Sidney Chambers and The Problem of Evil (The Grantchester Mysteries) Hardcover – 22 May 2014
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We should welcome him to the ranks of classic detectives (Daily Mail)
Chambers turns out to be a winning clergyman-sleuth, and Runcie's literary authority is repeatedly demonstrated in the construction of his elegant tales ... there is no denying the winning charm of these artfully fashioned mysteries (Barry Forshaw Independent)
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)
Totally English, beautifully written, perfectly in period and wryly funny. More please! (Country Life)
Inspector Morse would appear to have a rival (Scotland on Sunday)
For those who want to beat the crowds, the third book in the series has all the pleasures of the first two ... Above all, they'll relish the company of Sidney himself, affectionately and almost defiantly presented as a kindly Christian doing his best in an increasingly secular world ... In fact, Sidney is such a pleasure to be with that these are crime stories that might work just as well without the crime ... The result, once again, is gentle, often funny and undeniably charming (Readers Digest)
James Runcie favours the light touch . Fun to be with, this cleric is enlightened and enlightening (Daily Mail)
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I enjoyed this collection of gentle crime stories set in the early nineteen sixties and I liked the way Sidney is developing as a character. I am not so keen on his wife Hiledgard and I have taken a distinct dislike to her as she tries to change Sidney. I think the plots are well constructed and the writing is excellent. The characters are well drawn too - even the less likeable ones. Disliking Hildegard won't stop me reading future volumes in the series.
This series - of which this is the third volume - can be read in any order but it is easier to understand the relationships betwen the series characters if you read the books in the order in which they were published.
Each book contains four or five short stories, or long short stories if you know what I mean and I think this is an excellent way to present them. Rather feel there is not enough weight for a full length novel. In the latest we are reaching the Sixties, Sidney is married to Hildegarde, he is happy in his marriage and leading a quiet life.(Have to admit I am not too keen on Hildegarde, feel he should have married Amanda). But we know that things will happen and first up we have a serial killer targeting clergy (and yes I said these are gentle books, even a serial killer does not seem to ruffle the surface); disappearance of a painting; a drowning on a film shoot which is not an accident and a baby stolen from a hospital.
Much though I enjoyed this book my attention did begin to wander after a while as I felt the narrative was verging on the aimless at times, something I found with the First Ladies Detective Agency series. Yes, taking one's time and being philosophical and thoughtful is ok but occasionally you want something, anything,to happen.
This is a series of six books set in post war England and coming up to date and in order to place them there are references to the Beatles, President Kennedy etc just to remind us where we are and this can become a tad annoying at times. Also a sneaky thought crept into my mind when I read the first title, to whit that this would make a perfect TV series. Did the author have this in mind?Read more ›
As we follow the detecting Canon Chambers around Granchester and Cambridge, the crime and detection part of the storyline is getting paper thin, while both Chambers' religious musings and the soap opera aspects (primarily the birth of his first child) dominate. I don't think I'll be going back for a fourth try. The only part I did find rather moving was the death of Chambers' dog.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Strong plot lines with characters who have real pressures and lives. These books have a strong sense of place anyone who has visited Cambridge will love them.Published 2 months ago by Brian Johnson
It was more like reading a play instead of a mystery novel, I really enjoy the Grantchester series, I would not however recommend this bookPublished 3 months ago by Mrs. P. Robinson