Sidney chambers and the shadow of death
Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death by James RuncieIt 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 Years Eve dinner party, the unexplained death of a jazz promoters 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. Chestertons Father Brown, The Grantchester Mysteries introduces a wonderful new hero into the world of detective fiction.
Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death The Grantchester Mysteries
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Please note that this product is not available for purchase from Bloomsbury. 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 an unconventional clergyman 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, the unexplained death of a well-known jazz promoter and a shocking art forgery, the disclosure of which puts a close friend in danger. Sidney discovers that being a detective, like being a clergyman, means that you are never off duty.
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This remarkable series of stories is about the escapades of the Vicar of Grantchester, Canon Sidney Chambers who had decided to become a priest after serving as an officer in the Second World War with some distinction and being awarded a Military Cross for his bravery under fire. Sidney is a charming thirty-two-year-old bachelor with a reassuringly gentle manner. It is now October and Sidney after leading a funeral service in his Grantchester parish, is talking to the deceased's widow when she raises the possibility with him, that her husband may not have committed suicide as was supposed, but was instead murdered. Sidney looks into this with surprising results. During the commotion at the stroke of midnight it becomes apparent that there has been a jewel robbery.