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Hope for the Best

(The Chronicles of St Mary's #10)

4.56  ·  Rating details ·  3,754 ratings  ·  382 reviews
The tenth 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.

You can't change History. History doesn't like it. There are always consequences.

Max is no stranger to taking matters into her own
Kindle Edition, 430 pages
Published April 25th 2019 by Headline
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Robin (Bridge Four)

Buddy Read 25Apr19

These books are a crack up for me. You would think by book 10 with some many short stories in-between that I’d start getting bored with them, but you’d be wrong, wrong, wrong. Every time I’m with the crew at St. Mary’s I have the best time. I’ve grown to love all the characters and their quirks like they are family. Max is so much fun and even in a crisis she can see the bright side and get a laugh or two out of me.

With trips to the crustaceous period, the 16th Century, the
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
The latest instalment of the St Mary’s series is full of the usual capers with Max and co. through time, although the setting changes somewhat as we see Max seconded to the Time Police on a secret mission to finally bring down Clive Ronan.

As usual, I love historical aspects of this, this time ranging from Mary Tudor England (that somehow goes horribly wrong, of course), to the future, and everywhere in between. Max spends a lot of time with the wonderful teenagers Adrian and Mikey in this one t
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I think it's safe to say that Taylor has done it again. Not MAX doing it again, per se, but for writing a great SF time-travel hijinx novel, the WRITER has done it again. :)

My goodness. Max taking herself into Mastermind territory? Oh, WHAT COULD GO WRONG, indeed? lol

I admit I'm a huge fan of big heist-type novels and this one gives us all the attempted makings of one. Max even GETS PERMISSION to run such an ill-conceived notion against her arch-enemy. Will wonders never cease?

Of course, things
Richard Derus
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindled
Don't look at the Kindlenotes marked as spoilers. Really. Don't.

After I've recovered my sanity, I will attempt to review this tenth volume of the Chronicles of St Mary's.

This could take a while. Not least because I need to speak to my therapist about my intense, volcanic rage at the misuse of "pouring" instead of "poring" throughout the book.
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing



Huh, that makes me feel like A.I.D.A.N.
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's that time of the year where I make myself some tea and enjoy a bit of timey wimey stuff. Yep, it's St. Mary's time again and this time, the disaster magnets have their hands full.

Max, Leon and their son Matthew have worked out a weird form of routine what with the boy still living with the time police until his parents can finally catch Clive Ronan. In order to speed things along, Max has an idea. We all know how that usually goes. However, both Mrs. Partridge and Dr. Bairstow seem to think
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
As always, another very solid story in the world of the St Mary's disaster-magnets.
Max is the forefront of this story once more and this time she is working with the Time Police to bring down an old enemy and also to reunite with her family member (that the Time Police have). I don't want to go into too many specifics here as this is book number 10 in the series, and I thoroughly recommend all of them, but honestly the silly hilarity, quick wit, and charm of the characters; the adventure and th
Sian Bradshaw
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I got hold of a pre-release copy after going to a signing and consumed it that day. This is a great a book as ever. It continues the story but in a new way. There are some interesting new characters, both loveable and dastardly and some old ones we thought we'd seen the back of.

The nearest I will get to a spoiler is to say what the great Jodi Taylor said at the signing - This is not the last book.
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m such a fan of this author and this series. There is a major plan in this book involving many different people so of course it all goes horribly wrong.
Fern Adams
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jodi Taylor’s writing is as amazing, hilarious, heart wrenching and just as genius as always and keeps you on your toes right up until the final word. I’ve now learned though never to start one of these books without having nothing else for the rest of the day as I know I won’t move until I reach the end come any plan, unexpected disaster or anything else!
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I was really Hoping for the Best, since this is one of my favorite series and I truly love the disaster magnets, but especially in the last couple of books, I have not liked all the decisions the series is going.

This one is about Ronan. Again. And while I liked to be back at St. Mary's (and didn't even mind the Time Police as much as I used to), this story lines starts to feel as if it will never end. Literally. With all the jumping ar
Emma Flanagan
May 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Suitably St Mary’s but this is the second book in a row where Max has spent the majority of the time away from St Mary’s. The books are more fun when we have the full complement of cast running amok through history. Also seriously can we wrap up the Clive Ronan storyline. It’s time for a new big bad.
Anita Reads
Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
[4.5 stars]
Wing Kee
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
More Clive makes this more same old in a bad way.

World: The world building is solid, the pieces of history we see this time are great but it seems we are starting to spin our wheels and going to places we've been to...

Story: Clive again...when will this end. Yes the story is still enjoyable and fun and quirky but it's not moved forward for a while now and it's starting to be stagnant. Conan Doyle was right when he ended Moriarty after one story, we've had Ronin for 10 now, this needs to stop. I
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So this book...nay, this series...I have no words. It makes your head hurt. You know it does and for those of you that have read it, I can see you nodding your head as you read this. But it doesn't just make your head hurt, it makes you laugh and laugh heartily and out loud. It makes you cry in sadness, anger and joy. It frustrates you and makes you happy and I cannot express how much I love and enjoy this series. I highly, highly recommend this to anyone who hasn't yet read it.

But wait, I don't
Although this book could feasibly be read as a standalone, I wouldn't recommend it. With nine previous books and a number of short-stories, it is becoming almost impossible to cover the major details in all the previous works. I would imagine if you are nearing this book to read, there is not much I can give you regarding the series background that you don't already know.

This book continues the adventures of Madeline "Max" Maxwell, historian and time traveler of St. Mary's. Max has conceived of
J.A. Ironside
Another great episode on the St Mary's saga featuring Max, Leon, Peterson, Dr Bairstow, Markham and the gang. Max has finally had enough of renegade time traveller and sworn enemy, Clive Ronan, impacting on her life. Struck by one of her brilliant ideas, Max leaves St Mary's on Secondment and joins the time police. Things go downhill from there - about what you'd expect really. Max manages to piss off everyone from crime lords to T-rexs, and it's not even tea time yet.

This was a really enjoyable
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Oh Max - nothing is ever straightforward! Love hearing about the jumps through history and the trouble the characters get into. Seeing more of Adrian and Mikey was good, as was Matthew. Shame there wasn't more of the St Mary's crew though. ...more
Bryan Alkire
May 06, 2019 rated it liked it
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Maria Dimitrova
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, rtc
RTC once I'm done being mad at the time police ...more
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As always amazing fun!
Apr 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Max is seconded to the Time Police so I thought I wouldn't see the St Mary's gang but I was wrong! It's another madcap romp thru time! ...more
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow!! Surprise ending. Hope there’s another in the series coming.
Holy Hannah. My heart is still racing from that ending. How am I going to get to sleep now? How long until the next book?

I read this on a Kindle, and after the last page I got an advert for Taylor's new series featuring the Time Police. Is it about how they all die in horrible ways because they are horrible people who deserve to die horribly? Is it? IS IT? Even if it isn't, you know I'll read it anyway, because at this point I'd be prepared to read Jodi Taylor's shopping lists.
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Anything by Jodi Taylor is buy-on-site, or pre-order as soon as news of a new book is released. The Chronicles of St Mary's are funny and serious in turn. The historians of St Mary's take their time travelling seriously. Their purpose is to observe historic events in real time, never to interfere. Though generally they are disaster magnets and something always goes wrong. Told from the viewpoint of Max Maxwell, whose droll, dry delivery is half the fun of the books, the whole series seems to hav ...more
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Seriously in love with this series! Jodi Taylor is an amazing author. Absolutely love the whit, sarcasm, humor, history, characters, intertwining story lines, personal relationships, trials, tribulations, triumphs---ALL of it. Please keep these Chronicles going!!! Completely entertained from page 1 to the end.
Mike Finn
Clever plot, infused with gentle humour that entertained but lacked the personal angst and historical set-pieces that make the series sparkle.

The strong point in this tenth episode of St. Mary's is the plot. Max finally puts together a cunning plan to capture her arch-enemy, Ronan and has to leave St. Mary's for a secondment to the Time Police to put it into action. I didn't guess how this would work and I certainly didn't see the end coming.

With Max moving to the Time Police, the focus moves fr
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
So many ups and downs. This one was a real roller coaster ride. Max has come up with the plan to get Ronan. I so wanted it to work. Sometimes we need to finish with the old villain and get a new one. I'm pretty much ready for that. Needless to say, this is St. Mary's and nothing ever goes according to plan so there are lots of problems. Did the plan work? You'll have to discover that for yourself. After an emotional story that gripped me from the start, I was not unhappy with the ending. Now I n ...more
Apr 25, 2019 rated it liked it
A perfectly enjoyable edition to the franchise except for the constant repetition. It couldn’t honestly be called foreshadowing. We get it, something unexpected is about to happen. Please let it happen.
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another brilliant tale in the Chronicles of St Mary’s series by Jodi Taylor. These books are such a tonic to read and are escapism at its very best. It’s so good to be back with Max and the team again. I look forward to each new instalment and love every minute I spend with them!

Loved it!
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Jodi Taylor is, and always has been, a complete history nut. It takes vast amounts of chocolate to get her out of bed for anything after 1485. And if it's raining, there's no chance.

Habitually tongue-tied when asked to talk about herself, she gets round this by describing herself as tall, incredibly beautiful, witty and technically proficient.

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Other books in the series

The Chronicles of St Mary's (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • Just One Damned Thing After Another (The Chronicles of St Mary's, #1)
  • A Symphony of Echoes (The Chronicles of St. Mary's, #2)
  • A Second Chance (The Chronicles of St. Mary's, #3)
  • A Trail Through Time (The Chronicles of St. Mary's, #4)
  • No Time Like the Past (The Chronicles of St. Mary's, #5)
  • What Could Possibly Go Wrong? (The Chronicles of St Mary's, #6)
  • Lies, Damned Lies, and History (The Chronicles of St Mary's, #7)
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