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Sidney Chambers and the Persistence of Love

Narrated by: Peter Wickham
Series: Sidney Chambers, Book 6
Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
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It is May 1971 and Archdeacon Sidney Chambers is walking in a bluebell wood with his daughter Anna and their ageing Labrador, Byron, when they stumble upon a body.

Thrust into another murder investigation, Sidney discovers a world of hippies and psychedelic plants, where permissive behaviour seems to hide something darker. This is the first of many disturbing secrets that Sidney unearths: a celebrated photographer is accused of rape; a priceless religious text vanishes from a Cambridge college; and Sidney's own nephew goes missing.

Endeavouring to fit his clerical duties in around the demands of sleuthing, Sidney continues to reflect on the divine mysteries of love, life and faith, while wrestling with the earthly problems of parish scandals, the challenges of parenthood, and a great loss.

©2017 James Runcie (P)2017 Isis Publishing Ltd
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  • Sara
  • 20-06-2018

The Mysteries Of Life And Love

Runcie has taken this series in a somewhat different direction with this final book number six in the collection. I know that the author is writing a prequel that is due to be published in 2019 that goes back in time and explores Sidney's experience in WWII. I do however hope we also get a follow up book that picks up where we are left hanging in 1976 at the end of this title. Be aware that the mystery stories in this book focus for the most part on Sidney's own life and personal interior experience of the world, love and faith. I enjoyed the book and read/listened almost nonstop. I just personally hate being left wondering how it all works out. I guess, in the end that's just how life is--full of uncertainty and the not knowing.

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  • James W.
  • 17-06-2020

Final short story is extremely powerful

When I had finished five of the six short stories in this book, I had decided that I’d give the book 3 stars - better than the fifth book in the series, The Dangers of Temptation, but still mediocre. But then I read the sixth story, and it was the best writing I’ve read in a while, and definitely makes this book worth reading. In the first five short stories include some mysteries, but also stories in which the culprit is clearly known, and so the story is just about Sidney’s interactions with the characters in the story. There as a lot of meandering about in Runcie’s writing. The sixth story is not a mystery either, but involves a major loss, and Runcie does a masterful job of dealing with Sidney’s grieving process. The reader is really drawn into the story in a way I would not have thought possible. It’s a heart wrenching two chapters but essential for fans of this series.

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  • Silva
  • 17-06-2018

A cliffhanger ending

This book answered some questions for me about what happened in the previous books I missed. I was surprised by the twists in the story and didn't get the closure I was looking for in the end. I hope there is more to this series.

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  • Rogayah
  • 09-07-2017

World of faith and doubt

James Runcie gets better with each book both as a story teller and as a man committed to his faith yet unafraid of asking question to explore the faith, beliefs or philosophy of his characters that I think most people ask either to themselves or ask of others.

The stories may not be long but they are dense as a Christmas cake. If you have read the previous books many of these characters are a renewed sighting or a continuation of these peoples lives, even if it is a fleeting glance. So it is in the readers' lives too.

If you are in your more mellow years this is a book to savour after dinner in your favourite chair, perhaps with a good whisky as Sidney would do.

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  • Angelcritique
  • 06-05-2019

Character with a moral compass

How I love these Grantchester novels. Sidney Chambers is a man with a heart for God and his fellow man. Great stories.... great narration. I can't fault them. Tragic the way the novels and Sidney's character have been butchered by the screenwriters of the tv series. If I was James Runcie I would sue.......

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  • vicimaddox
  • 28-07-2017

The Persistence of Love

...the stories in this collection are beautifully observed and the reader reaches into the heart of each one