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Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death: A Grantchester Mystery

 
 
Author
James Runcie.
Publisher Bloomsbury  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.75 x 5 x 1 inches
ISBN 9781408857700
Pages/Publication Date 392/2012
Daedalus Item Code 70155
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The handsome bachelor vicar of Grantchester and an honorary canon of Ely Cathedral, Sidney Chambers unexpectedly becomes an amateur sleuth when a parishioner asks him to discreetly look into a suspicious death, in this first Grantchester book, inspiration for the wildly popular PBS Masterpiece series. Sidney finds that as a "clerical detective" he can go where the police cannot in 1953 England, though he quickly gets in over his head. With the assistance of roguish Inspector Geordie Keating, Sidney inquires into the supposed suicide of a Cambridge solicitor, a scandalous jewelry theft at a New Year's Eve dinner party, and a shocking art forgery that puts a close friend in danger. And he discovers that being a detective, like being a clergyman, means that you are never off duty. Still, Sidney manages to find time to nurture his keen interest in cricket and his taste for warm beer and hot jazz—as well as a curious fondness for a German widow three years his junior. Written by James Runcie, himself the son of a former archbishop of Canterbury, this debut collection of a half-dozen interconnected cases is set in the Queen's coronation year of 1953 and beautifully evokes Britain of a half-century ago.

"No detective since Father Brown has been more engaging than Canon Sidney Chambers. Perfect company in bed."—Salley Vickers

 
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