The Casebooks of Captain Holloway: The Disappearance of Tom Pile
The first gripping story in a brilliant new series about a secret team investigating the strange, the mysterious and the unexplained.
On a bitterly cold winter's night in 1900, a young boy disappears without trace from the forest near his home in the quiet village of Litton Cheney. He is never found, but the man he was with claims he was snatched by angels.
Forty years later, Corporal Jack Carmody is sent to investigate strange reports of mysterious lights above Litton Cheney. The villagers suspect German bombers overhead, but Carmody knows there's something far more intriguing going on. And when a terrified boy appears in the graveyard, convinced it's the year 1900, it's up to Carmody and his boss - the charismatic Captain Holloway - to uncover the truth.
Praise for The Casebooks of Captain Holloway: The Disappearance of Tom Pile
A cracker . . . Utterly convincingPhilip Pullman
WW2, somewhere in southern England. Our mathematically and psychically gifted soldier-narrator is on a secret mission . . . Despite the diversity of its elements, this is a well-paced, enjoyable read, which effectively combines ideas generally not seen together in WW2 fiction, and certainly not children's fictionArmadillo
The real-life location, historical detail and plausible contemporary voices give this convictionSunday Times