• A Catalogue of Catastrophe

  • Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 13
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (715 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Book 13 in the internationally best-selling Chronicles of St Mary's series.

For fans of Richard Osman's Thursday Murder Club series, Jasper Fforde and Doctor Who.

Finally—finally!—Max has that nice office job she's always wanted. The one with no heavy lifting and no one tries to kill her. Well, one out of two's not bad....

Punching well above their weight, Max and Markham set out to bring down a sinister organisation founded in the future—with a suspicious focus on the past.

Max's focus is staying alive long enough to reunite with Leon and Matthew, alternately helped and hindered by St Mary's—who aren't always the blessing they like to think they are.

But non-stop leaping around the timeline—from witnessing Magna Carta to disturbing a certain young man with a penchant for gunpowder—is beginning to take its toll. Is Max going mad? Or are the ghosts of the past finally catching up with her?

©2022 Jodi Taylor (P)2022 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Jodi Taylor is quite simply the Queen of Time. Her books are a swashbuckling joyride through history." (C. K. McDonnell)
 

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Sorry can't listen anymore returning

I started this book and an hour into it and I just wanted to stop listening but I kept going, after a few more hours I'm done. I gave up on this series it's turned into scooby and the gang,

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Just Awesome!

This book was non-stop action. I absolutely loved it! Jodi has the most amazing talent for wild fiction! The Time Wars are beginning! So much happens it was hard to keep up! And what was going on with Max? So many flashbacks! I'm glad we don't have to wait for the answer. I can't wait for the next book!! Love Zara Ramm's narration!

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Overwritten

It's not easy to keep a series going when development of the main events of the primary characters' lives and personalities has pretty much ended. Taylor keeps the interest going with new conflicts, but in some ways this book reads like fan fiction, an exaggeration of itself. The humor of the books often relies on Max's speculations and opinions; in this book they're not very funny because they go on and on with pointless "maybe this" and "would that" at every action point, both slowing the action and becoming irritating.
When an author becomes successful and has a guaranteed fan base, the writing often gets sloppy, the books longer and longer with filler that a good editor should cut. Or that a wise author should cut. I hope Taylor doesn't continue on this road with the St. Mary's series.

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This series is comfort food meets crack

I finished the newest St Marys roughly 7 seconds ago and I’m already having withdrawals. Jodi Taylor, you are a gift!

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Brilliant, As usual.

Loved it. As always, finished it in one listen.... Now have to wait for more.... Give me more🤗
pretty please 🙏

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Another great adventure!

Jodi and Zara never disappoint...except as soon as I'm finished with the new book, I already want more.

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Love this series!!!!!

Love the adventures of Max. Leon, Markham and Peterson. Great way to shift placement of the group. The ending chapters were “The Best”!! Oh my gosh… the Time Police?

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Always fun, but...

I love Jodi's work, especially this series and Markham is one of my favorite characters. I must admit that I awaited this pre-order with mixed emotions. since leaving St Mary's, I've found Max's adventure less engaging and a shade too dark. Sadly, I found this book to be the sane; it drags a bit and is definitely more depressing than the early series books. There are definite moments of comic brilliance and Max's is generally her beloved sarcastic self - though a bit too mean at times. Markham is less his funny, accident prone self. There's also periods of focusing on duller story elements that feel like filler.

While I am still a St Mary's devotee, and would assuredly buy any future books, I do think this is one of the weakest.

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Max is back!

I don’t often write reviews but I want to warn that this ends on a bit of a cliffhanger. At the same time, Max doesn’t often inspire me to actual belly laughs but she did, a couple times, in this book.

Zara Ramm is excellent, as always.

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My new favorite volume

Until this volume, my favorite was #4, a Trail Through Time. I listened to this one three times in a row. The always brilliant narrator, Zara Ramm brings life to these beloved characters. It’s Jodi Taylor’s best storyline yet. Looking forward to the next one!

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  • AP
  • 05-01-22

Fire-truckingly brilliant.

5 stars for the story, 5 stars for the performance and this gives 5 stars overall.

If you haven’t read the previous stories you won’t be disappointed and if you have this is up there with the rest of them.

Thank you Jodi & Zara.

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  • Carmski
  • 04-22-22

Excellent

The most exciting series you will ever read. Marvellous. Entertaining. Addictive. & very very well written.

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  • allichristie
  • 07-04-22

A weaving together - ❤️ St Mary's

Two of my heroines, Jodi Taylor and Zara Ramm ... and some of my favourite people ever - the St Mary's crew!

Make sure you've listened to the whole series in order before this one; there's so much of the past in this present. Won't say more ... just know it's bloody bollocking brilliant!!!

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  • Allen Richards
  • 06-29-22

Brilliant as always

Once again a fantastic story and an excellent performance st Mary’s at it,s finest. Bravo

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  • Susie
  • 06-17-22

Guy Faults! Girl thwarts!

Bloody bollocking brilliant, again! Thanks to Jodi Taylor and of course Max the one woman show!

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  • Iain Cook
  • 06-09-22

brilliant funny loved the hole series 👏

this series of books has made me laugh and cry fantastic listening from book 1 to this book loved the series 10/10

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  • Gabrielle Harvey-Jones
  • 06-04-22

What a delight!

Jodi Taylor and Zara Ramm never let me down! All the expected twists and turns, together with some unexpected ones - and all left nicely up in the air for the next one in the series! So clever!

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  • Kitchen Queen
  • 06-02-22

as usual - brilliant!

Great story, with impeccable narration. I am so impatient for the next volume in this fantastic book series.
Thirteen books, plus the short stories, and all as fresh and enjoyable as the first. No other author has ever done that for me.

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  • KR25
  • 06-02-22

Another fantastic adventure

I love these books ever since I got the first one as a free introduction to Audible. The characters are wonderfully brought to life by the narrator and once started I can’t put it down. Max and St Mary’s are my guilty pleasure. Can’t wait for the next one.

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  • Sharon
  • 05-24-22

Brilliant as always..

… but you need to read the series up to here first as you are missing out on a great series if not.
Jodi Taylor books are always amazing and this is no exception.
Loved the characters, the plot and the writing is superb. Highly recommended.

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  • Kristine
  • 06-29-22

Absolutely brilliant

I never get tired of time travel, the time police, great baddies or the St Mary’s crew and associates. More please.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-28-22

When did Max get to be such a pain?

Zara Ramm as always a great narrator.
I just lost interest in Max about halfway through. I have listened and read the books and am a big fan. The character of Max has become very one dimensional and I as left feeling “so what”

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  • Bonita N. Jones
  • 04-27-22

Another cracker

I absolutely adore all the books by this woman, funny, informative, etc etc. Just bloody brilliant. Next please Jodi, any of them 👏

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  • Asja
  • 04-16-22

Brilliant

Congratulations Ms Taylor, this is a brilliant book!
And Zara Ramm has been a joy as always!