Lies, Damned Lies, and History (The Chronicles of St Mary's, #7)
'I've done some stupid things in my time. I've been reckless. I've broken a few rules. But never before have I ruined so many lives or left such a trail of destruction behind me.'As Max would be the first to admit, she's never been one for rules. They tend to happen to other people. But this time she's gone too far and everyone is paying the price.Grounded until the end of time, how can she ever put things right?

Lies, Damned Lies, and History (The Chronicles of St Mary's, #7) Details

TitleLies, Damned Lies, and History (The Chronicles of St Mary's, #7)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 19th, 2016
PublisherAccent Press
ISBN-139781910939000
Rating
GenreScience Fiction, Time Travel, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical, Historical Fiction

Lies, Damned Lies, and History (The Chronicles of St Mary's, #7) Review

  • Bradley
    January 1, 1970
    What? A total guilty pleasure that doesn't have much to do with romance, vampires, or werewolves? One that reads so easy and so effortlessly and so addictively you might want to classify this as a class A substance?And OMG we're ALL able to abuse this shit?Yeah, we are. Just for the price of a book or a whole damn series. Including short stories. We can GET OUR FIX.What's even better? Oh yeah, it's SF, time travel, and SO MUCH HISTORY for all us history buffs. :) Total history-porn.Oh, and of co What? A total guilty pleasure that doesn't have much to do with romance, vampires, or werewolves? One that reads so easy and so effortlessly and so addictively you might want to classify this as a class A substance?And OMG we're ALL able to abuse this shit?Yeah, we are. Just for the price of a book or a whole damn series. Including short stories. We can GET OUR FIX.What's even better? Oh yeah, it's SF, time travel, and SO MUCH HISTORY for all us history buffs. :) Total history-porn.Oh, and of course we've still got our favorite characters just jumping blindly into the past where they're able to get into so much damn trouble just because history isn't safe. I mean, is *any* time safe? Of course not... but we have to sigh and reconcile ourselves to the fact that Historians are idiots.Seriously. Idiots.Fortunately, it's hard to stay angry at them, even when they jump into several English wars, get into serious trouble with Arthur, become a pawn in Dr. Bairstow's games, even having Max think her last jump before maternity leave would be an easy Stonehenge reveal, but no. Of course, no. Any fan of this series is going to be sitting on the edge of his or her seat and wondering what dire and/or absolutely horrible event is going to happen next, and while I might be a pussycat in real life and wish to tell you what horrors await you in order to steel yourself to the tragedy... well, I won't. I'm mean on occasion. Or often. Who knows?But this is where the tears start falling... or do they? This author is really, really mean. :)And AWESOME. This is some great storytelling with really dry humor and great history and great characters and really mean and fast plots. :) Why aren't more people reading this? It's totally entertaining as hell. :)
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  • Choko
    January 1, 1970
    *** 4.44 ***This series is pure delight! After all the horrors of the first several books, the new timeline restart has really made a big difference, especially when it comes to Max and Leon's relationship. More precisely, it has improved dramatically! Max is pretty much the same old wild and crazy hilarious Historian, but Leon has been transformed into the best husband ever! He has developed the miraculous ability to be able to separate his personal and professional personas, and I think this i *** 4.44 ***This series is pure delight! After all the horrors of the first several books, the new timeline restart has really made a big difference, especially when it comes to Max and Leon's relationship. More precisely, it has improved dramatically! Max is pretty much the same old wild and crazy hilarious Historian, but Leon has been transformed into the best husband ever! He has developed the miraculous ability to be able to separate his personal and professional personas, and I think this is what will save them as a couple, because as a coworker Max is a wildcard who takes reckless actions and half-baked decisions putting her life in danger at all times, and Leon is a saint not having strangled her with frustration and for her own safety hundred times over.... And instead of keeping her pumped up with narcotics and keeping her in a cage, while at home and off the clock this wonderful man finds ways to be there for her crazy ass and do anything to make her feel better and safe. I want a husband like Leon, please! In this book a young Historian gets emotional and Max and Peterson, being the good and loyal pals that they are, support him in a very bad and illegal plan, which puts not only their jobs in jeopardy, but the whole operation of St. Mary's Institute comes under fire, scrutiny, and is threatened with being shut down... How the heck are they going to get out of this mess? On top of that, they have couple of intense jumps in 6th century Britain, some very sad details from the coronation of King George - my heart broke for Princess Caroline, and even a soaking during a crossing in the thirteen century of King John... And Max is pregnant throughout, just making everyone uncomfortable with the idea that they might have to assist with delivery at any time... Nothing ever goes right in St. Mary's and if it wasn't for bad luck they would have no luck at all... I find myself rooting for those screw-ups more and more, thinking of them as friends, experiencing all the ups and downs with them, even shedding some tears among the laughter. There are the ever present bad guys who seem to exist just so they can make our gang's lives miserable. But we also have some new teammates who seem to be made for life in the weird lane where St. Mary's resides permanently. Thank goodness for Dr. B, always plotting like a chess champion, keeping things if not regular, at least still rolling... I really hope I can encourage more people to read this series, because it is a very enjoyable and well written Time-travel Alternative History treat for the historically inclined. And the characters are very very likable! You guys have to check it out! 😉😋😎!Now I wish you all Happy Reading and many more wonderful books to come! 😁
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  • Trish
    January 1, 1970
    This rollercoaster event was proudly presented to you by Oscar the ringworm and carnivorous goats. :DInterestingly enough this book and the events therein reminded me strongly of book #1. What I mean is that there was quite a number of events leading the reader this way and that, throwing us around (not just through time) and making it impossible to breathe or foresee where this was going. In the beginning there is a pregnant Max who is on "light duty". I must say I was as put out as she was by This rollercoaster event was proudly presented to you by Oscar the ringworm and carnivorous goats. :DInterestingly enough this book and the events therein reminded me strongly of book #1. What I mean is that there was quite a number of events leading the reader this way and that, throwing us around (not just through time) and making it impossible to breathe or foresee where this was going. In the beginning there is a pregnant Max who is on "light duty". I must say I was as put out as she was by this because we missed out on the battle in the Teutoburg Forest where a Roman legion was smashed to bits and pieces. It's one of my favourite moments in history so I would have been delighted to read the author's vivid take on it instead of going to witness the embarrassing last moments of Caroline von Brunswick!After that, we get to see none other than Arthur Pendragon (those chapters were again wonderful, even though there is very little historical information), we have a plan going horribly wrong although everything went exactly right, then disaster hits St. Mary's and all the things that made it cozy and wonderful in the past are gone, leaving a dreary place that made me want to scream! But, naturally, our favourite bunch of time travellers has a "plan" at some point (but boy was it tough to get there) and a few people actually learn a lesson. Unfortunately, others don't. *sigh*Oh, and another jump leads back to the origin of Stonehenge and it was dreamy and very impressive.It really was a rollercoaster ride what with the different things happening, everything being somehow connected, the ups and downs in personal relationships (I was ready to murder certain people), new situations arising from the aforementioned disaster, ... The worst part, emotionally, was when Ronan showed up. Seriously, I will never ever waste my time again trying to feel pity or sympathy for a bad guy. After what happened in this book, the way he will die (which we know from one of the previous books - timey wimey stuff is complicated sometimes) seems too easy and not in any way gruesome enough. It made me rage, it made me dispair, it made me mentally kick myself for ever feeling for this *peep*! I wish he could get killed more than once!Since this books was mostly about Max herself as well as her family life and the foundation for her and Leon's future, this was less about the history bits although they were included. The descriptions of ancient times were vivid as ever and there were a lot of funny moments to lighten the mood, but it was obvious that the main focus was on the relationship between the various characters. From always-deviously-planning Dr. Bairstow, to the new historians from the last book, to Prof. Rapson and Dr. Dowson (who saved me emotionally during the dreary phase), to Leon who almost appeared to be as bad as the one from timeline 1 for a while, to ... actually, all of them had their moment in the light in this one and it was fantastic. Just like (view spoiler)[them all doing something for the baby. (hide spoiler)] Not to mention what must have been necessary for (view spoiler)[Leon to do and threaten the Time Police so they'd go and find Max and bring her back (hide spoiler)]! But the best surprise of all was given to us by none other than Mr. Markham! Boy, I really like him and he had a few very distinct scenes in this one showing his other/deeper side so I am now sitting here, grinning like an idiot, remembering the very last thing he says in this book.Therefore, although I'm sad it's now over until book #8 is published next year (yes, I know, there is one more short story to go and another one to be released around Christmas but still), it was very satisfying. Excruciating, maddening but also hilarious and endearing - just like St. Mary's always is. And there are still a lot of mysteries to explore (not to mention all the other historical moments we haven't seen yet) so I really hope the author will give us many more books in this series. And I dearly hope that the impeccable Zara Ramm will keep narrating them!P.S.: I hope that (view spoiler)[what old man Leon said does NOT mean what I fear it means (hide spoiler)]
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  • Richard Derus
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 4* of fiveOh happy, happy sigh. Series book reading is a special corner of the larger literary marketplace. A serial series-book reader craves the comfort level of familiar faces but requires that story still take place, therefore tribulation and torment and so on be inflicted on our pals.It's a little like being married, or as I recall that exceedingly unnatural institution anyway: Fun is had in the schadenfreude of the moment of maximum chaos, confusion, and disorder, before a new but Rating: 4* of fiveOh happy, happy sigh. Series book reading is a special corner of the larger literary marketplace. A serial series-book reader craves the comfort level of familiar faces but requires that story still take place, therefore tribulation and torment and so on be inflicted on our pals.It's a little like being married, or as I recall that exceedingly unnatural institution anyway: Fun is had in the schadenfreude of the moment of maximum chaos, confusion, and disorder, before a new but very similar order emerges to give the world a spurious appearance of continuity.I've had pitchers of this Kool-Aid and I'm coming back for more.
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    What to say.?! By this point in the series you must enjoy the mad shenanigans, quick- wit repartee, the way everything seems better after a cuppa and just plain FUN that these books are. I did!
  • Maria Dimitrova
    January 1, 1970
    Buddy Read with the Honorary Historians of BB&B.The way this started made me chew my nails for about half the book. And then just as I was taking a breath and despairing of what my manicurist is going to say next time I have an appointment things somehow managed to get worse. By this time I should have known better as to let my guard down. If you've gotten to this point of the series, you're already familiar with the rather formulaic way the plot develops - jump, disaster in the past, disas Buddy Read with the Honorary Historians of BB&B.The way this started made me chew my nails for about half the book. And then just as I was taking a breath and despairing of what my manicurist is going to say next time I have an appointment things somehow managed to get worse. By this time I should have known better as to let my guard down. If you've gotten to this point of the series, you're already familiar with the rather formulaic way the plot develops - jump, disaster in the past, disaster in the present caused either by what the historians did during the jump or in the past as in the recent past (no pods involved), suffering the consequences and then another jump to fix things. The consequences were almost too much for St Mary's to deal with. I felt so desolate at times and just when I thought things can't deteriorate more Max and Peterson showed that they do have some redeeming qualities, professionally speaking. So just when I thought "hey things turned out pretty well" i realized we're only halfway through the book. Imagine my trepidation waiting for the next disaster to hit. Waiting and waiting and when I was thinking that maybe this time we'll just get to enjoy some of St Mary's down time with no major troubles Clive Ronan showed up and sent my heart rate rocketing again. I won't say much but (view spoiler)[I'm glad the time Police was spared a few books ago. (hide spoiler)]The ending was very sweet and with that last little nugget by Markham I'm quite intrigued by what the next instalment will present us.
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  • Robin (Bridge Four)
    January 1, 1970
    This series has really grown on me which is sorta amazing since at book 3 I was totally ready to give up on the entire thing. Not only have the plot lines gotten significantly better but the author has figured out how to cause drama in the story without making the love interest characters have some detrimental communication driven catastrophe befall them.The best part of this story for me has always been the moments in time that the characters go back to and seeing a historic event in a new ligh This series has really grown on me which is sorta amazing since at book 3 I was totally ready to give up on the entire thing. Not only have the plot lines gotten significantly better but the author has figured out how to cause drama in the story without making the love interest characters have some detrimental communication driven catastrophe befall them.The best part of this story for me has always been the moments in time that the characters go back to and seeing a historic event in a new light. The most significant thus far is the trip back to the time of Arthur and his knights. For one I never realized the Author, Excalibur and the Nights of the Round table was based on a real figure from history (this is one of those times I feel like a stupid American in my utter lack of historical knowledge past the American Revolution). Seeing a possible way that he could travel in and save the day for various communities was great and I was possibly the funniest solution to fighting in a battle that the St. Mary’s men have ever come up with.This series still suffers from some really choppy sequencing sometimes and I’m a linear thinker so at times it is difficult for me to figure out the flow of the story when sometimes we are present day and other times we are in the past, the past past and the freaking super far past.Max and Leon really are getting this whole marriage thing down and bravo to Leon for supporting a pregnant Max and accepting her traipsing through time with their unborn son. You know her really wants to lock her up in a room at St Mary’s and make sure she is safe and sound forever. But it seems that he has found a way to deal with Max his marriage and St. Mary’s. I think they will be okay. ‘As Chief Technical Officer I am angrier than I can possibly say. That you could do such a thing beggars belief.’ I unfolded my arms and prepared to disembowel him. He continued. ‘As your husband, I am mildly exasperated at your inability to stay out of trouble. At this particular moment, I am this unit’s CTO. Later tonight I will be your husband. All right?’ Wow to some of the stuff that happened in this book though. I mean the stuff with Roland near the end was really heart stopping and I almost cheated and looked at the blurb for the next book just to get a clue as to how much trouble Max and babe were really in.Really it has been some fantastic moments in time and I’m loving the direction the series has taken.
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  • Alexandra
    January 1, 1970
    Can't wait for the next one!
  • Kaitlin
    January 1, 1970
    King Arthur, stealing swords, a whole load of bad luck, and time travel. What more could you wish for in a jolly good book? This series continues to enchant and charm me and this book was just so much fun. I found myself really getting into the story twists and there were many fabulous character moments which made me smile and even outright laugh (which doesn't happen that often tbh!)Once more we're following Max, but this time she and her team have just gone too far and the adventure that start King Arthur, stealing swords, a whole load of bad luck, and time travel. What more could you wish for in a jolly good book? This series continues to enchant and charm me and this book was just so much fun. I found myself really getting into the story twists and there were many fabulous character moments which made me smile and even outright laugh (which doesn't happen that often tbh!)Once more we're following Max, but this time she and her team have just gone too far and the adventure that starts out so well quickly becomes a nightmare that means they may all lose their jobs. max and her team are Historians, they travel through time documenting and recording history to find out the truth behind the legends. What I adore about these is the pure light-hearted fun the characters have and the fact that even in the worst of situations there is ALWAYS time for a cup of tea. These books delight me and make me smile, and for me that is the sign of a very good read. 4*s :) Highly recommend the whole series to-date and I am eagerly anticipating the next book to be released!!!
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  • Michael Campbell
    January 1, 1970
    This is probably the wittiest book in the series since the first couple installments. I'm getting over the plot holes at this point, because let's be honest, there's not a bit of fiction on time travel without plot holes. The history in this book actually taught me a few things I didn't know, and I also felt some suspense in the plot. She's obviously witty and clever, and I found myself chuckling fairly often. It's hard to review a book in a series like this, because I feel like I'm saying the s This is probably the wittiest book in the series since the first couple installments. I'm getting over the plot holes at this point, because let's be honest, there's not a bit of fiction on time travel without plot holes. The history in this book actually taught me a few things I didn't know, and I also felt some suspense in the plot. She's obviously witty and clever, and I found myself chuckling fairly often. It's hard to review a book in a series like this, because I feel like I'm saying the same things over and over. I sincerely doubt if you've made it this far, that you won't enjoy this book.Also, thanks to Maja for this wonderful Christmas present!
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  • Courtney
    January 1, 1970
    This will be an entire review from books 1-7, excluding the Novellas. Overview: This was an enjoyable series and I highly recommend if for people that like historical fiction. While the series was interesting and refreshing, it had some faults that made me rate it a three stars out of five stars. I do have more "negative" things to say about the book, but that shouldn't deter anyone from reading them. Good: Jodi Taylor did a splendid job capturing the past. Each book had completely different jum This will be an entire review from books 1-7, excluding the Novellas. Overview: This was an enjoyable series and I highly recommend if for people that like historical fiction. While the series was interesting and refreshing, it had some faults that made me rate it a three stars out of five stars. I do have more "negative" things to say about the book, but that shouldn't deter anyone from reading them. Good: Jodi Taylor did a splendid job capturing the past. Each book had completely different jumps with my favorites being Stonehenge, Saudi Arabia, and the Cretaceous period. I appreciate the liberties she didn't take. Many of these locations has myths and legends surrounding them (in particular Troy) and she didn't run wild with them. She presented logical explanations for why certain things happened. She did a good job including some more recent events (i.e the 1800's) that aren't as well known. The characters were fun. The friendship between Max, Petersen, and Markham was great. Each character had their own aspects and brought different things to the series. I didn't really have a favorite character, but I thought Rosie Lee and Miss North were the most interesting. I did like the inclusion of the Kleio and wished she had more appearances and went by something other than Mrs. Partridge. The romance of the books were okay. Surprisingly, A Trail Through Time was my favorite and the one that concentrated on the romance the most. However, this was due more to them jumping up and down the timeline rather than the relationship. The villains of the book was unique as well. There were two main antagonist and there is a hint of a third. I particularly liked the concept of the time police. People that are suppose to be protecting the past, yet don't really care about it. I hope that with Captain Ellis, this will change. Needs Improvement: I was bothered quite a bit by the intense focus on European history. There were ~5 jumps per book. Over 7 books this would be ~35 jumps that we saw(one again this is excluding the novellas). Out of 35 jumps we went to Egypt 3 times, Saudi Arabia once, and Mauritius once. Subtracting the two cretaceous jumps that leaves us with 5/33 jumps in other locations besides Europe. Three of which were in the same country. If I were Thirsk and a historian at St. Mary's I would want to visit more unknown locations. Go the Mayas. Visit the Incas. Even more annoying was how often the jumps were to a location in Britain, France, Italy, and Greece (well technically Asia Minor, but it was a Greek city). The characters didn't develop. Over how many years (which is another pet peeve) they didn't develop. Max is still making reckless decisions. She isn't bothering to communicate with her partner. She treats her friends the same, making the same jokes. It took 6 books and how many novellas for her to marry Leon. I disliked how often we just spent time with Petersen and Markham. Leon is rarely seen (except for A Travel Through Time) and it took me several books to figure out who Prentiss and Clerk were. Each book was unique and some of them did a great job mixing it up ( A Trail Through Time and What Could Possibly Go Wrong?), but it became repetitive. I would say over 60% of the time the jumps went horribly wrong somehow. Whether it was deaths or hijacking. The same jokes were made all through out the series. I swear every 6 pages Max was saying something like "well we are St. Marys and we do love our tea" or something like that. One last comment (added on 12/20/2016): What on earth did Thirsk do with the information St. Mary's gave them? How would they publish it? How would they credit it? "And our time travelling historians that nobody knows about gathered this information". I don't think I'd really work. What I hope happens in future books: *establishment of Saint Mary's * A timeline. What year is it? How old is Max? The first book took place over 5 years. How many years as it been since then? *More info about Leon * More Kalinda Black
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  • Veronique
    January 1, 1970
    Another great instalment in the Chronicles, or should I say Tribulations, of St Mary’s. This time we get a quick look at Arthur and even visit Stonehenge. As entertaining as these historical visits are, it is really the characters that time and again win you over, and their interactions with each other. That and Taylor’s writing skill. Yes, she entertains you with humour and thrilling scenes, throwing you relentlessly from one thing to another, lulling you, but then every so often she shows her Another great instalment in the Chronicles, or should I say Tribulations, of St Mary’s. This time we get a quick look at Arthur and even visit Stonehenge. As entertaining as these historical visits are, it is really the characters that time and again win you over, and their interactions with each other. That and Taylor’s writing skill. Yes, she entertains you with humour and thrilling scenes, throwing you relentlessly from one thing to another, lulling you, but then every so often she shows her true evil colours, sneaking in some truly terrible events that will make your heart beat faster, put your hands over your face (sporting a sheer look of horror), and scream 'noooooooooooo!’. And once you've recovered, after a little while, you'll be hooked and counting how long until your next fix! Resistance is futile :O)
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  • John
    January 1, 1970
    Another good 'un, with moments scary and hysterically funny. Taylor really knows how to build suspense in both types of situation. I'll admit that I had my fingers crossed at one point that she wasn't going to go for a dark resolution....should have known better.Quotable quote:Pathetically hopeful, she said, 'Am I a historian?' 'Well, you're in a pod. You're wearing 13th century clothing stained with someone else's blood. You stink of beer and horse shit. Your hair is coming down. You've split y Another good 'un, with moments scary and hysterically funny. Taylor really knows how to build suspense in both types of situation. I'll admit that I had my fingers crossed at one point that she wasn't going to go for a dark resolution....should have known better.Quotable quote:Pathetically hopeful, she said, 'Am I a historian?' 'Well, you're in a pod. You're wearing 13th century clothing stained with someone else's blood. You stink of beer and horse shit. Your hair is coming down. You've split your lip and your nose is bleeding. I'd say you've nailed it.'
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  • Melanie (Mel's Bookland Adventures)
    January 1, 1970
    My favourite in the entire series
  • Rodrigo Acuna
    January 1, 1970
    "The history of decline and commercialisation"Here we go, I will probably offend many Jodi Taylor fans with what I will write, but it must be said, book five was a stretch of plot and humor book seven is just regurgitated pulp, she has nothing new to say, the adventures in the past are repetitive at best and the humor is puerile, not giving the characters any chance to grow or develop. In a crime story at least you get a new crime, here we go into the past it all turns into a mess, we return to "The history of decline and commercialisation"Here we go, I will probably offend many Jodi Taylor fans with what I will write, but it must be said, book five was a stretch of plot and humor book seven is just regurgitated pulp, she has nothing new to say, the adventures in the past are repetitive at best and the humor is puerile, not giving the characters any chance to grow or develop. In a crime story at least you get a new crime, here we go into the past it all turns into a mess, we return to make a mess again then fix the mess and a small development in Max’s relationship, end of the book.Jodi Taylor is a very good writer stuck in a contract, she needs to expand on a period or find a plot that is less constrictive by the need to run around and act stupid, Max by now should be more interesting with some depth of character not just the “ I am a historian” line to explain all her shortcomings; nerdiness is cute for one or two books, more than that is just laziness. Her period descriptions are excellent and interesting but they never last or go into any complication that is purely violent or juvenile.I bought this book on sale and I would not recommend paying full price, you are getting a commercial product to satisfy demand but not the soul.
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  • Denise
    January 1, 1970
    Fun antics per usual at St. Mary's. A good series as a palate cleanser between books with intense action or intricately plotted books. Taylor has a gift for funny reparte between characters.
  • Jacey
    January 1, 1970
    If you’ve been following my booklogs you’ll realise that I’ve read all seven of the St Mary’s books in the space of just over a week, plus the five available short stories. To say I’ve enjoyed them would be an understatement. The mayhem caused by the time-travelling historians of St Mary’s, disaster magnets all, have been immensely amusing—just plain fun.. To begin with Max and her partners in crime (literally this time) Peterson and Markham are in deep trouble, having done the wrong thing for t If you’ve been following my booklogs you’ll realise that I’ve read all seven of the St Mary’s books in the space of just over a week, plus the five available short stories. To say I’ve enjoyed them would be an understatement. The mayhem caused by the time-travelling historians of St Mary’s, disaster magnets all, have been immensely amusing—just plain fun.. To begin with Max and her partners in crime (literally this time) Peterson and Markham are in deep trouble, having done the wrong thing for the right reasons – or maybe it was the right thing… but no one else sees it that way, It all starts when they accidentally get caught up in a battle involving (King) Arthur and spot an opportunity. Things go sour. They try to set it right and end up almost under house arrest. Regardless of her burgeoning pregnancy Max tries to make amends with another wild scheme. It would have worked out well without Max’s arch-enemy Ronan stepping in. There’s a real race against time at the end.Whether there will be more to come after this book remains to be seen, but Ms Taylor has left some nice loose ends, although she pretty much sets Max down at the beginning of a new phase in her life. There are still plenty of opportunities for more, however. Oh, and there’s a nice little twist right at the end that made me smile. I highly recommend the whole series – but read them in order.
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  • Richard Eyres
    January 1, 1970
    Another excellent instalment in the series. A lot of twist and turns in the book - taking us to many historical events. OK, the start of the book was a little shaky - but how we got there was good.The ending is a roller coster - and there is a certain someone i want to see very bad things happen to.The downside is i now have to wait like everyone else for the next book in the series. Good news for Jodi Taylor is that i will be pre-ordering it in Kindle and Audible.If you want a light, fun, inter Another excellent instalment in the series. A lot of twist and turns in the book - taking us to many historical events. OK, the start of the book was a little shaky - but how we got there was good.The ending is a roller coster - and there is a certain someone i want to see very bad things happen to.The downside is i now have to wait like everyone else for the next book in the series. Good news for Jodi Taylor is that i will be pre-ordering it in Kindle and Audible.If you want a light, fun, interesting series to read - then look no further.
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  • Karsyn
    January 1, 1970
    4/20/17Finally caught up with my re-read before starting book 8. Unfortunately some people at the Facebook group (come join us) have been saying too much so I'm already worried about a few things. But I do look forward to it, then to "The Long and Short of it" in the summer.I saw somewhere someone wondering if this is the last one?! (I know there's the short story) but I hope this isn't the last!! There's still questions and so much history to discover!! I need more!! This book was soooooooo goo 4/20/17Finally caught up with my re-read before starting book 8. Unfortunately some people at the Facebook group (come join us) have been saying too much so I'm already worried about a few things. But I do look forward to it, then to "The Long and Short of it" in the summer.I saw somewhere someone wondering if this is the last one?! (I know there's the short story) but I hope this isn't the last!! There's still questions and so much history to discover!! I need more!! This book was soooooooo good but sooooooo sad at times!! I LOVE THIS SERIES and I need 20 more books right now!!So glad that I didn't get too worried about one random person wondering if it was the end. Book 8 is in the works. WOOOHOOO!
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  • Tracey
    January 1, 1970
    I love Jodi Taylor. I love Max. (I also love Zara Ramm.) (It's especially fun to hear her say "Caer Guorthigern".) But the premise of this installment in the Chronicles of St. Mary's is … not what it could be. When Max's team brings back the location of an extraordinary artifact, the information is passed on to Thirsk, St. Mary's funding partner, who promptly and happily recovers it and locks it up for future study. And almost immediately terrible things begin happening to the area from which th I love Jodi Taylor. I love Max. (I also love Zara Ramm.) (It's especially fun to hear her say "Caer Guorthigern".) But the premise of this installment in the Chronicles of St. Mary's is … not what it could be. When Max's team brings back the location of an extraordinary artifact, the information is passed on to Thirsk, St. Mary's funding partner, who promptly and happily recovers it and locks it up for future study. And almost immediately terrible things begin happening to the area from which the artifact was taken, and a member of Max's team is certain that the run of bad luck is entirely due to the removal of that artifact. So they decide to put it back. Technically, to steal it and put it back.Aaaaaand of course things go pear–shaped. "I tied up my hair and surveyed my team: Marcus, Evans, Lingos, and me. What could possibly go wrong?"And here's the thing. A couple of times in the planning phase someone says "couldn't we just ask them to put it back?" And as everyone in the book said "no" I was saying "but –" – because … couldn't they? Granted, having the artifact in storage is awesome – but I could completely see the whole "asking" thing working. If spun right it could have been a media bonanza. But that's not the route the story took, and you know? As long as I get to hang out with Marcus and Evans and Lingos, Max and Leon and all the rest of the St. Mary's team; as long as the pods still smell of cabbage and now and then the world goes white, all is well. All is better than well – all is grand. Welcome, Matthew Edward Farrell. Every child should have a bear to watch over them. You might need six or seven. (I make teddy bears, Max - *makes "call me" sign*) Quotes that will probably work their way into my everyday speech, whether it makes sense or not: …I was well down the road to self–recrimination and despondency and slightly miffed that no one was coming with me."You should employ more girls.""We used to, but they made the boys cry."And best of all: "Is it like terrapins?" – Markham
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  • Tamara Catlin
    January 1, 1970
    These books are killing meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
  • Elisa
    January 1, 1970
    It took me a little while to get into this book, but once I was in, I was hooked! Love this series. So madcap and silly, yet very interesting and history really comes to life. Love it.
  • Luisa
    January 1, 1970
    More excitement happening at St. Mary's! Always a fun read. Totally hooked :)
  • Josie Jaffrey
    January 1, 1970
    Watch The Gin Book Club's video review here: https://www.josiejaffrey.com/single-p...First up: this is another well-written and gripping instalment in the St Mary's series. Read it, you'll love it, and then get all your friends to read it too.Now please indulge me in a pedantic geek-out (which contains spoilers!).As you'll know if you've read my previous reviews on the books in this series (see my review of No Time Like The Past), I've been finding the inconsistencies in the rules for time trave Watch The Gin Book Club's video review here: https://www.josiejaffrey.com/single-p...First up: this is another well-written and gripping instalment in the St Mary's series. Read it, you'll love it, and then get all your friends to read it too.Now please indulge me in a pedantic geek-out (which contains spoilers!).As you'll know if you've read my previous reviews on the books in this series (see my review of No Time Like The Past), I've been finding the inconsistencies in the rules for time travel a little challenging. In this book, I found those inconsistencies particularly hard to ignore. This is probably because the dramatic climax to the novel depended on my believing that serious consequences would follow if someone was born out of their own time. Given how many times the rules have been broken in this series, I just didn't think it was a big deal. Now, I know that the time police are back in play, and that St Mary's are supposed to be playing nice with them, but the drama was just deflated for me given the precedents in the series. Consider: a boy was removed from Troy and lived for years and years in the present before he was returned to the past. Consider also: Herodotus, who is living out his life two thousand years in the past. Why is it okay for people to live in the past, but not the future? This makes no sense to me. I'm afraid I also struggled to accept the premise that the time in which someone is born determines the period of which they are a contemporary, even if they are taken thousands of years back in the past, out of their mother's timeline, to be born. Surely the idea of policing the timeline is to avoid paradoxes (people killing ancestors etc), so the period of which you are a contemporary should be determined by the time in which you *should* have been born.Final pedant point: St Mary's are only supposed to be able to remove from history things that are about to be destroyed. In this book, Max attempts to retrieve the Crown Jewels that were lost in the Wash, but to my mind being lost is very different from being destroyed. Why did the historians ever think it would work? Moreover, it turns out that the jewels were hidden, not lost or destroyed, so how do they get away with pinching some of them? Surely the idea is that removing them will change the past unless they were meant to have been destroyed, so History should have stopped them from doing so? Just because they disappear from recorded history doesn't mean they have no effect on the present.Those inconsistencies are what reduce this book from Taylor's usual 5* to only 4* for me.The Good:The ending was wonderful. I'm not going to spoil it for you, but it was just hilarious and heartwarming and everything I wanted it to be. For me, the book also marked a turning point on one issue of characterisation. In a series such as this, which has a large list of characters, it's sometimes difficult to make them distinct from one another. I've always felt that Peterson and Markham were fairly hard to differentiate, particularly when they are in conversation with one another. In this book, I got a much stronger sense of the differences in their personalities, and their dynamic was developed through dialogue in a really engaging way. It made me enjoy the ending that much more.The Bad:The Stonehenge episode assumes a lot of knowledge about the site that I'm afraid I just didn't have. I found that a little frustrating, because I had to put down the book to go and look them up before I could carry on. It would have been nice to have had the various elements of the site explained more fully rather than referred to by names that meant nothing to me. Taylor is usually extremely good at this, carefully filling in the reader as to the background of any episode or period in history so they can follow the story with full understanding. This felt like a momentary lapse.I also found the lost recorder episode at the beginning of the book to be something of a repetition of the lost gun episode from earlier in the series. It felt a little too soon to be repeating the premise, and it just didn't work for me.The Ugly: As with the other books in the series, there were a few squiffy punctuation marks, but I didn't notice any typos.The Quote:' I thumped his arm. "You're pimping me out now?""Well, I did my best and actually, Max, I think I was winning him over at the end. If you'd just exerted yourself to look a little more attractive, we'd probably have some spending money by now."I hit his other arm. 'The first book in this series was recommended to Josie by the Wallingford Bookshop. Then she got hooked...
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  • Stacie Dore
    January 1, 1970
    Very solid 4 stars. I know the first book in the series was not fantastic but each book that followed has been excellent. I feel sorry for anyone who gave up after the first. It's scifi kind of but also history. I finish each book feeling like I've run a marathon. I can't put them down. I have to force myself to take a break before the next one.
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  • Marjolein
    January 1, 1970
    Read all my reviews on http://urlphantomhive.booklikes.com As I'm reading this series, this is currently the last book in the series. I was anticipating some withdrawal symptoms after finishing it, because I read all other books back to back. Lies, Damned Lies, and History was not my favorite in the series. There is a lot of not time-traveling when Max isn't allowed to enter a pod, and even when she is, she is on light duty, meaning no dangerous jumps. Instead watch the embarrassment of Queen C Read all my reviews on http://urlphantomhive.booklikes.com As I'm reading this series, this is currently the last book in the series. I was anticipating some withdrawal symptoms after finishing it, because I read all other books back to back. Lies, Damned Lies, and History was not my favorite in the series. There is a lot of not time-traveling when Max isn't allowed to enter a pod, and even when she is, she is on light duty, meaning no dangerous jumps. Instead watch the embarrassment of Queen Caroline. Nevertheless it was a fun read and I'm looking forward to the next book, which will -hopefully- be published somewhere next year!
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  • Mike Finn
    January 1, 1970
    "Lies, Damned Lies and History" is one of the most accomplished books in the Chronicles of St. Mary's. This is Jodi Taylor at her best: perfect comic timing that highlights rather than hides the stresses, anxieties and evil intents that life keeps throwing at us.As ever, the humour is based on a kind of compassionate fatalism that brings to mind almost outdated words like "Pluck" and "Gumption" and "Intrepidness" or even "Sang Froid" (although the last one is suspiciously French and may tend to "Lies, Damned Lies and History" is one of the most accomplished books in the Chronicles of St. Mary's. This is Jodi Taylor at her best: perfect comic timing that highlights rather than hides the stresses, anxieties and evil intents that life keeps throwing at us.As ever, the humour is based on a kind of compassionate fatalism that brings to mind almost outdated words like "Pluck" and "Gumption" and "Intrepidness" or even "Sang Froid" (although the last one is suspiciously French and may tend to take itself too seriously).At St. Mary's, being in an apparently hopeless situation where your duty requires you to risk your life for others is no excuse for a lack of moral fortitude, which is best demonstrated by doing the right thing AND delivering a witty, self-deprecating remark while you do it."Lies, Damned Lies And History" has a mystical flavour to it than I didt seen in its predecessors. True, we've always has mysterious interventions from the History in the plot but this time we get a sense of the power of Animus Loci: an intense emotional reaction, evoked in us by a place and time. We visit post-Roman Britain and get remarkable Dark Ages scenes with warriors and magic swords that give a very pagan view of the Arthurian legend. We take a truly chilling trip to Stone Henge in the far distant past. Both these trips move beyond the realm of the purely rational without seeming any less credible.There's also a threatening sense of finality to the book. Perhaps it's just Max, trying to squeeze in more jumps through time before she finally stops being a pregnant historian and becomes something she finds much harder to imagine: the mother of an infant child. Perhaps it's just that this is the seventh book and things keep getting worse. Perhaps it's the sense of dread from the visit to Stone Henge but there is a skilfully maintained deep tension in this book, like a very low note that you feel rather than hear.Max has a new enemy: an arrogant, devious, administrator who is an anathema to the spirit of St Mary's. This gives us a reason to cheer as Max, simply by being Max, brings about his downfall.Yet the real enemy, the one that low note resonating in my gut had been warning me about, only emerges in the final chapters of the book.This enemy is ruthless, imaginative and driven by an implacable hatred of Max and St. Mary's. The plot that unfolds is truly evil and very plausible. The more I thought about it the more repulsive it became. I won't give away the idea or the outcome here but it is certainly one of the darkest passages in the Chronicles of St. Mary's.All I can say is that I was relieved to find Jodi Taylor is part way through writing tBook 8 in the series. I need to know that I can visit St.Mary's again. I need a place where humour and courage and loyalty form an alloy that is almost impossible to bend of break.
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  • Kathrin
    January 1, 1970
    The amount of messing up is a lot higher in this book than in others within the series. I believe this was actually a great choice by the author because it added a new dimension to the story and you were able to see how the characters grouped together and helped each other out. Despite following many characters I feel strongly about them. Max became a favorite of mine and there's even more to her character when she's together with Leon. Markham will probably always make me laugh and by now I got The amount of messing up is a lot higher in this book than in others within the series. I believe this was actually a great choice by the author because it added a new dimension to the story and you were able to see how the characters grouped together and helped each other out. Despite following many characters I feel strongly about them. Max became a favorite of mine and there's even more to her character when she's together with Leon. Markham will probably always make me laugh and by now I got used to all the new characters.Not much to complain about - some parts are maybe a bit random but I don't really mind. Still, an amazing story and I hope it'll go on for a while.
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  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    This one was a corker! I don't think I've ever said that about a book before, but it's deserved.Love the entire St Mary's series (and please, start at volume 1, don't you dare read this first).I will say that I'd argue some legal points about the ending. :) But that's just me.Give us more Doctor Taylor!
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  • Sian Bradshaw
    January 1, 1970
    Loved it. I was worried the quality of the books would drop as they went on but this is yet another ripping yarn. Taylor is not adverse to frightening the crap out of her characters, or crippling them with poor judgment. Yet another stonker. And if you can read the mathematic formulae section without spraying your coffee over your book/device, then you're a better person than me.
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