I have recently been catching up with The Chronicles of St Mary’s series in anticipation for the release of Book 13. This also meant catching up with the generous number of short stories Jodi Taylor releases in between books.
It has become somewhat of a tradition for me to pre-order the Christmas story and to download and read it on Christmas day before everyone else is awake yet I haven’t really reviewed them also I recently caught up with the other short stories between books 11, 12 and 13 so I thought I would do a little snippet reviews for them to give you my thoughts.
When Did You Last See Your Father?
Chronicles of St Mary’s #10.5
I loved how much of Leon’s story we go with this one. I don’t think we have had a story from Leon’s perspective before so it was fun to get insight into his history as well as Max’s as well. A bit of a Leon/Markham adventure as well!
I have to admit this was a little scary as it speaks of a flu like pandemic with everything closing, travel stopping etc, yet this was written and released in 2019 before COVID hit us all. Damn authors being prophetic!
Why is Nothing Ever Simple
Chronicles of St Mary’s #10.6
The Christmas story for the wait between book 10 and 11 we have the task of sending off Major Guthrie on his last jump. Anyone that reads this series knows last jumps never go smoothly and this one takes us to Bannockburn of all places! Looking back this shows how far in advance Taylor teases her readers with the first appearance of Pennyroyal and Lady Amelia Smallhope as well as a little glimpse at a soon to be new nemesis for Max!
St Mary’s and the Great Toilet Roll Crisis
Chronicles of St Mary’s #11.1
This was a joy to read, looking back with hindsight on the craziness and nightmare that was the start of the 2020 pandemic and lockdown it is great to look back on it with added humour and that is exactly with this short story did, with even Mrs. Partridge getting in on the antics!
The Girl with a Pearl in Her Nose
Chronicles of St Mary’s #11.2
A little two page freebie that is just a bit of fun with a little curious incident where Max has something stuck up her nose. Mainly this serves as a useful reminder of very thing poor Dr Maxwell has been subjected to over the past 11 books!
The Muse Of Hstory
Chonicles of St Mary’s #11.3
Mrs Partraige/Clio the Muse of History is one of my favourite characters in the St Mary’s Gang. So to have a little origin story of how a powerful Greek muse ended up in a admin position for the greatest disaster magnets on the planet is just pure fun.
The Ordeal of the Haunted Room
Chronicles of St Mary’s
The 2020 Christmas instalment and it was a locked room mystery with the dream team of Max, Peterson and Markham at the investigative helm. I adored every second of this one.
You can find some of my reviews for the Chronicles of St Mary’s Below: