Sidney Chambers and the Problem of Evil Book
Score: 3.5
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Sidney Chambers and the Problem of Evil


  • Author : James Runcie
  • Publisher : A&C Black
  • Release Date : 2014
  • Genre: Clergy
  • Pages : 287
  • ISBN 10 : 9781408850992

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Sidney Chambers and the Problem of Evil Excerpt :

The third in 'The Grantchester Mysteries' series - six detective novels spanning thirty years of British history

Sidney Chambers and The Shadow of Death Book
Score: 3.5
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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 Persistence of Love Book
Score: 3
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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.

Sidney Chambers and the Persistence of Love Book
Score: 3
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Sidney Chambers and the Persistence of Love


  • Author : James Runcie
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury USA
  • Release Date : 2017-05-23
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 1632867958

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Sidney Chambers and the Persistence of Love Excerpt :

The sixth book in the James Runcie's much-loved 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.

Sidney Chambers and The Dangers of Temptation Book
Score: 3.5
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Sidney Chambers and The Dangers of Temptation


  • Author : James Runcie
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury USA
  • Release Date : 2016-06-14
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 1632865661

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Sidney Chambers and The Dangers of Temptation Excerpt :

It's the summer of love in late 1960s England. Basil D'Oliveira has just been dropped from the English cricket team before for a test series in apartheid South Africa; the war in Biafra dominates the news; and the Apollo 11 astronauts are preparing to land on the moon. In the midst of all this change, Sidney Chambers, now Archdeacon of Ely Cathedral, is still up to his amateur sleuthing investigations. A bewitching divorcee 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 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. Charming, witty, intelligent, and filled with a strong sense of compassion, here are six new stories guaranteed to satisfy and delight this clerical detective's many fans.

The Road to Grantchester Book
Score: 4
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The Road to Grantchester


  • Author : James Runcie
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release Date : 2019-03-21
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9781408886847

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The Road to Grantchester Excerpt :

The captivating prequel to the treasured Grantchester series follows the life, loves and losses of a young Sidney Chambers in post-war London It is 1938, and eighteen-year-old Sidney Chambers is dancing the quickstep with Amanda Kendall at her brother Robert's birthday party at the Caledonian Club. No one can believe, on this golden evening, that there could ever be another war. Returning to London seven years later, Sidney has gained a Military Cross, and lost his best friend on the battlefields of Italy. The carefree youth that he and his friends were promised has been blown apart, just like the rest of the world – and Sidney, carrying a terrible, secret guilt, must decide what to do with the rest of his life. But he has heard a call: constant, though quiet, and growing ever more persistent. To the incredulity of his family and the derision of his friends – the irrepressible actor Freddie, and the beautiful, spiky Amanda – Sidney must now negotiate his path to God: the course of which, much like true love, never runs smooth. The touching, engaging and surprising origin story of the Grantchester Mysteries's beloved Archdeacon, Sidney Chambers, The Road to Grantchester will delight new and old fans alike.

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 Forgiveness of Sins Book
Score: 4
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Sidney Chambers and The Forgiveness of Sins


  • Author : James Runcie
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Release Date : 2015-05-19
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN 10 : 9781632861061

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Sidney Chambers and The Forgiveness of Sins Excerpt :

The fourth 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 1960's Cambridge. On a snowy Thursday morning in Lent 1964, a stranger seeks sanctuary in Grantchester's church, convinced he has murdered his wife. Sidney and his wife Hildegard go for a shooting weekend in the country and find their hostess has a sinister burn on her neck. Sidney's friend Amanda receives poison pen letters when at last she appears to be approaching matrimony. A firm of removal men 'accidentally' drop a Steinway piano on a musician's head outside a Cambridge college. During a cricket match, a group of schoolboys blow up their school Science Block. On a family holiday in Florence, Sidney is accused of the theft of a priceless painting. Meanwhile, on the home front, Sidney's new curate Malcolm seems set to become rather irritatingly popular with the parish; his baby girl Anna learns to walk and talk; Hildegard longs to get an au pair and Sidney is offered a promotion. Entertaining, suspenseful, thoughtful, moving and deeply humane, these six new stories are bound to delight the clerical detective's many fans.

Sidney Chambers and the Perils of the Night Book
Score: 4
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Sidney Chambers and the Perils of the Night


  • Author : James Runcie
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury USA
  • Release Date : 2016-03-22
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 10 : 1632862905

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Sidney Chambers and the Perils of the Night Excerpt :

To be a major, prime-time six-part series Grantchester for PBS.

Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death Book
Score: 3.5
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Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death


  • Author : James Runcie
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Release Date : 2015-01-13
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9781632862891

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Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death Excerpt :

To be a major, prime-time six-part series Grantchester for PBS.

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

Sidney Chambers and The Forgiveness of Sins Book
Score: 4
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Sidney Chambers and The Forgiveness of Sins


  • Author : James Runcie
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Release Date : 2015-05-19
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN 10 : 9781632861030

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Sidney Chambers and The Forgiveness of Sins Excerpt :

Soon to be released as a major six-part television series for ITV, Grantchester.

Historical Noir Book

Historical Noir


  • Author : Barry Forshaw
  • Publisher : Oldcastle Books Ltd
  • Release Date : 2018-04-26
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9780857301369

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Historical Noir Excerpt :

It's one of the most successful - and surprising - of phenomena in the entire crime fiction genre: detectives (and proto-detectives) solving crimes in earlier eras. There is now an army of historical sleuths operating from the mean streets of ancient Rome to the Cold War era of the 1950s. And this astonishingly varied offshoot of the crime genre, as well as keeping bookshop tills ringing, is winning a slew of awards, notably the prestigious CWA Historical Dagger. Barry Forshaw, one of the UK s leading experts on crime fiction, has written a lively, wide-ranging and immensely informed history of the genre, which might be said to have begun in earnest with Ellis Peters crime-solving monk Brother Cadfael in the 1970s and Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose in 1980 (with another monkish detective), but which has now taken readers to virtually every era and locale in the past. As in earlier entries in his Noir series, Forshaw has produced the perfect reader's guide to a fascinating field; every major writer is considered, often through a concentration on one or two key books, and exciting new talents are highlighted. 'Historical Noir covers crime novels (and their authors) set in ancient Greece and beyond to the 1950s ... what a splendid, varied bunch Forshaw provides' - Times 'A very worthy addition to this great series' - Crime Squad Look out for the other books in Barry Forshaw's Noir series, Euro Noir, Nordic Noir, Brit Noir and American Noir, and for his latest book, Crime Fiction: A Reader's Guide.

Rooms with a View Book

Rooms with a View


  • Author : Sabine Rewald
  • Publisher : Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Release Date : 2011
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 190
  • ISBN 10 : 9781588394132

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Rooms with a View Excerpt :

Catalog of an exhibition held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, April 5-July 4, 2011.

The Great Passion Book
Score: 3
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The Great Passion


  • Author : James Runcie
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release Date : 2022-03-31
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9781408885529

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'A wise, refreshing novel, and a touching human story ... Runcie has an expert imagination' HILARY MANTEL Love and Death. Grief and Joy. Music that lasts forever. Leipzig, 1726. Eleven-year-old Stefan Silbermann, a humble organ-maker's son, has just lost his mother. Sent to Leipzig to train as a singer in the St Thomas Church choir, he struggles to stay afloat in a school where the teachers are as casually cruel as the students. Stefan's talent draws the attention of the Cantor – Johann Sebastian Bach. Eccentric, obsessive and kind, he rescues Stefan from the miseries of school by bringing him into his home as an apprentice. Soon Stefan feels that this ferociously clever, chaotic family is his own. But when tragedy strikes, Stefan's period of sanctuary in their household comes to a close. Something is happening, though. In the depths of his loss, the Cantor is writing a new work: the Saint Matthew Passion, to be performed for the first time on Good Friday. As Stefan watches the work rehearsed, he realises he is witness to the creation of one of the most extraordinary pieces of music that has ever been written. '[A] moving and fascinating portrait of a rare moment in musical history ... memorable and rewarding' LUCY JAGO