Everyone deserves to get away for a bit. Even the miscreants at St Mary's.
Astonishingly, Dr. Bairstow has declared a holiday. Even more astonishingly - he's paying for it. Needless to say, there are strings attached. They have to record the 1601 performance of Hamlet, with Shakespeare himself in the role of the Ghost. It doesn't go well, of course.
With Dr Bairstow and Mrs Mack turning a simple visit to a street market into a public brawl, Professor Rapson inadvertently stowing away on a vessel bound for the New World, and Shakespeare himself going up in flames, it would seem that Max, of all people, is the only one actually completing the assignment.
©2016 Jodi Taylor (P)2016 Audible, Ltd
Highly recommend The Chronicles of St Mary's series - always waiting for the next book or novella to come out !
Also The Nothing Girl is a highly enjoyable read !
This book contains spoilers for things that happen in Lies, Damned Lies and History (Chronicles of St. Mary's book 7).
Young Farrel has a bit part - hope to hear more of him. The setting of the Globe Theatre in the London of 1601 just perfect. Thank you Ms Taylor for this free gift - a real bonus.
Jodi Taylor and Zara Rammed combine yet again to produce audio magic.
I'm a retired college professor in love with books in all formats.
This is NOT a good work to introduce you to the world of St. Mary's. One will enjoy this much better if one already knows the characters. But for those who know Max and friends, this short story is absolutely great--perhaps even my favorite.
Believer in what you can't see
It's like Denis the Menace in a group, you never know what kind of trouble they'll find and then how are they getting out of it. Max, Peterson and Malcolm are my favorite.
This has something to do with Shakespeare.
Yes! I love these stories. Humor is written into the story seamlessly and always makes me wish that I was that witty, the characters reveal a little bit more around every turn, and I so enjoyed Dr Bristow being involved in the romp. I am not sure why, but it "read" better than the previous short book, so it was a wonderful "fix"..as I wait and hope for the next installment.
I love this series but this is one that can be skipped. Cute but not enough there to be a good short story.
Needs to be more developed and that would mean that it would have to be longer.
Another awesome tale from St Mary's. Jodi Taylor is really one of the funniest writers of this age. The story is captivating and extremely entertaining.
"Funniest St Mary's ever"
I love all this series but this one really is a laugh a minute, don't miss out.
Loved this story. Rip roaring tale full of energy and fun. Great to catch up on what happens after the huge events at the end of book 7 (no spoilers) and, as always, love Markham. Listened to it in one sitting, then immediately went back to the start and listened to it again. Can't believe how Jodi Taylor can cram so much into one short story. Favourite line? Possibly that Matthew is not to be used as a draft excluder. Naughty Jodi to stir up the mud again over Markham's status - trying to avoid spoilers again! Love, love, loved it.
"A classic St Marys featuring Bill the flaming Bard"
Lighthearted, classic, romp
A certain, Bristolian member of the security section is always my favourite character - becuase, well, the Gods love a trier
The post romp interview in the directors study is always fun
Zara Ramm is simply the best narrator I have yet heard in 200 audiobooks
I always enjoy listening to this short story and hope that the author adds more full length stories to the series.
Lacked the usual twists and turns it seemed like a idea to start the story not the full story
"Very short, but fun"
Lots of fun and gentle humour as is usual in this series. It's a shame it is so short.
"Full of joy and humour, an excellent short story"
I'm not a fan of short stories but this was excellent, packed with humour and full of favourite characters from St Mary's, up to their usual escapades and amazing escapes. Every line was a joy.
"speechless!! with admiration.."
I adore Jodie Taylor's tales of St Mary''s, and hope there may be more to come. Sara Ramm's voice and delivery are the perfect choice for their rendition.
"Chaos reign s as usual"
Max and the St Mary crew never fail . Always makes me laugh out loud which can be embarrassing when traveling to work.
"A riot! "
The St Mary's short stories are every bit as good as the full-length novels, and always make me laugh out loud.
Zara Ramm's performance is terrific, too - I love her range of voices, which really add to the story, as well as helping the listener keep track of a lot of characters. This combination of writer and narrator is an absolute winner.
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