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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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One for the fans...

If you love this series and are in need of a fix of Maxwell at any time of year, grab some toast, a mug of tea, find a comfy seat and listen to this.

Happy Holidays (which ever one happens to be nearest)

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Love TCOSM and love Zara Ramm

Another great Christmas short story read by the most excellent Zara Ramm. Can't wait for the next one!

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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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  • 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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  • shirley
  • 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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  • ctancer
  • 21-05-22

Great Short Story

I loved it! It's fun at every turn. I can't wait to start the next!

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  • VLR
  • 19-05-22

Fun Creative Surprising Terrific and Funny as always

Sorry to read some people are upset at/by this being a “short” story; feeling duped, costing the same as a full novel, cheated, yada. Seems they let their anger drive their review.

My feeling is: This story is as superb as all the others. It is performed as outstanding as the others. I enjoyed this story as much as the others. Rock on Jodi and Zara.

PS: maybe consider offering 2 or 3 short stories together for 1 Audible credit, or the price of a full length book. Or maybe consider offering more/all your short stories for free on Audible. It’s just good will & good business. I a l w a y s make concessions for my clients if they feel they are not getting their money’s worth. I wind up more successful and respected for it. Regardless of your marketing departments decisions, I’m a fan of ALL your books. Every single one. Thank you. You make my days better-

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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!!