Mysteries in History

A time travel historical fiction mystery book series for elementary school children

The Mysteries In History series take young readers on a magical journey back in time to landmarks around the world. Each book begins with a visit to the modern day monument before whisking readers back to when it was being constructed, where they learn about the monument's historic past. They solve a mystery with Sid Cooper and come back to the present day, educated and entertained!

Let your children open their minds and their hearts to these exciting journeys… magical adventures await!


Books In Series

The adventure of a lifetime is only one click away! Sid Cooper, a fifth grade history buff, gets the chance of a lifetime to visit the Taj Mahal in the…

The adventure of a lifetime is only one click away! Sid Cooper is a soon-to-be sixth-grader who loves history, travel and photography—which come together in this second chapter book in…

Available on Amazon: Kindle & Paperback

Excerpt & More

Read an excerpt from Chapter 1 of the Missing Gems of the Taj Mahal, download a world map pinpointing the monument, and an infographic about the Taj Mahal.

Chapter One

Sid was squinting at his camera’s screen in the bright sunlight, trying to take a picture of the construction site in front of him. He was in a strange land, at a strange time, with thousands of laborers nearby building a gigantic white monument. He was startled by a loud thump behind him; he turned around to see an approaching elephant. He jumped out of the way in time but the camera had slipped out of his hand. He covered his eyes as the elephant lumbered past him and stepped on his camera. "Cc-rrr-u-nnn-ccc-hhh"

Mapping The Taj

Click on the image above to view and download a bigger map (800 kb)

Taj Infographic

Click on the image above to view and download the infographic about the Taj Mahal (500 kb)

About The Author

Lyndon is a writer who has been publishing non-fiction internationally since he was in college. He lives in Robbinsville, NJ, loves travel and sightseeing, often dragging his wife and two sons along. He first visited the Taj Mahal at the age of 3, but was inspired to write Missing Gems of the Taj Mahal after taking his mystery-book-loving sons to visit the monument in 2015.  

Lyndon has more LEGO minifigures than his sons’ collections combined. His LEGO lookalike (LegoGuy) was featured in a daily photograph for a year in cities across America and India.

See if you can find a picture with a minifigure somewhere in the book!

Lyndon C


Missing Gems of the Taj Mahal is illustrated by talented fifth grader Ananya Chopra.

Eleven year old Ananya Chopra is a Jersey girl who loves to draw, paint, and illustrate. Her other hobbies include playing the drums, reading, and playing table tennis. Her dream is to be an artist and also win an Olympic medal in table tennis for USA.

Ananya created all the illustrations for this book between her fifth grade assignments, quizzes, tests and her regular extracurricular activities.

Contact Lyndon

The Colosseum in Rome? The Eiffel Tower in Paris? Feel free to write in with ideas and suggestions about where Sid could go next!