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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"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.
"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.
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 loved the story and the narrator is absolutely brilliant. Another romp with the St. Mary's merry band of historians.
"Rather Short but St Mary all the way!"
I felt like it just started when it ended but it was the entertaining adventure I have come to expect from Max and her team. Missed some romance with Farrell! Maybe next book!
"Delicious light hearted romp."
This bite size St. Mary's adventure is a great pick me up. Light hearted and just plain fun. And it truly IS a fully self contained story. It will not spoil previous or subsequent books, if you listen to it out of the series chronological order.
Ramm: Marvellous as always.
"Another entertaining story."
Really nice to get this for free and it was just as good as the rest. Zara Ramm is a delight to listen to.
"Short Story Placement"
Personally I believe that this short story should have been placed between books 2&3 instead of 3&4.
"The gang on holiday!"
Another supremely entertaining tale by the wacky gang of St Mary's. I love Zara's narration.
Historians travel back in time to visit Julius Ceasar. They then find themselves in trouble and chased by Roman soldiers.
"the nose was so large"
A deserving addition to the St Mary's chronicles and more fun in The Roman Empire. A small fix for the withdrawals of time.
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...
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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