Beloved children's author Geoffrey McSkimming delivers a captivating rendition of his own classic, featuring his eponymous adventurer Cairo Jim on his final caper. In his soothing, singsong baritone, McSkimming whisks young listeners away to the Egyptian Vaults of Abandonment, where Cairo Jim discovers a set of ancient Cambodian carvings known as the Astragals of Angkor. The sleuth archaeologist correctly surmises that these relics must be returned to the Cambodian temple whence they came, lest they fall into the wrong hands. McSkimming proves himself no less skilled a performer than he is a storyteller. The Aussie’s voice acting is quirky and colorful, as he lends his strains to Jim’s anthropomorphic sidekicks, including the genius "Wonder Camel" Brenda, and Doris, Jim’s Shakespeare aficionado macaw.
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. Little does he know that such bizarre contortions may lead to monumental destruction of all that we know... Yet more unexpected uncoverings from the chronicler of these annals of audacity, Geoffrey McSkimming!