Sidney Chambers And The Perils Of The Night

Sidney Chambers And The Perils Of The Night

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by James RUNCIE
     
 

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1955. Canon Sidney Chambers, loveable priest and part-time detective, is back. Accompanied by his faithful Labrador, Dickens, and the increasingly exasperated Inspector Geordie Keating, Sidney is called to investigate the unexpected fall of a Cambridge don from the roof of King's College Chapel; a case of arson at a glamour photographer's studio and the poisoning of

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1955. Canon Sidney Chambers, loveable priest and part-time detective, is back. Accompanied by his faithful Labrador, Dickens, and the increasingly exasperated Inspector Geordie Keating, Sidney is called to investigate the unexpected fall of a Cambridge don from the roof of King's College Chapel; a case of arson at a glamour photographer's studio and the poisoning of Zafar Ali, Grantchester's finest spin bowler. Alongside his sleuthing, Sidney has other problems. Can he decide between his dear friend, the glamorous socialite Amanda Kendall and Hildegard Staunton, the beguiling German widow? To make up his mind Sidney takes a trip abroad, only to find himself trapped in a web of international espionage just as the Berlin Wall is going up.

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ISBN-13:
9780753192481
Publisher:
ISIS Large Print Books
Publication date:
02/01/2014
Series:
Isis Hardcover
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

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Sidney Chambers and the Perils of the Night 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
book-babe-311 More than 1 year ago
I won this book off the the goodreads give-away! I did not realize it was book 2 in a series till it came in. I have to read books in order so I checked out the first one from the library to read. This book is set around the era of the 50/60's in England. It has a lot of history in it which is always interesting but I did find it slow at times. The main character Sidney is a Anglican priest who dabbles on the side as a detective. Like the first book there are multiple short stories in the book where a new crime takes place and Sidney comes to the rescue to solve it. As the book progresses Sidney finally starts having a love life and finally take leaps of faith in that direction to match his strong Christian faith. All in all this book was ok but I have to say I actually enjoyed the first book more! If you like the early british era mixed in with multiple short mysteries then I suggest you check out the first book at your library. If you enjoy it you can always then buy it and the 2nd book as well. I will pass this book on to someone else as it is not something I would re-read again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Set during start of Berlin wall and is a series of short stories connected and preceding in order always back to the vicarage. Not too familar of how the church and vicar function there is the church tax supported? Prefer the classic english mystery rather than the hardboiled and read many but the church position still escapes me mom
Anonymous 4 months ago
I enjoyed the books,but think the mini series is actually better...
Delphimo 9 months ago
I am enjoying this series set in England in the 1950s to 1960s. Of course, I have watched the Grantchester series on PBS, and can see the different path the series takes. The book follows Sidney on his quest on becoming a better clergyman, while the PBS series brings out Sidney's flaws or falls from grace. Both book and series show a man who questions right and wrong. The reader glimpses the havoc of Germany after WWII, as Sidney goes to visit Hildegarde in Germany and is arrested and detained. Again, James Runcie utilizes short stories to present an idea. The characters live and breathe in each of the stories, and of course, the amazing Amanda provides a glamourous model next to bland Hildegarde. Who will Sidney choose to be his wife?
Rosemary-Standeven More than 1 year ago
I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review I had recently read two excellent, though disturbing, dystopian novels, and as a change of pace switched to Sidney Chambers. It was so lovely to relax into a comfortable bygone world of a small 1950s town neighbouring Cambridge, with its murder mysteries and small town and university rivalries. There are six exciting new stories – again not all involving murders – that stretch Sidney’s investigative and interpersonal skills – and the patience of his housekeeper and parishioners. Sidney is such a personable and thoughtful person, that you cannot fail to like. He does have his flaws – patience is not always his strong point – and his clerical duties are not always at the forefront of his mind. His love life develops further in this book, but of course does not run as smoothly as he would hope. James Runcie’s writing is wonderful, all his characters are believable and really well developed – not just the main ones. It is a special type of writer who can make a simple village cricket match into an enthralling, unput-down-able sub-plot – and that was just the precursor to a stunningly good mystery in “The Hat Trick” chapter. The Sidney Chambers books have been turned into an ITV hit series “Granchester”. To anyone who is even slightly interested in the TV programme, I would urge you to READ THE BOOKS! They are so much better than the adaptations, which lose a lot of the superb characterisation of the books and fill the time with unnecessary embellishments to the stories. Granchester already has a death rate to rival Midsummer (or Honduras) and doesn’t need extra bodies, abuse and criminal activity to sex it up. I loved this set of Sidney Chambers tales, and look forward to many more. Wonderful stories that far outshine the TV adaptations
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Boomer48 More than 1 year ago
I like this continuation of the PBS series of Grantchester. I will be continuing to read the series, even if Sidney has finally committed his heart in marriage. Enjoyable reading!
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Keating the cop's cop respnds to the Canons luck with women in amazement"they seem to follow you around", on marriage various advice is given to a reluctant Sidney "and on children when you add them in "that a whole nother kettle of fish" or something to that effect, gotta love this Britt top cop!!!! C.N.Y.C.
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