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  • Series: Grantchester Mysteries
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA (May 21, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608199517
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608199518
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #295,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Runcie is emerging as Grantchester's answer to Alexander McCall Smith. The book brings a dollop of Midsomer Murders to the Church of England, together with a literate charm of its own: civilized entertainment, with dog-collars Spectator The clerical milieu is well rendered as an affectionate eye is cast over post-war England - a perfect accompaniment to a sunny afternoon, a hammock and a glass of Pimm's Guardian The series has a charming quaintness and deftly turning plot twists but what renders it unique as detective fiction is its overtly Christian content -- Arifa Akbar Independent Totally English, beautifully written, perfectly in period and wryly funny. More, please! -- Leslie Geddes Brown Country Life It takes a first-class writer to put together a convincing storyline for such unlikely circumstances. James Runcie does it admirably . He is a good man in an imperfect world and we should welcome him to the ranks of classic detectives Daily Mail --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

James Runcie is the son of the Arhcbishop of Canterbury, as well as Director of the Bath Literary Festival and author of four novels, The Discovery of Chocolate, The Colour of Heaven, Canvey Island and East Fortune. He is also an award-winning film-maker and theatre director and has scripted several films for BBC Television. He directed a documentary following a year in the life of J.K. Rowling. James Runcie lives in Edinburgh with his wife and two daughters.

His website is www.grantchestermysteries.com

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I will pass this book on to someone else as it is not something I would re-read again.
J. Smith
The mysteries (each chapter presents a free-standing mystery story) function as devices to develop the characters.
Elizabeth Kraatz
If you enjoy reading stories set in what is to some extent a gentler era then try the Grantchester Mysteries.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Penn on February 27, 2014
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When this book came out I bought it immediately because I really liked the first book of Sidney Chambers stories. (Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death) This second book reads like it was written by a different author. In the first book, Canon Chambers is a serious, intelligent, kind man with an engaging streak of diffidence. The stories move along and the mystery is well integrated with Canon Chambers' personal life. In this book, Canon Chambers has become a dithering old fuddy-duddy, even though he's still a relatively young man. His personality quirks are annoying and intrusive--you want to tell him to just get on with it. I agree with another reviewer that this book felt padded just to add length. And there are details that show the author isn't paying attention to his creation: for example, the police detective who is Chamber's friend has a different name in this book, although he's clearly the same person as the detective in the first book. Read the first book--this one isn't worth the time--not recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miss Ivonne on June 27, 2013
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In the second novel of a series, Sidney Chambers, Anglican priest and canon of Corpus Christi College (one of Cambridge University's actual ancient colleges), once again dabbles in detection. As with the debut novel of the series, the new novel consists of a series of short stories -- some related, some not -- with each case contained within a chapter. However, whereas in the debut novel of James Runcie's series, Sidney Chambers And The Shadow Of Death (Grantchester Mysteries), the slow pace and distractions created a charming, warm effect, here Runcie slows down the pace and introduces so much tangents that the reader's mind begins to wander.

Sidney Chambers and the Perils of the Night opens in 1955; in the first of several cases, Canon Chambers weighs whether the death of a college don was a foolish accident or deliberate murder, a case of espionage or something altogether different. In the second and fourth cases, which take place a few years later, there are no doubts at all: someone deliberately burned down a flirtatious photographer's studio and someone poisoned the cricket spin bowler. In the third case, Canon Chambers quickly tumbles to the fact that the junior bursar's death in his bath wasn't a heart attack but murder. (Sadly, this third short story ranks as the weakest of the bunch.) In the fifth case, which takes place in 1961, Sidney's longtime friend, Amanda Kendall, rashly enters into an engagement with a conceited Oxford University physicist, Antony Cartwright. Will this engagement prove to be as disastrous as Amanda's last? The sixth and final case involves Sidney's trip to Berlin, where he's gone to see old friends in the early 1960s.
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By joyce on February 10, 2014
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I like this guy as an amateur detective and nice guy. He's unmarried with a dog named Dickens, a housekeeper that can't cook., and he is in love with someone who won't marry him because he has no money ; but there's a German woman he's fond of too. it's complicated. It's going to be series on British TV. I can't wait til it comes here on PBS or whatever.
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I won this book off the the goodreads give-away! I did not realize it was book 2 in a series till it came in. I have to read books in order so I checked out the first one from the library to read. This book is set around the era of the 50/60's in England. It has a lot of history in it which is always interesting but I did find it slow at times. The main character Sidney is a Anglican priest who dabbles on the side as a detective. Like the first book there are multiple short stories in the book where a new crime takes place and Sidney comes to the rescue to solve it. As the book progresses Sidney finally starts having a love life and finally take leaps of faith in that direction to match his strong Christian faith. All in all this book was ok but I have to say I actually enjoyed the first book more! If you like the early british era mixed in with multiple short mysteries then I suggest you check out the first book at your library. If you enjoy it you can always then buy it and the 2nd book as well. I will pass this book on to someone else as it is not something I would re-read again.
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Nice portrait of a slice of England at that time. I don't know much about high Anglican so that this was interesting. Murders are not terribly involving but the look at Chamber's musings are interesting.
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By suz on October 30, 2013
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Sidney is a different, well-rounded character, than the usual pastor or priest detective. He is complex in his non-self-absorbed life, struggles with ideals, and has a layered, interesting personality. I so enjoy Sidney, his friends, and the puzzles he becomes involved in.
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This is the second Sidney Chambers mystery, and I liked it even more than the first (Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death - which I recommend you read before this one).

Sidney Chambers is an Anglican priest who gets dragged into solving mysteries. Unlike other religious sleuths, Sidney's faith and obligations as a priest as foremost in his mind. Not that there is any heavy-handed preaching - it is just a part of him. For those of us interested in such matters, it is wonderful. For those of you not interested in such matters, it is easily ignored.

The format of the book is a series of mysteries, all connected by the narrative. The very nice thing about that is that the author does not need to make the characters stupid so they don't see obvious connections, and the reader gets the satisfaction of seeing the mystery solved in a single chapter, while engaging the characters as in a novel.

I really hope that there are more Grantchester Mysteries in the works. I am entirely addicted to them, after only two.
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