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Why Is Nothing Ever Simple?

Written by: Jodi Taylor
Narrated by: Zara Ramm
Length: 2 hrs and 19 mins
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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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Between Hope For The Best & Plan For The Worst

This is the bridge story between the above-mentioned novels. The important bit for me is the partial revelation about Markham's beginnings and the fact that he is forbidden(?) to reproduce. There can only be a limited number of reasons for this, but it's finally revealed at the end of Plan For The Worst. The Chronicles of St. Marys' fans should read (or listen) to this Christmas tale. Oh, and I liked the reference to 'Parker', because that's exactly what I was thinking!

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Wonderful

Exceptional as usual. I can never get enough of Max and St. Mary's. Thank you Jodi

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  • Colonelswife
  • 2019-12-26

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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  • mumsy
  • 2020-01-23

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
  • 2020-01-23

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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  • Richard S. Swol
  • 2020-01-02

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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  • Jennifer V.
  • 2020-09-06

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
  • 2020-08-20

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
  • 2020-05-26

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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  • Dean S.
  • 2020-05-09

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
  • 2020-04-19

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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  • Stephanie
  • 2020-03-09

Always a treat!

This series is one of my absolute favorites. The narrator is consistently excellent, with witty timing and clear character choices. The plots are always twisty, clever, and fun. I can't wait to listen to the next book!