A Trail Through Time : The Chronicles of St Mary's

  • by Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by Zara Ramm
  • Series: The Chronicles of St Mary's
  • 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

St Mary's is back and is facing a battle to survive in this, the fourth installment of the Chronicles.
Max and Leon are re-united and looking forward to a peaceful lifetime together. But, sadly, they don't even make it to lunchtime.The action races from 17th century London to Ancient Egypt and from Pompeii to 14th century Southwark as they're pursued up and down the timeline, playing a perilous game of hide and seek until they're finally forced to take refuge at St Mary's - where new dangers await them.
As usual, there are plenty of moments of humour, but the final, desperate, Battle of St Mary's is in grim earnest. Overwhelmed and outnumbered and with the building crashing down around them, how can St Mary's possibly survive? So, make sure the tea's good and strong.

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Max grows up in her new world

At the end of “A Second Chance”, I was more than a little unsure where this series was going. I enjoyed the book, even the harrowing section about the fall of Troy, but the ending, which took Max into an alternate universe, seemed a little weak. I’d been concerned that the ideas had dried up and St Mary’s was no longer going to be part of the story-line.

I needn’t have worried. “A Trail Through Time” actually boosts the series: some of the gloom and doom of the old St Mary’s is lifted without diminishing its anarchic character and recalcitrant nature; Max is delivered from life in the office to spend more time in a pod – well, actually, more time running away from people and things that are trying to kill her; and we get to visit London during the Black Death and again during a seventeenth century Frost Fair, Pompeii during the great eruption and Egypt at the time of the heretic Pharaoh, Akhenaten.

There are new set of bad(ish) guys – the sinister, black-clad Time Police – and a new, but still familiar, St. Mary’s.

What held everything together for me was the way Max embraced her second chance. She doesn’t take it for granted and she doesn’t get off easily but she commits herself to her new world with her usual passion, bravery and wonderfully dry and quintessentially British humour. We learn more about the darkness of her childhood and see her tested to her limits. She comes out of it stronger and somehow more grown up but without being any less of a walking hurricane.

“A Trail Through Time” reinvigorated the series for me. I’m looking forward to seeing what Max gets up to next.
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- Mike Murphy

It's still St Mary's

Pre-ordered this and seriously was counting the days till it was released. Jodi Taylor didn't fail to deliver again. A fast paced romp (including PJ's) through time, then some serious storylines.

I'm a bit disappointed that Zara Ramm has dropped Dr Bairstow's accent (slight Scottish, I think - I'm a New Zealander and don't pick between Scottish and Irish well). Still, she still reads the books with an understanding of pace, suspense and emotion.

I hope there will be more of these books. I fell in love with the first one and haven't been able to stop listening to them. I tried to listen to this in one sitting and sadly fell asleep almost right at the end (just at the interesting fight) so I had to finish it today. Jodi Taylor left it open ended enough for there to be more books and I hope her muse doesn't fail her.

People have complained about plot holes in these books but I've found that Ms Taylor is quite adept in filling them in (not always in the same book). Let's face it, time travel allows the filling of plot holes.

More please.
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- Sheryl Mason

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-11-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios