It's the summer of love in late 1960s England. Astronauts are preparing to land on the moon, the war in Biafra dominates the news and Basil D'Oliveira has just been dropped from the England cricket team. In the midst of all this change, Sidney Chambers continues his amateur sleuthing investigations.
A bewitching divorcee enlists Sidney's help in convincing her son to leave a commune; Mrs Maguire's husband returns from the dead; and an arson attack in Cambridge leads Sidney to uncover a cruel case of blackmail involving his former curate. In the rare gaps between church and crime, Sidney struggles with a persistent case of toothache, has his first flutter at the Newmarket races and witnesses the creation of a classic rock song.
©2016 James Runcie (P)2016 Isis Publishing Ltd
Despite normally having an aversion to any domination of clergy as a character (unless they are the murderer), in this case I let it go, Sydney Chambers is a sweetie.
They stories are not really 'who done its', but the characters are charming and flawed.
It made me smile.
It worries me that despite being unable to kill a fly I have a rather macabre love of mystery, murders and suspense.
I remained with the book because of my own memories of my schooldays in Ely
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