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Plan for the Worst

(The Chronicles of St Mary's #11)

4.60  ·  Rating details ·  2,239 ratings  ·  245 reviews
You know what they say. Hope for the best. But plan for the worst.

Catch up with the tea-soaked disaster magnets in their latest madcap adventure as they hurtle their way around History.
Kindle Edition, 413 pages
Published April 16th 2020 by Headline
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Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
ARC received in exchange for an honest review 😁

The last 50 pages made this book for me.

Plan for the Worst, the 11th (!) book in the St Mary's series continues the adventures of Max and Co as they hurtle through time, recording impotent historical events. In this episode we see the return on Kalinda Black, Amazonian former historian and new representative from Thirsk University, with an agenda to get St Mary's to Crete to witness the height of the Minoan empire. Along the way we are sidetracked b
Richard Derus
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hands of the lot

There are few books that, in the downhill slide portion of the ride that's been my life, I would consent to re-read at all. I finished this one, sort of, while in COVID fog. So I needed to re-read it, and also wanted to.

I wonder how you poor things who haven't read it yet can bear to slog through your pitiful, meager "lives." Don't start here, though, or History will be on you like a raptor on a rabbit. In order, there's a good thing, and soon.
Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)
If you’re new to Jodi Taylor’s bumper ‘The Chronicles of St Mary’s’ series (like I am) I assume (like me) you’ll be totally confused when you first start to read the eleventh in the series, “Plan for the Worst”. With an abundance of unusual but very likeable characters and a unique and utterly mesmerising storyline, it took a while for me to work out exactly who was who and what was what but with a clever ‘dramatis thingummy’ of the cast at the start, you soon pick up where the story is going an ...more
Nov 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a wild ride! ... by the end. :) At the beginning, it kinda felt like I was revisiting old plots from previous novels, but that's because they were... in a way. It was a perfect buildup for what eventually became...


This isn't meant to scare you. If you've been following these hapless historians you must already know to expect the unexpected, especially when it's already happened. Yes, old foes show up again. Yes, Max is right to mistrust authority figure
Nov 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Normally, I jumped at a chance to read the latest St. Mary's book. This year, it took me months to pick it up and I actually debated whether I wanted to keep on reading. In the end, I'm glad I did pick this up as it made me laugh and was overall very satisfying.

London, the night before the princes in the Tower of London were supposedly killed, was just warming us up. The main historical event witnessed in contemporary time was Knossos on Crete.

So I was right in my element.

And yet, London and th
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Daaaaang this one was good. So many unexpected twists. Some closure on some things. Some new mysteries. And a great reveal!!! I really adore this series so much.

I also have a theory about a newly introduced character that I can't wait to see if it plays out the way I think!!!

Sep 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
As always, I love this series. At this point it's difficult to give too much away, but I did like seeing the test and strain on relationships between Max and the other members of her team, and I also think there's a great moment of revelation here for her at the last few chapters.
This story follows the team to Greece and they see gladiators and bull jumping acts and all sorts of crazy action. It's always a jolly time with these characters and I have a feeling the possibilities are endless for c
Bryan Alkire
Apr 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good entry in the series. Better than the author’s last two novels I’ve read. The series has largely been entertaining until the last couple of novels, but this entry manages to bring back the laughs while being serious. The book moves along nicely and stays focused. The writing is readable and a couple of new plot devices seems to work out well. The characters are what makes this series go. It’s at its best when all the characters are interacting with each other on the job or while focusing on ...more
Bonnie DeMoss
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: time-travel
I’ve read all of Jodi Taylor’s wonderful St Mary’s Chronicles since the beginning. This is Book #11. I’m delighted whenever a new one comes out, but this one is my favorite thus far. It ties up some loose ends, answers some questions, and delivers a whopper of a surprise.

The St Mary’s series is about a rollicking group of time traveling (don’t call it time travel) historians, who “observe historical events in contemporary time.” The first book is called Just One Damn Thing After Another. You wi
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Those of you who have been following my reviews for a while know that I have always been looking forward to the next book in the St. Mary's series. Their time travel - ehm, investigation of major historical events in contemporary time - is always so much fun.

However, this book I was not so much feeling it. I started reading shortly after it was published and I had to push myself to get into the story and enjoy it (which was a strange s
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I worship the shavings of Jodi Taylor’s pencil.
Sep 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness!!!!! The best ever.
Always defrost your chickens

We’re onto book 11 now, and I’m wondering what route Jodi is planning to take. Are we nearing the end? Or is she planning to go down the route of Janet Evanovich? (26 books - at the time of writing - in the Stephanie Plum series.) Or, heaven forbid, down the JD Robb route (51 books - and counting - in the Eve Dallas series.) There’s only so many times Max can get herself - and her team - into considerable danger. Time and time again.

The thing that keeps this series f
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Mind blowing and fast paced, an extremely enjoyable instalment to this series which I never tire of! Did I mention mind blowing? I had a couple of Jaye Wells "I Can't Even" moments from her recent scale posted on twitter.

I don't recommend starting on this book though, this is book 11 and you would be very, very confused. And that's not to say reading book 1 won't confuse you but I definitely can say that the hilarity and madcap-ness starts right away.

I recommend this series to everyone I can, I
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing


Wow. I can't say anymore, just wow.
J.A. Ironside
Brilliant. Loved this episode - hardly surprising since I've loved all the others. Most intriguingly, we learn more about Markham here - and that's always going to be a plus since he's one of my favourite characters. Meanwhile Max is back heading up the history department after the traumatic and dramatic conclusion of Hope for the Best. There's a bit of a change around of staff and St Mary's finally has a University of Thirsk representative they like - wonders will never cease. Dr Bairstowe, on ...more
Natasha Chowdory
Apr 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
wow wow wow what an addition to this series.
Do we reckon that this is the last in the series about Max and Leon? I feel like...we're kinda getting to the end.

This is definitely a rollercoaster of events and they're all lovingly, gorgeously written about. The normal bits are there with some extra thrown in and it was definitely worth the wait. I'm keen on the other series that Taylor's started as it's nice to have some fresher characters but still the same world. I feel like Max has grown so mu
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Jodi Taylor is a steam -roller of a writer! So many fun , and compelling ideas and twists! I just keep coming back for more of the St. Mary's crew. The characters have become so real to me, and this time it gets deep. Finally, some light is she'd on major characters. ...more
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for this review copy. I first discovered the St Mary’s series and Jodi Taylor last month. Since the first chapter, which I listened to through audible, I have been hooked. Her writing is brilliant, funny and often poignant. I have cried and laughed in equal measure. With each book, and short story, I have been desperate to read the next. To hold myself over until I was able to read this, I have read her other novels which I also enjoyed. To say I was happ ...more
Brian Clegg
May 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The publisher classifies this book as fantasy, but as it is based on one of the classic SF tropes, time travel - and this is done by technology, rather than magic - it can sensibly be classified as science fiction.

The book features St Mary's, an institute of history attached to a fictional university, where the historians research the realities of history using time machines. While not a particularly original idea - Bill and Ted did their history homework this way a long time ago - it's quite ni
Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Following the plan to trap arch villain Ronan, and the unexpected twist at the end of the previous book, Hope for the Best, Max, Leon and their son Matthew (recently returned from the care of the Time Police) are trying to get on with the rest of their lives at St Mary's. Max is once more in charge of the historians and trying to impress their funders at Thirsk University, so she's planning a spectacular trip to ancient Crete, just before the huge volcanic eruption which heralded the end of the ...more
V. Briceland
Nov 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the last few full-length volumes of the time-travel romps of St. Mary's, Jodi Taylor seems to have caught a strong second wind. The last handful of novels have been stripped of any of the unconvincing romantic entanglements that, for me, bogged down several of the series' middle stretch. Leon, in fact, is relegated to a background player. Thank goodness for that.

Stripped of romantic misunderstandings, what elements left in this novel are those that play to Taylor's strengths—fun historical se
Lots of big moments in this one and yet, in between, I thought there were some slower parts. Still very enjoyable, though. I love these characters; they are what makes these books shine. As always, wonderfully narrated by Zara Ramm. And also, as always, I don’t recommend starting the series here. Too much relies on experiences in previous books and reading this one first would ruin the ability to go back and enjoy the earlier ones.
Kirsty Johnson
May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well! Yet again another masterpiece fro. Jodi Taylor. She never fails to keep you on the edge of your seat. I was trying to eke this one out and make it last as long as possible because I usually speed through any Jodi Taylor novel.
I'm so glad I went a bit slower the ending was beyond what I thought it was going to be. I had to go back and reread bits, of which as always it seems obvious 2nd time around. Love love love it! Cannot wait for the next one. I could honestly reread all the books agai
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another romp through time with the gang from St Mary’s. A slightly slow start but builds to an ending that kept me up hours past bedtime . The history comes alive and this author has the ability to transport me to the time . I can almost feel the heat and smell the chemical toilets exploding once again . As always I am left eagerly awaiting the next instalment.
Curtis Edmonds
May 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I wrote a non-review of this book (which is partly about Tom Brady and partly about Davy Crockett and partly about Hilary Mantel). Just read it: ...more
Aug 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Disaster Magnet historians of Saint Mary's are back examining history in real time (never dare say time travel!) Buckle up while your world turns white. If you never enjoyed history, this series can change your mind with its humor. Start with the first one One Damned Thing After Another to get the plot.

Audiobook is an Audible original narrated by Zara Ramm.
Sydney Young
I love Jodi Taylor and The Chronicles of Saint Mary’s and also Zara Ram, who is pitch-perfect Maxwell.

The last few books have been very dark but, despite the title, I feel Max is finally getting her MoJo back. And the twist!!! The twist, my goodness, never saw that coming in a million years and I loved it. ❤️❤️❤️❤️🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻
Apr 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very good! I totally didn't expect that from Markham! ...more
Cody McCoy
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
SOOOO GOOD!!!! The missing princes, the Minoans and bull-leaping, and some wonderful storylines meeting a resolution!!
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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)
  • And the Rest is History (The Chronicles of St Mary’s, #8)
  • An Argumentation of Historians (The Chronicles of St Mary's, #9)
  • Hope for the Best (The Chronicles of St. Mary's, #10)

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