Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death

Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death

The Grantchester Mysteries

Book - 2012
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It is 1953, the coronation year of Queen Elizabeth II . Sidney Chambers, vicar of Grantchester and honorary canon of Ely Cathedral, is a thirty-two-year-old bachelor. Tall, with dark brown hair, eyes the color of hazelnuts, and a reassuringly gentle manner, Sidney is an unconventional clerical detective. He can go where the police cannot.

Together with his roguish friend, inspector Geordie Keating, Sidney inquires into the suspect suicide of a Cambridge solicitor, a scandalous jewelry theft at a New Year's Eve dinner party, the unexplained death of a jazz promoter's daughter, and a shocking art forgery that puts a close friend in danger. Sidney discovers that being a detective, like being a clergyman, means that you are never off duty, but he nonetheless manages to find time for a keen interest in cricket, warm beer, and hot jazz-as well as a curious fondness for a German widow three years his junior.

With a whiff of Agatha Christie and a touch of G. K. Chesterton's Father Brown, The Grantchester Mysteries introduces a wonderful new hero into the world of detective fiction.

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, c2012.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9781608198566
Characteristics: 392 p. ; 21 cm.

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kpelish
Jun 28, 2017

The book is definitely darker than the adaptation for TV. At the same time, it gives additional insights into the vicar's mind and you see just how seriously he takes his duties.

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dlh1
Nov 23, 2016

I read this book before I watched the television series of the same name. I found the book to have unbelievable characters, dialogue and story lines. I wasn't impressed. However, I really enjoyed the television series, as the writers made the characters more believable, as well as changing many of the original story lines to make them more interesting. The TV series made the books come to life, which seems backward. In most cases, I've found that the movies rarely live up to the books they were based on (with the exception of the Harry Potter series).

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maipenrai
Aug 22, 2016

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BakerStreetIrregular Jul 30, 2015

I highly recommend the book series for those who enjoy Grantchester, the show which is based on the books. Canon Sidney Chambers is a delightful character, and I enjoyed being able to picture the actors from the show as I read the book. Looking forward to continuing with this series.

bhmwortman Mar 05, 2015

I picked this up because I'd heard good things about the TV series based on the books. The novel itself is solid but nothing really exciting. Sidney is a wonderful character and I found him and all the characters in his life interesting but somehow the novel lacked a certain something. Perhaps given the time period the novel is set, I was expecting something a bit more like Agatha Christie and found it lacking the sparkle of her novels. That being said, I can see the mysteries have serious potential as a TV series so I do still plan to watch it at some point.

multcolib_susannel Feb 09, 2015

Whether it is murder in a jazz club, a stolen ring or a kidnapping, Canon Sidney Chambers uses his faith and quiet persistence to solve what ever mystery comes his way.
Fans of Agatha Christie will love this series.

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randalljay
Jul 30, 2012

The mysteries aren't so deep. Nice post-war story.

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athena14
May 28, 2012

No unconventional clergyman in the two stories I read; just a prig.

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