Author : Peter Worthington
Llewellyn is a 700 year old ghost who was killed by a flying arrow. He was helping his uncle, the Welsh King, defend his castle against the English King at a famous battle on the ragged coast of Wales where the waves come crashing in.
At first Llewellyn didn’t mind being a ghost, there were plenty of people living in the castle to scare with rattling chains, moans and groans and even ghastly appearances. But then one day the castle was abandoned and crumbled away. Now Llewellyn has been lonely for hundreds years and he desperately wants to move to the Tower of London where there are hundreds of ghosts. He wants to join the Headless Club run by Anne Boleyn who was beheaded by her husband, Henry VIII. Llewellyn has been practicing and practicing to make sure he is absolutely perfect when he bows and sweeps off his hat with his head still in it.
But Llewellyn has a problem. He can’t leave the castle. Every time he tries to walk through a wall he gets stuck because of the arrow in his chest. It jams no matter what he tries - walking straight forwards, walking backwards or walking sideways.
In the first book “The Case of the Billion Dollar Threat”, Llewellyn meets David, a thoroughly modern boy who pulls the arrow out of Llewellyn’s chest. Under ghost law, a ghost is allowed to make one modern person his friend. A ghost friend can see the ghost at all times and can even talk to him. The ghost can make a friend disappear for a short time and they can even use ghost travel together to instantly move from one place to another some distance away.
Llewellyn makes David his friend. What adventures they have, saving the world from the diabolical plans of the worst criminals in the world. They are joined by a young American girl who has paranormal powers. She can see and talk to Llewellyn and can even see into the future. Jemma’s poor long suffering cousin, Catrin a Detective Chief Inspector at Scotland Yard even gets involved in their adventures as David and Jemma face extreme dangers when they try to foil evil men.
After David has pulled the arrow out of Llewellyn’s chest, they leave the castle and trail a man who has been acting very suspiciously. And that’s when their first adventure starts. David is attacked by fierce guard dogs. Jemma is lost in an abandoned mine – one wrong turn and she might fall down an old mine shaft and her body may never be found. Catrin and her uncle, Professor Brenin, are captured. The future looks very bleak for them as the criminals plan to fry the British electricity grid. Catrin and Uncle Brenin will get fried in the process. Can Llewellyn save his friends and Britain from the evil men!
David is thankful having Llewellyn around when danger threatens. But he can make life difficult for David when he makes himself visible at the most embarrassing moments. It’s not always Llewellyn’s fault, he doesn’t understand modern machinery.
In the beginning of the second book, "The Case of RR International”, Catrin takes David to meet her family who live near New York. Catrin’s dad is American but her mum is British. Naturally Llewellyn decides to go along with them. But he has never been in a plane before and when it takes off he is so shocked he slides back through the passengers until he stops in the toilet at the back. Its dark inside but he’s a ghost so that doesn’t bother him. He sees a nice long mirror and decides to practice his bow sweeping off his hat with his head still inside it. A fat lady opens the door and sees him. She screams and Llewellyn vanishes.
But then something strange happens when they land in New York. Catrin’s dad, a judge and his brother who is Jemma’s dad, an ambassador, meet them. Llewellyn accidentally walks through the ambassador. He’s not a real human. Llewellyn tells David who does not believe him. Then as they visit the sights in New York, Llewellyn discovers more and more people who are not human. What’s going on?
Slowly the mystery begins to unravel when an evil criminal catches sight of David in the street. He and his thugs chase David into a large fish market. Fish, buckets of slops, lobsters, crabs and prawns go flying and fights break out as they try to catch David But just in time Llewellyn appears and David vanishes.
But then Jemma and Catrin are kidnapped from an exclusive New York hotel and find themselves in a dungeon deep beneath an old house in the middle of a forest. Llewellyn helps them escape but they are lost in a blizzard. Danger is everywhere! Can Llewellyn save David, Jemma and Catrin and America from disaster.
The third book of Llewellyn’s adventures, “The Case of Assassination Inc” will be published later this year both as a print book and an e-book. In this adventure Llewellyn is in Hong Kong with David Jemma and Catrin. He is playing on the escalator from Central to Mid-levels when he sees a crook who is supposed to be dead. He follows the crook and from that moment, Jemma and David become involved in the most diabolical plot to assassinate world leaders using a new secret weapon.
David is captured and taken to China where the crooks intend to kill him and dump his body where it can’t be found. Jemma is kidnapped and tied to a bomb on Sydney harbour bridge which the crooks plan to detonate during the Australia Day fireworks display.
Things get more even more dangerous when the crooks move to Northern Australia on their way out of Australia. They capture David again and this time they decide to feed him to the saltwater crocodiles (salties), the most dangerous crocodiles in the world. Only Llewellyn can save his friends and halt Assassination Incorporated’s evil plans.
“ Ingenious, James Bond for young teens” – Lay Koon
*“The Case of the Billion Dollar Threat” and “The Case of RRI International” were first published by read Along Publishing, Sydney as e-books. As the books have been revised they are no longer available but they will be republished as e-books in the near future.