Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death : Sidney Chambers

  • by James Runcie
  • Narrated by Peter Wickham
  • Series: Sidney Chambers
  • 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


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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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- Mama C

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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- Sara

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-02-2012
  • Publisher: Isis Publishing Ltd