It's Christmas Eve at St Mary's. And all through the house. Nothing is stirring.... Except for Max, Peterson, and Markham, sneaking out at midnight for an assignment that is very definitely off the books.
It was ten years ago tonight that senior historians Bashford and Grey went missing in 12th century Jerusalem. So how did they end up in AD 60 Roman Colchester?
Max has a theory. Peterson has a plan. Markham has bacon sandwiches. Colchester has Boudicca and her bloodthirsty Iceni hordes.
And then there's the giant pig...the enraged, giant pig....
Jodi Taylor is and always has been a history nut. Her disinclination to get out of bed for anything after 1485 can only be overcome by massive amounts of chocolate, and sometimes, if it's raining, not even then. She wanted to write a book about time travel that was a little different and, not having a clue how difficult this would make her book to classify, went ahead and slung in elements of history, adventure, comedy, romance, tragedy, and anything else she could think of. Her advice to booksellers is to buy huge numbers of her books and just put one on every shelf.
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Great story as expected. What I didn't expect was, as I'm lying here at midnight unable to sleep due to it being the hottest UK July night on record, to be made to feel Christmassy! Make of that what you will...
Max! Zara Ramm really brings her to life!
Yes, it's short enough for one long-ish car journey.
I really like that this short story was made available to add another facet to the overall series. I always enjoy learning more about the background of characters and this was the perfect platform.
Something no one expected, there's no clue to it in any of the full length books. I wonder if the ramifications will be included in No Time like the Past or any of the future full length books.
I have to admit it was a marvel to listen to and a perfect Christmas present for Guthrie.
I haven't read the print version of Jodi Taylor's Chronicle of St Mary's series so I can't say. However I can't imagine the print version being better as the audio is superb.
Other than the rest of the series ... nothing really.
Everything! She is absolutely perfect in her rendering.
This is a short story so yes, I listened to it right through.
If you haven't read / listened to the Chronicles of St Mary's I really urge you to give them a go if you like clean, informative about history, and laugh out loud funny!
The books can be read as stand alone but I advise you to start at the beginning and work through in order as the story line and characters develop with each book. You'll be hooked after the first one. I was, and am eagerly awaiting the audio version of Book 5!
Yet another great little short story from the St Mary's series. Very enjoyable and a nice little fill in in between books.
Another brilliant short story from the St Marys crew. I do not get bored of these books and Zara Ramms delivery is brilliant.
"A good ending"
Well written with appearances by your favorite characters. You figure the ending will be disappointing, but it isn't.
"A nice addition to the series"
Very exciting St. Mary's short story. Love the usual St. Mary's humor and excellent narration by Zara Ramm. I do so love this series, especially on audio. I listened to this after book 6, but it takes place before, and so it filled in the blanks on the presence of some historians that are re-introduced in that book. It was fun to see where they came from but it might have been less confusing if I had read this one before book 6 (where I was scratching my head wondering why I couldn't remember these characters). Very strong for a short story.
"Time Travel Fluff"
I may be calling this fluff, but I'll fess up that I love it. It's silly, fun and a great read. Enjoy it!
"Cute, but too short"
Almost a foreword. Over before it started. Leave it to St. Mary's to keep you wanting more.
"As always, Jodi Taylor rocks"
Highly recommend EVERY volume in the St Mary's Chronicles. You will love the characters , the history , humor & adventure . Very cleverly written , & ZARA RAMM is simply superb .
"Short...but can't complain about the price"
Jodi Taylor writes fairly madcap time travelling adventures. These very short stand-alone stories sit in that world and offer an entertaining escape from reality. Best of all, they're free!
Tough to compare it with anything.
I guess Jodi Taylor books have that same whacky humour you get from Douglas Adams...and maybe Ben Elton.
"Great fun. Still smiling."
Writing this just after finishing the listen. I wouldn't have been able to give a verbal review right now, due to my persistent ear to ear smile that just won't go away.
A short story chock-full of Jodi Taylor's delightful irreverent humor, fast paced action and (of course) interesting history. Marvelous. No - still cant stop smiling...
"Christmas Present by Jodi Taylor"
Fun, action packed ... characters I could relate to and care about, all wrapped up in time travel and history .... delightfully humorous as well ... I will look for more St Mary's episodes. Enjoyed the narrator's lively and captivating reading ... I was transported.
"Another funny, enjoyable St. Mary's story"
It's Christmas Eve at St. Mary's Priory, and nothing is stirring at all--except that Max, Peterson, and Markham are off on another unauthorized assignment, this time to rescue senior historians Bashford and Grey, who vanished in 12th century Jerusalem ten years ago. (St. Mary's researches important historical events in contemporary time; don't call it "time travel." That would be vulgar!)
The missing historians aren't 12th century Jerusalem; that at least is clear. But Max has a theory, Peterson has a plan, and Markham is supplying the crucial bacon sandwiches. (Markham, a security officer, has been their best provisioner from the beginning.) It'll be a quick in and out, and correctly timed, they'll be snatching Bashford and Grey from where they've only just been dumped. What could possibly go wrong?
This is the St. Mary's crew, and the answer is everything. And it doesn't stem from lack of professionalism, preparation, or intelligence. On the contrary!
No, it's just a combination of professional historical curiosity and being natural magnets for trouble. Also the fact that everywhere they go is historically important--in this case, right into a major battle in Boudiccea's rebellion against the Romans...
Their determination and Max's sidewise view of their challenges and sry sense of humor make these stories hard to resist.
I bought this audiobook.
"A trio of presents from St. Marys"
The Chronicles of St. Mary’s is Jodi Taylor’s madcap series about a set of time traveling British historians. A few months ago I read Just one damned thing after another which is the first in the series. Audible offered several short Christmas stories in the same series as freebies. So, I snatched them up and put them away as a present to myself for this holiday season. Here is one review of all three stories:
You should listen to Christmas Present first as it sets up the next story. Max, Peterson and Markham set out to rescue two historians on the 10th anniversary of their disappearance. In shades of It’s a Wonderful Life, Mrs Paterson (aka Clio, the Muse of History) presents Max with a vision that sets in motion this Christmas Eve adventure.
Ships & Stings & Wedding Rings is next up. It has been one year since Max and her team rescued Elspeth Gray. Both women are about to reminded that actions have consequences and you can’t always get want (but sometimes you get what you need). The sweet ending with Max and Leon reminded me of O. Henry’s The Gift of The Magi.
Finally we have When a Child Is Born. As Clio played a role in the earlier story, History itself does so here. For those unfamiliar with the St. Mary Chronicles, history is a sentient entity who can stop interference by the time traveling historians. In this case, however, History itself steers Max and her crew to ensure a particular outcome. Enlightening as well as entertaining.
These three are well worth acquiring and jump starting you into the season. Happy Holidays!
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