When Did You Last See Your Father?
'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.

When Did You Last See Your Father? Details

TitleWhen Did You Last See Your Father?
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 5th, 2019
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GenreScience Fiction, Time Travel, Fiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Fantasy

When Did You Last See Your Father? Review

  • Sara
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this short story, told from Leon’s perspective, chronicling his past life, meeting Max and joining St. Mary’s. Not having heard Leon’s side before, it was good to see his experiences for a change. And man, did he have a past. Obviously we know what he’s told Max about his ex wife and children, but to hear it from him personally elevates my opinion of Leon so much more. I also loved the various highs and lows of Leon and Max retold through his eyes. To go back down that road well travelle I loved this short story, told from Leon’s perspective, chronicling his past life, meeting Max and joining St. Mary’s. Not having heard Leon’s side before, it was good to see his experiences for a change. And man, did he have a past. Obviously we know what he’s told Max about his ex wife and children, but to hear it from him personally elevates my opinion of Leon so much more. I also loved the various highs and lows of Leon and Max retold through his eyes. To go back down that road well travelled was a risky move, and had the potential to be repetitive, but it paid off - allowing the reader to recall fond memories of the pair. And they’re a complicated pairing, with a complex and chequered history that’s far from perfect, and makes them all the more realistic. The latter half of the story involves Leon and the rest of St. Mary’s putting together a rather ambitious plot to bring down Max’s horrid father after he unexpectedly turns up demanding she hand over Matthew. As always, the plan is a little ‘out there’ (especially as Markham is involved) but nothing less than what I would expect - and it shows the familial love they all have for Max and her family, with all of St Mary’s working together to thwart him. I’ve grown so very fond of these characters, and we’re spoilt with these regular short stories and novels to continually bolster this affection. With the new series by Jodi coming soon, Doing Time, I just hope the St Mary’s gang aren’t left behind.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    This is quite a nice little short story, mainly focused around Leon's background, including some stuff that I had forgotten from the earlier Chronicles of St Mary's books. In recent short stories, I feel that Jodi has been stepping away from the action packed craziness, and going slightly more in the background of the characters, or rehashing the events after they have happened (much like "And Now For Something Completely Different", which centers around landing on Mars). This is definitely one This is quite a nice little short story, mainly focused around Leon's background, including some stuff that I had forgotten from the earlier Chronicles of St Mary's books. In recent short stories, I feel that Jodi has been stepping away from the action packed craziness, and going slightly more in the background of the characters, or rehashing the events after they have happened (much like "And Now For Something Completely Different", which centers around landing on Mars). This is definitely one of those, as Leon thinks about his earlier life, his first marriage and children, his mum and his first meeting with Max. Max doesn't really play a big part in this story, she appears towards the end, but as you may have guessed from the title, it deals with Max's father, and him coming back into her life unexpectedly. Thankfully, all of St Mary's rallies around Max, with some quite inventive ways to get him back out of her life again, and the briefest mentions of Clive Ronan. With the release of "Doing Time", a new series based around the Time Police frequently mentioned in the St Mary's books, I wonder if Jodi will still have enough time to dedicate to the St Mary's series. We are quite spoilt, with regular releases and regular short stories to keep us engaged. It is a really good series, and I just hope it doesn't start going downhill, if she spreads herself too thin.
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  • Fern Adams
    January 1, 1970
    Saw this was available on kindle so downloaded it and read it immediately, pausing only long enough to locate a cup of tea and my hidden chocolate stash. Taylor reliably did not disappoint with this short story. Also so brilliant to hear something from Leon’s point of view. If your a fan of St. Mary’s you’ll be a fan of this!
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  • Noodle The Naughty Night Owl
    January 1, 1970
    7/10: Good solid read, something to get your teeth into.It is the duty of every husband to rock his wife’s world.This little gem of an extra in the Chronicles of St Mary's series was told from Leon's POV. For that alone, it deserves top marks.But despite its short length, it also managed to make me feel. Everyone had known but me.We already knew a little of Leon's past, but this fills in the gaps and then whacks you over the head with them. Or maybe a better analogy would be it stabs you in the 7/10: Good solid read, something to get your teeth into.It is the duty of every husband to rock his wife’s world.This little gem of an extra in the Chronicles of St Mary's series was told from Leon's POV. For that alone, it deserves top marks.But despite its short length, it also managed to make me feel. Everyone had known but me.We already knew a little of Leon's past, but this fills in the gaps and then whacks you over the head with them. Or maybe a better analogy would be it stabs you in the heart and leaves you bleeding.Poor Leon.We were there for the stuff that not only insulated us against the world but if taken injudiciously and in suitable quantities would very soon ease our passage out of it.But God, I love how much Leon loves Max. That was when I met my Max.The history in the main books in the series is all good and fun and interesting, but I actually read these books for glimpses of Leon and Max together. As I tell my wife when I’m tired of living, the History side isn’t really that appealing, is it?There's never enough. But in this little extra we get to feed that hunger, and it was lovely.‘Finally . . . finally you appear to be grasping the first principles of the wifely obedience so essential to a successful marriage.’I would have easily given 5-stars to this novella, but it was too short to feed the beast, so it gets 4 in the hope the author will consider a full-length novel from Leon in the future that will satiate me.
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  • Richard Derus
    January 1, 1970
    A really enjoyable and enlightening light shone on the character, somewhat underdeveloped in the series, of "Leon Farrell" as we know him.I am sure that means nothing to newbs. Please believe me that you're not going to learn anything you need to know by reading this book out of order. All that will happen is you'll spoil some lovely moments in the earlier books. But for the series regular, this entry will expand the emotional landscape against which Max and Leon have formed, re-formed, and refo A really enjoyable and enlightening light shone on the character, somewhat underdeveloped in the series, of "Leon Farrell" as we know him.I am sure that means nothing to newbs. Please believe me that you're not going to learn anything you need to know by reading this book out of order. All that will happen is you'll spoil some lovely moments in the earlier books. But for the series regular, this entry will expand the emotional landscape against which Max and Leon have formed, re-formed, and reformed their partnership. My quibble is with the oblique angle the story takes on its events. We're always watching someone watching the action. It takes place in offices and on the internet and we see, as in with the immediacy of a story, the results of the actions. Yes, the stakes are clearly delineated from the beginning. They're discussed in detail. But the action? Off stage, so to speak. It's not a reason to skip the tale, not at all, but it does distance me from the full emotional impact of the actions St Mary's takes on behalf of Max and Matthew.In the end I hope those who're addicted to the series will get here, read this tale, and feel themselves warmed an charmed by the depth of the bond the Dramatis Thingummy share.
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    I should have known when I found myself editing the title when talking to my daughter. The title alone might stir up things for her. This story deals with Max's father. And while I LOVE how it turned out (seriously - amazing resolution!), there's also the part of me that wishes I hadn't read about a daughter and her abusive father. It stirs up memories and makes me wonder "what if..."SO...if the concept of childhood trauma inflicted by a parent is one of the issues you struggle with, you might w I should have known when I found myself editing the title when talking to my daughter. The title alone might stir up things for her. This story deals with Max's father. And while I LOVE how it turned out (seriously - amazing resolution!), there's also the part of me that wishes I hadn't read about a daughter and her abusive father. It stirs up memories and makes me wonder "what if..."SO...if the concept of childhood trauma inflicted by a parent is one of the issues you struggle with, you might want to be judicious about when/where you read this story. Don't do it when you're feeling vulnerable or alone. Do it when you're feeling strong, confident, sufficiently supported by your chosen group of people. Then read away - and take delight in the St Mary's ingenious solution to this particular problem.
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  • Tina Miles
    January 1, 1970
    Brilliant and very satisfying, a real gem!Max’s Daddy was and is a bad man. Max’s husband is quiet, bent on revenge and oh-so-clever. Max’s friends and colleagues are loyal, smart and quite devious. All of which makes for a fascinating tale with twists and turns and a very satisfactory ending. Max’s author, Jodi Taylor, is a bloody brilliant writer with startling insight into the human condition, all wrapped within amusing shenanigans and written in a ‘I can’t put it down!’ story. Truly a wonder Brilliant and very satisfying, a real gem!Max’s Daddy was and is a bad man. Max’s husband is quiet, bent on revenge and oh-so-clever. Max’s friends and colleagues are loyal, smart and quite devious. All of which makes for a fascinating tale with twists and turns and a very satisfactory ending. Max’s author, Jodi Taylor, is a bloody brilliant writer with startling insight into the human condition, all wrapped within amusing shenanigans and written in a ‘I can’t put it down!’ story. Truly a wonderfully brilliant story. I think it’s become my new favorite (followed very closely by Ships and Stings and Wedding Rings).
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  • Pat Hauldren
    January 1, 1970
    Chief Farrell tells a storyAnother great story from Jodi Taylor. Max has a fad, if all things, and apparently a bit very nice one at that. Her husband and the rest of St. Mary's step up t the plate to protect Max and Mathew. Told from Chief Farrel's POV, we get a glimpse into a devotion to Max and the lengths he is willing to go to protect her and their son. Poignant, sweet, funny.
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, just...wowHow can Jodi do so much in a short story? The main story (When did you last see your father?) was emotional - beautifully written & ingenious. My heart hurt for our friends at St Mary's, especially Max & Léon. I think this is my favorite short story so far. Bravo Jodi, bravo. The other short stories included on the audio version were humorous & fun & a good change of pace - really enjoyed them too :)
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  • L K Stow
    January 1, 1970
    Another great oneAs my dad would say, small but beautifully formed, it always surprises me that one person can write so many good stories without them getting boring and repetitive but Jodi Taylor does just that. Funny, very entertaining and original, if you've never read her stuff, you missed out on a wonderful rollercoaster of a series. I never get fed up with reading her stuff, long may it continue
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  • Simona
    January 1, 1970
    A short story which highlights Leon's ingenuity in dismantling a threat, told from Leon's POV.All the major characters are involved, more or less openly, everyone does what they know best (Peterson and urine, for example), while Max remains silent for the most part of the book.The book contains two other pre-published short stories, "Desiccated water" and "Markham and the anal probing".And the first pages of "Doing time", which I eagerly wait for.
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  • Michael Davis
    January 1, 1970
    Loved it, even though almost half of it was recapping one of the other main characters story, albeit from his perspective, most of which we either knew or gleaned from context. Nevertheless, a great appetite whetter for the next new one, coming out relatively soon.Highly recommended, as with all in this series.
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  • Hollie Rushmeyer
    January 1, 1970
    Great short storyI was excited to read this story about Leon’s experience with John Maxwell, and it did not disappoint. I can’t usually get myself engaged in short stories (as backwards as it seems; I find it easier to sit for 8 hours reading a book than I do to sit for 30 minutes reading a short story), but this one I was able to sit down and actually finish in 1 go.
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  • Kathleen Young
    January 1, 1970
    Love these books !I look forward to these books like I used to look forward to Christmas. I cannot recommend them highly enough. This short story is excellent although to really appreciate it you need to know the back story regarding Max,Leon and every one else. But it was so good! Thank you Jodi for your great writing .
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  • Annie
    January 1, 1970
    Bit of recap albeit from a different POV at first. But that's okay because so much has happened in the Chronicles of St Mary's. It helped me to remember and wrap my mind around the timeline. Even though I knew what happened it broke my heart again. Then in true St Mary's Style it has me laughing like crazy. How I love this series!
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  • Crystal Blake
    January 1, 1970
    Revenge is a dish best served by St MarysThis eagerly awaited short story describes what happens, when the St Marys misfits feel threatened and have the chance to step in to the role of Karma. A great edition to the series that I couldn't put down.
  • Sandra Agus
    January 1, 1970
    Leave it to St. Mary’s to exact revenge on John Maxwell. In true St. Mary’s fashion! Perfect short story. I always felt bad for Max about her past. Leave to Leon and the rest of St Mary’s when Max’s father turns up to take Matthew. And the other 2 stories were short but funny. Loved them.
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  • Myereading
    January 1, 1970
    Not surprisingly-I loved itThis series is wonderful. I always end up laughing and crying-and laughing again. In this story, a very bad parental unit-with the help of all the usual suspects-gets what he has deserved for a very long time.
  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    The story is okay-3 stars easy. It lost a star for some of the retcons. They are just tiny little changes but they’re there and annoying. I imagine it’s a set up for future stories and can be explained by the events in the 3rd book but there were enough that it was a distraction.
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  • Mary Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    Outta the parkJodi Taylor hits it out of the park again (sorry for the use of an American metaphor). The teamwork required to neutralize John Maxwell is nothing short of amazing! Bravo again to the St. Mary's historians and cohorts!
  • Marti
    January 1, 1970
    10 Stars!!! “When Did You Last See Your Father” is an absolute hoot. This is a new side of Chief Leon Farrell, and I love it. I cannot imagine a more perfect reward! Hilarious and diabolical! Thank you, Jodi. This story is the BEST.
  • Lynette Gilbertson
    January 1, 1970
    EXCELLENT SeriesEvery book or story in this series is great reading! Love Max & the Crew! Jodi' style of writing flows wonderfully...first thing you know, the day is gone or it's 3am! Her books are hard to put down! Love her humor!
  • Susan B. King
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely wonderful as always!A touching and funny short addition to her series. Definitely worth the read! If you haven't read the others, please do! One of the best I've ever read!
  • Irene M.
    January 1, 1970
    Sweet RevengeI’m not sure that I found the story enjoyable as much as satisfying, that Leon was able to get Max a bit of justice for the abuse she suffered as a child at the hands of her father.And yet, we still get to enjoy Taylor’s quirky brand of humor;)Recommend.
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  • Rosemary Dreyer
    January 1, 1970
    Another wonderful short story in the Chronicles of St. Mary’s series. Loved: the humor; the great characters we know and love; the plot; and the wonderful writing. No time travel (sorry ;)) in this story. Great fun and a super quick read.
  • Sarah Talmage
    January 1, 1970
    Gutted that I can't give this more than 5 stars!
  • Mary Smith
    January 1, 1970
    A great addition to the St Mary’s Chronicles series.
  • Karin Jenkins
    January 1, 1970
    A satisfying short story plus a couple of bonuses for fans of St Mary’s.
  • Josie Jones
    January 1, 1970
    Love the book, like I do all of Jodi Taylor's St. Mary stories
  • Howie Modell
    January 1, 1970
    Another St.MarysWhat can I say? Wonderful. Marvelous! The Everlasting Historian. The Prince of Tech.lnow I gave to wait for another one . Sigh.
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