Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death

Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of DeathIt 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. 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 better.Why 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 tellyThen 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
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 quite 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 countrysi
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, James Set 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 unus
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 frequently 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
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 quiet questioning 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
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 years.Sidney 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 relaxing.Thank you, Runcie, for picking up the torch of quaint Eng
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 characte
Actual rating 3.5 stars.Having watched and loved the show Grantchester, I decided I d give the books the show is based on a go.And 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 times.The 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 possible As 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 thought.The book is an easy to read British mystery cozy, so if you like those
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, sure Clunky writing, too Every second sentence of dialogue ends in an ellipsis For no reason Which becomes quite irritating quite quickly 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