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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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!
"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.
"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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