Sidney Chambers and the Perils of the Night

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Bloomsbury USA, May 21, 2013 - Fiction - 368 pages
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The loveable full time priest and part time detective Canon Sidney Chambers continues his sleuthing adventures in late 1950's Cambridge. Accompanied by his faithful Labrador Dickens, and working in tandem with the increasingly exasperated Inspector Geordie Keating, Sidney is called on to investigate the unexpected fall of a Cambridge don from the roof of King's College Chapel; a case of arson at a glamor photographer's studio; and the poisoning of Zafar Ali, Grantchester's finest spin bowler, in the middle of a crucial game of cricket. As he pursues his quietly probing inquiries, Sidney also has to decide on the vexed question of marriage. Can he choose between the rich, glamorous socialite Amanda Kendall and Hildegard Staunton, a beguiling German widow three years his junior? To help him make up his mind Sidney takes a trip abroad, only to find himself trapped in a complex web of international espionage just as the Berlin Wall is going up.

Here are six interlocking adventures that combine mystery with morality, and criminality with charm.

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Sidney Chambers and the Perils of the Night

User Review  - Teresa L. Jacobsen - Book Verdict

Canon Sidney Chambers lives in the Cambridge-adjacent village of Grantchester but manages to visit Berlin on a regular basis, thanks to his friendship with the widow Hildegard. Though devoted to his ... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Six loosely connected stories featuring that mid-20th-century Cambridge sleuth Canon Chambers.Still uncertain if he's ready for marriage, Cambridge canon Sidney Chambers enjoys his weekly backgammon ... Read full review

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About the author (2013)

James Runcie is the son of the Arhcbishop of Canterbury, as well as Director of the Bath Literary Festival and author of four novels, The Discovery of Chocolate, The Colour of Heaven, Canvey Island and East Fortune. He is also an award-winning film-maker and theatre director and has scripted several films for BBC Television. He directed a documentary following a year in the life of J.K. Rowling. James Runcie lives in Edinburgh with his wife and two daughters.

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