Book Two in the madcap time-travel series based at the St Mary's Institute of Historical Research that seems to be everyone's cup of tea. In the second book in the Chronicles of St Mary's series, Max and the team visit Victorian London in search of Jack the Ripper, witness the murder of Archbishop Thomas A Becket in Canterbury Cathedral, and discover that dodos make a grockling noise when eating cucumber sandwiches. But they must also confront an enemy intent on destroying St Mary's - an enemy willing, if necessary, to destroy History itself to do it.
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This was a lovely, light read with quick dialogue and a fast pace of action. I found it to be a little darker than the first book, with a bit more graphic violence. I bought it in the Kindle version, and found it totally unsuitable for reading on the commute because I simply didn't want to put it down. This second novel is episodic in nature, with a few mini-stories tied together, but I didn't realize this until more than halfway through.
For those of you new to Ms. Taylor's series, please read the first book before picking up this one. A Symphony of Echoes is heavily referential to Volume I. There's enough explanation that a first time reader will understand the story, but having read the other first will give better understanding of what's going on.
Somewhere along the line, Ms. Taylor has become a bit more repetitive with her St. Mary's tropes than necessary, almost crossing into the annoying... yes, yes, you don't need to tell us yet again that if St...
You know how it feels when you discover a good author, a wordsmith? That's how I felt when I first read Jodi's "Just One Damned Thing After Another" What a treat! The lady can write! And she can be laugh-out-loud funny. And in "A Symphony of Echoes" she's back to her old game. Another winner! Adventure, mystery, romance, humor... what's not to like!? Funny you should ask. Her stories move along a quick pace and are fun to read until she gets caught up in the past. Things slow down a bit, there, it seems history is a place she likes to wallow. In her defense, these tales * do * involve time-travel adventures so one might expect a bit of history to creep in if for no other reason than to keep things neatly oriented. But for me, there are places where the story slows. Please understand, it's more than worth the few places where historical details get a little thick, and if you're into history I suspect you will welcome the extra fabric she provides in her...
An new take on time travel with some interesting ideas, however a quote unbelievable premise that a scientific research station would let 10% of its staff be killed every year, even the Army does not have figures this high. skilled scientific staff are hard to replace and n-one would work for them if your chance of death are 1-10 per annum. further the appearance of a mysterious house in the center of an ancient city would surely raise a few eyebrows. an interesting premise but not clearly thought out.
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