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It's the summer of love in late 1960s England. Astronauts are preparing to land on the moon, the war in Biafra dominates the news and Basil D'Oliveira has just been dropped from the England cricket team. In the midst of all this change, Sidney Chambers continues his amateur sleuthing investigations.

A bewitching divorcee enlists Sidney's help in convincing her son to leave a commune; Mrs Maguire's husband returns from the dead; and an arson attack in Cambridge leads Sidney to uncover a cruel case of blackmail involving his former curate. In the rare gaps between church and crime, Sidney struggles with a persistent case of toothache, has his first flutter at the Newmarket races and witnesses the creation of a classic rock song.

©2016 James Runcie (P)2016 Isis Publishing Ltd

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  • Learning is fun!
  • 11-10-17

So much better than the TV series

Why do TV producers think they can make something better by fiddling with it? The stories and characters in these books make perfect reading and listening to. The characters are believable but with plenty of heartache, mystery, crises, humanity rev going on - there was absolutely no need to take anything out of our anything in - sheer arrogance in part of producer. Just enjoy the real thing before TV destroys it totally!

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  • Helen
  • 10-26-16

Gentle and charming

What did you like most about Sidney Chambers and the Dangers of Temptation?

Despite normally having an aversion to any domination of clergy as a character (unless they are the murderer), in this case I let it go, Sydney Chambers is a sweetie.

What did you like best about this story?

They stories are not really 'who done its', but the characters are charming and flawed.

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

Sydney Chambers

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me smile.

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  • Penny
  • 08-03-16

Gentle, pastoral, slightly boring

I remained with the book because of my own memories of my schooldays in Ely

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