searching for the lost tomb of Pharaoh Martenarten, Worshipper of the Moon and King of Ancient Egypt. But somebody of great deviousness, treachery, and manicured evil wants what they are after. And he will stop at nothing to claim it for his own.
Strange paintings have come to light in ancient Mexican pyramids and temples. Is the mysterious painted woman the actual Quetzal Queen? Did she really reign for almost 800 years? What has the sudden disappearance of Fifi Glusac (the famous contortionist and harmonica player) got to do with it? Cairo Jim, that well-known archaeologist and little-known poet, with his friends Doris the Macaw and Brenda the Wonder Camel, finds himself faced with another flabbergasting mystery from times past....
High in the crater of an extinct, jungle-covered volcano in Sumatra, a legendary ancient palace is thought to exist.... What astounding secret does this palace harbour? Where is the missing Turkish Women's Olympic Championship Tent-Erection Team? What has the Glamourdust Glove and Gusset Company got to do with it? Will Cairo Jim (that well-known archaeologist and little-known poet) and his friends, Doris the macaw, Brenda the Wonder Camel, and Jocelyn Osgood of Valkyrian Airways discover the amazing truth?
Strange happenings are afoot in Rome, where a priceless and mysterious artefact - the imperishable Bauble of the ancient Emperor Tiberious - has gone missing. Cairo Jim - that well-known archaeologist and little-known poet - and his friends, Doris the macaw and Brenda the Wonder Camel, are sent to Rome to try to get to the bottom of this act of felony. They soon discover that the Bauble has terrifying powers if it is held in the wrong hands ... powers that could herald the end of civilisation as we know it!
From a Bollywood film set in India, Jocelyn Osgood finds herself flung into a subcontinent of intrigue, danger and curries, the likes of which she has never known. But this is only the beginning compared to what awaits her good friend, that well-known archaeologist and little-known poet, Cairo Jim, and his companions Doris the Macaw and Brenda the Wonder Camel.
While on a stopover in the mysterious African country of Zarundi, Jocelyn Osgood - that well-known Valkyrian Airways Flight Attendant and "good friend" of Cairo Jim - becomes unwittingly embroiled in the theft of a priceless royal tiara. She and her friend, Joan Twilight, find themselves thrown into a world of subtle chaos which carries them across an intriguing and colorful landscape as they try desperately to locate the stolen regalia and two renegade Tropical Xylophonists.
Young listeners will be captivated by this entertaining mix of history, mystery and unique characters. In the ruins of the ancient city of Ephesus, an astonishing relic has been unearthed! What connection to the bygone goddess Artemis does this relic hold? What astonishing powers could be unleashed if it were to fall into the wrong, evil and manicured hands?
Strange, toxic gases are spreading through the ruins of the ancient Palace of Knossos in Crete, forcing tourists and visitors to abandon the site. Where are these gases coming from? Who is the rambunctious man in a gas mask and rubber suit who appears amid these foul odors? And what extraordinary secret lies beneath the ruins of Knossos - a secret that many have believed was, until now, a mere myth?
The Astragals of Angkor, strange ancient carvings from Cambodia, are discovered in the Vaults of Abandonment, deep below the Old Relics Society in Cairo. Where did they come from? Who are the people depicted on the Astragals? And why are they shown in such outrageous positions? Cairo Jim, that well-known archaeologist and little-known poet, finds himself faced with the most astounding revelations of his career, in this 18th title in the Cairo Jim chronicles.
When the manicured evil genius, Captain Neptune F. Bone, disappears in the Red Sea while diving for a lost sarcophagus, that well-known archaeologist and little-known poet, Cairo Jim, is called in to try and help find him in the dark and watery depths.
The most flabbergasting adventure yet! A seemingly ordinary vase is stolen from the Greek Archaeological Museum by a figure swathed in mystery. The vase – an ancient alabastron – holds a potent force that must NOT be allowed to escape! It is up to Cairo Jim (that well-known archaeologist and little-known poet) and friends to track down the thief, before the alabastron's mysterious contents are unleashed upon the modern world.
The third Jocelyn Osgood adventure. While stopping over in Norway, Joan Twilight buys a rusty old hammer for her friend Jocelyn Osgood (the well-known flight attendant with Valkyrian Airways and 'good friend' of Cairo Jim), whom she knows has a minor lust for antiquities. With advice from Cairo Jim, Jocelyn and Joan seek out Professor Kurt Snerdforst, a local expert on things now forgotten.
In this 16th title, Cairo Jim and his friends set out to save King Midas' daughter and stop Captain Neptune F. Bone's greedy pursuit of the world's total gold resources.
"Not one of our favorites..."
Geoffrey McSkimming, the bold and daring author of our best-selling Cairo Jim series, reads his brand new book of perverse verse! Verse to thrill you! Verse to chill you! Verse to make you grin! Rhymes galore and so much more, so take a look within ... Rhymes, verse and worse from the renowned punster and alter ego of the witty adventurer Cairo Jim.