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The twelfth book in the bestselling Chronicles of St Mary's series. If you love Jasper Fforde, Ben Aaronovitch or Doctor Who, you won't be able to resist Jodi Taylor. At long last it's all over. Job done. Max has her life back and everything is set for the traditional happy ending. Except, this is St Mary's and if something can go wrong it will. Disaster is piled upon catast The twelfth book in the bestselling Chronicles of St Mary's series. If you love Jasper Fforde, Ben Aaronovitch or Doctor Who, you won't be able to resist Jodi Taylor. At long last it's all over. Job done. Max has her life back and everything is set for the traditional happy ending. Except, this is St Mary's and if something can go wrong it will. Disaster is piled upon catastrophe. A new Head of Security. A new Director of St Mary's. Historians lost in time. And Max dishonourably discharged. Jobless and homeless, she receives an offer she cannot refuse and suddenly finds herself in another time and another place. Just a way to pass the weeks until she can reunite with Leon - or so she thinks. Because events are on the move and, as usual, St Mary's is at the centre of the storm.


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The twelfth book in the bestselling Chronicles of St Mary's series. If you love Jasper Fforde, Ben Aaronovitch or Doctor Who, you won't be able to resist Jodi Taylor. At long last it's all over. Job done. Max has her life back and everything is set for the traditional happy ending. Except, this is St Mary's and if something can go wrong it will. Disaster is piled upon catast The twelfth book in the bestselling Chronicles of St Mary's series. If you love Jasper Fforde, Ben Aaronovitch or Doctor Who, you won't be able to resist Jodi Taylor. At long last it's all over. Job done. Max has her life back and everything is set for the traditional happy ending. Except, this is St Mary's and if something can go wrong it will. Disaster is piled upon catastrophe. A new Head of Security. A new Director of St Mary's. Historians lost in time. And Max dishonourably discharged. Jobless and homeless, she receives an offer she cannot refuse and suddenly finds herself in another time and another place. Just a way to pass the weeks until she can reunite with Leon - or so she thinks. Because events are on the move and, as usual, St Mary's is at the centre of the storm.

30 review for Another Time, Another Place

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    Markham and Maxwell to the rescue! Another St Mary's story, another time, another place. This installment sees Max loose a close friend to an untimely accident, resulting in some major changes at St Mary's. Money is at the forefront now, and the missions have become less about the history and more about the treasures that can be exploited. After a trip to Babylon goes disastrously wrong, Max must reassess her priorities. Dangerously alone, and overwhelmed, she may be forced to take on some 'freel Markham and Maxwell to the rescue! Another St Mary's story, another time, another place. This installment sees Max loose a close friend to an untimely accident, resulting in some major changes at St Mary's. Money is at the forefront now, and the missions have become less about the history and more about the treasures that can be exploited. After a trip to Babylon goes disastrously wrong, Max must reassess her priorities. Dangerously alone, and overwhelmed, she may be forced to take on some 'freelance' work with a certain butler and Markham to make ends meet.... I can always rely on St Mary's to lift me out of a reading slump. Fast paced, brimming with historical facts and dangerous situations through time, I think of these characters as loveable rogues and an extension of my own family. They're a group of misfits, thrown together through a love of historical events and I've witnessed so many life changing moments with them that I have become deeply attached to them. This time we see a death, a birth and a wedding. All of which brought a year to my eye, and all seen through Max's sardonic gaze. We also get the wonderful locations, richly described and meticulously researched, that I've become accustomed to in these stories. This time we get Elizabethan England, Babylon and Victorian London, each with a seedy undercurrent of murder, slaves and servants. Max and co. are never far from some kind of disaster, yet there's always a good dose of humour mixed in with the more dramatic scenes that Jodi Taylor manages to balance perfectly. I can't emphasize enough how much she's grown as a writer since the early books (which are still some of my favourites), where the plot was very chaotic and haphazard. This is a tightly held, perfectly paced book with all the right elements to keep you gripped as a reader. If anything, the 'current day' plot was slightly underdeveloped for me - but that ccliffhanger ending was enough to pull it back for me. I need book #13 immediately. Honestly, I can't recommend this series enough to those who love history with a dash of science fiction. Magical stuff, and I'd expect nothing less.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Minty

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I think this is possibly the least good St Mary’s book I have read. I love St Mary’s so I won’t say it is bad but it felt like filler and actually as I got to the end, I came to the conclusion it is a bridging book to set the scene for new issues. It was also evident right from the outset that certain persons weren’t dead and that others had gone away on purpose. Max isn’t stupid so I don’t know why she would have believed it. Her reaction to that death was just not on a par with other people she I think this is possibly the least good St Mary’s book I have read. I love St Mary’s so I won’t say it is bad but it felt like filler and actually as I got to the end, I came to the conclusion it is a bridging book to set the scene for new issues. It was also evident right from the outset that certain persons weren’t dead and that others had gone away on purpose. Max isn’t stupid so I don’t know why she would have believed it. Her reaction to that death was just not on a par with other people she has cared for, which was a ‘dead’ giveaway. Looking forward to the next book as we know what is coming!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jacey

    St Mary's Institute of Historical Research investigates historical events in contemporary time. (Don't ever call it time travel!) Having got arch enemy Ronan out of the way in the previous book, things should be looking up for St Mary's in general and Max, Leon and their son, Matthew, in particular, but Dr Bairstow is worried that the authorities are likely to interfere in the running of St Mary's. He sends Leon off on a jaunt to discover a new remote site, a secret bolt-hole to which all the st St Mary's Institute of Historical Research investigates historical events in contemporary time. (Don't ever call it time travel!) Having got arch enemy Ronan out of the way in the previous book, things should be looking up for St Mary's in general and Max, Leon and their son, Matthew, in particular, but Dr Bairstow is worried that the authorities are likely to interfere in the running of St Mary's. He sends Leon off on a jaunt to discover a new remote site, a secret bolt-hole to which all the staff can decamp (with the archive) at a moment's notice. So Leon, Matthew and the two teenage geniuses (Adrian and Mikey) who are currently sheltering from the Time Police, are not involved (much) in this book. And it looks as if we've lost Markham too (one of my very favourite characters). He's taken his family somewhere safe (away from Governmental Powers That Be) since he and Hunter now have a baby daughter. Why is that a problem? You'll have to read the big reveal about Markham in 'Plan for the Worst.' Ms Taylor is careful not to divulge Markham's origin in this book, though there are little Easter Eggs for those in the know. (Yes I do know Markham's origin story and no I'm not revealing it in this review.) So the scene is set for something to happen. The first thing is Hyssop's arrival - designated as the new Head of Security in Markham's absence. She's got two huge faults: lack of experience in the kind of security time travelling historians need, and unshakeable faith that she can sweep in, change everything and do a better job than anyone else. Ignorance and overconfidence don't make a good combination. And then there's Dr Bairstow, suddenly replaced, and gone forever. His replacement is Treadwell, a money-conscious pen-pusher who is quite OK to ignore St Mary's motto of 'We never leave our people behind.' That's a pity because Hyssop makes a terrible mistake in ancient Babylon and Clerk and Prentiss (historians) pay the price. Max, as usual, has a terrible time banging up against authority in the shape of Treadwell, and incompetence in the shape of Hyssop. She's more or less on her own without Leon, Matthew and Markham, with only the utterly reliable Dr Peterson for backup, though there's little he can do against the new regime. I spent a lot of this book being outraged for Max, but by the time I got to the end things had clicked into place. As usual the characters are well drawn, the pace good, and the plot twists twisty. There's a reveal at the end that shows that this book is a transition piece from the threat of Ronan - who overshadowed the first eleven books - to a looming threat which could be far worse.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dustin Johnston (dragonarmybooks)

    I have a BookTube channel where I review books, give reading suggestions, and more! Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/dragonarmybooks --- Another Time, Another Place is a return to form as St. Mary's sets out for business as usual until, in typical St. Mary's fashion, everything goes tits up. A new Head of Security? A new Director? Historians lost in time!? And good ol' Max dishonorably discharged? We're in for a treat as our beloved friends traipse through time. And this time, they're no I have a BookTube channel where I review books, give reading suggestions, and more! Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/dragonarmybooks --- Another Time, Another Place is a return to form as St. Mary's sets out for business as usual until, in typical St. Mary's fashion, everything goes tits up. A new Head of Security? A new Director? Historians lost in time!? And good ol' Max dishonorably discharged? We're in for a treat as our beloved friends traipse through time. And this time, they're not just going to the past. I still think that Jodi Taylor is one of the most underrated storytellers today. I have so much fun with each of her books. There's not been one, that I can recall, that I disliked. Her humor is always on point and although a lot of the series could be repetitious, she always knows how to bring in a freshness with each and every entry. In this book in particular, I felt that she really upped her sense of foreboding. I always knew that things were about to go from bad to worse and I was thrilled to see how it all played out. There were a lot of twists and turns in this one, but to be honest, I saw a lot of them coming long before they arrived. But in no way did that take away from my enjoyment of the novel! As always, I am excited to continue reading The Chronicles of St. Mary's ESPECIALLY now! We've gone all the way up to 11 and a lot of disgusting things are hitting the proverbial fan. The last line in Another Time, Another Place might be my favorite so far in the series. I'm thrilled for what comes next! And don't you think for one second that I didn't catch you being sneaky, Jodi! I didn't catch them all, but I did notice that you were including many (if not all) of the previous book titles in lines of dialogue in this book. They were really fun Easter Eggs to be on the lookout for!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Emmalyn Renato

    My selection for the 'Published in 2021' square in the 2021 r/Fantasy Bingo. Pros: - Another St. Mary's book hurray! - It's the dogs bollocks (for those not familiar with this expression that is indeed a pro, analogous with the cat's whiskers or the bee's knees). - There's the usual humor and snark that make this series so enjoyable. - History really comes alive, even small seemingly inconsequential episodes/trips are entertaining. - New characters to hate. Old characters to reacquaint ourselves My selection for the 'Published in 2021' square in the 2021 r/Fantasy Bingo. Pros: - Another St. Mary's book hurray! - It's the dogs bollocks (for those not familiar with this expression that is indeed a pro, analogous with the cat's whiskers or the bee's knees). - There's the usual humor and snark that make this series so enjoyable. - History really comes alive, even small seemingly inconsequential episodes/trips are entertaining. - New characters to hate. Old characters to reacquaint ourselves with. - The book was so easy and quick to read and become unputdownable. I stayed up way too late late night. - It was nice to revisit the Cunard joke. I haven't heard that in 40+ years. Cons: - And now I will have to wait probably at least a year for another visit. I wonder how hard it would be to become a beta-reader for Jodi's books? - There was one thing that happened that, from past experience, I knew meant that something else was going to happen, and I just had to wait for the story to catch up. I'm not sure there's anyway around this. - Using Max as a "loose cannon" (or "unknown factor X") is getting a little repetitive and formulaic. But it's also entertaining, so I'm not sure if this is a con at all. (Other 2021 Bingo categories for this novel are: "Found Family", "First Person POV", "Revenge-Seeking Character", "Mystery Plot", and "Comfort Read").

  6. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie DeMoss

    St. Mary's is back, but in turmoil, and even more than usual. Max finds herself sacked (again), and her new job may be just what she needs. Markham has gone into the wind, fleeing shadowy government figures, and his replacement is not the sharpest pencil in the box. Clive Ronan is gone, but newer, maybe even deadlier, foes are waiting in the wings. More tumultuous changes occur, and it is uncertain if St. Mary's will survive. As always, the characters are well developed and interesting. The stor St. Mary's is back, but in turmoil, and even more than usual. Max finds herself sacked (again), and her new job may be just what she needs. Markham has gone into the wind, fleeing shadowy government figures, and his replacement is not the sharpest pencil in the box. Clive Ronan is gone, but newer, maybe even deadlier, foes are waiting in the wings. More tumultuous changes occur, and it is uncertain if St. Mary's will survive. As always, the characters are well developed and interesting. The story is engaging and kept me on the edge of my seat. The history is well researched and I always learn something new. I always drop everything to read the latest Jodi Taylor book, and I am never disappointed. This is book 12 in the Chronicles of St. Mary's series. It is important to read them in order. It is not a standalone. The St. Mary's crew is a madcap, crazy group of time-traveling historians (don't call it time travel) who "investigate historical events in contemporary time." Anyone who is just starting this series needs to begin with the first book, "Just One Damn Thing After Another." I envy you the experience of reading this series for the first time. In addition to reading the Kindle edition, I also listened to the Audiobook, narrated by Zara Ramm. Zara does an outstanding job, as usual.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Janet Moore

    This one snuck up on me. I hadn't noted the release date in my calendar and when I came upon a notice that the book was out I grabbed it. Needless to say, I have been up all night listening (and I still haven't finished it). One thing that continues to amaze me is the way Jodi is able to literally put me in the middle of whatever, wherever, whenever with such apparent ease that I feel like I've just joined in the latest expedition. Considering the track record of St. Mary's, however, that might n This one snuck up on me. I hadn't noted the release date in my calendar and when I came upon a notice that the book was out I grabbed it. Needless to say, I have been up all night listening (and I still haven't finished it). One thing that continues to amaze me is the way Jodi is able to literally put me in the middle of whatever, wherever, whenever with such apparent ease that I feel like I've just joined in the latest expedition. Considering the track record of St. Mary's, however, that might not be a good idea. I admit, thanks to reading a review on Audible and being a bit, shall we say, concerned about the potential outcome, I did fast forward to the last chapter and then immediately return to where I left off. As a rule, this is a Major No-No for me. It did not fill in all the blanks or provide all the explanations but it did provide a bit of ... relief before the next adventure. O. M. G.!!!!! Which, come to think about it, is pretty much the reaction of the reviewer who enticed me to do my fast forward. That, in a nutshell, should tell you a lot. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm heading back to continue the adventure and then start over for that all-important second round (of many) to make sure I caught all the little things that might have been missed. Or not. Buckle up. It's a grand adventure!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    Well to coin the favourite phrase of the book’s main protagonist “bloody, bollocking hell”. Dear Ms Taylor you have done it again with more twists and turns than a labyrinth. I spent a good part of the book being really angry with you..how could you put your readers through such distress. I started the book at 10 pm and didn’t put it down until 4 am. With about a third of the book left to complete. When I woke several thoughts occurred to me and I was reminded of the St Mary’s set up in the Time Well to coin the favourite phrase of the book’s main protagonist “bloody, bollocking hell”. Dear Ms Taylor you have done it again with more twists and turns than a labyrinth. I spent a good part of the book being really angry with you..how could you put your readers through such distress. I started the book at 10 pm and didn’t put it down until 4 am. With about a third of the book left to complete. When I woke several thoughts occurred to me and I was reminded of the St Mary’s set up in the Time Police....I began to realise that you had cleverly led me, the reader, up and down a very cleverly plotted garden path that Mr Strong would have been proud to have laid. Mrs Peacock told Max in a much earlier book that she has an important role to play and I am now brining to think that these events are going to start to unfold....Jodi I salute you, your writing is, as usual, impeccable.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dee

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Hmmmmmm. There’s a lot of repetition in here. The events may have different names but there was a very familiar feel (how can Max still have literally nothing every time she leaves St Mary’s). It felt like a transitional book, after the huge events of the last one, trying to find a new protagonist. There were a couple of big concerns: 1. Clerk and Prentiss fall solely on Bairstow’s shoulders. Had he not engineered everything the way he did, Max and the new security head might have actually started Hmmmmmm. There’s a lot of repetition in here. The events may have different names but there was a very familiar feel (how can Max still have literally nothing every time she leaves St Mary’s). It felt like a transitional book, after the huge events of the last one, trying to find a new protagonist. There were a couple of big concerns: 1. Clerk and Prentiss fall solely on Bairstow’s shoulders. Had he not engineered everything the way he did, Max and the new security head might have actually started to work together properly and those events would not have fallen out the way they did. 2. I’m confused about how apparently Bairstow and Brown paid for Pennyroyal and Amelia, and orchestrated a break out (which was apparently what they _didn’t_ want?!), but somehow couldn’t keep Halcombe and Sullivan from seeing Max? Having said that - by the second half I couldn’t put it down again 😊

  10. 4 out of 5

    Berni Phillips

    I continue to really enjoy this series. In this one, Dr. Bairstow is replaced by a Mr. Treadwell, who wants to make changes at St. Mary's, of course. He says it's too expensive and they need to find ways to make a buck. Of course, this does not go over well with Max and the others. Leon is off scouting out a new location for their archive so he is not in this book. Markham is on leave after getting married so a new head of security is brought in, a Capt. Hyssop, who is a military type with all t I continue to really enjoy this series. In this one, Dr. Bairstow is replaced by a Mr. Treadwell, who wants to make changes at St. Mary's, of course. He says it's too expensive and they need to find ways to make a buck. Of course, this does not go over well with Max and the others. Leon is off scouting out a new location for their archive so he is not in this book. Markham is on leave after getting married so a new head of security is brought in, a Capt. Hyssop, who is a military type with all that implies. Things happen, as they do in this series. There are a number of very funny bits and other bits that are heart wrenching. And arm wrenching in some cases. It ends on a cliff hanger. Do start at the beginning of this series for it is fantastic and funny and packs an emotional wallop at times.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lara

    A lot, a lot, a lot happens in this book, but at the same time, kind of...not that much? It definitely ended up feeling like an interstitial novel between two major plot points...a very definite turning point. Buuut, also not as much of one as it first seemed. Mainly I will say that I’m really worried about Peterson! Just because he’s always had such terrible, terrible luck in his relationships, and now (view spoiler)[ he’s married! To Lingoss! And I’m very nervous that something will happen to A lot, a lot, a lot happens in this book, but at the same time, kind of...not that much? It definitely ended up feeling like an interstitial novel between two major plot points...a very definite turning point. Buuut, also not as much of one as it first seemed. Mainly I will say that I’m really worried about Peterson! Just because he’s always had such terrible, terrible luck in his relationships, and now (view spoiler)[ he’s married! To Lingoss! And I’m very nervous that something will happen to her, or to him, and my heart will break all over again! Don’t you do it, Jodi Taylor (hide spoiler)] ! It was nice to have some good Max and Markham hijinks though, and I am looking forward to the direction things are heading now. But somehow...I’m sort of having more fun with the Time Police series starring Matthew at this point, so I hope she writes another of those first!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Natasha Chowdory

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is 100% a return to form for Taylor and it is excellent. Obviously I love all of this series but some of the books are better than others. And with all the references etc. you really do need to have read all the books in the series. I like that this installment focuses on Max and not Matthew or Leon but just Max and her relationships with Markham, Dr Bairstow and a few other faves that crop up. We get to see Babylon *in intimate detail*, something really sad happens, actually quite a few sa This is 100% a return to form for Taylor and it is excellent. Obviously I love all of this series but some of the books are better than others. And with all the references etc. you really do need to have read all the books in the series. I like that this installment focuses on Max and not Matthew or Leon but just Max and her relationships with Markham, Dr Bairstow and a few other faves that crop up. We get to see Babylon *in intimate detail*, something really sad happens, actually quite a few sad things. BUT it's still so good and the set-up for the next arc (the Time Wars) is done really well. I was worried about where the series would go after Clive Ronan was killed but Taylor now has even more material to play with! I already can't wait!!!!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Bryan Alkire

    Good novel. This is always a fun series to read and this one actually contained a few surprises. The book moves along and the descriptions are nice. But, this series is all about the characters and when they’re all involved, it makes things all the more fun. Worth reading if you’re a fan of the series, but probably not the best place to start reading the series. Postscript: If you’re reading the author’s Time Police series which takes place in future when Matthew is older, you will already know Good novel. This is always a fun series to read and this one actually contained a few surprises. The book moves along and the descriptions are nice. But, this series is all about the characters and when they’re all involved, it makes things all the more fun. Worth reading if you’re a fan of the series, but probably not the best place to start reading the series. Postscript: If you’re reading the author’s Time Police series which takes place in future when Matthew is older, you will already know how this book ends. Further, there is a plot inconsistency here, since Saint Marys exists in the future per other books in the series, there’s no real excitement here since the place won’t get shut down permanently or anything.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Fleeno

    I really do love this series, and not just because a part of me hopes there is a secret St Marys somewhere and they will one day hire me. It's book 12 and St Marys is in turmoil. A new head of security, a new director, and max is once again fired. Unemployed and homeless she gets an offer she can't refuse (because what else is she going to do with herself?) I love the characters, these books are like catching up with old friends. The dialogue is witty and I always learn something about history. I really do love this series, and not just because a part of me hopes there is a secret St Marys somewhere and they will one day hire me. It's book 12 and St Marys is in turmoil. A new head of security, a new director, and max is once again fired. Unemployed and homeless she gets an offer she can't refuse (because what else is she going to do with herself?) I love the characters, these books are like catching up with old friends. The dialogue is witty and I always learn something about history. I can't believe someone hasn't turned these books into a tv series yet, it would make such a good show. The only problem with this book is that it ended on such a cracking good note that I immediately wanted the next book and it hasn't been written yet.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Eva Belliston

    Wheels within Wheels. What you see is never what you get with the St Mary's crowd. Taylor continues her way through multiple plots and subplots with all the aplomb of a a master choreographer. Spins and twirls and unexpected or anticipated high and lows can be found in this book. Taylor is the master of both a broad canvas and the small intimate detail. The ability to master both is unusual and very appreciated by this reader. The minutiae of Max's daily doings with the cast of St Mary's is as com Wheels within Wheels. What you see is never what you get with the St Mary's crowd. Taylor continues her way through multiple plots and subplots with all the aplomb of a a master choreographer. Spins and twirls and unexpected or anticipated high and lows can be found in this book. Taylor is the master of both a broad canvas and the small intimate detail. The ability to master both is unusual and very appreciated by this reader. The minutiae of Max's daily doings with the cast of St Mary's is as compelling as the historical events and the meta plot involving the ways that society and the ability to change history might impact each other. I laughed,I wept I can't wait for more.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Annette

    Another visit to St Mary's, and this time things are going dreadfully wrong for our favourite Disaster Magnets. I don't know how Jodi manages to come up with such fiendish plots and combine comedy with misery so we don't know whether to laugh or cry - best not read this one in public, for many reasons - but at least a few tears are happy ones. Some of our usual suspects are absent, some may be lost, big changes are afoot, but Max carries on in her inimitable style even when her problems seem insu Another visit to St Mary's, and this time things are going dreadfully wrong for our favourite Disaster Magnets. I don't know how Jodi manages to come up with such fiendish plots and combine comedy with misery so we don't know whether to laugh or cry - best not read this one in public, for many reasons - but at least a few tears are happy ones. Some of our usual suspects are absent, some may be lost, big changes are afoot, but Max carries on in her inimitable style even when her problems seem insurmountable. It's going to feel like forever until we get the next instalment after that "What?..What?..WHAT?!" cliff-hanger!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Moran

    I have so very many thoughts It was such a pleasure to read a well edited, researched book. While reading the book I knew it would culminate into the final line. After saying that , the path to the final line of the book was twisty and long and the Energizer Bunny of the series just keeps going. I know other readers might not agree but I think this was the best book of the series. Not only was the plot advanced but the characters emotions were more involved in this book. I’ve been a fan of the se I have so very many thoughts It was such a pleasure to read a well edited, researched book. While reading the book I knew it would culminate into the final line. After saying that , the path to the final line of the book was twisty and long and the Energizer Bunny of the series just keeps going. I know other readers might not agree but I think this was the best book of the series. Not only was the plot advanced but the characters emotions were more involved in this book. I’ve been a fan of the series since 2016 and know how much work it takes to get the next book to the reader. I wish I could travel to the future to read the remainder of the series.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Rex Roberts

    A Rollercoaster! From the start, this book seemed off. Too many weird things going on, and not. Then the shocker which required a major mental reset to invest in a big change at St. Mary’s, trying to decide how Max was being played, or not. Then the next shocker, which required resetting expectations for the whole series, which actually would be interesting as Lady Amelia and Pennyworth are novel-worthy characters in themselves. But it was the end, the last 12% by my Kindle’s measure, that really A Rollercoaster! From the start, this book seemed off. Too many weird things going on, and not. Then the shocker which required a major mental reset to invest in a big change at St. Mary’s, trying to decide how Max was being played, or not. Then the next shocker, which required resetting expectations for the whole series, which actually would be interesting as Lady Amelia and Pennyworth are novel-worthy characters in themselves. But it was the end, the last 12% by my Kindle’s measure, that really said ‘For God’s sakes, Jody! You’re ending the bloody book now?!?’ All in all, a great next installment in the St. Mary’s series. So, what happens next?

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jane Balke Andersen

    I am totally biased. I love these stories in the St Mary’s series by Jodi Taylor. I like them so much I want the author to devote her life to writing them - and do little else. Alas, that is unlikely to happen. There is rather a lot going on in Another Time, Another Place and some hard times here for St Marys and our lead a character Max. I listened on audiobook because it is just so good that way. Zara Ram who reads it, is perfect as Max. Always start at the beginning with Book 1 and follow the s I am totally biased. I love these stories in the St Mary’s series by Jodi Taylor. I like them so much I want the author to devote her life to writing them - and do little else. Alas, that is unlikely to happen. There is rather a lot going on in Another Time, Another Place and some hard times here for St Marys and our lead a character Max. I listened on audiobook because it is just so good that way. Zara Ram who reads it, is perfect as Max. Always start at the beginning with Book 1 and follow the series in order. Great if you enjoy history, humour, sci-fi/fantasy, time travel and strong female characters who are not perfect.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Trelawn

    The world of St Mary's is turned on it's head with a number of high profile departures. This necessitates new arrivals who don't go down well with Dr Maxwell. When one of them puts two St Mary's historians in grave danger, Max breaks all the rules to rescue them, leading to her dismissal. New opportunities present themselves with the reappearance of two familiar faces. This installement was a change in tone and direction for St Mary's which feels like it is gearing up to sync up with events in the The world of St Mary's is turned on it's head with a number of high profile departures. This necessitates new arrivals who don't go down well with Dr Maxwell. When one of them puts two St Mary's historians in grave danger, Max breaks all the rules to rescue them, leading to her dismissal. New opportunities present themselves with the reappearance of two familiar faces. This installement was a change in tone and direction for St Mary's which feels like it is gearing up to sync up with events in the Time Police spin off series. This could be a very interesting turn as the two organisations may have to get over their past to secure their future.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Agus

    Jodi has done it again! There are new people running St. Mary’s. Dr. Bairstow is gone. Markham is gone. Leon has taken Matthew, Adrian and Mikey and the archive and left to find a new safe place. Max is trying to handle all the changes but not succeeding! She is not handling Mr. Treadwell or the new security director. (I can’t spell her name). Two historians get left behind in Babylon! Max disobeys orders to try to retrieve them! That is just the beginning. Must read! Loved this. Zara Ramm is th Jodi has done it again! There are new people running St. Mary’s. Dr. Bairstow is gone. Markham is gone. Leon has taken Matthew, Adrian and Mikey and the archive and left to find a new safe place. Max is trying to handle all the changes but not succeeding! She is not handling Mr. Treadwell or the new security director. (I can’t spell her name). Two historians get left behind in Babylon! Max disobeys orders to try to retrieve them! That is just the beginning. Must read! Loved this. Zara Ramm is the awesome Narrator. Love her!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    Another emotional roller coaster from Jodi Taylor! I am so invested in these characters, it makes the pain hard to bear! The first half is especially painful but stick with it. Perhaps a little less humour than the others, largely due to the absence of some key characters, but this is fantastic storytelling and I couldn't have been more glued to it. I loved the references to some of Max's previous adventures and the Babylon chapters are amazing. Just the thought of it.... Don't read this without Another emotional roller coaster from Jodi Taylor! I am so invested in these characters, it makes the pain hard to bear! The first half is especially painful but stick with it. Perhaps a little less humour than the others, largely due to the absence of some key characters, but this is fantastic storytelling and I couldn't have been more glued to it. I loved the references to some of Max's previous adventures and the Babylon chapters are amazing. Just the thought of it.... Don't read this without having read the others. I NEED MORE!!!!! NOW!!!!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    Here's the deal with these. I think I've finally figured it out. They actually aren't very well written if you're trying to judge based on plausibility of plot and actions, characters acting for understandable reasons, or things making sense at all. They're delightful books if what you mainly want is fun characters, imaginative whimsy, and witty repartee and don't mind the uneven pacing and nonsensical plots. Depending on your mood, they're either enjoyable fluff or frustrating mazes, and there' Here's the deal with these. I think I've finally figured it out. They actually aren't very well written if you're trying to judge based on plausibility of plot and actions, characters acting for understandable reasons, or things making sense at all. They're delightful books if what you mainly want is fun characters, imaginative whimsy, and witty repartee and don't mind the uneven pacing and nonsensical plots. Depending on your mood, they're either enjoyable fluff or frustrating mazes, and there's just not much in between.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jenn

    Fans of the series will enjoy this book. It suffers some of the same issues as the rest of the series (changing the rules mid stream, poor character decisions) plus some issues that come from being the 12th in a series (to much summarizing stuff we know plus not enough of stuff we may have forgotten, a bit of jumping the shark, strange changes to some characters). No Leon felt off while Max was making such big decisions (she has a pod she could get to him). Matthew was also missing in some key p Fans of the series will enjoy this book. It suffers some of the same issues as the rest of the series (changing the rules mid stream, poor character decisions) plus some issues that come from being the 12th in a series (to much summarizing stuff we know plus not enough of stuff we may have forgotten, a bit of jumping the shark, strange changes to some characters). No Leon felt off while Max was making such big decisions (she has a pod she could get to him). Matthew was also missing in some key places. But still an enjoyable addition to the series and I look forward to the next one

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Glass

    A classic St Mary's - short jump to a period in the most recent 1000 years, a longer jump further back in time, new people getting Max's back up and general mayhem, with a few unexpected turns along the way. Obviously not one to start with if you're new to the series but great for established fans, with the next book nicely set up at the end. My only grumble is the dramatis thingummy and acknowledgements are never included in the Audible full length books, which is a shame when everything Taylor A classic St Mary's - short jump to a period in the most recent 1000 years, a longer jump further back in time, new people getting Max's back up and general mayhem, with a few unexpected turns along the way. Obviously not one to start with if you're new to the series but great for established fans, with the next book nicely set up at the end. My only grumble is the dramatis thingummy and acknowledgements are never included in the Audible full length books, which is a shame when everything Taylor writes is so witty.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    I'm in need of a proper time map, as this book seems to be happening while Matthew is still being educated at St Mary's , Max is Sacked (AGAIN) and since she is happily working away at St Mary's when he goes to work, you kind of want to figure out who things get back to normal chaos. Because this seems to take you out of the current time line? hmmmm the story went on a bit longer in the seeking out lost historians part than one might like, but otherwise a twister as usual! BEEPity Beep Beep TP m I'm in need of a proper time map, as this book seems to be happening while Matthew is still being educated at St Mary's , Max is Sacked (AGAIN) and since she is happily working away at St Mary's when he goes to work, you kind of want to figure out who things get back to normal chaos. Because this seems to take you out of the current time line? hmmmm the story went on a bit longer in the seeking out lost historians part than one might like, but otherwise a twister as usual! BEEPity Beep Beep TP messing things up as usual!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Vintage

    Thank goodness that Jodi Taylor is not only a great writer but a fast one because I need the next St. Mary’s fiasco STAT! A new regime has hit St. Mary’s and it’s apparent that not only does Max not take change well, but she, hmm, likes to defy authority. Babylon is the biggest jump, and it doesn’t go well in very poignant ways. So many other reviews highlight so I am leaving this simple. I do want to add that I am more than a little concerned about Max’s issues with Peterson. I fear we aren’t ov Thank goodness that Jodi Taylor is not only a great writer but a fast one because I need the next St. Mary’s fiasco STAT! A new regime has hit St. Mary’s and it’s apparent that not only does Max not take change well, but she, hmm, likes to defy authority. Babylon is the biggest jump, and it doesn’t go well in very poignant ways. So many other reviews highlight so I am leaving this simple. I do want to add that I am more than a little concerned about Max’s issues with Peterson. I fear we aren’t over this issue despite Markham and now Pennyroyal’s warnings.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ariel

    Another rollicking travel through time with the historians of St. Mary's. This one was not well plotted, though. There were holes I could have driven a Mack truck through. For example, when the historians disappear in ancient Egypt, why don't another set of historians just go back to a little bit before they disappear and find them there? What's the point of time travel if you can't do that? And more. But I always enjoy these books because they take me out of my own world and sweep me away. A bo Another rollicking travel through time with the historians of St. Mary's. This one was not well plotted, though. There were holes I could have driven a Mack truck through. For example, when the historians disappear in ancient Egypt, why don't another set of historians just go back to a little bit before they disappear and find them there? What's the point of time travel if you can't do that? And more. But I always enjoy these books because they take me out of my own world and sweep me away. A book that can do that is a beautiful thing. And a series that can do that is even better.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Wow. So I was worried at the beginning of the book - a bunch of characters died, disappeared or otherwise left the book, and a bunch of new characters came onboard... This is more change than I'd like (and I didn't love any of the new characters). Around the half-way point of the book, the plot really started to pick up and the last quarter was fantastic - hair-raising, fun and surprising at turns. I loved the end of the book (which really shows the pivot of where this series will be going next) Wow. So I was worried at the beginning of the book - a bunch of characters died, disappeared or otherwise left the book, and a bunch of new characters came onboard... This is more change than I'd like (and I didn't love any of the new characters). Around the half-way point of the book, the plot really started to pick up and the last quarter was fantastic - hair-raising, fun and surprising at turns. I loved the end of the book (which really shows the pivot of where this series will be going next). No spoilers, but s*** is about to get real. Eagerly awaiting #13 in the St. Mary's series.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Fern Adams

    Well combat wombat that was brilliant! Often when a series gets to anything past around book four you start to worry it’s all been dragged out a bit too long and starting to go downhill. Not so with St. Mary’s! At book 12 it’s still going as strongly, heart wrenchingly, crying with laughtery and fascinatingly as ever. The last few chapters of this with one of my favourite characters disguised in a blonde wig (without giving away any spoilers) was hilarious. Now to try and patiently wait for book Well combat wombat that was brilliant! Often when a series gets to anything past around book four you start to worry it’s all been dragged out a bit too long and starting to go downhill. Not so with St. Mary’s! At book 12 it’s still going as strongly, heart wrenchingly, crying with laughtery and fascinatingly as ever. The last few chapters of this with one of my favourite characters disguised in a blonde wig (without giving away any spoilers) was hilarious. Now to try and patiently wait for book 13!

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