Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death

Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death It is 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

  • Title: Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death
  • Author: James Runcie
  • ISBN: 9781608198566
  • Page: 281
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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, inIt 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.

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    1. I would be lying if I said that I enjoyed this book more than I enjoyed watching the first season of Grantchester. Don't take me wrong, I enjoyed this book and its six short stories (some better than the others), but still, I liked the TV-show better.Why? Hmmm let's see Sidney Chambers, Vicar played by James Norton. He looks like a young Robert Redford. He is a great character and I like him in the book, but I truly enjoyed watching him on the tellyThen we have Inspector Geordie Keating played b [...]

    2. “Even the faithful can be frightened.” This cosy mystery was a breath of fresh air. 6 short stories centred around Canon Sidney Chambers, a Cambridge vicar. I loved Sidney as a character - he stomps over so many of the stereotypes most people associate with the religious. He doesn’t judge people and a lot of his views are quite liberal for the time in which this is set (1950s) plus he is partial to a whisky now and then. Something this book taught me - the difference between Whisky and Whi [...]

    3. Wow. What am I missing? I love the books that so many people lump with this one, but I found Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death to be unrewarding, stilted, shallow, stiff, and dry. I pre-ordered it in paperback after Karen of cornflowerbooks blog recommended it, and I was confident that I'd love it as I have loved the Flavia de Luce and Mma Ramotswe series--but oh! I was sooooooooooo wrong. Many people admit that the plot isn't compelling but then say what a great character Sidney is, a sta [...]

    4. I found this book in a used bookstore when I was looking for something else. Having read all of the Agatha Christie books I can find, I longed for something like it to fill my time with reading that wasn't terribly heavy. Sometimes I like a good thick read, and sometimes I long for a light read to get through the weekend. I slipped into these stories like I'd always known them. A new book (new to me) that feels like an old friend, just like meeting somebody and hitting it off immediately as if y [...]

    5. Old-style mysteriesSet in the small Cambridgeshire town of Grantchester in the 1950s, this book is a throwback to the earlier days of mystery writing, before forensics and police procedure took over the world. Canon Sydney Chambers is a young priest in the Church of England who, in the grand old tradition, gets involved as an amateur detective in helping the police to investigate a series of crimes. There are six separate stories in the book, each roughly novella length, with plots ranging from [...]

    6. Imagine this Whiskey, jazz, and murder. It does sound interesting. Doesn't it ? Canon Sidney Chambers a priest turned detective in the Grantchester in Cambridge. The six stories in this volume range from robbery to killing to forging art work. They all take place between 1953 and 1955. The cozy mysteries are funny and witty with a cast of characters that will stick with you. Sidney is not the ordinary priest, he is modern, young and in a way knows the mentality of his parish. He enjoys a drink, [...]

    7. Actual rating 3.5 stars.Having watched and loved the show Grantchester, I decided I'd give the books the show is based on a go.And the book was enjoyable, but nowhere near as enjoyable as the show. The show adds a wonderful depth of character to Sidney that the book just does not employ. Though, I have to admit that I loved the fact that in the book Sidney could be a delightful grump at times.The show also benefits from having James Norton and Robson Green as Sidney and his friend Inspector Geor [...]

    8. I honestly can't see the charm. Harks back to Golden Age detective mysteries, complete with implausible dialogue, unlikely clues, and unconvincing set-up. (First story: a woman seeks out a vicar rather than eg a policeman to say that she's sure her lover's death wasn't suicide and demand he solve the mystery. She is angry when he doesn't immediately find the killer. When he finds the killer she is angry there will be a prosecution because this risks exposing the affair nobody would have known ab [...]

    9. Reviewed for Library Journal, starred review:There is something very appealing about a man of the cloth playing at detective; the convergence of the sacred with the evils of the modern world can make for delightful mystery reading. Novelist Runcie (The Discovery of Chocolate; Canvey Island), who just happens to be the son of the former archbishop of Canterbury, has bestowed upon us a new and delightful clerical detective. Canon Sidney Chambers is a relatively young vicar with a passion for jazz [...]

    10. Oh, que j'ai aimé ! Vivement les prochains. ☺NB : Surprise par la série TV (mais agréablement surprise aussi). L'adaptation s'est permise de nombreux arrangements et on y découvre un Sidney tourmenté par ses sentiments pour Amanda, laquelle est charmante mais un peu moins fofolle que dans le livre. C'est intéressant de comparer tout ça, le mélange est assez savoureux. Même les intrigues policières ont pris les ingrédients de base pour concocter de nouvelles recettes. C'est comme red [...]

    11. I saw the TV show first (GRANTCHESTER, shown on PBS Masterpiece Mystery) , then read the book. As much as I loved the show ( I particularly loved the music, the acting, and whole style of it), I believe I loved the book even more. The book is different from the show: the storylines are somewhat the same but many details are different. For example, the mystery regarding the lost ring does not involve murder in the book, and Sidney doesn't spend the night in the jazz singer's bed. In fact the book [...]

    12. 3.5 I am not a big cozy reader, though there are a few series that I still keep up with, but I can definitely see this series joining them. In this series debut, set in 1953 England, Sidney Chambers is a canon, though he is the first to admit he is not a very good one as he feels he could always to more for his parishioners. The villagers are varied but all interesting, there are a few different mysteries needing solving, so Sidney along with his backgammon inspector playing friend work together [...]

    13. Very enjoyable short stories of the cosy crime variety. Canon Sidney Chambers, a jazz loving Anglican vicar in a small village near Cambridge in the 1950s gets involved in solving a number of crimes with his friend police inspector Geordie Keating. The BBC series, Granchester based on these stories does a great job of bringing them to life and actor James Norton does a perfect job of bringing Sidney to life.

    14. I dithered between 3.5 and 4 stars.Has excellent sense of time and place (1950s Britain), and I would happily read another.

    15. 'It was his first case of adultery, never mind murder.'What would we do without the clergy?I really enjoyed book one of this series about an English priest who turns his hand to solving crimes. I will definitely be reading the other books in the series and watching the dramatisation of the books. Good times ahead!In this first book, the 'Shadow of Death' we meet Canon Sidney Chambers who is quite happy with his life as a priest. He wasn't intending to become a detective but after conducting a fu [...]

    16. I liked the idea of a 1950s sleuthing vicar, I love older detective stories, and having heard James Runcie speak once or twice I had high hopes that the book would be entertaining and witty, like its author. Unfortunately, it wasn't.I found the characterization poor - all of the characters, including the hero Sidney Chambers, seemed one-dimensional. I found it difficult to remember, let alone care, who was who. The characters themselves seemed to share my indifference, with little or no emotiona [...]

    17. Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death, the first book in The Grantchester Mysteries follows Sidney Chambers, an unconventional small-town vicar who enjoys jazz, beer and cricket and often finds himself working with Inspector Keating. He inquires into several crimes, as he can be where the police cannot, including the suicide of a solicitor, jewelry theft, murder, and art forgery. Like clergymen, detectives are never off duty.I greatly enjoyed watching Grantchester when it aired on PBS's Master [...]

    18. So, I may have a crush on the PBS show that this book is based on, Grantchester. Sidney Chambers may have returned from WWII and dedicated his life to the church, but he still likes jazz, can get his head turned by a pretty lady, and throws back some whiskey with his police pal in the local pub (or anywhere, really). I liked reading the book after watching the first two episodes because it certainly gave me a clear image of each character to work with. This book was ideal for making into a serie [...]

    19. When I picked this book up I didn't realise that it's actually a collection of mini-mysteries rather than a one mystery novel. Some of the cases were more intriguing than others, as I couldn't help but feel that some of the crimes were wrapped up just a little bit too neatly. The eponymous hero is a likeable enough chap, and the period setting (this novel starts after WWII) adds interest, but it was a bit mild-mannered and dull for my tastes. I would have to be in the mood for something a bit bl [...]

    20. Ce roman propose une succession d'enquêtes menées par le chanoine Sidney Chambers autour de Cambridge. Si j'ai aimé l'ambiance et les personnages, j'ai regretté quelques longueurs mais surtout de connaître le dénouement des enquêtes vu que j'ai déjà vu la série adaptée de ce roman

    21. I like mysteries that are "cozy" insofar as I don't like dwelling on violence. I am interested in characterization, the puzzle, &, if possible, something a little deeper. This book works on all levels. I started reading this when I heard Granchester was coming to PBS & the description of the TV show persuaded me to try the books. I like the TV show and I like the books, but the plot of the TV show seems to veer significantly from the books themselves. Runcie writes in the form of short s [...]

    22. Seis historias cortas protagonizadas por un cura que resuelve misterios y crímenes. Una lectura muy fresca y entretenida que me ha gustado mucho. Grantchester es la serie basada en este libro.Mi reseña: contandoteunlibro

    23. Longest sixteen days of my reading life in a long time!Although I gave this book one star, quite frankly it's getting more that it deserves. I found the characterisation lazy, the dialogue contrived, and at times, flippant, coupled with some bland ugly storylines that were deeply troubling, and offensive. I know creative writing is hard work, but there is no excuse for this kind of drivel masquerading as a short story collection. At first I had thought this book was a light-hearted collection of [...]

    24. Oh yeah, I read this last week and forgot to review it.The TV show wins over the book for me. The writing is dry and stilted, and I like Sidney better when I can't hear his inner monologue, I suppose. Still, I didn't dislike this whole book as much as I thought I would when first reading it. Either I got used to the writing style or it got better, who knows.What I found intriguing is only the first mystery--the suicide that isn't a suicide--is the same on the TV show (pretty much scene-for-scene [...]

    25. I became interested in reading this series after I watched a couple of episodes of the television series that is based on them. How could I not relish looking at James Norton as the dishy COE priest Sidney Chambers?*The interconnected short stories that chronicle Sidney's initial forays into solving mysteries is cut from the same cloth as the series, but is tailored differently. The crimes Sidney is called upon to solve here vary in complexity and serve more as a vehicle for getting to know Sidn [...]

    26. I'm completely in love with this show right now. The characters are lovely, the relationships complicated, the scenery beautifulAhem. Anyway, it's a complex, politically aware, smart, savvy show and I adore it.It's based on this book which isrfectly pleasant, I suppose (with the exception of the story where (view spoiler)[Amanda is sexually assaulted and it's practically laughed off (hide spoiler)]), but frankly, verging on dull -- I think if I did not have the more vibrant TV-versions of the ch [...]

    27. I had already watched and enjoyed the TV series of Grantchester so I was eager to find out how it compared to the books and feel overall that they complement each other well. There are differences between them - Sidney Chambers is a more reflective, less troubled character in the book than in the TV series.Reading the book I enjoyed the way Sidney reflects on his role as a priest and how becoming involved in investigations may keep him from important work in his parish. The stories aren't rushed [...]

    28. Picked this up because I have been enjoying Grantchester on Masterpiece Theater. It's an enjoyable series of mysteries almost like a series of short stories. Enjoyed most of them except for the last which was handled better on the TV show. Sidney is an endearing character and I love the Thursday night barroom discussions between Sidney & Geordie.*updated* Just watched the season finale of Grantchester. My bookish friends will know I rarely say this but TV show ending was better than the book [...]

    29. Eerder 2,5 Heb me er een beetje door moeten worstelen, vind het niet leuk geschreven en de personages zijn veel aangenamer in de serie

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