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!
Reader Ruins This Quaint Series
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.
I loved all the scenes with the film crew and the Baby John story line.
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.
See Grantchester with James Norton and Robson Green above.
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