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
GenreScience Fiction, Time Travel, Fantasy, Historical, Historical Fiction, Fiction

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

  • Bradley
    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...
  • Choko
    *** 4.35 ***I really enjoyed this one! I like the tone of the St. Mary's 2.0 much better, mostly because there are no ridiculous manufactured drama between Max and Leon. The drama of their travel through time is enough to keep you interested and since the author has proven that she is not afraid to kill main characters off, I find myself terrified all the time that one of my favorites, Peterson or Markham, might get the cleaver... I have grown ve...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Jaya
    One would think this routine would get monotonous and old after 4-5 instalments. One couldn't possibly be more wrong...
  • Emma
    Love this series! Another great instalment.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Robin (Bridge Four)
    Wow this is the second book in a row in which the Drama Llama hasn’t made an appearance. I’m not lying when I say good riddance. He/She/It was almost ruined the series for me and I almost didn’t continue after book III. But Steven was so kind as to nudge me to continue and I am so happy he did.The best part of this series for me has been traipsing through time. I’m not a huge history buff but if there is a fun way to teach history this is...
  • Maria Dimitrova
    Another week, another St. Mary's book under the belt. I'm quite happy with this new and improved St. Mary's, mostly because we seem to have put the artificial relationship drama behind. I mean, with a bunch of disaster prone historians and assorted support staff, who needs extra drama??? For most of the characters the differences between this version of them and the previous versions are subtle except for Leon. Leon 1.0 was a brash and insensitiv...
  • 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 ...
  • Kristen
    What can I say? How do you keep finding superlatives to describe the next book in one of your absolute favourite series' ever without repeating yourself?! I loved this!! SO SO MUCH!!!My very favourite part about the writing in this series is its humour, which is off-centre and inappropriately dark, to say the very least. I adore that!! Laughing at things we know we should absolutely NOT laugh at, is not only a slightly forbidden pleasure [even if...
  • 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...
  • Kathrin
    The thing that draws me to this series is the lighting speed of the plot. Each book is not just one adventure but five. Once again, I just adore Zara Ramm's narration, it makes the story cone to life.
  • Rbucci
    Much like the other books, fast paced and full of history. I love reading and following the relationships between the characters.
  • Karsyn
    As always, awesome to be back at St Mary's.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!
  • Josie Jaffrey
    Watch The Gin Book Club's video review here: is the first time in the St Mary's series that will find you at a disadvantage if you haven't read the short stories that precede it. I'd recommend reading all of them anyway, because they're great fun, but I would particularly recommend reading The Christmas Present before you start this book, because some elements of the story are continued.This fifth book...
  • Melanie (Mel's Bookland Adventures)
    Rollicking time travel adventure. Makes no sense, yet, I find I enjoy them.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Caroline
    Another higgledy-piggledy storyline involving Max, Leon, Markam, Peterson (my favourite), and the rest of the St Mary's crew. This book includes insights into the Fire of London, Thermopylae, Botticelli's Florence, but not before we start with 17th Century St Mary's where a few crew members go back to because Markham keeps seeing a ghost that keeps repeatedly falling off the roof - it turns out to be him. The team do another two artifact rescues ...
  • Trelawn
    I love that Markham is getting more of a role in the last few books as he is such a great character. In this one it is Markham seeing a ghost that nobody else can see that propels them on an adventure to a past St Marys. There is a disastrous visit to Old St Paul's during the Great Fire of London where Clive Ronan and Isabella Barclay take being bastards up a notch. My favourite was the visit to Thermopylae though. Sure it was fun reading about t...
  • John
    The reader can be assured that in reading any book in the Chronicle of St. Mary's series that straightforward time travel jaunts are anything but easy. During the 5th book, the series' protagonist Madeleine Maxwell ("Max") and St. Mary's gang find themselves traveling to the past to the Great Fire of London to save historical artifacts from being destroyed and to the Battle of Thermopylae, a major conflict between an alliance of Greek city states...
  • Tasula
    A really fun romp through time and history with the historians and technicians of St. Mary's. This is the 5th in the series, and most of the characters that I have grown fond of feature prominently, i.e. Maxwell, Leon, Peterson, Markham (a fairly indestructible clumsy clown), Dr. Bairstow. Maxwell is now the Chief Operating Officer at St. Mary's, but still can't seem to avoid triggering catastrophes, which drives her lover Leon crazy. I enjoy the...
  • Diana Stormblessed
    3.5 stars but I'm rounding up cuz it might be the best in the series so far. What I don't like about these books is that the way they're written it feels like a bunch of short stories shoved together in a book. There's one one large overlying story arch. It feels sloppy. But that being said, this one might be the best of the bunch so far, so I'm giving it 4 undeserved stars.