Sidney Chambers, the Vicar of Grantchester, is a 32-year-old bachelor. Tall, with eyes the colour of hazelnuts, he is both an unconventional clergyman and a reluctant detective. Working in association with his friend, Inspector Geordie Keating, Sidney is able to go where the police cannot, eliciting surprise revelations and confessions from his parishioners; whether it involves the apparent suicide of a local solicitor, a scandalous jewellery theft at a New Year’s Eve dinner party, or the unexplained death of a jazz promoter’s daughter.
Alongside his inquiries, Sidney also manages to find time to enjoy cricket, warm beer, hot jazz, and the company of an attractive, lively young woman called Amanda.
©2012 James Runcie (P)2012 Isis Publishing Ltd
Great listen. i really mean it was a great listen. The narrator Peter Wickham has the perfect voice. The story was very compelling. It leaves you wanting more.
A lover of audiobooks of all kinds, since childhood, when long car journeys were accompanied by Discworld stories. @ReineDesLivres (Twitter)
Sidney Chambers, Canon in the Church of England, finds himself drawn into mysteries during his ministry to the people of Cambridge. These short stories are entertaining and amusing while also being solid mysteries which are not simply curiosities featuring a novelty sleuth in the figure of the investigating priest. Enjoy them, perhaps with tea, perhaps with a single malt, but Sidney wouldn't recommend a sherry ...
"old times at uniy"
yes it was lovely to sit back and injoy. being read to
goodbye mr chips
the scean were the students were climeing about the spirer of the roof.
love and mystery
all I can say is I loved it Im sorry Im such bad speller.
"An easy, enjoyable listen"
I downloaded this after hearing James Runcie on Radio 4's 'Saturday Live'. The description of this book conjured up a cross between GK Chesterton's Father Brown and Miss Marple- a perfect easy crime listen. OK, so it's not quite Agatha Christie but hugely enjoyable if you are in the mood for a 'nice' crime story with no violence but excellent characterisation and simple plots that will still keep you guessing. I like the fact that this book is made up of seperate interlinked short stories as this makes it very easy to dip into. My only complaint is that I wish the 1950s period had been better evoked.
"Gentle & Astute"
In my Top Five
Geordie the Policeman because he appears to be Sydney's straightman and yet is often flexible.
Measured without boring my ears. Conveys the mixed emotions & thinking of Sidney. The vocal pitch for the ladies got on my nerves at times particularly during long speeches or maybe he successfully conveyed just how irritating they are.
Generally I enjoyed the pace and the gentle astute thinking behind the plot & characters.
I tend to stick to authors and narrators I know and like, so this was a bit of an experiment. But I loved it. I was a bit put off initially that it wasn't once continuous 'whodunnit' rather several with the same characters. Once I'd got passed that I enjoyed the stories very much. James Runcie has created a very believable vicar in Sidney Chambers and I look forward to more of his adventures.
"Next book please Mr Runcie"
I thoroughly enjoed this and I'm already looking forward to some more from the same author.
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