Tony Thistlewood's


The Gingerbread Man
previous edition published under the title:
When the Time is Ripe)

A novel of mystery,
intrigue and romance

Book Review

Reviewed by Alice D. for Readers Favorite

Caistor Parsons is a brilliantly written, edited and formatted work of historical fiction. It takes actual people and events from the time of Queen Elizabeth I and weaves this story of Caistor and Hannah Parsons into the fabric of the failed Babington Plot, Mary, Queen of Scots' trial and execution, and Queen Elizabeth and her Court. And the weaving of Caistor Parsons into actual history is so very well-done that all characters, real and fictional, come to life and are totally believable. The plot proceeds with first-rate suspense until the story's end and the reader will read with anticipation as Caistor comes closer and closer to the truth of his ancestry. Wow! Recommended for all lovers of historical fiction.

Do you love historical novels, particularly of the Elizabethan period?

If so, then you will want to read more about Caistor Parsons, which is a historical novel set mostly in London and Lincolnshire. You can get a sneak peek with a free excerpt from the book (you will find the link after the Plot Outline below). And if you would like to learn more about some of the historical characters that feature in this book, click on the links at the bottom of the page.

Caistor Parsons  
Plot Outline

It is the inclement summer of 1586 in England. Crops are rotting in the ground; Spain is threatening to invade the country in support of the Catholic Mary Queen of Scots; and Sir William Pemberton is dying in Lincolnshire.

During this turbulent time in English history, an orphan, Caistor Parsons, begins to research his vague ancestry. However, the only clues he has to his family history are a bloodstained note from his murdered guardian and the stories the old man used to tell Caistor and his twin sister, Hannah, when they were young. Yet these are enough for him to become unwittingly and dangerously embroiled in the Catholic plots that plague Queen Elizabeth I’s reign.

Caistor’s love for the feisty Rosalind Pemberton spurs him on – but is she friend or foe? Either way, he lets nothing deter him from the perilous hunt for his ancestors, his God-given station in life, his rightful inheritance and his desperate need to be worthy of the young woman he thinks he loves. Not even the Spanish Armada or the conflicting aims of the two most powerful men in England, Lord Burghley and Sir Francis Walsingham, daunt him.

Who and what are you, Caistor Parsons? And can you ever be worthy of the beautiful Rosalind?

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Historical Characters

You can read notes on some of the Historical Characters who feature fictitiously or are quoted in When the Time is Ripe at:

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Comments on
Tony Thistlewood's books ....

Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite

(5 Stars)

"... a beautifully written story with strong psychological underpinnings"

Demeter's Dream 
Reviewed by Ankita Shukla for Readers' Favorite 
(5 stars)

"Demeter's Dream is ... a rare combination of mythology and politics ..."

Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite
(5 stars)

 " ... a great story ... Thistlewood is a master at weaving all the elements of a tale into  one coherent, intelligent masterpiece."

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Reviewed by  Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite       (5 stars)

"... a work of great talent and imagination ..." 
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"... a dense, absorbing tale ... bursting with subplots and theories ..." -  Kirkus Reviews

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 ... a tale full of twists and turns that will leave the reader surprised ... ( Christine Nguyen for Readers' Favorites )

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Non-fiction: the Kings & Queens of England and how they got there. 

Reviewed by  Melissa Tanaka for Readers' Favorite (5 stars)

" ... a wonderful primer ... incredibly well organized and well written ...
" ... comfortable and interesting read for all ages… ”

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C aistor Parsons The Gingerbread Man

... a brilliantly written, edited and formatted work… Wow! Recommended for all lovers of historical fiction ...
(Reviewed by Alice D. for Readers' Favorites)

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Stealing Tomorrow's Thunder

(Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorites)

… An immensely entertaining and enlightening mystery story… the real deal… Fans of literary mysteries will enjoy the fruits of Thistlewood's research into Shakespeare…

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… Descriptive writing was amazingly good… I enjoyed it immensely - DGM, Cardiff, UK

… I can not put it down… will need to take it to the hairdresser with me. - JM, NSW, Australia

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