No Time Like the Past (The Chronicles of St. Mary's, #5) by Jodi Taylor

No Time Like the Past (The Chronicles of St. Mary's, #5)

Jodi Taylor’s best-selling series The Chronicles of St Mary is back with a bang…St Mary’s has been rebuilt and it’s business as usual for the History department.But first, there’s the little matter of a seventeenth-century ghost that only Mr Markham can see.Not to mention the minor inconvenience of being trapped in the Great Fire of London…and an unfortunately-timed comfort break at Thermopylae leaving the fate of the western world ha...

Details No Time Like the Past (The Chronicles of St. Mary's, #5)

TitleNo Time Like the Past (The Chronicles of St. Mary's, #5)
Release DateOct 22nd, 2015
PublisherAccent Press
Number of pages291 pages
GenreScience Fiction, Time Travel, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Fiction

Reviews No Time Like the Past (The Chronicles of St. Mary's, #5)

  • Brad
    It's easy for me to say that I've become a fanboy of this series. Few other books can straddle the fence so well between sympathy for all the dead and sheer enjoyment of all the frivolities. :)That being said, this one is much less of an emotional roller coaster than all the rest, with one exception. Something good happens. As in, gather ye rosebuds as ye may, good. I won't say much more than that, especially since we're put through a ghost story...
  • Trish
    Much like the previous book, this was more light-hearted. We start off with a ghost story that turns into quite an interesting chase and a bit of a self-fulfilling prophecy thing and then head straight into trouble. Wonderful sights are visited again, such as London during the inferno of 1666, Renaissance Florence and Thermopylae! And yes, what would the time-jumping tale be without our favourite villains, Clive Ronan and Isabella Bitchface Barcl...
  • Jana
    Would someone with a brain PLEASE scoop this up for the small screen? I love Love LOVE this series! Dang it, I wish I worked at St. Mary's. Don’t they need a musician? I’ve taught Music History, can I qualify? Please??? Thank you, Ms. Taylor, for once again working your magic. This is a hoot and a holler and a fabulous ride!
  • Richard Derus
    Rating: 4* of fiveI needed catharsis in the Aristotelian sense...κάθαρσις...after the reading and thinking I've been doing. So down tools, laborer, and prepare the cup that cheers.It cheers again. The formula holds its charms. Fun and funny and gut-wrenching and painful, exactly and precisely the formula needed for a cleansing cry, a heartening guffaw, and a wistful sigh.
  • Mark
    Don't read this book. LISTEN to it. There are very few perfect matches between material and narrator, but this is one. Hard to imagine without Zara Ramm. Good story, very funny. Highly recommend. Won't change your life, but will keep you happy while your listening.
  • Kaitlin
    This is the 5th book in the Chronicles of St Mary's and this one I really enjoyed following. The story continues to grip me and I was very happy that this story returned to the good old setting of St Mary's itself rather than being a trip through too many places like the 4th one was. This once again follows Max, our main character who is filled with life and vibrance. She's a lady I'd love to meet in real life becuase she's just fabulous and the ...
  • Marjolein
    Read all my reviews on I went into this having certain expectations. I was not disappointed. Returning to St Mary's was great (even though I only left for half a day). Your favorite time-traveling historians return in order to cause more mayhem. No Time Like The Past focuses slightly more on St Mary's related problems, as they travel back in time to investigate the mysterious ghost that Markham keeps seeing, tr...
  • Ian
    Max and her team of time travelling historians return for another romp along the timeline. In this episode they visit St Paul's Cathedral to salvage whatever they can as it's crashing down around them. Then it's on to 13th century Florence where the bonfire of the vanities is in full swing and a bunch of works by Botticelli have an appointment with the flames. Finally it's to Thermopylae where they find themselves accidentally risking the timelin...
  • Linette
    Another excellent outing with the disaster prone history department of St. Mary's.
  • puppitypup
    Adventure/Romance Sigh...At last, the happy ending! Plus, just today, Book #7 appeared on Goodreads. That means I still have two books to go. I am one happy camper!I love this series, I can definitively say it is my favorite of all time. I've been reading these while hubby is out of town, which is probably a good thing. I've just about rolled off the couch laughing a time or two. I can get away with that every once in a while with a book, but for...
  • Wealhtheow
    Being a time traveling historian is hard and dangerous work, and enfant terrible Max has become an elder statesman through the loss of many colleagues. Luckily most of the core group of freaks that she works with, like accident prone Markham or vicious nurse Helen, are still around to keep life interesting. Max goes on several excursions into the past (The Grand Exhibition! Thermopylae!) and even survives Visitor's Day at St.Mary's. It's all very...
  • Karsyn
    Not one of my favorites, another 4.5, but still really really enjoyable and really can't quite put my finger on what wasn't as enjoyable for me. Just some duller parts for me this time around. Still really enjoyable!
  • Patty Shimer
    Story was great but,editing is bad.Misspellings and a lot of wordsrunning together. I love her stories and wait for her books to come out but, the editing really hurt the story.
  • Holly
    I enjoyed the story but I found the editing/kerning errors distracting.
  • Gina Boyd
    This might be my favorite of the series, because it might be the funniest. I laughed aloud a few times, but I also kept realizing that I was just grinning like an idiot as I read. I'm grinning now.
  • Katherine
    There's been a lot of brutality throughout the series, climaxing in spectacular fashion in the previous installment, but this book ties up the loose ends from its predecessor. These scenes stand starkly against the usual plethora of shenanigans, but they serve as reminders of what we told in the first book: History does not like to be messed with. (See also: scorned women.)It is a testament to Taylor's writing that I was literally laughing out lo...
  • Laura de Leon
    4.5 starsI really enjoyed this book, more than the last couple in the series.It's back to a bit of a lighter approach, and the book actually reads more like a series of linked short stories/novellas, rather than a full novel. That worked for me, once I realized that yes, this particular plot arc was over, with 3/4 the book still left to come.The characters were fun and crazy, and didn't always think through their actions, with some disastrous con...
  • Allison
    This series just keeps getting better.Loved everything about this although it did seem to drag just a bit during the war section but maybe I was just anxious to get to the part where they come home. Looking forward to the next installment. Should be interesting to see how they cope with married life.
  • Karsyn
    My least favorite of the St Mary's. 2nd time around still I just didn't enjoy it as much. There were good moments, but a lot of downtimes in between. Still great, just not as great as the rest.
  • Darlene
    Another winner! Gawd,i love this series...
  • Arminzerella
    St. Mary’s has been repaired after the devastating battle that destroyed much of it in book #4. But, its people are still recovering from their many injuries, and part of Max’s responsibility is to get them back in the saddle and doing what they do best – historical research via time-travel! Unfortunately, none of their jumps, despite careful planning, turn out as planned (St. Paul’s Cathedral, Great Fire of London, Thermopylae). Historia...
  • Sharon
    I honestly don't think I can come up with anything to say about this series that I haven't already talked about in my reviews of the other books in the series. Other than just go read the books. Seriously, this is one of the best fantasy series I have ever read. Find a copy and dive into it!
  • Donna
    This is an entertaining series but it's really feeling repetitive after five books. It needs much more of an overarching plot. I've already got the next one in the series but I may have to bail after that.
  • Linda Wallis
    Another rip roaring adventure with Max & Co! Almost breathless with the pace sometimes & then emotional because you've got involved with the characters.Then there's the historical bits....This series is good!
  • Bridgette
    Another excellent story created by Jodi Taylor. This book is yet another worth reading. The series is like Dr. Who for History buffs. There's so much action and adventure it seems never to slow down.
  • Mary Beth
    Great series. Fast paced, lots of action and history. Good characters. Can't wait to read the next one.
  • Julie
    Getting a little tired of the formulaic natue of the books but they are still fun.
  • Meran
    review later
  • Rhiannon