Another rollicking short story from the Chronicles of St Mary’s author Jodi Taylor.
Question: What sort of idiot installs his mistress in his wife’s house? Especially when that mistress is Cleopatra VII Thea Philopator, queen of Egypt and the most notorious woman of her time? Answer: Julius Caesar - poised to become king of Rome. Or as good as.
Question: At this potentially sensitive point in your political manoeuvrings, who are the last people you’d want crashing through the door, observing, recording, documenting...? I think we all know the answer to that one.
Roman Holiday - an epic, standalone tale set in Ancient Rome, 44 BC, featuring, in no particular order: an attempted murder; stampeding bullocks; Cleopatra, queen of the Nile; a bowl of poisonous snakes; a smallish riot; Julius Caesar; and Mr Markham’s wayward bosoms.
Jodi Taylor is and always has been a history nut. Her disinclination to get out of bed for anything after 1485 can only be overcome by massive amounts of chocolate and sometimes, if it's raining, not even then. She wanted to write a book about time travel that was a little different and, not having a clue how difficult this would make her book to classify, went ahead and slung in elements of history, adventure, comedy, romance, tragedy, and anything else she could think of. Her advice to booksellers is to buy huge numbers of her books and just put one on every shelf.
©2014 Jodi Taylor (P)2015 Audible, Ltd
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"We Come to Observe Caesar Not to Bury Him"
The time traveling scholars of St Mary's are sent to room at that moment when Caesar has installed Cleopatra in his wife's home. As usual things go wrong and they have to get themselves out of a very bad mess.
Only a novella (hour and less than a quarter long) it is well narrated by Zara Ramm who is very much the voice of this series in my view.
"Who would have known"
It's a short, so it is pretty good for a short.
How the story brings history to life.
When the characters describe what the leaders look like and how they saved Cleopatra.
It is fun all the way through there are many moments.
This is a great short story. A wonderful introduction to this series. I will be listening to more.
I do enjoy the characters of St Mary's. Their romps through history are fun and interesting. Makes me wonder about our recorded history. Well, anyway, Recommended. Especially if you like fun reads.
I am in love with this series!I like these short stand alone stories that go with the series.Zara Ramm is the perfect narrator for the series!
"A fun romp"
Well timed humor, fun story! A little magic mixed with some history and good use of the English language. I enjoyed it!
Mrs. Taylor's humor always catches me off guard and Roman Holiday did not disappoint. She has an intelligent wit that comes out in her writing. I find that very refreshing in today's world of pop fiction.
"Such Great Fun"
We love this series of St Mary's historians. Jodi Taylor has done a such a clever job of mixing humor, terror, relationships and all.
"Another romp with the time-traveling historians"
No St. Mary's assignment goes the way it's supposed to. Never.
The historians of St. Mary's investigate major historical events in contemporary time (don't call it "time travel.") This time the assignment is really simple, and very popular; they'll be observing Rome when Caesar has moved Cleopatra into his home in Rome.
The same home he shares with Calpurnia.
They're just going to observe conditions. It's a peaceful day. What could possibly go wrong?
But this is the St. Mary's crew. Max, Peterson, and their colleagues always have way more excitement than they're supposed to.
It's a lot of fun. I particularly like Taylor's narrative voice and Ramm's narration. Recommended.
This book was free on Audible.
Thanks to the author and narrator for this enjoyable story, wonderful characters and perfect performance. It is light, exciting, unpredictable with funny characters, I rely liked. I will listen to the whole series.
I really enjoy the Chronicles of St Mary's and this short story was a delightful bonus. Zara Ramm is the perfect reader too.
"Another piece of the St Marys puzzle"
Another great short tale with our favorites from St Marys. These short stoties are always worth a listen and fit well into the main series.
"Short and sweet"
A total romp!
I love how there's sneaky references to other texts.
read these in order, this one's 3.5
"Favourite short story of the series"
I really enjoyed reading this and all the other shorts available which add even more depth to the St Mary's series.
Max is always my favourite for her witty remarks and funny one-liners.
"A delightful taster of life at St Mary's"
As usual a historic trip into the past does not go as planned. Funny and wonderfully narrated. Definitely worth a listen.
"A murderous plot"
As always, the narration is excellent. When I read the novels I hear them in this exact voice in the back of my mind, too.
Who would have guessed St Mary's would outwit even the great Roman army? In typical chaos, of course...
"Fun little dip in"
Great little short story from this series. Very funny and well read.
On to the next one!
Brilliantly funny and a great way at looking at history. Wouldn't it be great if you could go back in time for a holiday?
Enjoyed this short story, a funny farcical tale beautifully read. A good use of an hours commute.
Maybe just my taste but I didn't get very far into it before I stopped listening.
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