Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death: The Grantchester Mysteries (Paperback)
Other Books in Series
This is book number 1 in the Grantchester series.
- #2: Sidney Chambers and the Perils of the Night (Grantchester #2) (Paperback): Email or call for price
- #3: Sidney Chambers and the Problem of Evil (Grantchester #3) (Paperback): $17.10
- #4: Sidney Chambers and The Forgiveness of Sins (Grantchester #4) (Paperback): $15.30
- #5: Sidney Chambers and The Dangers of Temptation (Grantchester #5) (Paperback): $17.10
The first of the Grantchester Mysteries, and inspiration for the PBS/Masterpiece television series, finds Vicar Sidney Chambers beginning his career, as both a spiritual leader and a detective.
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.
About the Author
James Runcie is a Fellow of the Royals Society of Literature and the author of eleven novels which have been translated all over the world. Sidney Chambers and The Shadow of Death, the first in 'The Grantchester Mysteries' series, was published in 2012, soon followed by Sidney Chambers and The Perils of the Night, Sidney Chambers and The Problem of Evil, Sidney Chambers and the Forgiveness of Sins, Sidney Chambers and the Dangers of Temptation and Sidney Chambers and the Persistence of Love. In October 2014, ITV/PBS launched Grantchester, a prime-time series starring James Norton as Sidney Chambers, with the second season airing in March 2016, and a third in the autumn of 2017. The fourth series will air in early 2019. In May 2016, James Runcie became Commissioning Editor for Arts at BBC Radio 4. He lives in London and Scotland. His latest novel is The Road to Grantchester.
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