Tales from the WABAC Machine

 

A selection of stories set in past years

 

18th Century

 

 

 

All at Sea

 

For Sir Angus Holderness, his wife and her friend, a voyage to Barbados means an encounter with pirates...

 

Green Peril

 

Back to Edwardian England, and a tale of Oriental intrigue...

 

The Manchester Ghost

 

A dark and stoormy night, and Juliette Huntingdown learns a family secret...

 

The Netterton Jewels - part 1

 

Coco is invited to dinner by Madame X, and learns the history of a very famouse jewel collection - one that is notorious for various reasons...

 

1890's

 

 

 

The Wildcats Ride!

 

The Western States were pioneer country, lawless, rough - and the most feared of the bandits in the area were The Wildcats...

 

1920's

 

Jayes and the Country Party

 

One of my favourite series of novels are the Wooster and Jeeves stories of P G Wodehouse.  That whole period of between-wars England allows for tales such as this one, written in honour and respect for the originals.

 

Jayes and the Masked Marvel

 

Continuing to try and re-capture the spirit of P G Wodehosue in ym way, we follow Barty and Jayes as they visit the US for a brief stay...

 

Jayes to the Rescue

 

Another tale of Wodehousian daring-do, in which we learn how Jayes obtained his current position.

 

The Netterton Jewels - Part 2

 

Coco reads of the time the infamous collection crossed the path of Barty and Jayes

 

Jayes and The Wrong Hostage

 

Aunt Agnes is threatening Barty with matrimony to a stunning yougn woman - desperate plans are called for, but they have a habit of taking strange turns...

 

Jayes and The Mummy Problem

 

Circumstances force Barty and Jayes to take a Nile river cruise, where they meet some interesting fellow passengers - including a couple with a secret, one with eyes on more than the river, and the parents of Gladys Pugh...

 

Jayes and The Proposal

 

A summer evening, in the moonlight - but for Barty and Gladys, as well as Jayes and Daphne, this will prove to be a night to remember...

 

Jayes and the House Guests

 

Barty finds himself in another tangled situation, as Sir Clive blesses his engagement to Gladys...

 

Jayes Makes an Omelette

 

When Barty visits the French coast to play the tables, he finds himself in a sticky situation...

 

 

Jayes and the Ghost

 

Before he met Gladys, Barty was a man about town, but when he fell for an American Heiress, he never knew the full story...

 

 

Rosie's Charleston Caper

 

Let Golavus take you back to the Jazz Age, and a young lady detective...

 

1940's

 

 

 

Once Upon A Boston Christmas

 

1947 - and Barty and Jayes visit America, before they answer the call of old friends...

 

Over the Sea

 

Scotland in the 1940's and there is skullduggery afoot - as well as rope, twine and gags...

 

Prisoners of the Enemy

 

From the dark days of the Second World War, a tale of land girls and escaped PoWs, not to mention the farmer's wife and daughter.  If you are a German speaker, the translation is my fault.

 

The Return Home

 

1948, and teams are gathering in London for the first post-war Olympics.  For Mary, when she sees a face she thought dead in a newsreel, she dismisses it as a mistake.  Later, however, she sees the woman again, and long held secrets are about to be revealed...

 

1950's

 

 

 

Blackmail

 

The mean streets of Soho cover a multitude of places, people and tastes - but sometimes a man has to stop things which break the code...

 

Bound on the Fourth of July

 

1958 in small town America, and for one family the Independance Day celebrations take on a decidedly more dangerous hue...

 

 

Casa Susanna

 

The two men thought it was a retreat for single women - a nice easy target...

 

 

Diplomatic Baggage

 

Lady Margaret and her maid have some unexpected visitors...

Hit the Road

 

The story of the Maynard boys is well known in the small towns of the mid-west - and it starts here...

 

Home Truths

 

The challenge was this - a tale that featured the "perfect family" beloved of fifties and sixties US sit-coms.  Thsi was the result...

 

Serpent in the Smog

 

London, the Fifties, and in the fog-bound night a Scotland Yard detective looks into a kidnapping - with surprising results.

 

 

 

 

1960's 

 

 

 

Design Wars

 

Based on an idea by Thomas Silk, the fashion scene in London in the late 60's was a truly cutthroat world...

 

Double Cross

 

Inspired by a classic TV series, a playboy author is approached at a bar with a very unusual offer...

 

Go Go Bound

 

A raid on a private bar leaves the dancers and owners inconveniently restrained...

 

Go Go Gone

 

In a land down under, three young ladies face a night to remember - or not...

 

Here Comes Tomorrow...

 

1967, and for two girls planning a night out, the evening takes a sinister turn - and the music reflects that...

 

I Wanna Hold Your Hand

 

For the senior girls at St Blazius, the last night of term means dance night - and a kidnapping...

 

Ladybird, Ladybird

 

As a girl band heads north for a concert, their day takes a very different turn...

 

Looking Back

 

A family discussion brings memories for the grandmother, of her youth in the early 60's and the man who robbed her...

 

Marie's Flower Power Predicament

 

Marie relates another tale of her youth, as Carrington in 1964 is given a taste of radicalism - and robbery...

 

Marie's Medical Room Mystery

 

In Carrington, in the 1960's, there lived a girl named Marie Parkinson, who with her friend Shirley liked to investigate mysteries, and often ended up in trouble as a result. With grateful thanks to Golavus, we present the first tale of this plucky young lady, who in later years would marry, and eventually have a granddaughter called Sara...

 

 

Puppet On A String

 

When Laurie walked into the precinct house and stood in front of the duty officer, she had no idea what to say or what had happened to her mother and aunts.  When she last saw them, they were hostages...

 

Rainy Day Games

 

A nice, simple tale of a boy, a rainy day, a bag of ropes and scarves, and his family...

 

Rainy Days and Sundays

 

Three women in wet London - a nice cup of tea or a kidnapping...

 

Summer of Fear

 

Another tale inspired by a black and white photo, we focus here on two flatmates returning home from the Rolling Stones concert in Hyde Park shortly after the death of Brian Jones.

 

Sunday Best

 

The definition of dull should read "An english country town on a Sinday in the early Sixties."  For this family, however, this Sunday was going to be anything but dull...

 

Take Three Girls

 

In the "Relative Perils" section is a tale called Sister of The Bride, where an earlier tale is hinted at.  Here's that tale, set in 1967...

 

The Beat of the Drum

 

The Daydreams have been booked to perform the Anthem at the 4th July game - but someone wants to stop them...

 

The Netterton Jewels - Part 3

 

The last known sighting - and stealing - of the collection was in the late 60's, from the flat of an actress called Debbie Sweetlove.  As Coco hears the tale, she learns where an old friend learned their trade - and the reason why Madame X needs her help...

 

1970's  

 

 

 

 

Cars 

 

So a client had placed an order - can it be filled from the students and staff at the Campus?

 

Doing the Right Thing 

 

When the head of the secretarial pool invites her colleagues to dinner, the last thing they were expecting were the armed intruders...

 

Opening Day 

 

The first day of their new store proved to be eventful...

 

Plaid Piracy 

 

There we were, on a Yahoo group called Pops Inn, discussing various things as we do, and the topic of plaid skirts came up.  Tex sends us a picture of - well, the fashion sense of the 1970's for men.  This led to a discussion of the things we used to wear, and one thing led to another... and this tale in the style of the police shows of the time.  Minus the police.

 

RV - Roped Vacation 

 

Inspired by some old photos of catalogues for American RVs, a tale of corporate intrigue and summer vacations...

 

Scouting for Girls

 

My good friend TexMex sent me some time ago a set of photos from a classic Harmony magazine, and asked if I could do something with them.  I always like to oblige friends where I can, so return with me to the early 70's as Tina persuades her sister to tie her to a chair as a rehersal for a Scout show - only to discover that two unexpected visitors may have other plans for them that day...

 

Seventies Bound

 

A tale from the decade that taste forgot...

 

Seventies Bound 2

 

Subtitled "The Long and The Shorts Of It", this tale tells of a night never to forget in the long, hot summer of 1975.

 

Seventies Bound 3

 

Once upon a time, there was a site and Yahoo group called "Frank's Attic", and two of the photos on that site inspired this tale of a boutique owner and her twin daughters one Saturday night.

 

Seventies Bound 4

 

A secretary has to get ahead any way she can - including dressing to impress...

 

Seventies Bound 5

 

The death of Edward Woodward brought memories of the films and shows people most admired him for - and in my case, the earliest fo those was Callan.  That got me thinking,of the time and, well, one thing led to another...

 

Seventies Bound 6

 

Have you noticed something about the summer fashions this year - that maxi dresses are back in?  There is something in Economics called the Hemline theory - that dress lengths go longer in times of recession, and that seems to be happening.  None of which is germane to this, save it inspired me to try another forage into the decade of fashion strangeness...

 

Jayes and the Borrowed Burglar

 

An untold tale of Coco's youth, wherein a nighttime visit to a seaside flat leads to a meeting with a rather older, but still active, Sir Bartholomew J Rhymaes, his wife Gladys and their manservant Jayes...

 

The Danish Affair

 

Inspired by a pictrue from a 1970's Danish clothes catalogue, three women gather for coffee and cake - as well as unexpected guests...

 

The Panther Strikes!

 

A review of the career of a notorious kidnapper...

 

Seventies Bound 8

 

A short tale of when hemlines and shorts were short - really short...

 

Seventies Bound - The Typing Pool

 

A temp's life can be difficult at times...

 

Seventies Bound - The St Monica's Ladies Circle

 

A group visit to a stately home turns more exciting...

 

Seventies Bound - Flatmates

 

Two students have an unexpected visitor...

 

Seventies Bound - Cozy

 

They had a family outing planned - their visitors stopped them, but made sure they understood why...

 

Short Shorts

 

Four housemates, one kidnapper...

 

The Silver Shadows

 

A report on a spate of home invasions in Southern England in the seventies - by three well mannered and apprently elderly thieves...

 

Top of the Pops

 

A small tale of a home invasion, and three generations...

 

Dinner at Veronika's

 

Veronika Mueller is entertaining tonight - until some unexpected guests interrupt her fun...

 

The Seventh Victim

 

Why is one man targeting these women - and taking strange things...

 

Sheila's Christmas Wish

 

Sheila was having strange dreams - and then fate played its hand...

 

St Monica's Young Mothers Group

 

They wanted to plan the Christmas party - but a stranger had other ideas...

 

1980's 

 

A Mother's Tale

 

This story was actually inspired by a black and white photo I came across, but it suggested a past experience that a mother relates to her daughter to help her get over the trauma of a robbery.

 

A Picture of You

 

Why have three seemingly ordinary, innocent and unconnected girls been snatched off the street?  The police are baffled, but the answer is one that will surprise some.

 

Home Revision

 

Exams were a nightmare in the eighties - but for Hannah and her firend, going home for an intense session of revision does not turn out the way she or anyone in her family expected...

 

Just Relaxing

 

This tale of a woman held hostage while the shop she lives above is raided is set in the mid-Eighties.

 

Tie Me Up Before You Go-Go

 

A story from the early 1980's where a prank played by a student on two of her friends goes in an entirely different direction.

 

Tina's Trials

 

A young girl in the 1980's keeps getting kidnapped - why?

 

1990's

 

 

 

Amateur Hour

 

Why would anyone want to rob Agnes McAdam....

 

George's Big Score

 

When he first started out, George Simpson helped with a bank heist....

 

Sour Grapes

 

Although nominally set in 1997, the real nostalgia bit of this tale is the fact the women are dressed as their favourite cartoon characters.  Not that stops a gang making them feel - uncomfortable....

 

 

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