Sidney Chambers and The Dangers of Temptation Book
Score: 3.5
From 69 Ratings

Sidney Chambers and The Dangers of Temptation


  • Author : James Runcie
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Release Date : 2016-06-14
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9781632865670

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Sidney Chambers and The Dangers of Temptation Excerpt :

Grantchester Mysteries 5 The eagerly anticipated fifth installment in the Grantchester mystery series, now a major PBS television series. It's the summer of love in late 1960s. The Apollo 11 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 before a test series in apartheid South Africa. In the midst of all this change, Sidney Chambers, the loveable English clergyman, continues his amateur sleuthing investigations. A bewitching divorcée enlists Sidney's help in convincing her son to leave a hippie commune' at a soiree on Grantchester Meadows during May Week celebrations, a student is divested of a family heirloom; Amanda's marriage runs into trouble; Sidney and Hildegard holiday behind the Iron Curtain; Mrs. Maguire's husband returns from the dead; and an arson attack in Cambridge leads Sidney to uncover a cruel cast 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. Charming, witty, intelligent, and filled with a strong sense of compassion, these six new stories are guaranteed to satisfy and delight this clerical detective's many fans.

Sidney Chambers and The Shadow of Death Book
Score: 3.5
From 24 Ratings

Sidney Chambers and The Shadow of Death


  • Author : James Runcie
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Release Date : 2012-04-24
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9781608198580

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Sidney Chambers and The Shadow of Death Excerpt :

The first of the Grantchester Mysteries, and inspiration for the PBS/Masterpiece television series, finds Vicar Sidney Chambers beginning his career, as both a spiritual leader and a detective. It is 1953, the coronation year of Queen Elizabeth II . Sidney Chambers, vicar of Grantchester and honorary canon of Ely Cathedral, is a thirty-two-year-old bachelor. Tall, with dark brown hair, eyes the color of hazelnuts, and a reassuringly gentle manner, Sidney is an unconventional clerical detective. He can go where the police cannot. Together with his roguish friend, inspector Geordie Keating, Sidney inquires into the suspect suicide of a Cambridge solicitor, a scandalous jewelry theft at a New Year's Eve dinner party, the unexplained death of a jazz promoter's daughter, and a shocking art forgery that puts a close friend in danger. Sidney discovers that being a detective, like being a clergyman, means that you are never off duty, but he nonetheless manages to find time for a keen interest in cricket, warm beer, and hot jazz-as well as a curious fondness for a German widow three years his junior. With a whiff of Agatha Christie and a touch of G. K. Chesterton's Father Brown, The Grantchester Mysteries introduces a wonderful new hero into the world of detective fiction.

Sidney Chambers and The Perils of the Night Book
Score: 4
From 5 Ratings

Sidney Chambers and The Perils of the Night


  • Author : James Runcie
  • Publisher : A&C Black
  • Release Date : 2013-05-09
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 10 : 9781408834114

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Sidney Chambers and The Perils of the Night Excerpt :

Grantchester is now a major, prime-time six-part series for ITV 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.

Sidney Chambers and the Dangers of Temptation Book
Score: 3.5
From 69 Ratings

Sidney Chambers and the Dangers of Temptation


  • Author : James Runcie
  • Publisher : ISIS Large Print Books
  • Release Date : 2016-12-01
  • Genre: Cambridge (England)
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 1785412965

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Sidney Chambers and the Dangers of Temptation Excerpt :

Archdeacon Sidney Chambers is beginning to think that the life of a full-time priest (and part-time detective) is not easy. So when a bewitching divorcee in a mink coat interrupts Sidney's family lunch, asking him to help locate her missing son, he hopes it will be an open and shut case. The last thing he expects is to be dragged into the mysterious workings of a sinister cult, or to find himself tangled up in another murder investigation. But, as always, the village of Grantchester is not as peaceful as it seems. From the theft of an heirloom to an ominous case of blackmail, Sidney is once again rushed off his feet!

Sidney Chambers and The Forgiveness of Sins Book
Score: 4
From 2 Ratings

Sidney Chambers and The Forgiveness of Sins


  • Author : James Runcie
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release Date : 2015-05-07
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN 10 : 9781408862216

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Sidney Chambers and The Forgiveness of Sins Excerpt :

Grantchester Mysteries 2 Loveable full-time priest and part-time detective Canon Sidney Chambers is back, continuing his investigations. A mysterious stranger seeks sanctuary in Grantchester's church; a shooting weekend in the country has a sinister end; a friend receives poison pen letters; a piano falls on a musician's head; a school cricket match has an explosive finish; and on a holiday in Italy, Sidney is accused of stealing a priceless painting. On the home front, his new curate has become irritatingly popular with the parish and his daughter is starting to walk and talk.

Sidney Chambers and The Problem of Evil Book
Score: 3.5
From 2 Ratings

Sidney Chambers and The Problem of Evil


  • Author : James Runcie
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Release Date : 2014-06-10
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9781620406465

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Sidney Chambers and The Problem of Evil Excerpt :

The third book in The Grantchester Mystery Series, and the inspiration for the primetime PBS/Masterpiece television series, Grantchester. It is the 1960s and Canon Sidney Chambers is enjoying his first year of married life with his German bride Hildegard. But life in Grantchester rarely stays quiet for long. Our favourite clerical detective soon attempts to stop a serial killer who has a grievance against the clergy; investigates the disappearance of a famous painting after a distracting display of nudity by a French girl in an art gallery; uncovers the fact that an 'accidental' drowning on a film shoot may not have been so accidental after all; and discovers the reasons behind the theft of a baby from a hospital in the run-up to Christmas, 1963. In the meantime, Sidney wrestles with the problem of evil, attempts to fulfil the demands of Dickens, his faithful Labrador, and contemplates, as always, the nature of love. The third in 'The Grantchester Mysteries' series – six detective novels spanning thirty years of British history – these four longer stories are guaranteed to delight the many fans of Canon Sidney Chambers.

Sidney Chambers and the Perils of the Night Book
Score: 4
From 5 Ratings

Sidney Chambers and the Perils of the Night


  • Author : James Runcie
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury USA
  • Release Date : 2013-05-21
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 10 : 1608199517

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Sidney Chambers and the Perils of the Night Excerpt :

The second book in The Grantchester Mystery Series, and the inspiration for the primetime PBS/Masterpiece television series, Grantchester. The loveable full time priest and part time detective Canon Sidney Chambers continues his sleuthing adventures in late 1950's Cambridge. Accompanied by his faithful Labrador Dickens, and working in tandem with the increasingly exasperated Inspector Geordie Keating, Sidney is called on to investigate the unexpected fall of a Cambridge don from the roof of King's College Chapel; a case of arson at a glamor photographer's studio; and the poisoning of Zafar Ali, Grantchester's finest spin bowler, in the middle of a crucial game of cricket. As he pursues his quietly probing inquiries, Sidney also has to decide on the vexed question of marriage. Can he choose between the rich, glamorous socialite Amanda Kendall and Hildegard Staunton, a beguiling German widow three years his junior? To help him make up his mind Sidney takes a trip abroad, only to find himself trapped in a complex web of international espionage just as the Berlin Wall is going up. Here are six interlocking adventures that combine mystery with morality, and criminality with charm.

The Great Passion Book
Score: 3.5
From 3 Ratings

The Great Passion


  • Author : James Runcie
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Release Date : 2022-03-15
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 273
  • ISBN 10 : 9781635570694

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The Great Passion Excerpt :

From acclaimed bestselling author James Runcie, a meditation on grief and music, told through the story of Bach's writing of the St. Matthew Passion. In 1727, Stefan Silbermann is a grief-stricken thirteen-year-old, struggling with the death of his mother and his removal to a school in distant Leipzig. Despite his father's insistence that he try not to think of his mother too much, Stefan is haunted by her absence, and, to make matters worse, he's bullied by his new classmates. But when the school's cantor, Johann Sebastian Bach, takes notice of his new pupil's beautiful singing voice and draws him from the choir to be a soloist, Stefan's life is permanently changed. Over the course of the next several months, and under Bach's careful tutelage, Stefan's musical skill progresses, and he is allowed to work as a copyist for Bach's many musical works. But mainly, drawn into Bach's family life and away from the cruelty in the dorms and the lonely hours of his mourning, Stefan begins to feel at home. When another tragedy strikes, this time in the Bach family, Stefan bears witness to the depths of grief, the horrors of death, the solace of religion, and the beauty that can spring from even the most profound losses. Joyous, revelatory, and deeply moving, The Great Passion is an imaginative tour de force that tells the story of what it was like to sing, play, and hear Bach's music for the very first time.

The Grantchester Mysteries Book

The Grantchester Mysteries


  • Author : James Runcie
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Release Date : 2021-07-06
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 2224
  • ISBN 10 : 9781635579215

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The Grantchester Mysteries Excerpt :

The complete collection of the beloved Grantchester Mysteries series--the inspiration for the PBS Masterpiece TV Show starring James Norton. After fighting in World War II and hearing the call to the priesthood, Sidney Chambers begins his career as a full-time priest and part-time detective in the English countryside in 1953. Over the course of the two decades and six books that follow, he finds himself investigating all life's mysteries--from robberies and murders to the larger questions of the meaning of life and death and the nature of sin and forgiveness. Entertaining, suspenseful, and deeply humane, these charming mysteries are bound to delight fans new and old. The Road to Grantchester Sidney Chambers and The Shadow of Death Sidney Chambers and The Perils of the Night Sidney Chambers and The Problem of Evil Sidney Chambers and The Forgiveness of Sins Sidney Chambers and The Dangers of Temptation Sidney Chambers and The Persistence of Love

A Book of Golden Deeds Book

A Book of Golden Deeds


  • Author : Charlotte Mary Yonge
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1866
  • Genre: Virtues
  • Pages : 506
  • ISBN 10 : HARVARD:HN66GU

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The Discovery of Chocolate  A Novel Book
Score: 3
From 2 Ratings

The Discovery of Chocolate A Novel


  • Author : James Runcie
  • Publisher : HarperCollins UK
  • Release Date : 2012-06-28
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9780007406906

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The Discovery of Chocolate A Novel Excerpt :

A wonderfully inventive and entertaining journey through time and the history of chocolate!

Sidney Chambers and The Persistence of Love Book
Score: 3
From 4 Ratings

Sidney Chambers and The Persistence of Love


  • Author : James Runcie
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Release Date : 2017-05-23
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 10 : 9781632867964

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Sidney Chambers and The Persistence of Love Excerpt :

The eagerly anticipated sixth installment in the Grantchester Mysteries series, now a major PBS television series as well. The sixth book in the James Runcie's much-loved Granchester Mystery series, which has been adapted for Masterpiece's Grantchester starring James Norton, sees full-time priest, part-time detective Sidney Chambers plunged back into sleuthing when he discovers a body in a bluebell wood. It is May 1971 and the Cambridgeshire countryside is bursting into summer. Attending to his paternal duties, Archdeacon Sidney Chambers is walking in the woods with his daughter Anna and their aging Labrador, Byron, when they stumble upon a body. Beside the dead man lies a basket of wild flowers, all poisonous. And so it is that Sidney is thrust into another murder investigation, entering a world of hippies, folk singers, and psychedelic plants, where love triangles and permissive behavior seem to hide something darker. Despite the tranquil appearance of the Diocese of Ely, there is much to keep Sidney and his old friend, Detective Inspector Geordie Keating, as busy as ever. An historic religious text vanishes from a Cambridge college; Sidney's former flame, Amanda Richmond, gets a whiff of art-world corruption; and his nephew disappears in the long, hot summer of 1976. Meanwhile, Sidney comes face to face with the divine mysteries of life and love while wrestling with earthly problems--from parish scandals and an alarmingly progressive new secretary to his own domestic misdemeanors, the challenges of parenthood and a great loss.

Except the Dying Book
Score: 3
From 16 Ratings

Except the Dying


  • Author : Maureen Jennings
  • Publisher : McClelland & Stewart
  • Release Date : 2012-09-18
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 370
  • ISBN 10 : 9780771043024

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In the cold Toronto winter of 1895, the unclad body of a servant girl is found frozen in a deserted laneway. The young victim was pregnant when she died. Was her death an attempt to cover up a scandal in one of the city's influential families? Detective William Murdoch quickly finds out that more than one person connected with the girl's simple life has something to hide.

The Colour of Heaven Book
Score: 3
From 2 Ratings

The Colour of Heaven


  • Author : James Runcie
  • Publisher : HarperCollins UK
  • Release Date : 2012-11-22
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 392
  • ISBN 10 : 9780007494996

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The Colour of Heaven Excerpt :

From the author of THE DISCOVERY OF CHOCOLATE – a romantic historical quest set in Renaissance Florence and China surrounding the search for ultramarine.

The Hasheesh Eater Book

The Hasheesh Eater


  • Author : Fitz Hugh Ludlow
  • Publisher : Rutgers University Press
  • Release Date : 2006-07-06
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 360
  • ISBN 10 : 9780813541143

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The Hasheesh Eater Excerpt :

Fitz-Hugh Ludlow was a recent graduate of Union College in Schenectady, New York, when he vividly recorded his hasheesh-induced visions, experiences, adventures, and insights. During the mid-nineteenth century, the drug was a legal remedy for lockjaw and Ludlow had a friend at school from whom he received a ready supply. He consumed such large quantities at each sitting that his hallucinations have been likened to those experienced by opium addicts. Throughout the book, Ludlow colorfully describes his psychedelic journey that led to extended reflections on religion, philosophy, medicine, and culture. First published in 1857, The Hasheesh Eater was the first full-length American example of drug literature. Yet despite the scandal that surrounded it, the book quickly became a huge success. Since then, it has become a cult classic, first among Beat writers in the 1950s and 1960s, and later with San Francisco Bay area hippies in the 1970s. In this first scholarly edition, editor Stephen Rachman positions Ludlow's enduring work as not just a chronicle of drug use but also as a window into the budding American bohemian literary scene. A lucid introduction explores the breadth of Ludlow's classical learning as well as his involvement with the nineteenth-century subculture that included fellow revelers such as Walt Whitman and the pianist Louis Gottshalk. With helpful annotations guiding readers through the text's richly allusive qualities and abundance of references, this edition is ideal for classroom use as well as for general readers.