Review: LIES, DAMNED LIES, AND HISTORY (Chronicles of St. Mary’s #7) by Jodi Taylor

lies-damned-lies-and-historyThis novel was another strong installment in the Chronicles of St. Mary’s time travel series, full of both laugh-out-loud and gasp-out-loud moments. I continue to love Max, Leon, Peterson, and the rest of the gang, and Taylor’s glimpses into the past are realistic and tantalizing.

I think we’ve established by this point that I adore this series, and while not every book is perfect, never once have I felt like Taylor phoned it in or didn’t raise the stakes. That being said, I’ve now finished 7 novels regarding these characters and their organization, and I have a request.

We were teased with another secret villain in the previous book, but then another (previously defeated) villain shows up at the end of this one. Without giving spoilers, the end of the this novel was definitely tense and almost tragic, but I was all set to learn more about what else might be facing St. Mary’s. Perhaps Taylor feels like she has to drag things out to keep people reading? Trust me, we’re hooked.

There are other things I could ask as well, like a request to appease my curiosity about the America thing. Or perhaps an explanation for Jack the Ripper, which is still bothering me 6 books later. But really, I’m along for the ride no matter what happens.

Rating: 5 (out of 5) stars. Cross-posted to Amazon and Goodreads.

Currently reading: A Theft of Magic (Fay of Skye #2) by Cara McKinnon

Currently editing: 105,196/90k words

Published by steelvictory

By day, J. L. Gribble is a professional medical editor. By night, she does freelance fiction editing in all genres, along with reading, playing video games, and occasionally even writing. Her debut novel, STEEL VICTORY, was her thesis novel for Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction graduate program in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Previously, she was one of the co-editors for FAR WORLDS, a speculative fiction anthology. She lives in Ellicott City, Maryland, with her husband and three vocal Siamese cats. Find her online (, on Facebook (, and on Twitter and Instagram (@hannaedits). She is currently working on more tales set in the world of Limani.

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