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Sidney Chambers, the Vicar of Grantchester, is a 32-year-old bachelor. Tall, with eyes the colour of hazelnuts, he is both an unconventional clergyman and a reluctant detective. Working in association with his friend, Inspector Geordie Keating, Sidney is able to go where the police cannot, eliciting surprise revelations and confessions from his parishioners; whether it involves the apparent suicide of a local solicitor, a scandalous jewellery theft at a New Year’s Eve dinner party, or the unexplained death of a jazz promoter’s daughter.
Alongside his inquiries, Sidney also manages to find time to enjoy cricket, warm beer, hot jazz, and the company of an attractive, lively young woman called Amanda.
©2012 James Runcie (P)2012 Isis Publishing Ltd
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By Sara on 06-28-15

Not The Masterpiece Mystery Grantchester

I really enjoyed watching the first season of the PBS series Grantchester. I loved the characters, the setting, the humor, the quirkiness, the interplay of the stories, and the subtle dynamics between the characters. Reading this book was like looking into a fun house mirror. The stories are similar but at the same time almost everything is completely altered and different. The narration was flat and the voice too old. If you are looking for the charm from the mystery series I'm afraid you won't find it here. I'm giving up. I'll just wait until season two arrives and watch. This is one of the rare occasions for me when the "movie" was better than the book.

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By Mama C on 10-11-15

Better Than the Television Series

As many others, I became aware of this series from the BBC production, which I found to be delightful. I was wary of the books, as others felt they were not as good as the television series. However, my response is the opposite I love this first book in the series. Sidney is a deeper, more realistic character in his thoughts and relationships. I even feel the cases were more interesting and true-to-life in the book. And, I find, having watched the television series didn't spoil the book either.
My one disappointment is with the narrator. Others have noted he's too old for Sidney and his female voices are read in a falsetto. I agree. But the book is still well worth the listen and I can't wait to start the next book.

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By barbara bar on 07-07-13

old times at uniy

Would you consider the audio edition of Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death to be better than the print version?

yes it was lovely to sit back and injoy. being read to

What other book might you compare Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death to, and why?

goodbye mr chips

Which scene did you most enjoy?

the scean were the students were climeing about the spirer of the roof.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

love and mystery

Any additional comments?

all I can say is I loved it Im sorry Im such bad speller.

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By Linda on 12-10-15

A lovely gentle series

I have listened to all 3 in this series one after the other - and they are delightful. I dislike TV and so refused to listen to my sister urging me on to watch televised Grantchester. I have known no one who has read the books. But these listens are lovely. Goodness Sidney is hopeless (I tend to think he was a touch more glamorous on TV) but he is a lovely character tho quite why his police chum feels he is essential to so many investigations is beyond me! These tales seems earlier than the 50's and 60's and often sound a little like Nigel Strangeways but this is a lovely series whilst walking the dog or driving home from a tough day at the office.

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