The ninth book in the bestselling Chronicles of St Mary's series which follows a group of tea-soaked disaster magnets as they hurtle their way around History. If you love Jasper Fforde or Ben Aaronovitch, you won't be able to resist Jodi Taylor.
They say you shouldn't push your luck. Max gives her own luck a massive shove every day - and it's only a matter of time until luck pushes back...
January 1536 - the day of Henry VIII's infamous jousting accident. Historians from St Mary's are there in force, recording and documenting. And, arguing - obviously.
A chance meeting between Max and the Time Police leads to a plan of action. And, it's one that will have very serious consequences - especially for Max. Her private life is already more than a little rocky. But with Leon recovering and Matthew safe in the future there will never be a better opportunity to bring down Clive Ronan, once and for all.
From Tudor England to the burning city of Persepolis - and from a medieval siege to a very nasty case of 19th century incarceration - Max is determined that this time, he will not escape.
Readers love Jodi Taylor:
'Once in a while, I discover an author who changes everything... Jodi Taylor and her protagonista Madeleine "Max" Maxwell have seduced me'
'A great mix of British proper-ness and humour with a large dollop of historical fun'
'Addictive. I wish St Mary's was real and I was a part of it'
'Jodi Taylor has an imagination that gets me completely hooked'
'A tour de force'
The ninth novel in Taylor's impressively complex and entertaining time travel series (after And the Rest Is History) is a kaleidoscope of sensation filled with passion, intrigue, humor, and heartbreak. Readers are returned to the academic and secretive enclave of St. Mary's in England, a bastion of knowledge filled with an eclectic mix of historians and support personnel, including Dr. "Max" Maxwell. In conjunction with the Time Police, sometime friends to the St. Mary's historians, Max and the St. Mary's crew attempt to capture Clive Ronan, a rogue with illegal traveling technology and a burning desire to alter the course of history. When things go horribly awry, as they tend to do when Max is involved, she becomes trapped in the past with no way home. On the surface, the novel can be read as a quasifarce, but thought-provoking nuances and situations provide ample fodder for consideration and tease the imagination. Readers new to the series will fall in love with it and eagerly hunt down the previous installments, and series fans will be well pleased.