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Justin Thyme (Tartan of Thyme) Hardcover – 1 Sep 2006

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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Interrobang; First Edition edition (1 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955357004
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955357008
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 21 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,039,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A whodunit mystery guaranteed to puzzle even Scotland Yard. It's one in a googolplex!" --Amanda Oxgripe, Drumnadrochit Thymes

This is a terrific, totally original story which will keep you turning the pages right to the end. --Amazon.co.uk review

I absolutely loved Justin Thyme! --Amazon.co.uk review

This book is simply perfect.
--Amazon.co.uk review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The first book in the Tartan of Thyme series, following the adventures of teenage, self-made billionaire Justin Thyme, as he struggles against mysterious forces to keep his family together and stop the Curse of Thyme from striking again. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Ms H Knox on 5 Sept. 2006
Format: Hardcover
I've been looking forward to getting this book, ever since I first found out about it when I stumbled upon the Justin Thyme website. My copy arrived in the last week of the school hols - and I certainly wasn't disappointed.

I read the story itself in a couple of sittings. The writing style is ideally suited to its target audience (I've just started reading it to my new class) - it's fun, easy to read and, although it uses a broad vocabulary, has a sort of mini-dictionary at the back simply defining the more complex words in the text. (And I have to admit I even learnt a few new words myself!)

The plot is a complex whodunit mystery (that would intrigue most adult readers), with an array of eccentric suspects, subtle clues and deceptive red herrings ... and the 'evidence' is all illustrated, which makes you feel like you're actually taking part in an investigation yourself.

But what makes this book really stand out for me, is that once you've read it, it's far, FAR from over. About half way through I noticed that there's a sort of puzzle "element" (excuse the pun ... you'll understand if you've read it), and I'm now working my way through it a second time with both eyes wide open. WOW! As the story says "Everything REALLY is connected to everything else!" I've realised that there are trails of "hidden" clues woven in amongst the standard ones. The few things I've found so far are amazing and add another dimension to the story! Number or letter sequences, times, dates, lists, codes ... I suspect nothing is there without a solid reason - although, in many cases I'm still figuring it out and know I'm probably missing stuff.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By smartie polo on 28 Oct. 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a terrific, totally original story which will keep you turning the pages right to the end. It is outstanding not only for the sheer inventiveness of the plot but also the fantastic quality of the writing which never flags and which is in turn exciting, dramatic and also hilarious. The cast includes a veritable circus of brilliantly drawn characters. Eliza the computer literate gorilla who spends hours on the Internet chatting up unsuspecting boys; the incredibly funny Mrs Kof whose cooking skills are matched only by her ability to mangle the English language, and Robyn- Justin's rebellious teenage sister -were my own particular favourites but the wonderful thing about this book is that it is crammed full of all kinds of surprises and there will be something in it to delight readers of all ages. You must read this - but try not to get so caught up in the excitement of the mystery that you miss the amazing map of the castle or the intriguing ambigram on the front cover. Oh and when you've finished the book don't forget to log onto the extraordinary website- it is an unforgettable and addictive experience in itself. Ten out of ten for originality and sheer wow factor! Cant wait for the second book in the series.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By B. E. Dufford on 4 Dec. 2006
Format: Hardcover
First in the promised four-book series Tartan of Thyme, Justin Thyme is full of mystery, intrigue, anagrams, puzzles, puns, and just plain fun. Set in a wonderful castle on Loch Ness (complete with the occasional sighting of Nessie), it explores the hero Justin's adventures beginning with the gift of a beautiful, personalized ambigram wristwatch for his 13th birthday--from an as-yet unknown beneficiary. The watch itself holds a number of clues to Justin's ensuing exploration of time travel, on which his family's very existence seems to depend. Aimed at younger readers, the engaging storyline, wonderful cast of characters--from the marvelous laptop-communicating Eliza the Gorilla to the hysterical English-mangling Mrs. Kof--and satisfyingly challenging science will doubtless attract readers of all ages who enjoy a good fantasy whodunit. (Particularly fun are the endless puns on the Thyme name via the various given names of family members: Willoughby Thyme, Henny Thyme, Robin Thyme, Albion Thyme--not to mention Justin himself!) Everyone will enjoy the many puzzles providing clues as to the identity of a spy in Thyme Castle (and other plot points), but even without these the story carries one right along through thrills and funny mishaps to a gratifying ending--that leaves you eager for the next installment. Add to all this the mystery of who the author Panama Oxridge really is, and the clues to this poser salted throughout the wonderful website for the series, and we truly have a winner of a tale. Sure to join the Hogwart's clan and the unfortunate Boudelaire orphans in gaining a loyal and widespread following, now is your chance to get on the Tartan of Thyme elevator on the ground floor. Enjoy!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 17 Sept. 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a page turner! But better still you get to the end and immediately HAVE to dive back in and check and double check the cryptic clues, trails and paradoxes littered throughout. THEN you just can't wait for book 2 of the promised trilogy!

Aimed at a chilren's market I could see this getting quite a 'cult' following from a much wider range of ages, especially considering the brilliant interactive website linked to it.

Well written, easy to read, humorous, inticate, and yet also scientifically well informed, it is in a class of its own.

You HAVE to read it!

A reader in Bucks, UK.
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