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Summary

A Christmas short story from the 'Queen of Time', internationally best-selling author of The Chronicles of St Mary's, Jodi Taylor.

Once again, the Toast of Time falls butter side down. Dr 'Max' Maxwell prepares for her very first Christmas away from St Mary's....

It's that most wonderful time of the year once more. But Max and Markham are a long way from St Mary's. What sort of Christmas will it be without their loved ones?

Settle down with a mince pie and a small sherry and prepare for an unlikely combination of Flying Auctions, Fabergé eggs, duped Time Police officers, the Parish Council, a TWOCed Bentley (no, not that one), legendary swords and a belligerent ram.

Will it be Peace and Goodwill to all men? Well, we all know the answer to that....

©2021 Jodi Taylor (P)2021 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

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"Jodi Taylor is quite simply the Queen of Time. Her books are a swashbuckling joyride through History." (C. K. Mcdonnell)

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  • CB
  • 25-12-21

amazing Christmas story as always

Another great story from St. Mary's, really a comfort when you wake up on Christmas morning with a migraine!

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A Little Short

Having read all but two of Jodi Taylor's books and most of those at least three times, I'm obviously a huge fan.
However, having been on tenterhooks for the last couple of months waiting for this latest Chronicles of St Mary's, I'm feeling a little disappointed.

This may be unfair. To start with, I had in mind the book was full length. It wasn't until the release date, the 25th, that I discovered my mistake.
The date should have alerted me. It probably would have if the price had been set in line with other shorts in the series but for some reason it wasn't.

I could accept being charged full price for a short if the story was really good but for the first time I felt the offering was a bare minimum.

Don't get me wrong. It was ok. It's just that there wasn't much to it. It seems to me that there were numerous ways the plot could have been made more interesting and without too much extra effort.

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Marvellous

Another fine tale from the pen of Ms Taylor. I'd love to experience what occurs in her brain some time.

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Christmas

A wonderful listen to start Christmas day everything that we have come to expect from St Mary's

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Christmas comes but once a year

Or however often you happen to travel to the correct time and place.
naked gardening with a strimmer sounds a little hazardous, only to be undertaken by the properly trained professional

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Catching up with old friends.

billiant as always. It's like meeting up with old friends and hearing all their news. Love it!

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  • JD
  • 12-02-22

as always... brilliant

I have listened to the whole series three times., now to wait 2 months for next book

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lazy storyline, don't bother

I am really sad to see my beloved St Mary's stories running low on interesting storylines and adventure. ever since "Plan for the worst", the stories have become progressively more and more lackluster, and infected by writer's stress to churn out another story. sadly this was the last straw for me, and I will not continue tuning in, I'll just have revisit the old books when I want a St Mary's fix.

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very relevant in the times we are living. Being apart from family and friends through no fault of our own. Thoughtfully structured and a lot of fun to boot. Exceptional yarn well written and beautifully read. We know characters by voice as well. Thankyou.

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This appears to be a quick release, featuring a couple of track glitches/ repeats and misaligned chapter descriptions. Good story, enjoyable listen.

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  • 26-12-21

$25.00 for a 0.5 level book?

I cannot believe I pre-ordered this under the impression it would be a full volume of the series. When I downloaded it and discovered it was “12.5” I was furious. I waited over 6 months and spent $25 on a book that was 50% (of the whole 3 hr listening time) taken up by the foreword and the listing of characters. I am still gobsmacked. Very disappointed in Audible and my former favorite author for light-hearted romps. Boo!!!!

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  • 28-12-21

not worth the cost.

this was the last one for me. you know how some series just seem to go on too long? maybe it's too many characters to keep track of. maybe it's gotten too formulaic. there is nothing really new. maybe it's all of the above. I'm just done.

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  • Caroline
  • 10-01-22

Disappointed? Much

I love these stories and it is largely that I love listening to Zara Ramm narrating. I am so mad about this book though. I paid the same amount for a book that was a fraction of the length. It was over before I felt like the story began. I feel like Jodi Taylor’s publishers really took advantage of the loyal fans here, knowing we would buy the next book without looking too closely at the length or reading reviews. Save your money and listen again to the old ones my friends.

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  • roseanna banana
  • 29-12-21

it was too short but it was St. Mary's so...

I absolutely loved this story. I can't seem to get enough of these books. They are funny, hair raising, intelligent, and just darn good. I need more, now. Between Jodi Taylor's writing and Zara Ramm's narration I am very happy.

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  • Suzanne
  • 25-12-21

Another Great Christmas Short Story!

Even if some of the full length books can be a tad confusing (but always fun) I absolutely LOVE Jodi Taylor’s Holiday short stories and this one doesn’t disappoint. Thank You Jodi and Mele Kalikimaka!

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  • Elizabeth Chilcott
  • 27-04-22

what a romp

enjoyed this Christmas very much. It was a clever storyline and great fun.As usual the narration was spot on.


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  • Anne Schneider
  • 18-03-22

Love it

As always lots of fun.
I look forward to seeing what comes next.
I highly recommend this series.

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  • Texaspaz
  • 18-02-22

Hilariously funny, as always

I would like to say that I have finished building my time travel machine since the last time I read a Saint Mary's book. But alas no. So I must continue visiting and enjoying myself immensely via audible. love these stories!!

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  • Debbie Whittington
  • 02-02-22

I just LOVED it!

It was so good getting a glimpse Max after the tumultuous last book and know that she's hanging in there despite life being turned upside down. My favorite part was he clandestine visit that ended up being a quite public nose thumb to that evil jerk... OH and the mental picture of the naked security/gardeners. Hilarious. Usually I don't like to use my credits on stories less than 5 hours... but this one was definitely worth it! <3

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  • HAW10
  • 07-01-22

Perfect Christmas novella

Jodi Taylor writes wonderful books and Zara Ramm narrates them just right! The usual players showcase their various talents. Cars, eggs, and interesting hiding locations are also featured in another great St. Mary’s short adventure.