A Second Chance (The Chronicles of St. Mary’s #3), by Jodi Taylor
Publish Date: February 11, 2014
Published by: Night Shade Books
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)
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 Chronicles of St. Mary’s tells the chaotic adventures of Madeleine Maxwell and her compatriots—Director Bairstow, Leon “Chief” 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.
In A Second Chance, it seems nothing can go right for Max and her fellow historians. The team confronts a mirror-stealing Isaac Newton and later witnesses how the ancient and bizarre cheese-rolling ceremony in Gloucester can result in CBC: Concussion By Cheese.
Finally, Max makes her long-awaited jump to Bronze Age Troy, only for it to end in personal catastrophe. And just when it seems things couldn’t get any worse, it’s back to the Cretaceous Period to confront an old enemy who has nothing to lose.
Another great tale that swept me away! I love how much this series makes me laugh, cry, and Google random historical facts I never knew before. I still feel Taylor leans a little too hard on subtext, and the ending was not what I expected, but otherwise I absolutely love this series! Onto the next one!
Beat the Backlist | Books Completed Toward Goal: 18/24