The Steam-Pump Jump

A Chronicles of St Mary’s Short Story
Narrated by: Zara Ramm
Series: The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 9.6
Length: 1 hr and 51 mins
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Not one to let being banged up in Sick Bay stop her, Max has had a brilliant idea. But she needs Markham to execute it on her behalf. The subject of this cunning plan is Peterson, struggling with another bereavement and not doing very well. What’s needed to get him through it is sympathy, sensitivity, tact and understanding. 

Step forward Mr Markham, for whom sympathy, sensitivity, etc., are things that happen to other people. Combine a fanatic from R&D, a head of Security with his own problems, a steam-pump, two historians who can’t even be in the same room as each other, some fractious Protestants and a large body of very dirty water. Told in Markham’s own words, this is the story of an intervention - St Mary’s style.

©2018 Jodi Taylor (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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Jodi Taylor is a treasure.

If you have not read a St. Mary's story. I envy you. Not a bad one in the bunch. Fun characters, great dialogue, the Audible narrstions are superb. These are my kind of folks - weird, screwy, playful, dedicated and more real than most who are breathing

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awesome

This was an awesome book. I love Jodi Taylor, I love the narrator, she does such a great job, the story comes alive and I enjoyed every minute of it.

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For Fans of St Mary's - old and new!!@

Honestly who doesn't love all the wonderful misfits of St Mary's? And in these short stories we get to focus on one of the endearing crew. Thank you for making Mr Markham the star of this ditty.
Now... when are we going to see these people on screen and where do I submit my application even though I can't quite decide between History Dept and R&D.

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Very entertaining!

Very entertaining! This short story fills in a lot of gaps while all the time giving you a superbly entertaining listen!

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Best of the short stories

I LOVE this series. The short stories are a tad lacking. Get the feel of a kid padding his essay to meet the required number of words. This one however, is told from a new perspective and actually contains a whole story. Funny, fresh and well paced. This was worth the cost to have but it’s so short not much happens.

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Such fun!

I just adore this entire series and the short stories are no exception. This time, Lingos is excited to be off to see a demonstration of a steam pump, and of course...what could possibly go wrong?! As always, looking forward to the next installment in the chronicles!

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Not as likable as most of Taylor's offerings

The story just did not engage me. In the introduction Ms. Taylor mentions that she was sort of forced to write this book, and I think the quality of the book shows that to be the case. When I really think about it, I think the main problem for me is the decision to use Zara Ramm as the narrator for a story supposedly told by Markham. Ms. Ramm is the voice of Maxwell, so I could not get it straight in my head while listening that Markham was the speaker. All I could hear was Maxwell and it made the story very confusing. Ramm is NOT Markham. I believe a male narrator should have been used for this story from Markham's view. It would have made it more understandable to me. The premise of the story was Maxwell and Markham wanted to make Peterson feel better since he lost two romantic interests in the last year or two. They picked a pretty stupid way to go about it. Again, in my opinion this was just not as good as most Taylor stories. She ended up being more formulaic in her writing, relying on words and phrases from previous books and annoying over the top scenes and conversations.

I have now read all of the St. Mary's books and stories written so far but I don't think I will go any further. I don't think there is anywhere for the story to go that will not be repetitive.

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I love these stories!!

Seriously, I downloaded this after a particularly trying week and laughed for the duration. The stories are wonderful. Zara Ramm is amazing at voicing all of the characters. Love all the Marcum oriented tales. Can't wait for Christmas and another story then, hopefully next spring, for #10. Thank you, Jodi Taylor for these characters and break from my reality to join theirs!

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Pure delight.

Another Markham short story. Even better than My Name is Markham. One of the fastest two hour listens I've heard. Went by way too fast. A pure delight.

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Cupid, steam pump and moat

Max is concerned that Peterson is depressed after first his fiance, then his quasi girlfriend were both killed. She recruits Markham to help find a way for Peterson to spend time with Langoss to see if they’re compatible. If not as lovers, then at least friends.
Seeing the first exhibition of a steam pump in action is on Langoss’ wish list, so Max sets it up with Markham overseeing. He’s able to return and give Max the Seal of Approval.
Funnies: Easy care flooring;-)!!!
Huh?: Before Cabbie!, it was Chair, Ho! Which became Cheerio!
Ramm does a good job of narration.

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  • Rosemary White
  • 07-13-18

Another adventure all fans will enjoy.

An absolute must for St Mary fans! And THANK YOU Audible, for having Zara Ramm narrate this short story.
A delight to listen to as always.
It follows from An Argument of Historians and

***SPOILER ALERT***

we find out that Max is recovering from the cliffhanger ending to the last novel and that Peterson will recover too.

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  • Sian
  • 07-18-18

Another excellent St Mary's book

I love the St Mary's Chronicles. The books were in my Wish List for ages, but once I'd bought that first book, I couldn't get enough. Humour, horror, Sci fi, and mystery all in one series, and with one of best narrators I've heard. Characters you come to know and love (and few you'll hate!). Definitely worth a listen, but beware, the series is very addictive!

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  • sophiesticate
  • 07-13-18

Fabulous series

I love these books, a great merging of fantasy and reality.strong characters , funny and sad in equal measure

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  • Happy Shopper
  • 07-13-18

Great short story

Another great story from St Mary's - good fun, can't wait for the next one

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  • Dominic
  • 07-12-18

short story

short story told by Markham. follows the an arguementation of historians in the series. i found it both funny and a good follow on eith a cliffhanger which obviously is the prelude to the next story.

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  • paperminx
  • 04-18-20

Mr Markham speaks

Hear the man himself tell the story- in the voice Max has given him ...great story, really well delivered!!

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  • Radoxthegreen
  • 07-19-19

Brilliant story told well!

I enjoyed every minute of the story, jodi Taylor maintained her usual high quality as usual!

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  • qwerty
  • 02-16-19

Cannot get enough

The usual... that is, riveting, unexpected, exciting and like the perfect chocolate. You just want more. perfectly read...as usual.

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  • Bevy
  • 02-03-19

Another brilliant listen

These stories are always highly interesting and entertaining. All the characters are totally believable and the narration is flawless. Cant recommend enough.

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  • Mrs C Lyon
  • 12-23-18

Loved it

Great short story from Jodi Taylor. Zara the narrator is great, she really brings the characters alive. Good old Markham. Nice to hear a story from his perspective for a change.