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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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 "A lover of audiobooks of all kinds, since childhood, when long car journeys were accompanied by Discworld stories. @ReineDesLivres (Twitter)"

Reader Ruins This Quaint Series

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Murder Mysteries Are A Wonderfully Diverse Genre. There's the dark, twisted plot driven books and then there are the drawing room mysteries more in the genre of Miss Marple. Both have their pleasures, but the choice of reader for all the Sidney Chambers doesn't do Runcie's work justice.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Sidney Chambers and the Problem of Evil?

I loved all the scenes with the film crew and the Baby John story line.


How did the narrator detract from the book?

Canon Chambers voice is too high, Amanda;s is shrill & breathy. Male readers should just read women's voices straight. We don't talk like Marilyn Monroe anymore. I did love the Baby John story line. I love the PBS Grantchester series and I wish the narrator lived up to the performances. Amanda Kendell is quite shallow in this reader's potrayal and I think that does her character and Sidney's an injustice.


If this book were a movie would you go see it?

See Grantchester with James Norton and Robson Green above.


Any additional comments?

Watch the series on PBS.

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- wally "I love Audible but find it unconscionable that they won't up-grade to include the Cowon i9Plus as a compatible mp3 device."

Book Details

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