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Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death | [James Runcie]

Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death

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.
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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

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    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.

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    Emily Mount Macedon, Australia 05-07-14
    Emily Mount Macedon, Australia 05-07-14 Member Since 2013
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    "English mysteries featuring a clerical detective"

    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 ...

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  • barbara bar
    wiltshire uk
    7/7/13
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    "old times at uniy"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death to be better than the print version?

    yes it was lovely to sit back and injoy. being read to


    What other book might you compare Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death to, and why?

    goodbye mr chips


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    the scean were the students were climeing about the spirer of the roof.


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

    love and mystery


    Any additional comments?

    all I can say is I loved it Im sorry Im such bad speller.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Saffy
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    6/26/13
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    "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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    12/8/14
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    "Gentle & Astute"
    Where does Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In my Top Five


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Geordie the Policeman because he appears to be Sydney's straightman and yet is often flexible.


    What about Peter Wickham’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Generally I enjoyed the pace and the gentle astute thinking behind the plot & characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Valerie
    Carrickfergus, United Kingdom
    11/18/14
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    "Most enjoyable"

    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.

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  • Emilia
    London, United Kingdom
    9/5/13
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    "Next book please Mr Runcie"

    I thoroughly enjoed this and I'm already looking forward to some more from the same author.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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