Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death

Author(s): James Runcie


Sidney Chambers, the Vicar of Grantchester, is a thirty-two-year-old bachelor. Tall, with dark brown hair, eyes the colour of hazelnuts and a reassuringly gentle manner, Sidney is both an unconventional clergyman and a reluctant detective, and 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 jewellery theft at a New Year's Eve dinner party and the unexplained death of a well-known jazz promoter. Alongside his sleuthing, Sidney also manages to find time for a keen interest in cricket, warm beer, hot jazz and the company of an attractive German widow three years his junior. The first in a series of six detective novels, The Grantchester Mysteries spans thirty years of British history - from the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953 to the wedding of Charles and Dianna in 1981 - and introduces an unforgettable new hero.

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From the son of the former Archbishop of Canterbury, this is the first of The Grantchester Mysteries, six detective novels spanning thirty years of British history - from the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth in 1953 to the wedding of Charles and Diana in 1981 - featuring the unforgettable vicar and sleuth, Sidney Chambers

No detective since Father Brown has been more engaging than Canon Sidney Chambers. Perfect company in bed Salley Vickers Alexander McCall Smith's Mma Ramotswe is going to have to look to her laurels! Sidney Chambers's adventures are thoroughly captivating and engaging. I loved the character and I loved the highly evocative period feel and dialogue Amanda Craig

James Runcie is the Artistic Director of the Bath Literature Festival and author of four novels, The Discovery of Chocolate, The Colour of Heaven, Canvey Island and East Fortune. He is also an award-winning film-maker. James Runcie lives in Edinburgh with his wife and two daughters.

General Fields

  • : 9781408826416
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : April 2012
  • : 216mm X 135mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : June 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Export/Airside ed
  • : 400
  • : James Runcie
  • : Paperback