Hard Time, Jodi Taylor – Book Review | Blog Tour

Hello Humans! I’m going to do the slightly weird thing of prompting you to go to another blogger right at the start of this review. Because…in some ways I am back to my old habits. I am kind of reading a series out of order. Now in this case it’s a bit complicated because it’s a spinoff series but suffice to say I probably ought to have read at least a couple of Jodi Taylor’s Chronicles of St Mary’s books before attempting to talk about this book.

SO. To hear from someone who is reading those books check out Asha and to hear my thoughts on the latest Time Police book then keep on reading!

Goodreads Summary:

Team Weird are back causing havoc in the Time Police in this irresistible spin-off series by international bestseller Jodi Taylor, author of The Chronicles of St Mary’s. If you love Doctor Who, Ben Aaronovitch and Jasper Fforde, you’ll love the Time Police.
A time slip in Versailles, problems in the Ice Age and illegal time travellers in need of rescue. Must be a job for the Time Police.
Luke, Jane and Matthew are back and ready to cause havoc – inadvertently or otherwise – in their latest adventures.

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This book follows on a little while after the events of Doing Time with Team weird moving towards the end of their grunt work and towards becoming fully fledged Time Police officers. But obviously because it’s them things aren’t going to be simple or easy.

If book one was a ‘squad establishing’ book then I’m not sure how to define book two, for the most part the relationships between the team are set and so it’s mostly seeing these characters tackle an adventure together. I loved the plot of this book – it went to places (both in time, space and plot) that I would never have anticipated and I loved seeing more of the world where time travel is a possibility. One thing I like about this series (again probably something that is also there in St Mary’s I must read them) is that the book doesn’t get bogged down in the science of time travel. Things work, there are rules, things go wrong, rules get broken – you don’t need to spend every seven pages wrapping your head around a paradox – so instead you get to enjoy a fun story.

While this book doesn’t pull punches – when people do bad things they do really bad things – the overall feeling I had was that I was in a safe pair of hands. I knew this book would be fun and funny and that things would tie off at the end, they might not tie off particularly nicely but that’s time travel for you. There’s a comfort and a distinct ‘bingeability’ to Jodi Taylors writing which explains why there are so many dedicated fans of her work. It really does give me that feeling I get when watching a good murder mystery program – that sense of a contained story.

That’s not to say we don’t see bigger plot happening, there is still character development happening for pretty much everyone and there are changes happening to the time police – for better or for worse. I liked getting to see more of Luke and Jane’s dynamic, because it’s a classic ‘posh boy / shy girl’ buddy cop feeling. I’m hoping to get to know Matthew a little better in future books but he get’s a fair shake at things too.

If you’re looking for ‘comfort reads’ that still pack a punch then I think this series is a really good shout. And I promise you the other books are on my list to read when this darned TBR is done!

My rating: 4/5 stars

I received a free digital review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

Hard Time is out October 15th!

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What say you? What are some of your favourite comfort reads? Let me know in the comments below! And be sure to check out the other stops on the tour!


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