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Sidney Chambers and the Problem of Evil | [James Runcie]

Sidney Chambers and the Problem of Evil

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Emily Mount Macedon, Australia 08-15-14
    Emily Mount Macedon, Australia 08-15-14 Member Since 2015

    A lover of audiobooks of all kinds, since childhood, when long car journeys were accompanied by Discworld stories. @ReineDesLivres (Twitter)

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    "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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    E. Seaton UK 04-18-15
    E. Seaton UK 04-18-15 Member Since 2011

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    "Unmissable"

    A perfect narration of an excellent series of stories. The voices of each character are so well portrayed they are believable as people.

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    WW 04-12-15
    WW 04-12-15 Member Since 2009
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    "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

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    Mollie United States 04-02-15
    Mollie United States 04-02-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Still entertaining but waning"
    Would you try another book from James Runcie and/or Peter Wickham?

    I would.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling


    Which character – as performed by Peter Wickham – was your favorite?

    Sidney Chambers


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Actually, it has been adapted into a PBS mini-series, and I have been watching and enjoying it.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    L. Maranto 03-29-15
    L. Maranto 03-29-15
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    "Wonderful stories"

    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.

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  • Mike
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    "The Best of mthe Three books - excellent"
    What did you like most about Sidney Chambers and the Problem of Evil?

    THis book moved up a significant step, the four stories seemed to be well thought throgh and the characters well developed.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I am amused by the detective who seems unable to solve any crime.


    Have you listened to any of Peter Wickham’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    He is cleasr and consistent. His voice,matches the setting well.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    If the police can't solve it - call the vicar!


    Any additional comments?

    I felt this set of short stories could be devel;oped into a Frost or Morse type TV series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Darrell
    12/17/14
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    "Oh Dear! A Narrator for me to avoid"
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    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gerard McKernan
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    12/2/14
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    "A lifeless thing."
    Would you try another book written by James Runcie or narrated by Peter Wickham?

    No.


    Has Sidney Chambers and the Problem of Evil put you off other books in this genre?

    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.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Peter Wickham?

    Maybe. There was nothing either very good or very bad about his performance. He didn't have much to work with.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Sadness is about right.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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