It is the 1960s and Canon Sidney Chambers is enjoying his first year of married life with his German bride Hildegard. But life in Grantchester rarely stays quiet for long. Our favourite clerical detective soon attempts to stop a serial killer who has a grievance against the clergy; investigates the disappearance of a famous painting; uncovers the fact that an "accidental" drowning on a film shoot may not have been so accidental after all; and discovers the reasons behind the theft of a baby from a hospital. In the meantime, Sidney wrestles with the problem of evil, attempts to fulfill the demands of Dickens, his faithful Labrador, and contemplates, as always, the nature of love.
©2014 James Runcie (P)2014 Isis Publishing Ltd
"Sidney Chambers is back! Hallelujah!"
Our favourite Cambridge Canon is back! Canon Sidney Chambers, that lover of warm beer and hot jazz, returns once more in the third title in the Grantchester Mysteries series. In this series of short mysteries, Sidney tackles the changes to his life following his marriage, as well as being called to help solve several mysteries, including thefts and murders, all while keeping up to his tasks as an Anglican clergyman in the early 1960s.
These wonderful books are a combination of crime fiction and theological musings, which make very thought provoking novels. Fans of era-specific detective fiction will approve and enjoy, as well as those who like to contemplate the meaning of life, good and evil, right and wrong, and the link between religion and morality. James Runcie's work in combining these two genres is remarkable, and very enjoyable.
So, settle in with your favourite tipple and get listening!
"Reader Ruins This Quaint Series"
Murder Mysteries Are A Wonderfully Diverse Genre. There's the dark, twisted plot driven books and then there are the drawing room mysteries more in the genre of Miss Marple. Both have their pleasures, but the choice of reader for all the Sidney Chambers doesn't do Runcie's work justice.
I loved all the scenes with the film crew and the Baby John story line.
Canon Chambers voice is too high, Amanda;s is shrill & breathy. Male readers should just read women's voices straight. We don't talk like Marilyn Monroe anymore. I did love the Baby John story line. I love the PBS Grantchester series and I wish the narrator lived up to the performances. Amanda Kendell is quite shallow in this reader's potrayal and I think that does her character and Sidney's an injustice.
See Grantchester with James Norton and Robson Green above.
Watch the series on PBS.
A perfect narration of an excellent series of stories. The voices of each character are so well portrayed they are believable as people.
Canon Chambers should join the ranks of classic British detectives in the tradition of Father Brown and Lord Peter Wimsey. His personality is perhaps closer to Lord Peter. You do not have to be a member of the Anglican Church to appreciate his kind and tolerant but still dedicated approach to religion and to life.
"Ok but not as good as previous ones"
Beautifully written as always but the mysteries weren't as good or as interesting as I've become accustomed to
"A Different Grantchester"
I enjoy the BBC series Grantchester but it has taken a vast turn from the original stories. I prefer the Sidney Chambers from the books. He remains a man of integrity throughout these three novels which is fitting for his position.
"Sidney's charm is wearing thin ..."
Of the three collections, this is my least favorite. The characters have lost their dimension and become rather cliché. The storylines are quite predictable. Peter Wickham's narration is also wearing thin... He does a fine job with men's voices. His women's voices are very stereotypical, to the point that I wish they had had a woman read those parts.
Well crafted stories that build on prior books, but narrator's attempt of female voices and German accent remain distracting.
"An honorable man"
A chronicle of the moral struggle facing an earnest man of the last half of the last century. Laid out in simple tales with humor and thoughtful consideration this series of books illustrates how a survivor of war struggles with choices in the changing societal landscape
"Still entertaining but waning"
Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
Actually, it has been adapted into a PBS mini-series, and I have been watching and enjoying it.
The book is good, but I think James Runcie may be at the end of this series. I just do not know how much more he can do with his vicar turned part-time detective.
"The Best of mthe Three books - excellent"
THis book moved up a significant step, the four stories seemed to be well thought throgh and the characters well developed.
I am amused by the detective who seems unable to solve any crime.
He is cleasr and consistent. His voice,matches the setting well.
If the police can't solve it - call the vicar!
I felt this set of short stories could be devel;oped into a Frost or Morse type TV series.
"more short stories."
as with the previous two books this starts with a murder and goes onto other crimes finishing at Christmas in 1961.
enjoyable as a change from long single story crime books.
"Oh Dear! A Narrator for me to avoid"
I loved the TV series, so thought I would enjoy this audio tape. To be honest, I have tried for 5 days to listen to it and the furthest I have got to is the 30 minute mark. The story seems to be pretty good, but the narrator is the worst one I have heard in years and years of listening. He is ok and pretty acceptable with men's voices, but his women's voices make me want to scream. Does he think women sound like that?!?! My apologies to the Narrator, but when you do a woman's voice, it is like finger nails on a blackboard to me. I have tried and tried, but have given up. I will go and buy the book!
"A lifeless thing."
I'm not sure what genre this is. The stories made me think of the kind of filler stories you might come across in a back copy of a woman's magazine from the 70s. Or a sermon …. curiously empty of any significance or even any serious attempt to entertain, an exercise.
Maybe. There was nothing either very good or very bad about his performance. He didn't have much to work with.
Sadness is about right.
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