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Publisher's Summary

Behind the seemingly innocuous facade of St. Mary's Institute of Historical Research, a different kind of academic work is taking place. Just don't call it time travel - these historians investigate major historical events in contemporary time. And they aren't your harmless eccentrics either; a more accurate description, as they ricochet around history, might be unintentional disaster magnets.

The Chronicles of St. Mary's tells the chaotic adventures of Madeleine Maxwell and her compatriots Director Bairstow, Leon Chief Farrell, Mr. Markham and many more as they travel through time, saving St. Mary's Institute (too often by the very seat of their pants) and thwarting time-travelling terrorists, all the while leaving plenty of time for tea.

You think you're having a bad day? Max is trapped in the same deadly sandstorm that buried the 50,000-strong army of the Pharaoh Cambyses II, and she's sharing the only available shelter for miles around with the murdering psychopath who recently kidnapped her and left her adrift in time.

She's no safer at St. Mary's. Tragedy strikes not once but several times, and with no Leon, no Markham, and no Peterson at her side, Max's personal life slowly begins to unravel. From the Egyptian desert to the Battle of Hastings, and from Bayeux Cathedral to the Sack of Constantinople, Max must race through time to save the ones she loves.

©2016 Jodi Taylor (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

Critic Reviews

"A carnival ride through laughter and tears with a bit of time travel thrown in for spice...readers will be impatient for later instalments." (Publishers Weekly)
"Taylor has written a madcap and very funny hodgepodge of a novel whose pacing and humour is reminiscent of a Simon Pegg-Edgar Wright film." (Booklist)

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  • Linda
  • Bowie, MD, United States
  • 04-22-17

Max Is Able To Recover In Spite of Everything

Whew! I read this book with the same enthusiasm I've read the other seven in this series and all the books written by Jodi Taylor. I must say that they one had me feeling very lost midway through when Clive Roman showed up and then disappeared again. The Time Police are the ones who interfered in what was to be a mutually agreed upon surrender of Clive to Max. Instead they show up and Clive takes off in his pod but not until he threatens Max with 'I will kill everyone you love but you will live to suffer.' how awful is that? I worried all through the book that Leon was gone forever but learned a great deal about the Battle at Hastings and how William the Conqueror became King of England. It is always amazing to me how a historian like Jodi Taylor can write such books with such humor. What starts out as an unhappy set of circumstances turns out to be okay in the end. Read these books in order, you need to know the characters from the first book to understand the significance of things in each subsequent book. Book 8 wraps up some things left hanging in earlier books. It is a great read and a great listen. The narrator is terrific and is the voice of St. Mary's. Zara Ramm is wonderful!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Darkest St. Mary's Yet...

Do not read this one if you're not in an okay place, because it is a roller coaster with more downs than ups. As usual, even the most depressing observations are given with a sarcastic and witty tone which we all know and love. The violence as well as the depressing moments have all been turned up for this one though, and it can be quite rough at times. I look forward to the next installment!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Don't stop reading

I love St Mary's and the whole series. I didn't love this book. It was sad and gloomy until the end. I needed a good laugh but found myself crying. Hope the next book is a bit lighter

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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I hate this book

Hate it. First I can only give it 11 out of 10 stars. The second reason, this being the day after it was released, I will have to wait a year or eternity till book 9 comes out, time travel not really being a reality.

I can't tell you without a massive spoiler alert, any thing else. Buy the book.

And the world went black.

38 of 44 people found this review helpful

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Liked it, but a little too gory overall.

I love the series, but this one dwelled on the horrible details of war and gross elements of the past. The balance between fun story, historical details and entertainment was off this time, but not too bad. I just didn't enjoy this as much as the previous stories. I still look forward to the next installment.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Saundra
  • Thronton Co 80241
  • 04-23-17

Amost could not bare to listen to the first few chapters

What was my favorite author trying to do? I mean really! I can tell you this edition of St Mary's team of Time Traveling historians put me through the worst anguish and laugh out loud glee! At first I just had to stop, jump ahead to the future , calm down, get frustrated again, jump again . Finally realized ; hey ! This is time travel. Went back to the agony and road along to discover the ecstasy. Can Mathew foretell the future?
I can not wait for the next edition!

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Disappointing installment for this fan

As usual, I listened to this on audio. Zara Ramm does an excellent job narrating, as always. Unfortunately, I was not as enamored of the story itself and many of Ms. Taylor's choices. Until the last hour or so this book was headed towards 2 stars. Obviously, given the very high reviews, most fans do not agree with me. I have given the other full-length novels in this series 4 or 5 stars (mostly 5), but I was disappointed with this one. Needless to say, I was not happy with many of the things that happened in this book. I don't need a book to be 100% happy, but I felt like Ms. Taylor went overboard with this one. Since I don't want to include any spoilers, I won't get into any details on that front. On top of all of that, I felt like this book was missing the usual St. Mary's humor and charm. There were a few light-hearted, funny moments, but overall, it was lacking. I can honestly say that, despite the story partially redeeming itself in the end, this was the first time I did not enjoy the ride of listening to/reading a St. Mary's book. I hope the next one is back to normal St. Mary's fun and hijinks.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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How does Jodi Taylor do it?

Most series, by book 8, get stale, and little routine. Jodi Taylor just absolutely knocks it out of the ballpark each and every St Mary's installment. The storyline, the characters, the dialogue, they are all spot on. And she leaves room for more. This time though, and I will NOT give spoilers, she has left massive room for a super cool twist to the regular St Mary's Chronicle to absolutely skyrocket this series even further than we could ever imagine. My only regret is that I started listening the day it came out and am through with it, and now have to wait a year for the next one. Good thing poor Jodi is being chained to writing desk, as she usually will have a short story about an event and a particular St Mary's character between series books. Our only hope!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Series Fatigue

This book is classic Jodi Taylor; the history lessons are embedded in witty dialogue and pithy one-liners. If you're expecting closure to what has been a great series, you may want to reframe your expectations.

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please write faster!!!!

I love this serious, but hate having to wait so long for the next one. I never thought I'd find a series with history, time travel & wicked humour.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Lynne
  • 04-16-17

Another enthralling episode....

Loved it.
Wept a lot. Smiled a lot.
When is Book 9 due ????

As usual I listened from start to end in one go; unable to wait till tomorrow to finish it.

Zara Ramm is a five star narrator and brings Jodi Taylor's story to life, giving the characters dimension.

Excellent work.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Gryfynn
  • 04-16-17

Jodi Never Disappoints!

If you could sum up And the Rest Is History in three words, what would they be?

emotional, side-splittingly funny

What did you like best about this story?

The way Jody Taylor writes a story that is both incredibly funny yet also exceptionally emotional and at times very difficult to read. Her work satisfies my need for something that both makes me laugh uncontrolably and cry like a baby.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

It's hard to choose because there are so many great ones, but the tea party in the grounds is probably my favourite. I don't want to spoil it for anyone. Just read it! Zara's naration is incredible, so that aspect of the series will not disappoint.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

without spoiling anything, I really loved the scene where Max is sitting on the stairs and suddenly she is surrounded by almost the entire staff of St Mary's while they all await Leon's return. It's just a beautiful display of solidarity, and written so well. I wish I worked there.

Any additional comments?

It's so hard to write about this book without giving anything away. Chances are if you read the previous 7 books, you will read it anyway, but if you haven't, then you really need to start from the beginning. Don't start from here as the jumping around in time will really lose you. This series is however one of the most rewarding I have ever read, so give it a try!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • karin
  • 04-16-17

oh wow!!!!

I love this series sooo much and this was right up there as my second favourite in the whole series!!! The first book will always be my favourite. Zara narrates amazingly and is the voice of Max (And a brilliant Markham too!). Exciting, gripping, funny, emotional and so much fun. When is the next one out ?!!!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • KipSoton
  • 04-16-17

Another brilliant episode

Full of every emotion. I cried and smiled.

Couldn't put it down.

Can't wait for the next book.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Stacey
  • 04-15-17

brilliant as always

i love all these books. they arent literary masterpieces but funny and they always end too soon...especially this one

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Ron
  • 04-15-17

The Best yet

From start (max's worst day) to finish this is a fast paced, rollercoaster of a novel, full of one liners mixed with sadness and joy. The place of historical events in contemporary time visited where - Ancient Egypt, the lead up to the Norman Conquest and the battles of Stamford Bridge and Hastings, and finally the Fall of Constantinople.

A cracking read and real page turner, in an audio way

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Gabrielle Harvey-Jones
  • 04-20-17

Welcome back!!

Need the next one NOW!! Talk about a cliff-hanger - many cliffs, all perilously hanging!! My only alternative is to go back to the beginning and listen to the entire series over again! First one downloading as I write - - - -

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • sophiesticate
  • 04-19-17

excellent plot line, fast paced,great narrator

If you could sum up And the Rest Is History in three words, what would they be?

Funny, tragic, compelling.<br/>read the series in order for maximum enjoyment<br/>

Who was your favorite character and why?

Hard one, as all the characters bring something to the book, but as always, Max wins out...the main character who has her fair share of trauma and tears

What does Zara Ramm bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Excellent narrator

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • CAGE
  • 04-19-17

Warning! Tissues will be needed,

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend the whole series to anyone, but of cause, read in order.

What other book might you compare And the Rest Is History to, and why?

There is no other quite like this one. Yet again Jodi Taylor has taken us on a rollercoaster of emotions and then added more. I cried and laughed and cried again whilst still learning amazing facts about historical events. Why weren't my history lessons made this interesting?

What does Zara Ramm bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I could not imagine anyone else reading these books now, she is for me the voice and character of Max.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Luckily I chose a day when I was alone and free to listen, I could not sleep until I was done!<br/>I'm now exhausted and contented

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • mollyeyre
  • 04-17-17

Excellent series

I really enjoy this series, I love the subtle (and not so subtle) humour, however, this book also ventures into some more serious areas.

I feel that Jodi Taylor briings history to life, not just facts - but she puts a different spin on the events. I like all of the characters and really feel that I know them.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Avid listener
  • 04-21-17

Emotional roller coaster

Normally I can't stop listening, Jodi's books in this series are real page turners. And the sad moments are balanced by the humour. But I must admit that the tragedy that happens early on in this book left me stunned and reluctant to continue; I needed a break to get over the disturbing image that kept on being replayed. Nevertheless I persisted and as usual, I loved the book. Now I can't wait for the next one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful