Book Review: The Good, The Bad, and The History

Cover of The Good the Bad and the History by Jodi Taylor

The Good, The Bad and The History

by Jodi Taylor

What’s it About?

St Mary’s is under investigation. Their director has been shot and Max is Number One Suspect. Can things get any worse? We all know the answer to that one.

Max needs to get away – fast – and a Brilliant Idea soon leads her to a full-scale uprising in twentieth-century China. If she can come by a historical treasure or two in the process, even better. That is, if she makes it out alive.

Then there’s the small matter of Insight – the sinister organisation from the future hell bent on changing History for their own dark ends. Having successfully infiltrated their ranks, Max is perfectly placed to stop them. But she knows her cover will soon be blown – because it’s already happened.

Can Max take down Insight before they come after her? The circle is closing, and only one can survive…

What about the author?

photo of Jodi Taylor at her writing table in her garden

Jodi Taylor is the author of the bestselling Chronicles of St Mary’s series, the story of a bunch of disaster-prone historians who investigate major historical events in contemporary time. Do NOT call it time travel!

Born in Bristol and educated in Gloucester (facts both cities vigorously deny), she spent many years with her head somewhere else, much to the dismay of family, teachers and employers, before finally deciding to put all that daydreaming to good use and pick up a pen. She still has no idea what she wants to do when she grows up.

You can keep up with all the latest developments at St Mary’s on her Facebook page.

What do I think about it?

five stars

I’ve been waiting, salivating, for this latest volume of Max’s Adventures in History. It didn’t disappoint, lots of rushing around, plenty of sarcastic humour, and Markham showing his fiercer, masculine side (snigger). All so good.

I would say, I’d have liked a little more historical jumping around to pleasure the history nerd in me, but hopefully, that’s for next time. I do worry though that the series may be winding down. Unless Max finds a brilliant medical breakthrough somewhere, she is going to find that moving up and down the Time Line will be impossible for her. And where will that leave us?

On the other hand, this book contains so many spoilers and back-references for the preceding 13 titles in this series, you may well find yourself very confused. There are in jokes a-plenty, and as always, the narrative refers back frequently to things that have happened in previous books. For a Jodi lover, like me, that is no problem, as I’ve read the entire series multiple times, but I really recommend reading the preceding titles before you settle in with this one. You won’t regret it, and I bet you’ll return, like me, to read them again and again.

Thank you so much Headline and Netgalley for the ARC and the chance to join the blog tour for this glorious book. I look forward to the next one!

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