I jumped the gun slightly – there’s a main series of books by Jodi Taylor that make up The Chronicles of St Mary’s. Then, every Christmas, she releases an ebook short story relating to the characters. This is a collection of those short stories that’s been made into a hard copy recently. While there were times I wished I’d read the series first, it’s not necessary for understanding and they’re all stand-alone pieces.
The more of them you read, the better they get. St Mary’s is an institute of historians who move around in contemporary time to do research… Don’t call it time-travel, though, they hate that, makes it sound like sci-fi rather than real life. The team is meant to just observe, but they have an unwaveringly persistent knack of accidentally plonking themselves right into trouble, like into Julius Caesar’s palace or the doorstep of Bouddica’s uprising. The tone is light and conversational, making the first-person narrator, Dr Maxwell, a woman I’d like to meet.