Time Tourist Outfitters by Christy Nicholas

Time Tourist Outfitters by Christy Nicholas
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Time Travel, Historical
Length: Full Length (370 pages)
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Lavender

Retired First Nations Temporal Agent Wilda just wants to run her Toronto shop, garb Time Tourists, and send them on their merry way into the past. She finds contentment in her cat, her sarcasm, and her whiskey. All that changes when a deathly ill Traveller literally fell onto her doorstep, setting off a chain of events which forces her to return to the job she’d retired from decades before.

The Agency sends her and her assistant, Mattea, back into three dangerous eras of history to find the disease vector threatening the life of every modern Traveller. She searches through a teeming desert bazaar amongst the luxury of the court of Mansa Musa. She explores the dark forests of pre-Columbian America, fighting against the heartbreak of true love. She gets entangled in the convoluted politics of twelfth century Norse-ruled Orkney, sifting through the horrific carnage of a murdered village.

If Wilda can’t return in time with the right pathogen, the modern scientists can’t synthesize a cure for the disease before all the Travellers fall ill. She has to navigate politics, bandits, camels, and midnight coup d’etats, complete her mission, and return to the present, or lose herself in the depths of her own purposely-forgotten past.

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It’s the future in Canada, and part of the United States have seceded into Canada. Wilda works at such an agency, and there have been some changes in the world. She is a middle-aged woman who long ago lost her family. She is spunky, and even with physical challenges, she manages to kick some serious butt in time. Even her everyday activities are interesting. Then one day when a sick and unidentifiable person comes stumbling in her place of work very sick, a mystery is afoot. Wilda has to become an active agent again and go back to find victim one of the disease in order to save many others. But it’s dangerous. She has a young, pretty assistant, Mattea, to help her, but these traits prove to distract her from the important mission. The banter between these two is realistic and sometimes troublesome.

Wilda has much to recommend her, is smart, talented, and caring, but she is judgmental.

She and Mattea go back to the Medieval Muslim world and meet a great leader’s wife in search of a “relative,” a rogue agent. The woman has interesting things to say to them, enhancing the mystery. They run into interesting people and have some wild adventurous escaping trouble. Then they go to two other remote places. Readers are treated to a taste of exotic cultures they may know nothing about.

Even within these adventurous settings though, the characters go about their business in a realistic way; having to deal with such time-foreign situations has its own set of logistical problems. It’s a bonus learning about some ways to survive without modern conveniences in a wilderness.

A little mystery is woven into the larger mystery, making for a good, complementary subplot. Is Wilda meeting the same woman in different times and places? And if so, will this be significant? Some moral dilemmas come up when Wilda and Mattea travel back in time. How will they handle these

There are scary moments, funny moments, and tender moments, and the boundaries of friendship are tested. The characters, the settings, and the plot all make for quite an entertaining story.


  1. Thanks for a great review!

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