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Sidney Chambers and The Shadow of Death: Grantchester Mysteries 1 (The Grantchester Mysteries) by [James Runcie]
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James Runcie is the son of the former archbishop of Canterbury, the director of the Bath Literature Festival, and the author of four novels: The Discovery of Chocolate, The Colour of Heaven, Canvey Island, and East Fortune. He is also an award-winning filmmaker and theater director and has scripted several films for BBC. He directed a documentary following a year in the life of J. K. Rowling. Runcie lives in Edinburgh with his wife and two daughters.
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"No detective since Father Brown has been more engaging than Canon Sidney Chambers. Perfect company in bed." ―Salley Vickers

"Inspector Morse would appear to have a rival." ―Scotland on Sunday

"A charmingly effective tale of detection . . . evoking oodles of churchy village atmosphere, circa 1953, provides a satisfyingly old-fashioned read." ―The Times

"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." ―Laura Wilson, Guardian

"James Runcie has written the coziest of cozy murder mysteries. Taken individually, each of these clerical whodunits poses a clever puzzle for armchair detectives. Viewed as a collective study of British life as it was lived when Elizabeth II first ascended the throne, these stories present a consistently charming and occasionally cutting commentary on a postwar landscape full of industry, promise and concrete." ―New York Times Book Review

"An undiluted pleasure." ―Scotsman

"Full of witty phrases to delight the reader . . . This entertaining first volume about Canon Chambers will have Runcie's readers longing for the next." ―Peggy Woodford, Church Times

"An evocation of a more genteel era . . . Chambers turns out to be a winning clergyman-sleuth, and Runcie's literary authority is repeatedly demonstrated in the construction of his elegant tales. In fact, it is the plotting that really distinguishes this collection, and will make many more readers more than ready to follow the God-fearing hero from the coronation of Elizabeth II in 1953 to the wedding of Charles and Diana in 1981 . . . there is no denying the winning charm of these artfully fashioned mysteries." ―Independent

"Gentle criminal entertainment with a pleasantly old-fashioned feel to it." ―Andrew Taylor, Spectator

"The plots are intriguing . . . While the diminutive priest detective created by G. K. Chesterton led the way, Sidney Chambers is set fair to be a worthy successor. In a sceptical age this is quite an achievement. Then again, the author is a son of an archbishop. And who better to portray the sleuth in ecclesiastical clothing?" ―Barry Turner, Daily Mail

"At last, an Anglican Father Brown . . . Each tale is beautifully crafted and surprising. I hope for many more volumes." ―A.N. Wilson, Spectator

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  • Publication Date : April 24, 2012
  • File Size : 1084 KB
  • Print Length : 401 pages
  • ASIN : B007DD9R92
  • Lending : Enabled
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury USA; 1st Edition (April 24, 2012)
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Language: : English
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
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