“You never know when you'll need a good
bit of string.”
When Geoffrey McSkimming was a boy he found an old motion-picture projector and a tin containing a dusty home movie in his grandmother’s attic. He screened the film and was transfixed by the flickering image of a man in a jaunty pith helmet, baggy Sahara shorts and special desert sun-spectacles. The man had an imposing macaw and a clever-looking camel, and Geoffrey McSkimming was mesmerised by their activities back in black-and-white Egypt, Peru, Greece, Mexico, Sumatra, Turkey, Italy and other exotic locations.
Years later he discovered the identities of the trio, and he has spent much of his time since retracing their footsteps, interviewing surviving members of the Old Relics Society, and gradually reconstructing the lost true tales of Cairo Jim, which have become the enormously successful Cairo Jim chronicles.
Plait my plumage!
Doris the macaw is a Peruvian Regal Macaw who has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the works of William Shakespeare and an appetite for fresh Malawian snails.
Along with Brenda the Wonder Camel, she is Cairo Jim’s close friend and companion.
She first set her beady eyes on him when she spied him from a branch high up in the Peruvian Jungle on the Trail to ChaCha Muchos!
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on the Trail to ChaCha Muchos
Legend has it that somewhere in Peru, atop a towering, jungle-covered mountain, stand the ruins of ChaCha Muchos, the Lost City of the Dancers. What hapened there nearly five hundred years ago remains a mystery.
Who were these people? Why did they build their city so far from civilisation? 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 …
in Search of Martenarten
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!
and the Sunken Sarcophagus of Sekheret
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.
But when Jim, Doris the macaw and Brenda the Wonder Camel take the plunge, little do they know that what they are about to find will become one of the most flabbergasting discoveries in the history of archaeology!
and the Alabastron of Forgotten Gods
A seemingly ordinary vase is stolen from the Greek Archaeological Museum by a figure swathed in mystery. But the vase—an ancient alabastron—holds a secret: a potent force within it 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 …
and the Quest for the Quetzal Queen
Strange paintings have come to light in ancient Mexican pyramids and temples. Is the mysterious woman depicted in the paintings the actual Quetzal Queen? Did she really reign for almost 800 years? And if so, how?
What has the sudden disappearance of Mademoiselle 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 …
and the Secret Sepulchre of the Sphinx
When that well-known archaeologist and little-known poet, Cairo Jim, and his firends Doris the macaw and 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 …
Another mind-blowing mystery of history from the master of archaeological humour and suspense, Geoffrey McSkimming. The BIGGEST DISCOVERY of all the Cairo Jim stories!
Amidst the Petticoats of Artemis
In the ruins of the ancient city of Ephesus in Turkey, an astonishing relic has been unearthed!
What connection to the bygone goddess Artemis does this relic hold? What extraordinary powers could be unleasehed if it were to fall into the wrong, evil and manicured hands?
Cairo Jim—that well-known archaeologist and little-known poet—and his friends Doris the macaw and Brenda the Wonder Camel find themselves faced with the greatest threat to Nature itself! Another tale from the master of archaeological humour and suspense, Geoffrey McSkimming!
and the Lagoon of Tidal Magnificence
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? Do you know that your top button is undone?
Another action-packed, breathless romp of historical whimsy from the pen of Geoffrey McSkimming!
and the Tyrannical Bauble of Tiberius
Strange happenings are afoot in Rome, where a priceless and mysterious artefact—the Imperishable Bauble of the ancient emperor Tiberius—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!
and the Chaos from Crete
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 the 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?
Cairo Jim (that well-known archaeologist and little-known poet) and his friends Doris the macaw and Brenda the Wonder Camel uncover one of the grossest distortions of history in this, the tenth suspenseful and startling mystery of history in the Cairo Jim chronicles!
and the Rorting of Rameses' Regalia
In the dark, long-forgotten antechamber in the Temple of Hathor, an astonishing hieroglyphic discovery has been made!
What have the hieroglyphics got to do with the legendary Transilient Sceptre of Rameses? Is it true that this dust-smothered ancient sceptre could possibly have the astounding powers attributed to it? Will this power once again see the light of day in this modern age?
Cairo Jim, that well-known archaeologist and little-known poet, and his friends Doris the macaw and Brenda the Wonder Camel find out that all that glitters is NOT gold …
in Bedlam from Bollywood
From a Bollywood film studio in India, Valkyrian Airways flight attendant 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. Does the jungle really hold all the secrets of magic whispered of by those who believe in such things?
The 12th bout of suspenseful, breakneck nonsense and inspired whimsy from the man who marches to a rhythm all his own, Geoffrey McSkimming!
and the Sumptuous Stash of Silenus
Is it possible that one of the greatest and most powerful beings from ancient mythology could still actually exist in the 21st century? Is it possible that Neptune F. Bone, that dangerous and deluded evil genius, knows of his whereabouts? Is it possible that Cairo Jim, that well-known archaeologist and little-known poet, and his friends Doris the macaw and Brenda the Wonder Camel find themselves faced with another mystery of history, and a trail of gold, greed and gruesomeness?
The 13th account of unexpected delvings and ancient rediscoveries from Cairo Jim’s ardent and exuberant chronicler, Geoffrey McSkimming!
at the Crossroads of Orpheus
All’s smell that ends smell!
In the dusty ruins of the ancient House of the Perfumer at Pompeii, astonishing discoveries are taking place! Perfumes, long forgotten, are being reinvented 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 to stop a rush of evil so gargantuan that the world could be plunged into a chasm of eternal terror!
The 14th subtle onslaught of whimsy and historical strangeness from that inky, tireless scribbler, Geoffrey McSkimming!
and the Astragals of Angkor
The Astragals of Angkor, strange ancient carvings from Cambodia, are rediscovered in the Vaults of Abandonment, deep below the Old Relics Society in Cairo. Where did the Astragals come from? Who are the people depicted on them? 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 fifteenth tale in the Cairo Jim chronicles. Little does he realise that such bizarre contortions may lead to the monumental destruction of all that we know …
Portal of Peristophanes
The RETURN of CAIRO JIM !
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