I’m beyond excited to welcome you today to my stop on the blog tour for Doing Time, the first in Jodi Taylor’s new Time Police series, which is a spin off from the always brilliant St Mary’s Chronicles.
Thank you to Anne Cater and Headline for giving me the opportunity to read and review this fun and entertaining book. I absolutely loved it!
About the book:
Introducing The Time Police, the brand-new series by international bestselling author, Jodi Taylor – an irresistible spinoff from the much-loved Chronicles of St Mary’s series.
Perfect reading for fans of Doctor Who, Ben Aaronovitch and Jasper Fforde.
A long time ago in the future, the secret of time travel became known to all. Everyone seized the opportunity – and the world nearly ended. There will always be idiots who want to change history.
And so, the Time Police were formed. An all-powerful, international organisation tasked with keeping the timeline straight. At all costs.
Their success is legendary, and the Time Wars are over. But now the Time Police must fight to save a very different future – their own.
This is the story of Jane, Luke and Matthew – arguably the worst recruits in Time Police history. Or, very possibly, three young people who might just change everything.
About the author:
Jodi Taylor is the internationally bestselling author of the Chronicles of St Mary’s series, the story of a bunch of disaster-prone individuals who investigate major historical events in contemporary time. Do NOT call it time travel!
Born in Bristol and now living 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 write a novel. Nearly twenty books later, she still has no idea what she wants to do when she grows up.
As a huge fan of Jodi Taylor’s The Chronicles of St Mary’s series, I was beyond excited to be invited to take part in the blog tour for Doing Time, first book in new spin off series The Time Police.
I first discovered these amazing books a few years ago and devoured them all in the space of a couple of weeks, barely even coming up for breath, they are that good! Fun and entertaining reads that are full of adventure, romance and time travel, The Chronicles of St Mary’s are escapism at its very best and I simply adore them! So when I heard Jodi Taylor was writing a spin off series I couldn’t wait to read it.
This time the focus shifts from St Mary’s and on to the Time Police, so instead of investigating important historical events with Max, Leon et al, we are now following new Time Police recruits Jane, Luke and Matthew as they try their best to keep the timeline straight. Each new recruit has their own reasons for joining up and are very far from the usual type of Time Police members we are used to seeing. But as the story progresses this disaster prone trio start to gel as a team, becoming more important to the timeline than they ever would have thought possible.
Doing Time is every bit as good as its predecessor and, to me, feels as much like a continuation of the story as it does a new series. I love how ties to St Mary’s are very much apparent, including guest appearances by some of the characters we already know and love, including new recruit Matthews mother, the infamous Max. Having said that, though, you don’t need to have read The Chronicles of St Mary’s to enjoy this new series as it works very well as a story in its own right. But the marrying together of the two storylines is a nice touch for those of us who have been with St Mary’s from the very beginning.
Full of Jodi Taylor’s trademark humour and brilliant characterisation, Doing Time is a fast paced caper through time that keeps you engaged from beginning to end. At times moving, often hilariously funny, this is a book that has mysteries to be solved and lots of twists and turns along the way. A light hearted, fun and fabulous read that I absolutely adored!
If you’re looking for a series of books that offer pure escapism then The Chronicles of St Mary’s and The Time Police could be exactly what you’re looking for. I know I’m already eagerly awaiting more! Highly recommended.
Doing Time by Jodi Taylor is available to buy now: Amazon UK
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