Stop the Clock! sends Lucy Miller back to the London Blitz to solve a Big Ben mystery

Stop the Clock!, the latest instalment of The Lucy Wilson Mysteries, is now available for pre-order exclusively from the Candy Jar Books website.

Lucy Wilson is the granddaughter of the iconic Doctor Who favourite Brigadier Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart. Recently in the series, Lucy had one of her biggest adventures yet in the Mystery of Lucy Wilson trilogy, where she time travelled back to 1985 Melbourne to meet plant people from outer space (Memories of the Future), followed by killer koala bears (Rampage of the Drop Bears). She was then thrust forward to encounter giant spiders in an alternate 2020 apocalyptic Earth (Apocalypse Tomorrow). As if this wasn’t enough, Lucy also visited her first alien planet in The Web of Terror.

This time, however, Lucy is spending time away with her best friend Hobo at her brother’s house in London. After a whirlwind of adventures over the past few months, the duo are under strict orders not to go exploring London on their own. But Lucy’s time ring has other ideas. Soon they’re cast back in time to London to World War II during the blitz.

 

Stop the Clock! is the first full length Lucy Wilson novel from Cherry Cobb.

The Lucy Wilson Mysteries series first started back in 2018, spearheaded by the talented Sue Hampton. Even so, since then the series has since been very male-led. Stop the Clock! is the first full-length novel written by a female writer since Hampton.

Head of publishing at Candy Jar, Shaun Russell, says: “It’s fantastic to have Cherry [Cobb] writing for the series. We were incredibly lucky to have the series kickstarted by Sue and I’m hoping that this will be the start of more stories by women authors.”

Cobb herself is very excited to be the second woman author for the series. She says: “I’ve written a few short stories about Lucy over the years, but when Shaun asked me to write a full-length novel, I jumped at the chance!”

Cherry continues: “I had to set the story in World War II London as it was such a remarkable period in history. There are so many stories to be told, but one that grabbed my attention was the time that Big Ben stopped working from June the 3rd at 10.13pm to June the 4th at 10.13am in 1941. This was due to a workman who accidentally dropped a hammer into the movement works while repairing the clock after an air raid. But then I started to think, what if it wasn’t the workman and was something else entirely?”

 

What is the secret of the mysterious ticking echoing through the Houses of Parliament?

As well as exploring a time so rich with history, the book also features some cameos of Winston Churchill, Alan Turing and Candy Jar’s very own Eileen Younghusband, author of the award-winning One Woman’s War.

Keren Williams is Publishing Co-ordinator and part of the editorial team for both Lethbridge-Stewart and Lucy Wilson. She says: “We’ve seen Eileen quite a lot in the Lethbridge-Stewart series, due to popular demand, but this is her first appearance in Lucy Wilson. And, what’s most exciting is that the ending leaves an opening for her return in a later story.”

This brand-new Lucy Wilson book is filled with unexpected twists and intriguing characters. Join Lucy and her loyal companion, Hobo, as they race against time to unravel a mysterious case that holds the key to the future. Against the backdrop of wartime London in 1941, Lucy and Hobo are entangled in a web of secrets and suspense. Prepare to be spellbound as you uncover the truth behind the enigmatic ticking noise that echoes through the Houses of Parliament. With their sharp wit and keen investigative skills, Lucy and  Hobo dive deep into the heart of the mystery. Along they way, they uncover secrets and unravel clues.

 

The Lucy Wilson Mysteries: Stop the Clock! Cover by Steve Beckett. Cartoon style drawing. Clockwork robot versions of Lucy and Hobo look up at the skies covered with searchlights and barrage balloons, Big Ben rising up against the sky (c) Candy Jar Books
The Lucy Wilson Mysteries: Stop the Clock! Cover by Steve Beckett (c) Candy Jar Books

The Lucy Wilson Mysteries: Stop the Clock!

London, 1941. The day Big Ben stopped.

It’s half-term. Lucy and Hobo are excited to be in London, especially as they’re going to see The Lion King at the theatre! But, Lucy’s dad has told them to stay inside and out of trouble. Luckily for the dynamic duo, Lucy’s time ring has other plans!

Rationing. Air raids. Bombs. The Houses of Parliament. Big Ben. And a strange ticking noise.

But who is Curt Uhrmacher? Why does he have an army of clockwork people? And can Lucy and Hobo stop the clock in time?

 

The Lucy Wilson Mysteries is a Lethbridge-Stewart spin-off adventure inspired by characters created for Doctor Who by Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln.

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