A mystery in the city that looks over all of time. It's been a while since I read this, but I remember it as a pleasant experience. Get ready for a lot of twists and turns and best of all, butter pies!
In 1939, England, a young girl Vivian, is being evacuated from London
due to the onset of WWII (a seemingly common premise for a great deal
of British childrens' stories). However, she never makes it to her
destination, as she is kidnapped from a train platform. Her kidnappers
turn out to be two boys around her own age, Sam and Johnathan, who
have brought her to their home, Time City. Time City exists in a sort
of alternate time plane, and is collectively responsible for keeping
things 'on track.' However, things have been going wrong. Time is
slipping, and history is getting confused. Vivian's kidnapping was an
unauthorized bid for heroism by Johnathan and Sam, who were under the
impression that Vivian was a powerful and legendary figure, the Time
Lady. Vivian convinces them that she is, in fact, only an ordinary
girl, but finds herself caught up in the quest to repair the time
line, which involves finding a mysterious casket which could be hidden
almost any place - and any time.
Entertaining, but not among Jones' best works.