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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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Well... Why Would it Be?

Nothing is meant to be simple where St Marys is concerned, so why would this Christmas be any different? It was a bit of a case of Greatest Hits, and good fun, as usual.

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  • Colonelswife
  • 26-12-2019

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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  • Richard S. Swol
  • 02-01-2020

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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  • mumsy
  • 23-01-2020

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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  • Garden Womble
  • 23-01-2020

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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  • av
  • 14-01-2021

St Mary's Fan

As always, the Christmas short story is loaded with history, heroes and villains. but more important, great endings. Good job Jodi Tslor and Zara Ramm. Hope we se Ian and Elspeth again.

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  • Jennifer V.
  • 06-09-2020

Lovely Short Story

Probably my favorite St Mary’s short story so far - but then again I say that about all of the stories in this series

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  • bebe
  • 20-08-2020

Meet Pennyroyal

Christmas story in which Maj Guthrie takes his final jump upon retirement. He wants to go to the battle between the Scottish and the British which was won by the Scottish. Of course things do not go as planned. Maxwell must follow them because they are late returning to St. Mary's. During this jump the St. Mary's team meet Lady Smallhope and her amazing butler, Pennyroyal. A fun little listen well narrated by Zara Ramm

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  • Brian Phillips Ashley
  • 26-05-2020

Another St. Mary's HIT!

Love this whole series! Can't wait for "Plan for the Worst" to be on audile.

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  • Owens Family
  • 09-05-2020

Always a joy

Another excellent short story!!!
The St. Mary's Chronicles have been bringing me joy for years during a long work commute and now I listen while working from home. Forever a fan.

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  • janet
  • 19-04-2020

Why must these end?

Saddest part of her books...the end. I love every minute of them and hate when I have to leave and go back to reality.:)

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  • C-Dweller
  • 30-01-2020

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
  • 26-01-2020

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
  • 22-01-2020

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
  • 10-01-2020

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
  • 29-12-2019

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
  • 27-12-2019

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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  • TK
  • 10-01-2021

Pleasure as always

Jodi Taylor at its best as always. Narration at its best as always. Fully recommended.

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  • Jacky
  • 05-01-2021

Wonderful

Penny royal a royal plant, plantagenet. How clever. No spoilers from me, loved it.

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  • JanBird&DebMeades
  • 01-10-2020

Enjoyable

Love these stories. Time travel always entertains and the research always meticulous. Can't get enough of this series.

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  • Fred Jones
  • 14-08-2020

Superb short story

What a super a short story, a fitting tale for the departure of one of the original main characters and an introduction to some new ones I hope we will hear more from, perfect narration as always

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