Sidney Chambers

6 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 320 ratings

Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death Summary

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.

©2012 James Runcie (P)2012 Isis Publishing Ltd
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  • Book 1

    • Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death

    • By: James Runcie
    • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
    • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 131
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 117
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 113

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • old times at uniy

    • By barbara bar on 07-07-13

    Regular price: £15.09

  • Book 2

    • Sidney Chambers and the Perils of the Night

    • By: James Runcie
    • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
    • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 70
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 60

    1955: Canon Sidney Chambers, loveable priest and part-time detective, is back. Accompanied by his faithful Labrador, Dickens, and the increasingly exasperated Inspector Geordie Keating, Sidney is called to investigate the unexpected fall of a Cambridge don from the roof of King's College Chapel; a case of arson at a glamour photographer's studio and the poisoning of Zafar Ali, Grantchester's finest spin bowler. Alongside his sleuthing, Sidney has other problems. Can he decide between his dear friend the glamorous socialite Amanda Kendall and Hildegard Staunton, the beguiling German widow?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Sunday afternoon book

    • By BP1 on 01-08-13

    Regular price: £15.09

  • Book 3

    • Sidney Chambers and the Problem of Evil

    • By: James Runcie
    • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
    • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 54
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 46
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 45

    It is the 1960s and Canon Sidney Chambers is enjoying his first year of married life with his German bride Hildegard. But life in Grantchester rarely stays quiet for long. Our favourite clerical detective soon attempts to stop a serial killer who has a grievance against the clergy; investigates the disappearance of a famous painting; uncovers the fact that an "accidental" drowning on a film shoot may not have been so accidental after all; and discovers the reasons behind the theft of a baby from a hospital.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Best of mthe Three books - excellent

    • By Mike on 10-11-14

    Regular price: £19.29

  • Book 4

    • Sidney Chambers and the Forgiveness of Sins

    • By: James Runcie
    • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
    • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    The loveable full-time priest and part-time detective, Canon Sidney Chambers, continues his sleuthing adventures. On a snowy Thursday morning in Lent 1964, a stranger seeks sanctuary in Grantchester's church, convinced he has murdered his wife. Sidney and his wife Hildegard go for a shooting weekend in the country and find their hostess has a sinister injury. Sidney's friend Amanda receives poison pen letters.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Better than the TV series

    • By Pippa W. on 22-11-17

    Regular price: £21.39

  • Book 5

    • Sidney Chambers and the Dangers of Temptation

    • By: James Runcie
    • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
    • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 23

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • So much better than the TV series

    • By Learning is fun! on 10-11-17

    Regular price: £19.29

  • Book 6

    • Sidney Chambers and the Persistence of Love

    • By: James Runcie
    • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
    • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16

    It is May 1971 and Archdeacon Sidney Chambers is walking in a bluebell wood with his daughter Anna and their ageing Labrador, Byron, when they stumble upon a body. Thrust into another murder investigation, Sidney discovers a world of hippies and psychedelic plants, where permissive behaviour seems to hide something darker. This is the first of many disturbing secrets that Sidney unearths: a celebrated photographer is accused of rape; a priceless religious text vanishes from a Cambridge college; and Sidney's own nephew goes missing.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Persistence of Love

    • By vicimaddox on 28-07-17

    Regular price: £19.99