Just One Damned Thing After Another

Just One Damned Thing After Another

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The first book in the USA Today bestselling British madcap time-travelling series, served with a dash of wit that seems to be everyone's cup of tea.

"History is just one damned thing after another." --Arnold Toynbee

Behind the seemingly innocuous facade of St. Mary's Institute of Historical Research, a different kind of academic work is taking place. Just don't call it "time travel"--these historians "investigate major historical events in contemporary time." And they aren't your harmless eccentrics either; a more accurate description, as they ricochet around history, might be unintentional disaster-magnets.

The first thing you learn on the job at St. Mary's is that one wrong move and history will fight back--sometimes in particularly nasty ways. But, as new recruit Madeleine Maxwell soon discovers, it's not only history they're often fighting.

The Chronicles of St. Mary's tells the chaotic adventures of Max and her compatriots--Director Bairstow, Chief Leon Farrell, Mr. Markham, and many more--as they travel through time, saving St. Mary's (too often by the very seat of their pants) and thwarting time-travelling terrorists, all the while leaving plenty of time for tea.

From eleventh-century London to World War I, from the Cretaceous Period to the destruction of the Great Library at Alexandria, one thing is for sure: wherever the historians at St. Mary's go, chaos is sure to follow in their wake.

Skyhorse Publishing, under our Night Shade and Talos imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of titles for readers interested in science fiction (space opera, time travel, hard SF, alien invasion, near-future dystopia), fantasy (grimdark, sword and sorcery, contemporary urban fantasy, steampunk, alternative history), and horror (zombies, vampires, and the occult and supernatural), and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller, a national bestseller, or a Hugo or Nebula award-winner, we are committed to publishing quality books from a diverse group of authors.
Publisher: New York : Night Shade Books, c2013.
Edition: 1st Night Shade Books ed.
ISBN: 9781597808682
Characteristics: 335 p. ; 21 cm.


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Sep 04, 2018

Possibly one of the best. Just believe me and read it!

Jun 23, 2018

WOW what fun! and quite aptly named - our amazing protagonist encounters so many dire situations, it's as though this were several books mashed together. The premise - investigating historical events in contemporary context, and battling future villains for the integrity of the present - is more believably set up than one might suspect from that description. Jodi Taylor's writing is delish, and I'm hooked for the duration of the series.

May 26, 2018

https://jamesdavisnicoll.com/review/tick says "This was a lot more upbeat than I expected from “time travellers discover the hard way how many things will kill humans.” In fact, it was hilariously funny. Fast moving too. [Editor’s note: I stayed up to 1 AM finishing this book, because I could not stop reading. And laughing.] Two thumbs up."

Mar 11, 2018

Michael Crichton meets Dr. Who meets The Spellman Files. I can hardly wait to read the next one.

Apr 29, 2017

If you enjoy imaginative stories that are fun, fast paced, full of fascinating characters, based (not sure how accurately) on history as well as a possible future, then read the series of Chronicles of St. Mary's. The series and the characters "grow" on you, the action gets ridiculous at times but often is laugh out loud funny or could bring tears to your eyes.

Nov 01, 2016

It started off well; Sort of a 'To Say Nothing of the Dog' meets 'The Eyre Affair' feel to it, with very similar themes running throughout. Then it got pretty dark and didn't really lighten up again. Not a huge fan of some of the decision making in this, but I'll give the next one a chance.

Nov 01, 2016

What a wonderful series. I picked it up because the title made me think of my life and giggle. It has it all down to earth characters, history, present future. Just cannot recommend this whole series enough from first to the third one I just read. May Jodi Taylor continue them for our delight

Sep 09, 2016

What an amazing discovery! The last time I read a book then instantly went on search mode to buy the entire series was Hogswatch by Terry Pratchett, which at that time he had 31 books (still miss that great man and author). We are in luck! Jodi only has 7 books so far, make sure to locate her ebook short stories (why doesn't the library carry short stories?).

Jul 05, 2016

I'm not usually a fantasy fan, but I loved these books. All of them. Great stories, wonderfully told.

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