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The Steam-Pump Jump

A Chronicles of St Mary’s Short Story
Written by: Jodi Taylor
Narrated by: Zara Ramm
Series: The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 9.6
Length: 1 hr and 51 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Not one to let being banged up in Sick Bay stop her, Max has had a brilliant idea. But she needs Markham to execute it on her behalf. The subject of this cunning plan is Peterson, struggling with another bereavement and not doing very well. What’s needed to get him through it is sympathy, sensitivity, tact and understanding. 

Step forward Mr Markham, for whom sympathy, sensitivity, etc., are things that happen to other people. Combine a fanatic from R&D, a head of Security with his own problems, a steam-pump, two historians who can’t even be in the same room as each other, some fractious Protestants and a large body of very dirty water. Told in Markham’s own words, this is the story of an intervention - St Mary’s style.

©2018 Jodi Taylor (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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  • Stephen H.
  • 2019-04-30

Jodi Taylor is a treasure.

If you have not read a St. Mary's story. I envy you. Not a bad one in the bunch. Fun characters, great dialogue, the Audible narrstions are superb. These are my kind of folks - weird, screwy, playful, dedicated and more real than most who are breathing

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  • Kindle FRIEND
  • 2018-08-07

awesome

This was an awesome book. I love Jodi Taylor, I love the narrator, she does such a great job, the story comes alive and I enjoyed every minute of it.

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  • Jean the Urban Walker.
  • 2019-09-18

For Fans of St Mary's - old and new!!@

Honestly who doesn't love all the wonderful misfits of St Mary's? And in these short stories we get to focus on one of the endearing crew. Thank you for making Mr Markham the star of this ditty. Now... when are we going to see these people on screen and where do I submit my application even though I can't quite decide between History Dept and R&D.

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  • Jenna Morales
  • 2020-08-07

Love Marcum!!

Such a lovely surprise to have another story from Marcum’s point of view. It leaves you wondering. I can’t wait to learn more about this most interesting character!

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  • D. Hellmann
  • 2020-07-29

More Rom Com than Sci Fi

I was disappointed with the story. It was boring and I struggled to make it to the end. The main character spends too much time talking about her childhood and trying to get the other two characters together on a date. There was nothing compelling here for sci fi fans.

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  • Amazon customer
  • 2020-07-02

Disappointing

I normally enjoy the Chronicles of St. Mary’s short stories, but found this one very disappointing. The story was mediocre and disjointed. At times, it felt like Jodi Taylor decided to randomly pad the story with filler material because it was not long enough. The author’s introduction suggests that this was written in a hurry to meet the publisher’s unexpected demand for a new Chronicles of St. Mary’s short story and that may explain why it is such a disappointment. Hopefully, it is a one-off misfire.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-04-17

Very entertaining!

Very entertaining! This short story fills in a lot of gaps while all the time giving you a superbly entertaining listen!

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  • S.McNee
  • 2020-02-03

Best of the short stories

I LOVE this series. The short stories are a tad lacking. Get the feel of a kid padding his essay to meet the required number of words. This one however, is told from a new perspective and actually contains a whole story. Funny, fresh and well paced. This was worth the cost to have but it’s so short not much happens.

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  • Garden Womble
  • 2019-02-12

Such fun!

I just adore this entire series and the short stories are no exception. This time, Lingos is excited to be off to see a demonstration of a steam pump, and of course...what could possibly go wrong?! As always, looking forward to the next installment in the chronicles!

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  • bebe
  • 2019-02-04

Not as likable as most of Taylor's offerings

The story just did not engage me. In the introduction Ms. Taylor mentions that she was sort of forced to write this book, and I think the quality of the book shows that to be the case. When I really think about it, I think the main problem for me is the decision to use Zara Ramm as the narrator for a story supposedly told by Markham. Ms. Ramm is the voice of Maxwell, so I could not get it straight in my head while listening that Markham was the speaker. All I could hear was Maxwell and it made the story very confusing. Ramm is NOT Markham. I believe a male narrator should have been used for this story from Markham's view. It would have made it more understandable to me. The premise of the story was Maxwell and Markham wanted to make Peterson feel better since he lost two romantic interests in the last year or two. They picked a pretty stupid way to go about it. Again, in my opinion this was just not as good as most Taylor stories. She ended up being more formulaic in her writing, relying on words and phrases from previous books and annoying over the top scenes and conversations. I have now read all of the St. Mary's books and stories written so far but I don't think I will go any further. I don't think there is anywhere for the story to go that will not be repetitive.