Sidney Chambers and the Problem of Evil : Sidney Chambers

  • by James Runcie
  • Narrated by Peter Wickham
  • Series: Sidney Chambers
  • 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It is the 1960s and Canon Sidney Chambers is enjoying his first year of married life with his German bride Hildegard. But life in Grantchester rarely stays quiet for long. Our favourite clerical detective soon attempts to stop a serial killer who has a grievance against the clergy; investigates the disappearance of a famous painting; uncovers the fact that an "accidental" drowning on a film shoot may not have been so accidental after all; and discovers the reasons behind the theft of a baby from a hospital. In the meantime, Sidney wrestles with the problem of evil, attempts to fulfill the demands of Dickens, his faithful Labrador, and contemplates, as always, the nature of love.

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The PBS TV Show VS The Series Of Books Dilemma

I made the mistake of watching and loving the PBS Grantchester program before reading Runcie's wonderful series of mystery books. When I finally listened to book one I was startled by the difference between the two versions. I decided back when I wrote my review of that book that I preferred the TV show vibe over the book. In hindsight I admit that this was precipitous.

After watching the most recent TV season I decided to give the books a second chance. I'm glad that I did. It turns out that I really enjoy both Runcie's books and the adaptation of the TV program. It is best to keep in mind that the versions are just so different. It's kind of like a parallel universe. In fact, for example, I watched the story of the Hat Trick and then read the same story and in the end I preferred the version from the book better.

Book two and this book, number three in the series, are wonderful in how they capture the passage of time. Runcie fills the stories with current events as we move through post WWII England and into the Cold War and the construction of the Berlin Wall. We even see the 1962 London art scene with A Happening.

Overall I enjoy Wickham's narration. Yes, I agree that Sidney's voice is too high and that the women often sound like nit-wits. But, in the end I think Wickham's style really captures the feeling of the time.

So it turns out that I am a fan of Grantchester in both its worlds--the books and the TV series. The stories are fun, multidimensional and engaging. Recommended if you enjoy mysteries with a strong sense of time, place and history.
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- Sara

Sidney Chambers is back! Hallelujah!

Our favourite Cambridge Canon is back! Canon Sidney Chambers, that lover of warm beer and hot jazz, returns once more in the third title in the Grantchester Mysteries series. In this series of short mysteries, Sidney tackles the changes to his life following his marriage, as well as being called to help solve several mysteries, including thefts and murders, all while keeping up to his tasks as an Anglican clergyman in the early 1960s.

These wonderful books are a combination of crime fiction and theological musings, which make very thought provoking novels. Fans of era-specific detective fiction will approve and enjoy, as well as those who like to contemplate the meaning of life, good and evil, right and wrong, and the link between religion and morality. James Runcie's work in combining these two genres is remarkable, and very enjoyable.

So, settle in with your favourite tipple and get listening!
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- Emily

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-01-2014
  • Publisher: Isis Publishing Ltd