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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (179 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Runcie Narrator: Peter Wickham Publisher: Isis Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2012 ISBN:
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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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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 2/18/2014

    " It's a typical British mystery. I liked the main character Sidney. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/10/2014

    " A gentle, cozy mystery set in a 'typical' English village. It's actually 6 separate mysteries that all intertwine together. In some ways it reminds me of a very high class version of the Scottish policeman, Hamish with a sprinkling of Father Brown and Miss Marple. I enjoyed the atmosphere of the 1950's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 2/7/2014

    " This was an excellent choice for our August book group. Very much enjoyed the format of six different stories about the same major characters within one book. Each one could be read in a sitting and had good stopping points. I just hope he gets around to writing another book about Canon Chambers. A terrific cozy mystery similar to a Christie novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 2/1/2014

    " The first in a new series of six starting around 1953. The book was a series of adventures in which we were introduced to Sydney Chambers and his friends and family. Warming up to him and looking forward to his next set of adventures "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Harriet | 1/19/2014

    " I'd like to give this 3 1/2 stars, not quite a four. I like Sidney Chambers alot as a protagonist. He reminds me alot of Alan Bennett. He's moral,unsure of himself, and a fine detective. This is a group of cases with the same people in them. I enjoyed them alot and felt a strong empathy with Sidney whose housekeeper is constantly rearranging his notes and books no matter how much he tries to get her not to.I hope to have more of him in the future. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlene | 1/18/2014

    " Really enjoyed this set of stories that were connected. Looking forward to his next set "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Manju | 1/12/2014

    " Finally, one more author with the British wit. To match Dorothy Sayers, Agatha Christie .Wishing to see and share adventures of the criminal and emotional kind! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/3/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. The premise for this series, a priest turned detective is not new...Howerver Runcie has a unique way of storytelling and his main character Canon Sidney Chambers is delightful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 12/8/2013

    " Polite and thoughtful sleuthing in England during the early 1950's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela Murray | 11/29/2013

    " This is really a 3.5 star rating. The hero is utterly charming, I love the period and look forward to more books in the series. Some the literary and theological flights, while fun per se, go on a bit too long. Still, a promising start. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen | 11/5/2013

    " this a collection of different cases where sidney the vicar turns detective in 1950's cambridge, enjoyed the book and felt was back in the 1950's with sidney and dickens and was an easy going detective book in the mold of earlier heros "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keith Henderson | 10/6/2013

    " A very good style of writing. Likeable characters, simple plot, easy read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy Moberg | 2/22/2013

    " This book is just not compelling. It's almost good, which is frustrating (and kept me reading -- I kept thinking it would improve). I like the setting and Sidney Chambers, but it is somehow bland and often stilted. Don't bother. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kris | 12/27/2012

    " It's kind of like Father Brown mysteries...it's a good bedside book to have, so you can pick it up and read a mystery before sleep... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris | 12/12/2012

    " This was an okay book, but nothing partically special. I wont go out of my way to find no. 2, but admitt to wondering which woman (if any) he gets in the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annie | 12/8/2012

    " Gentle, charming, quiet, restful, human - will try his first book later. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirsten | 11/12/2012

    " I know Sydney is rather dry and reserved, but I still enjoy his thoughts on living and the human condition. Not much of a mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daisy Goodwin | 10/27/2012

    " Utterly charming. Think Rumpole crossed with Dorothy L.Sayers with a dash of Miss Marple. Not wildly original but so deftly done. I love the fact that the hero is a clergyman who is always offered sherry which he can't bear but is too polite to refuse. A treat for a rainy day. "

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