Friday, December 23, 2016

Christmas Present: A Chronicles of St. Mary's Short Story #4.5, by Jodi Taylor (author), Zara Ramm (narrator)

Audible Studios, ISBN 9781536646030, January 2017 (original publication April 2015)

It's Christmas Eve at St. Mary's Priory, and nothing is stirring at all--except that Max, Peterson, and Markham are off on another unauthorized assignment, this time to rescue senior historians Bashford and Grey, who vanished in 12th century Jerusalem ten years ago. (St. Mary's researches important historical events in contemporary time; don't call it "time travel." That would be vulgar!)
The missing historians aren't 12th century Jerusalem; that at least is clear. But Max has a theory, Peterson has a plan, and Markham is supplying the crucial bacon sandwiches. (Markham, a security officer, has been their best provisioner from the beginning.) It'll be a quick in and out, and correctly timed, they'll be snatching Bashford and Grey from where they've only just been dumped. What could possibly go wrong?

This is the St. Mary's crew, and the answer is everything. And it doesn't stem from lack of professionalism, preparation, or intelligence. On the contrary!

No, it's just a combination of professional historical curiosity and being natural magnets for trouble. Also the fact that everywhere they go is historically important--in this case, right into a major battle in Boudiccea's rebellion against the Romans...

Their determination and Max's sidewise view of their challenges and sry sense of humor make these stories hard to resist.

Recommended.

I bought this audiobook.