Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death PDF/EPUB Ö

Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death PDF/EPUB Ö

Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death ❮EPUB❯ ❄ Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death ✿ Author James Runcie – It is 1953 the coronation year of ueen 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 and the ePUB ✓ It is the coronation year of ueen 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 Chambers and the Shadow of Kindle - can go where the police cannotTogether with his roguish friend inspector Geordie Keating Sidney inuires into the suspect suicide of a Cambridge solicitor a Sidney Chambers Kindle - 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 Chambers and the PDF/EPUB æ three years his juniorWith 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.

10 thoughts on “Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death

  1. Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede says:

    I would be lying if I said that I enjoyed this book than I enjoyed watching the first season of Grantchester Don't take me wrong I enjoyed this book and its six short stories some better than the others but still I liked the TV show betterWhy? Hmmm let's see Sidney Chambers Vicar played by James Norton He looks like a young Robert Redford He is a great character and I like him in the book but I truly enjoyed watching him on the telly Then we have Inspector Geordie Keating played by Robson Green I loved him since I first saw him on Wire in the Blood Geordie Keating is a real plus in the book a police inspector and a vicar that works togetherbrilliant So read the book if you like cozy British mystery books but watch the show if you want to be dazed by the hotness of these two menand great stories of course

  2. Charlotte May Charlotte May says:

    “Even the faithful can be frightened” This cosy mystery was a breath of fresh air 6 short stories centred around Canon Sidney Chambers a Cambridge vicar I loved Sidney as a character he stomps over so many of the stereotypes most people associate with the religious He doesn’t judge people and a lot of his views are uite liberal for the time in which this is set 1950s plus he is partial to a whisky now and then Something this book taught me the difference between Whisky and Whiskey The former applies when referring to Scotch Whisky the latter to Irish and Bourbon Fun fact for you there “The grass and fields were damp after the morning rainSidney ate his sandwich and drank his teahe looked out over the surrounding countryside and thought that this was home; this was England” The countryside being my favourite part of living in the UK I connected to all the descriptions of the tranuility he found in his home “This is what he wanted he decided moments of clarity and silence” The stories covered 3 murders a kidnapping theft and a case of a possible compassionate killing by a doctor The stories were short enough to read in bite sized chunks but long enough that I was invested and wanted to find out whodunnit Overall I loved following Sidney’s detective ways and I will be looking to continue this series “What a mess people make of their lives”

  3. Gabrielle Gabrielle says:

    I am not proud to admit that I got a copy of this book because I’ve been watching binging the ”Grantchester” tv show when I get an evening alone at home and I am crushing very hard on James Norton Honestly cozy little mysteries are not my usual fare my mother in law loves them and I am always making fun of her about it and I do feel kind of weird getting so swoon y about a man in a dog collar but I couldn’t resist when I spotted this at the bookstore Damn your gorgeous cheekbones JamesSet in a small village outside of Cambridge “Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death” is a collection of six short stories in the grand tradition of pre forensic science mystery solving a person with zero law enforcement expertise ends up helping an irascible and overworked detective solve a murder most foul or two In my opinion stories like this rest entirely on the strength of their characters because let’s face it there is nothing new under the sun in this genre The character of Sidney being so unusual for a vicar certainly helps make the stories in this book interesting had he been a conventional man of the cloth this might have gotten boring uickly but he is unusually liberal and non judgmental he loves books and sultry jazz he probably drinks a bit than he should Of course I love that he has a thing for smart women but it also sounds a bit like what I think of as “bookworm fantasy fulfillment” he’s just so damn kind honest selfless and attractive and hard to get Does it make me roll my eyes? Yes Does it also make me drool a little? YupIn the first volume of Grantchester stories Sidney helps solve the case of a strange suicide a jewelry theft the murder of a club owner's daughter a strange kidnapping and a final very public murder I’m pretty good as suspense of disbelief as I read a lot of speculative fiction but I’ll admit that precious little mysteries like this always baffle me a little how come so many murders and mysteries just happen to take place around those characters? Surely living in the Cambridge suburbs is not that dangerous Also why is local police always so clueless? Characters like Sidney or the lovely Phryne Fisher only work if the detective they help out misses out painfully obvious stuff that they understand because they think so differently about human behavior Or because people will say things to a vicar or a flapper girl they wouldn’t say to the coppers Aliens might be an easier sell on me but what the Hell; this is still funMy GR rating of “Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death” was always going to be about whether the book is a better experience than watching the show for me and I have to say that my enjoyment of said show goes beyond simple eye candy the character of Sidney is made very interesting in the adaptation because of his angst and moral dilemmas the PTSD from his stint in the Scots Guards he still struggles with his incapacity to figure out what to do about the infuriatingly inconsistent Amanda why don’t you say what you want you silly cow and his bromance with Geordie The book is a bit different Sidney also teaches theology which I find fascinating the sentimental entanglements are much less far fetched it makes for fun TV but it would have been annoying in writing and we are treated to a lot of his inner monologue and self reflection I think that was my favorite part his musings about life faith morals love and music Philosophically inclined men are so damn dreamy In the end I can’t really decide if I like the book or show best I think I prefer the book by a thin margin because the stories are varied not just murders But I confess that I missed the vivid portrayal of the characters on the show especially the snappy dialogues with Mrs Maguire and LeonardMy mother in law can now make fun of me right back because I really enjoyed this silly cozy book; it was the book euivalent of a really nice hot chocolate with a ton of marshmallows I'll be reading of Sidney's sleuthing adventures and keep watching the show Definitely recommended if you are in the mood for something light but smart and exceedingly British

  4. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    Wow What am I missing? I love the books that so many people lump with this one but I found Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death to be unrewarding stilted shallow stiff and dry I pre ordered it in paperback after Karen of cornflowerbooks blog recommended it and I was confident that I'd love it as I have loved the Flavia de Luce and Mma Ramotswe series but oh I was sooooooooooo wrong Many people admit that the plot isn't compelling but then say what a great character Sidney is a statement I cannot understand He is developed almost completely through direct description as Runcie tells the reader about his beliefs and feelings in freuently obvious and awkward prose He is usually suffering from pangs of guilt about neglecting some aspect of his job his friends his dog or his social standing and his love interest triangle is neither interesting nor loving I rarely give one star but one dimensional Sidney and his unrealistic uninteresting capers in Cambridge sure earned that one The cover is the best part of the book

  5. Leah Leah says:

    Old style mysteriesSet in the small Cambridgeshire town of Grantchester in the 1950s this book is a throwback to the earlier days of mystery writing before forensics and police procedure took over the world Canon Sydney Chambers is a young priest in the Church of England who in the grand old tradition gets involved as an amateur detective in helping the police to investigate a series of crimes There are six separate stories in the book each roughly novella length with plots ranging from murder in a jazz club to art forgery and theft The overarching storyline is primarily concerned with Sydney’s love life or lack thereof as he is attracted firstly to the German wife of a murder victim and then to Amanda a rich socialite friend of his sister Sydney is a thoughtful and somewhat understated hero He gets to his solutions through his understanding of human nature and by uiet uestioning of witnesses and suspects there are no car chases gunfights or big dramatic climaxes The author is the son of Robert Runcie onetime Archbishop of Canterbury so his description of the life and duties of a parish priest come over as very authentic The various plots are interesting and often turn on the different social attitudes of the time towards such things as adultery or homosexuality for example Sydney and Amanda are both well drawn characters believable and likeable Sydney’s friend Inspector Keating provides a down to earth counterpoint to Sydney’s often moralistic musings but unfortunately has to drop into the role of stupid policeman on occasion to justify Sydney’s involvement The stories are too short to allow for much characterisation of the victims and suspects and on the whole I think I would have preferred one complex mystery rather than the short story format but that’s just a matter of personal preference There’s enough humour to keep the tone fairly light and in general this is a gentle almost cosy collection Sometimes it’s too easy to work out the solution and occasionally Sydney’s attitudes are a bit too anachronistically 21st century but these minor flaws don’t detract too much from the overall enjoyability of these old style mysteries Recommendedwwwfictionfanblogwordpresscom

  6. Earnest Painter Earnest Painter says:

    I found this book in a used bookstore when I was looking for something else Having read all of the Agatha Christie books I can find I longed for something like it to fill my time with reading that wasn't terribly heavy Sometimes I like a good thick read and sometimes I long for a light read to get through the weekend I slipped into these stories like I'd always known them A new book new to me that feels like an old friend just like meeting somebody and hitting it off immediately as if you'd known each other for yearsSidney Chambers isn't the arrogant Hercule Poirot and he isn't as smugly shrewd as Miss Marple He has doubts and desires But he loves what he does and the relationships he has with the other characters develop naturally He's slightly smarter than he gives himself credit for In short Chambers is delightful and relaxingThank you Runcie for picking up the torch of uaint English mysteries My life is a little better for having stumbled across your book I can't wait to read the others

  7. Ammar Ammar says:

    Imagine this Whiskey jazz and murder It does sound interesting Doesn't it ? Canon Sidney Chambers a priest turned detective in the Grantchester in Cambridge The six stories in this volume range from robbery to killing to forging art work They all take place between 1953 and 1955 The cozy mysteries are funny and witty with a cast of characters that will stick with you Sidney is not the ordinary priest he is modern young and in a way knows the mentality of his parish He enjoys a drink enjoys a nice jazz record and finds himself at the calling of an Inspector Keating a friend of him The series is enjoyable and after reading this volume I ordered the PBS series from my library to watch those 6 stories haha

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  9. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    Actual rating 35 starsHaving watched and loved the show Grantchester I decided I'd give the books the show is based on a goAnd the book was enjoyable but nowhere near as enjoyable as the show The show adds a wonderful depth of character to Sidney that the book just does not employ Though I have to admit that I loved the fact that in the book Sidney could be a delightful grump at timesThe show also benefits from having James Norton and Robson Green as Sidney and his friend Inspector Geordie Keating Both men are tremendous actors and are extremely easy on the eyes as well I've had a thing for Robson since watching Wire in the Blood back in the day And I've been trying to watch as much of James' other works as possibleAs for the book I liked some of the stories better than others and I think the book really hit its stride in the second half The last three stories were really good I thoughtThe book is an easy to read British mystery cozy so if you like those you should like this book as well A plus at least for me is that the book was divided into six short but overall connected stories so if you didn't have a lot of time to read you could read one story in this book and feel like you accomplished something I am planning to read the next book in the series sometime in the near futureIf you read this book and like it then please WATCH THE SHOWIf cozy mysteries aren't your thing then please WATCH THE SHOW anywayJUST WATCH THE SHOW IT IS FAB

  10. K.J. Charles K.J. Charles says:

    I honestly can't see the charm Harks back to Golden Age detective mysteries complete with implausible dialogue unlikely clues and unconvincing set up First story a woman seeks out a vicar rather than eg a policeman to say that she's sure her lover's death wasn't suicide and demand he solve the mystery She is angry when he doesn't immediately find the killer When he finds the killer she is angry there will be a prosecution because this risks exposing the affair nobody would have known about if she hadn't told the vicar to find the goddamn killer in the first place and nagged him to do so OK sureClunky writing too Every second sentence of dialogue ends in an ellipsis For no reason Which becomes uite irritating uite uickly And lots of scene setting of the kind where the hero picks up a newspaper and muses on whatever Wikipedia said happened On This Day In 1953 or randomly remembers that the NHS exists I only read the first story so maybe they get better but there's still about 40 Mrs Bradleys I haven't read so I'm bailing

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