Just One Damned Thing After Another: The Chronicles of St. Mary’s Book One – Jodi Taylor

Just One Damned Thing After Another“History is just one damned thing after another” Arnold Toynbee

Well, this was fun! The eccentric Brits at St. Mary’s Institute of Historical Research are very secretly traveling back in time to better understand historical events, but it’s not such an easy job. One wrong move and history will fight back, sometimes with lethal consequences.  Madeleine Maxwell, historian and archaeologist, is attracted to the job opportunity at St. Mary’s. Max is outspoken and always in some sort of trouble, so she might fit right in at St. Mary’s. The pay is terrible, working conditions worse, but the chance to see history as it happens is priceless.

The story is not all fun and games. People die right and left. Bad things happen. Relationships flourish, and they die. That’s life. Max is a great protagonist, a complex character with lots of flaws. And the rest of the cast are equally quirky. The book can’t be put down, and I loved every minute.  Seven books in the series have been published in Great Britain and this first book is now being published in the U.S.  I look forward to reading them all.

eGalley review                              Publication date 6.7.16

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