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Summary

A Chronicles of St Mary's short story that is sure to entertain. If you love Jasper Fforde or Ben Aaronovitch, you won't be able to resist Jodi Taylor.

Includes bonus St Mary's escapades 'Desiccated Water' and 'Markham and the Anal Probing' - never before heard in audio - and original introductions read by the author herself.

'Max, your father is here. He's come to take Matthew away.'

Have you ever wondered what would happen if Max's husband met Max's father? What would Leon do?

They're normally a fairly amiable bunch, but this is the story of what to expect if St Mary's doesn't like someone. As in, really doesn't like someone. Warning: contains a unit-wide criminal enterprise, a great deal of illegal activity and a sad misuse of public resources. All the things a father will do to protect his family.

It is also a story of revenge. Because this is payback - St Mary's style.

Bonus stories

'Desiccated Water' - Professor Rapson breaks astonishing new ground with his latest feat of scientific invention.

'Markham and the Anal Probing' - when Markham disappears in the middle of nowhere, Max jumps to the only logical conclusion: alien abduction.

©2019 Jodi Taylor (P)2019 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

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  • Jo
  • 05-09-19

Another rollocking grest read from Jodi Taylor

Jodi Taylor can do no wrong. everything she writes is fantastic. Zara Ramm is perfect and must never be let go as the narrator!
To truly understand why Leon and St Mary's treated John Maxwell as they did you would need to have read the series. if you haven't then start immediately you will not regret it!
Thank you Jodi you're a wonder and we love you!

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Another Great Story from Jodi

I love the books but her short stories are little gems. Here we have another written to the same high standard.

Zara Ram is a brilliant narrator and her tone is perfect for Jodi's writing.

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short stories

i have to say the wait was worth it. this is one of the funniest collections ever. max's father gets his just desserts pand it fills in a lot of things in other stories from Leon's point of view.

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Author's Interludes Annoying

The brief interludes by the author herself cast a shadow over the good stories themselves. The author writes very well with humorous insight and creativity. She does not read well as a narrator. The rest however as usual, was read beautifully by Zara Ramm.

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Another superb offering

Brilliant Jodi Taylor book
Faultless narration by Zara Ramm

I’ve run out of superlatives so thank you both will have to do
Please buy this , it’s like getting a new comfy sweater , it envelops you and you can’t do with out it

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When did you last see your father.

Yet another of the chronicles of At Mary's. I am a huge fan of Jodi Taylor's St Mary's stories. No matter if short or long they are all good. They take one out of this time and drop you in another. And with all that's going on in the world of 2020 it's nice to escape it to another time entirely. Not that they don't have their own issues to deal with but they tend to be passed issues no the present ones. So step outside this awful timezone and allow a pod to transport you into an adventure. You'll either love it or hate it but you'll never know if you don't give in to your curiosity 😉

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Marvellous!!

Up to the usual stellar standards .
Fills in a little of what we already suspect about Max’s childhood .

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Weird to have “Max” reading Leon’s life story...

It continued to feel weird throughout, though eventually I got into the story, but it would definitely have been much less confusing if Leon had been voiced by a man.

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Slightly odd one

One significant short story here, plus a few odd snippets. It is important to be very familiar with the St Mary's world, arguably both worlds. Without it the main story will not make any sense. Zara Ramm is still excellent.

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Entertaining as usual.

One longish and 2 short stories. Longish, revenge is sweet!!! Brought to mind Dr Hook's ' You got me on milk and alcohol' .

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  • Glitterific
  • 20-10-19

Interesting Combination of Fiction and Biography

I always love full CSM novels and these short story collections one can snack on between the full books are also terrific. In addition to hearing more of Leon’s story, which happens rarely (who could possibly quiet Max enough to hear from him?), the listener gets to hear directly from Taylor herself telling a bit of the story behind the story. It was a little confusing at first, but once I caught up with the program it was smooth sailing and fun.

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  • mumsy
  • 28-10-19

Jodi and Zara do it again.

Another terrific collaboration. Jodi's stories are always brilliant as is Zara's narration. Can't wait for the next one.

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  • IreneMBBT
  • 09-09-19

Bittersweet revenge

OMG! Taylor always makes me laugh. From the Dramatis Thingummy forward...
Story 1: When did you last see your Father?
I’m not sure that I found the story enjoyable as much as it was satisfying. Leon takes action to get Max a bit of justice for the abuse she suffered as a child at the hands of her father. Dr Maxwell comes to St Mary’s to threaten Max with taking away her son. Yes, he’s being manipulated by Ronan, but DrM is enjoying doing it. Even in Leon’s detailing of the steps taken by multiple St Mary’s coworkers, we still get to enjoy Taylor’s quirky brand of humor;)
The audiobook has two additional short, short stories:
Story 2: Dessicated Water
Do I need to say anything?
Story 3: Markham and the anal probing
Markham, Peterson and Maxwell run an errand for Dr Bairstow. Guess which two miss tea time.
Ramm does a good job of narration.
Recommend.

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  • Corinne Brisbois
  • 20-02-20

half the book is old news

when paying for 2+ hours of a new book, I don't want a 45+ minute recap/intro ...not worth the $, and I've always loved this series...very disappointing

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  • Anthony
  • 11-01-20

You are not alone

This is one of my favorite stories, it really gives me a sense of what everyone should have in their lives. Friends that will at the drop of a hat stop everything to help a friend in trouble. Narration as always is great.

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  • Lori L. Flemming
  • 25-09-19

Good God !

never one to miss any of the adventures of St. Mary's. this is ,funny ,informative ,and well read ! Jodi Taylor , I wish we could meet over a drnk or two .

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  • Eirin Mikalsen Orum
  • 21-09-21

Possibly the best short story collection out there

If you know your St.Mary's, the first of these stories must impress the bell out of you! So psychologically astute, so we'll painted, so respectful and still so deliciously irreverent and laughable I look forward to listening to it again and again to pick up on all the strands of unconventional and creative brilliance, not to mention the examples well worth following!

The other two stories lack the depth and foreshadowing (can't wait to find out more about Leon's dad!), but in their brevity still displaying oodles of laughs and that warm feeling engendered my recognizing beloved characters and getting additional details to add to their histories and interaction.

I love this series so much, and am so grateful for every chance to spend time inside Jodi's brain!

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  • Joan Zak
  • 10-09-21

Fun short stories

Jodi Taylor is always entertaining. The first story is fairly long. The other two are fun snippets.

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  • Jackie
  • 24-08-21

disappointment

I love the series but this was a huge disappointment. boring. not enjoyable in the least

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  • roseanna banana
  • 04-08-21

Wonderful books

Jodi Taylor has such a knack for telling stories and writing characters. She is my favorite author by far. Zara Ramm does just a magnificent job performing these books. I am forever grateful. I came on these books late in the game. I hope I never catch up to her. Thank you.