Behind the seemingly innocuous facade of St. Mary's Institute of Historical Research, a different kind of academic work is taking place. Just don't call it time travel - these historians investigate major historical events in contemporary time. And they aren't your harmless eccentrics either; a more accurate description, as they ricochet around history, might be unintentional disaster magnets.
The Chronicles of St. Mary's tells the chaotic adventures of Madeleine Maxwell and her compatriots Director Bairstow, Leon Chief Farrell, Mr. Markham and many more as they travel through time, saving St. Mary's Institute (too often by the very seat of their pants) and thwarting time-travelling terrorists, all the while leaving plenty of time for tea.
You think you're having a bad day? Max is trapped in the same deadly sandstorm that buried the 50,000-strong army of the Pharaoh Cambyses II, and she's sharing the only available shelter for miles around with the murdering psychopath who recently kidnapped her and left her adrift in time.
She's no safer at St. Mary's. Tragedy strikes not once but several times, and with no Leon, no Markham, and no Peterson at her side, Max's personal life slowly begins to unravel. From the Egyptian desert to the Battle of Hastings, and from Bayeux Cathedral to the Sack of Constantinople, Max must race through time to save the ones she loves.
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"A carnival ride through laughter and tears with a bit of time travel thrown in for spice...readers will be impatient for later instalments." (Publishers Weekly)
"Taylor has written a madcap and very funny hodgepodge of a novel whose pacing and humour is reminiscent of a Simon Pegg-Edgar Wright film." (Booklist)
Wept a lot. Smiled a lot.
When is Book 9 due ????
As usual I listened from start to end in one go; unable to wait till tomorrow to finish it.
Zara Ramm is a five star narrator and brings Jodi Taylor's story to life, giving the characters dimension.
I love this series sooo much and this was right up there as my second favourite in the whole series!!! The first book will always be my favourite. Zara narrates amazingly and is the voice of Max (And a brilliant Markham too!). Exciting, gripping, funny, emotional and so much fun. When is the next one out ?!!!
From start (max's worst day) to finish this is a fast paced, rollercoaster of a novel, full of one liners mixed with sadness and joy. The place of historical events in contemporary time visited where - Ancient Egypt, the lead up to the Norman Conquest and the battles of Stamford Bridge and Hastings, and finally the Fall of Constantinople.
A cracking read and real page turner, in an audio way
someone who loves to read and learn languages. Interested in theatre, astronomy, history and politics too.
emotional, side-splittingly funny
The way Jody Taylor writes a story that is both incredibly funny yet also exceptionally emotional and at times very difficult to read. Her work satisfies my need for something that both makes me laugh uncontrolably and cry like a baby.
It's hard to choose because there are so many great ones, but the tea party in the grounds is probably my favourite. I don't want to spoil it for anyone. Just read it! Zara's naration is incredible, so that aspect of the series will not disappoint.
without spoiling anything, I really loved the scene where Max is sitting on the stairs and suddenly she is surrounded by almost the entire staff of St Mary's while they all await Leon's return. It's just a beautiful display of solidarity, and written so well. I wish I worked there.
It's so hard to write about this book without giving anything away. Chances are if you read the previous 7 books, you will read it anyway, but if you haven't, then you really need to start from the beginning. Don't start from here as the jumping around in time will really lose you. This series is however one of the most rewarding I have ever read, so give it a try!
I really enjoy this series, I love the subtle (and not so subtle) humour, however, this book also ventures into some more serious areas.
I feel that Jodi Taylor briings history to life, not just facts - but she puts a different spin on the events. I like all of the characters and really feel that I know them.
My least-enjoyed installment of the series to listen to, although still very good. Strength of Jodi's writing and Zara's narration is evident as some parts were heart wrenching and difficult to listen to.
"I hate this book"
Hate it. First I can only give it 11 out of 10 stars. The second reason, this being the day after it was released, I will have to wait a year or eternity till book 9 comes out, time travel not really being a reality.
I can't tell you without a massive spoiler alert, any thing else. Buy the book.
And the world went black.
"Don't stop reading"
I love St Mary's and the whole series. I didn't love this book. It was sad and gloomy until the end. I needed a good laugh but found myself crying. Hope the next book is a bit lighter
"please write faster!!!!"
I love this serious, but hate having to wait so long for the next one. I never thought I'd find a series with history, time travel & wicked humour.
"How does Jodi Taylor do it?"
Most series, by book 8, get stale, and little routine. Jodi Taylor just absolutely knocks it out of the ballpark each and every St Mary's installment. The storyline, the characters, the dialogue, they are all spot on. And she leaves room for more. This time though, and I will NOT give spoilers, she has left massive room for a super cool twist to the regular St Mary's Chronicle to absolutely skyrocket this series even further than we could ever imagine. My only regret is that I started listening the day it came out and am through with it, and now have to wait a year for the next one. Good thing poor Jodi is being chained to writing desk, as she usually will have a short story about an event and a particular St Mary's character between series books. Our only hope!
I love this book Series! I love Jodi Taylor and the narrator and everything, everything about these people, who seem so alive to me. This book does not change that for me.
But this part of their story is quite a bit more bleak than typical. I think that it's transitional and necessary and, heavens, I get the darkness considering the state of the word today. So just prepare yourself that this part of the series is going to make your heart ache a bit more than normal, though you can absolutely trust Ms. Taylor to get it right. It's just that, I think this is one of those in between books where we need the next book fairly quickly, and, please, with More Sunshine. Please. (I rather NEED some good escape from the bleak world I live in over here in 'merica. Especially now.)
But I still loved it, and can't wait for the next. Particularly a sweet Christmas story. Or maybe even Something before hand, say, A Mathew Or Leon or etc etc Birthday Party offering??? Pretty Please, Ms. Taylor?!? 😊💐
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"Amost could not bare to listen to the first few chapters"
What was my favorite author trying to do? I mean really! I can tell you this edition of St Mary's team of Time Traveling historians put me through the worst anguish and laugh out loud glee! At first I just had to stop, jump ahead to the future , calm down, get frustrated again, jump again . Finally realized ; hey ! This is time travel. Went back to the agony and road along to discover the ecstasy. Can Mathew foretell the future?
I can not wait for the next edition!
"Max Is Able To Recover In Spite of Everything"
Whew! I read this book with the same enthusiasm I've read the other seven in this series and all the books written by Jodi Taylor. I must say that they one had me feeling very lost midway through when Clive Roman showed up and then disappeared again. The Time Police are the ones who interfered in what was to be a mutually agreed upon surrender of Clive to Max. Instead they show up and Clive takes off in his pod but not until he threatens Max with 'I will kill everyone you love but you will live to suffer.' how awful is that? I worried all through the book that Leon was gone forever but learned a great deal about the Battle at Hastings and how William the Conqueror became King of England. It is always amazing to me how a historian like Jodi Taylor can write such books with such humor. What starts out as an unhappy set of circumstances turns out to be okay in the end. Read these books in order, you need to know the characters from the first book to understand the significance of things in each subsequent book. Book 8 wraps up some things left hanging in earlier books. It is a great read and a great listen. The narrator is terrific and is the voice of St. Mary's. Zara Ramm is wonderful!
Fabulous writing, as always! However, this book was considerably darker than previous ones in the series. I have no illusions that history is/was pretty, but some of the violence was a bit too graphic for me.
I loved this one... get ready for an adventure on an emotional roller coaster of a ride, that includes several laugh out loud moments!!!
"Love Jodi Taylor !"
As usual, Jodi Taylor does not disappoint . You do have to start at the beginning of the Chronicles of St Mary's series .
Highly recommend this series - cleverly written and good humor interspersed with dramatic adventure . Time travel at its best.
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