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Sidney Chambers and The Shadow of Death: Grantchester Mysteries 1 Hardcover – 10 May 2012

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing; First Edition edition (10 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781408825952
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408825952
  • ASIN: 1408825953
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 3.6 x 22.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 398 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 466,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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While the diminutive priest detective created by G. K. Chesterton led the way, Sidney Chambers is set fair to be a worthy successor ... this is quite an achievement (Barry Turner Daily Mail)

Each tale is beautifully crafted and surprising. I hope for many more volumes (A.N. Wilson Spectator)

A charmingly effective tale of detection ... Runcie's fine crime debut evokes oodles of churchy village atmosphere, circa 1953, [and] provides a satisfyingly old fashioned read (The Times)

No detective since Father Brown has been more engaging than Canon Sidney Chambers. Perfect company in bed (Salley Vickers, author of Miss Garnett's Angel)

The coziest of cozy murder mysteries ... 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)

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)

Inspector Morse would appear to have a rival

(Mary Crockett Scotland on Sunday)

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)

Alexander McCall Smith's Mma Ramotswe is going to have to look to her laurels! Sidney Chambers's adventures are thoroughly captivating and engaging. I loved the character and I loved the highly evocative period feel and dialogue (Amanda Craig, author of Love in Idleness)

An undiluted pleasure (Scotsman)

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From the son of the former Archbishop of Canterbury, this is the first of The Grantchester Mysteries, six detective novels spanning thirty years of British history - from the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth in 1953 to the wedding of Charles and Diana in 1981 - featuring the unforgettable vicar and sleuth, Sidney Chambers

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