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Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death

Grantchester Mysteries 1 · Grantchester

by James Runcie

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The first of the Grantchester Mysteries, and the inspiration for the primetime PBS/Masterpiece television series, Grantchester.

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.

Publication Details

Publisher:
Bloomsbury Publishing
Imprint:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication Date:
2012
Series:
Grantchester

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James Runcie (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...

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