Why Is Nothing Ever Simple?

Narrated by: Zara Ramm
Length: 2 hrs and 19 mins
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A special Chronicles of St Mary's Christmas short story that is sure to entertain. If you love Jasper Fforde or Ben Aaronovitch, you won't be able to resist Jodi Taylor.  

It's Christmas at St Mary's and time for the traditional illicit jump. Except this one is perfectly legal. It's Major Guthrie's last jump. To the Battle of Bannockburn, no less. 

An important moment in history for two nations - one that warrants everyone's full attention. But Max soon finds herself grappling with a near-lethal game of pooh sticks, another avian incursion and two turbulent teenagers intent on piloting their own illegal jump. And that's all before they even get near 14th-century Scotland.  

For this is St Mary's, and nothing is ever simple.

©2019 Jodi Taylor (P)2019 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

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Wonderful !

Jodi Taylor NEVER disappoints !
Highly recommend “The Chronicles of St. Mary’s” my absolute favorite book series.
Frankly, you can’t go wrong with anything by Jodi Taylor !!

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Jodi and Zara do it again!

A great story and a wonderful performance make for a really nice "Christmas gift". Thank you!

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Loads of fun

As usual, another fun (short) romp with the Saint Mary's gang. I enjoy these short stories between the larger books. This was another of the traditional Christmas short stories that we expect now from Ms. Taylor, This one might have seemed a little less Christmas-focused than others I suppose, but it was a lovely installment. I particularly liked Pennyroyal and would love to see him and Amelia again.

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A Christmas jump that is authorized...who knew?

Yes, an actual authorized Christmas time jump at St. Mary's. The occasion being the retirement of our old friend, Major Ian Guthrie. But, as the title states, nothing is ever simple, at least with St. Mary's involved.

In this short story, we have, (in no particular order), an attempted illicit jump to party with Stephen Hawking, a missing time jump crew, time traveling idiots who want to rewrite history, bounty hunters, and wearable cheese. Even more astounding is the fact that Max is, more often than not here, the voice of reason!

I really love these stories and wish that they came out more often.

If you have not, read the series from the beginning to get the most out of this story. You will thank your self for doing so.

I cannot recommend this more highly.

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A bit meandering

A bit meandering and tense, not the fun romp as the usual Christmas story, and very much lacking in wrapping up the Markum story it started with, but enjoyable enough.

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St Mary's.

It is St Marys.... I mean what else is there to say. mischief. laughs. with a splash of tears and anxiety. You know the usual.

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Brilliant!

Jodi Taylor delivers another brilliantly witty, historically informative, and captivating story. A must read...really anything by Jodi Taylor is a must read. She does no wrong.

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Always a pleasure

I always enjoy the short novellas between the novels and how they add to the world created by Ms. Taylor. My only criticism is they are short... even though that is of course a characteristic of a novella but that's just me being selfish

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Not my favorite Christmas story.

I did enjoy the listen but there was too much that was not resolved and it felt like it was a filler and a tease until/for the next book. It really didn't fell like a Christmas story, I have greatly enjoyed all the other books but this one felt like it was missing something.

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  • 12-29-19

Always Something New

I have enjoyed every single one of the St Mary's audio books and and am looking forward to more. The narration is superb. The plots always excellent. Please keep them coming.

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  • C-Dweller
  • 01-30-20

Another wonderful short including a teaser.

Great fun as always and leaving us with a tantalisng teaser regarding the true identity of one of our favourite characters. When will that be answered I wonder? 🙂

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  • Steph H
  • 01-26-20

Great fun

I've been dipping in and out of this series for a while and feel I need to go back to the start for a refresher listen. Just love it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-22-20

Perfect Christmas audible book

Well worth the wait for the latest Christmas short story... if only there was an Easter one as well!

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  • Gina L
  • 01-10-20

Another 5 stars

Jodi and Zara can do no wrong. Yet another rollicking adventure from St Mary's Disaster Magnets.

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  • mrs c howe
  • 12-29-19

fabulous as always

beautifully crafted stories with engaging characters and interesting storylines. a real treat. I love this series of books and eagerly await the next instalment.

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  • Gabrielle Harvey-Jones
  • 12-27-19

A Christmas essential!

No Christmas would be complete without a St Mary’s Christmas short story and this one definitely doesn’t disappoints! Safe in the hands of the ‘dream team’ (Jodi Taylor and Zara Ramm) it leaves one with the perfect post Christmas feeling of possible delights to come!

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  • Jo
  • 12-26-19

The family is home for Christmas

Yet another wonderful story by Jodi Taylor. The St Mary’s gang, the one family that is warmly welcomed into the household every Christmas Day!
A fun trip back to Bannockburn, Ian Guthrie’s last jump and more of the tantalising and not yet revealed secret of Markham’s past. Jodi Taylor is the ultimate tease!

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  • Zoe
  • 12-26-19

wonderful as usual. what is going on with Markham.

really cheared me up as I ended up in hospital on Xmas day. lots happening in a short story.

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  • Dominic
  • 12-25-19

Christmas 2019

Only short but a stofy with bags of action. leaving us on the normal cliffhanger what will happen in the next book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-06-20

Broken on Windows (at least for me)

Weeks since its release, this short still won't show in my library on the Windows version of the client, acting in some respects as if it hasn't been purchased yet. In the series list in the library, it's showing the "get this title" button, while in the store the button is "view in library", which does nothing.

It works fine on the mobile app, but that's no excuse