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When Did You Last See Your Father?

(The Chronicles of St Mary's #10.5)

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  2,268 ratings  ·  170 reviews
'Max, your father is here. He's come to take Matthew away'

Have you ever wondered what would happen if Max's husband met Max's father? What would Leon do?

They're normally a fairly amiable bunch, but this is the story of what to expect if St Mary's doesn't like someone. As in, really doesn't like someone. Warning: contains a unit-wide criminal enterprise, a great deal of ill
Kindle Edition, 57 pages
Published September 5th 2019 by Headline
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I loved this short story, told from Leon’s perspective, chronicling his past life, meeting Max and joining St. Mary’s. Not having heard Leon’s side before, it was good to see his experiences for a change. And man, did he have a past. Obviously we know what he’s told Max about his ex wife and children, but to hear it from him personally elevates my opinion of Leon so much more.

I also loved the various highs and lows of Leon and Max retold through his eyes. To go back down that road well travelle
Richard Derus
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A really enjoyable and enlightening light shone on the character, somewhat underdeveloped in the series, of "Leon Farrell" as we know him.

I am sure that means nothing to newbs. Please believe me that you're not going to learn anything you need to know by reading this book out of order. All that will happen is you'll spoil some lovely moments in the earlier books. But for the series regular, this entry will expand the emotional landscape against which Max and Leon have formed, re-formed, and refo
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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A completely charming tale. Or was it a diabolical revenge fantasy?

I always get those two mixed up.

Either way, I really enjoyed getting a full run-up on just who and what Leon is and what conspires with his completely twisted relationship with Max, eventually leading up to said completely charming diabolical revenge fantasy tale.

Hello, father in law!

I will never look at milk in quite the same way again.

I really enjoy these short stories. :)
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First instinct of Leon: protecting his family. Especially after what happened to his first family before he travelled back in time and worked with Dr. Bairstowe. And now Max's father comes strutting in ... whether he comes for Max or Matthew doesn't really matter, does it?

Well, it certainly doesn't for Leon and this story is from his POV.

A few books ago I decided I could no longer care for Max and the interpersonal relationships this author has decided to create. I'm not gonna go into the why ag
Robin (Bridge Four)
What would you do if you met the very wealthy, influential man who molested your wife when she was a child and he has come to claim it would be better if your son came to live with him?

The easy answer would be murder or a big fight for most. But this is Leon and St Mary’s and there is never going to be any solution that simple when that group is involved. This is a very funny tale of how Leon and a few of the cast of St Mary’s banded together to dish out our favorite dish served cold. Revenge.

Fun little adventure in framing an asshole... in Leon's POV. Love. ...more
This is quite a nice little short story, mainly focused around Leon's background, including some stuff that I had forgotten from the earlier Chronicles of St Mary's books.

In recent short stories, I feel that Jodi has been stepping away from the action packed craziness, and going slightly more in the background of the characters, or rehashing the events after they have happened (much like "And Now For Something Completely Different", which centers around landing on Mars). This is definitely one
Marjolein (UrlPhantomhive)
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I like these short stories that are being published in between the main books, but I think I preferred the earlier ones when they were just the kind of crazy action packed little travel pieces that were so much fun to read.

This one is from the POV of Leon, and felt like it rehashed a lot of what was already mentioned before. I would have rather stuck with Max. It also features the troublesome relationship of Max with her father, which
Fern Adams
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Saw this was available on kindle so downloaded it and read it immediately, pausing only long enough to locate a cup of tea and my hidden chocolate stash. Taylor reliably did not disappoint with this short story. Also so brilliant to hear something from Leon’s point of view. If your a fan of St. Mary’s you’ll be a fan of this!
Nov 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was one of the best St Mary's novellas so far, I loved every bit of it! ...more
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Bit of recap albeit from a different POV at first. But that's okay because so much has happened in the Chronicles of St Mary's. It helped me to remember and wrap my mind around the timeline. Even though I knew what happened it broke my heart again. Then in true St Mary's Style it has me laughing like crazy. How I love this series! ...more
Noodle The Naughty Night Owl
7/10: Good solid read, something to get your teeth into.

It is the duty of every husband to rock his wife’s world.

This little gem of an extra in the Chronicles of St Mary's series was told from Leon's POV. For that alone, it deserves top marks.

But despite its short length, it also managed to make me feel.

Everyone had known but me.

We already knew a little of Leon's past, but this fills in the gaps and then whacks you over the head with them. Or maybe a better analogy would be it stabs you in the
Tina Miles
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant and very satisfying, a real gem!

Max’s Daddy was and is a bad man. Max’s husband is quiet, bent on revenge and oh-so-clever. Max’s friends and colleagues are loyal, smart and quite devious. All of which makes for a fascinating tale with twists and turns and a very satisfactory ending.
Max’s author, Jodi Taylor, is a bloody brilliant writer with startling insight into the human condition, all wrapped within amusing shenanigans and written in a ‘I can’t put it down!’ story.
Truly a wonder
Mar 24, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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At last! A story from Leon's point of view. He's always seemed to be haunted, tragic figure in the background and here we learn more about that past. Jodi Taylor is great at laughs but she also knows how to write gut-wrenching tragedy and there are glimpses of that here. But not too much. We also learn more about Max. It's great when someone really bad gets their comeuppance and that's what this story is all about. Not as many laughs (Leon just isn't that sort of person) but a great deal of hear ...more
I am a diehard St Mary’s fan but, even for a short story this was flimsy at best. It liked getting to know Leon better but the while Max’s father issue was very unsatisfying. It lacked the small details that usually make Jodi Taylor such an excellent story teller.

I usually can’t put these stories down and lose a lot of sleep as a result of reading ‘just one more chapter’. This one is not even 60 pages but I fell asleep!

It has 2 stars instead of 1 because on Leon’s backstory at the start.
Marika Charalambous
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A quick story told from Leon's point of view. It was fun to see different people's ways of narration and dialogue. Leon's prose was more serious, while Max is way too funny and witty. I liked how we got to learn the way the two met, and some of his own struggles as well. ...more
Short and Fun. Learning about Leon's past was great and the whole story oozes that at Mary's vibe that I crave. ...more
Mar 27, 2022 rated it really liked it
Everything in this series makes me happy. Even the silly in between stories.
J.A. Ironside
It is the duty of every husband to rock his wife's world.

Max's father comes unexpectedly back into her life. Leon Farrell, Max's husband and the man who can fix things, has a plan. The plan involves Security Chief Markham, Mrs Partridge's tea-making skills and a gallon of horse urine. What could possibly go wrong?

I really enjoyed this little short story told from Leon's pov. It's quite reflective - we get a fair bit about Leon's backstory from his pov including his first and other first meetings
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I should have known when I found myself editing the title when talking to my daughter. The title alone might stir up things for her.

This story deals with Max's father. And while I LOVE how it turned out (seriously - amazing resolution!), there's also the part of me that wishes I hadn't read about a daughter and her abusive father. It stirs up memories and makes me wonder "what if..."

SO...if the concept of childhood trauma inflicted by a parent is one of the issues you struggle with, you might w
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Finally, more of Leon! He's such a quiet soul most of the time, it's refreshing to get something from his perspective and this was the perfect one for him to really use his voice! Jodi Taylor is so full of awesomeness!!! I haven't gotten tired of her work yet, and don't imagine I will.
Back to Leon... he really is a good fella. It's no wonder he and Max work well together.
His male bonding time with Markham was fabulous!
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Leave it to St. Mary’s to exact revenge on John Maxwell. In true St. Mary’s fashion! Perfect short story. I always felt bad for Max about her past. Leave to Leon and the rest of St Mary’s when Max’s father turns up to take Matthew.
And the other 2 stories were short but funny. Loved them.
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
10 Stars!!! “When Did You Last See Your Father” is an absolute hoot. This is a new side of Chief Leon Farrell, and I love it. I cannot imagine a more perfect reward! Hilarious and diabolical! Thank you, Jodi. This story is the BEST.
Sydney Young
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I could not sleep last night, which was not at all great. So I decided to take a listen. one short swoop, I’m done. Love these little shorts, especially the first.
Deb F
Nov 25, 2020 rated it did not like it
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Sep 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
A St. Mary's story, told from Leon's POV. A welcome and fresh change.

This story is told by Leon, of a time when Max's father shows up to take Matthew away. It is both gripping and fun.

It provides some great and engaging backstory for Leon and fleshes out his character and motivations nicely.

The crimes of Max's father are never explicitly stated, other than terrible father and abuse. It was satisfying, none the less, for the actions of St. Mary's to affect him.

Zara Ramm does an excellent job at t
Dec 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am late to the party having only discovered this series this year but I have been making up for that having already caught up thus far... And, I am delighted that finally Leon takes more of centre stage here in this, the latest, short in the wonderful Chronicles of St Mary's series. Obviously these shorts are mostly aimed at the die hard fans of the series rather than being able to be just read on their own. They pick up from the main story so they are also best read in the right order althoug ...more
Told from Leon's POV, we get a potted history of Leon's life before Max, when he met Dr Bairstow, and when he met Max for the first and second times.

Clive Ronan has been meddling again and told Max's wealthy, influential, abusive father that she is living at St Mary's and has a baby. When Max's father arrives unannounced to take Matthew away, claiming that Max is an unfit mother it is up to Leon to save the day. Max's father can't be allowed to see ten year old Matthew when he should only be a t
Tim Healy
Jan 01, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OK, so, yes...this is low-hanging fruit for my first book of this year, but as I really should have finished it last night, it's more a comment on the fact that I was slow ending last year.

This is a one off set of three short pieces of St Mary's hi-jinks. The title story answers the question "How would Leon Farrell handle Max's abusive father showing up at St. Mary's looking for their son?" The answer is "decisively".

The other two are quite short, and really just orphaned scenes. The first one i
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Another quick, fun, silly romp in the world of St. Mary's. This time, we're not time traveling anywhere which takes some of the fun out of it. However, we do get a little bit more of Max, Leon, and a new character in Max's father (which obviously leads to nothing good). This particular story is told from Leon Farrell's POV, which is always a nice reprie
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