A Trail Through Time (The Chronicles of St. Mary’s #4), by Jodi Taylor
Publish Date: July 24, 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 Trail Through Time, Max and Leon are reunited and looking forward to a peaceful lifetime together. Sadly, that doesn’t even last until lunchtime.
The action races from seventeenth-century London to Ancient Egypt and from Pompeii to fourteenth-century Southwark as the historians are pursued up and down the timeline, playing a perilous game of hide-and-seek before seeking refuge at St. Mary’s—where new dangers await them. Overwhelmed, outnumbered, and with the building crashing down around them, will this spell the end of St. Mary’s?
The fourth book in this hilarious time-traveling series was just as full of adventure and wit as the previous books. The addition of the Time Police was both fun and exciting (and I still adore the ending to the last book that led into this one). I love these books and all the history I learn from them, the laughter that they cause, and the relationships in them. Looking forward to the next one!