Title: Sidney Chambers and The Dangers of Temptation
Genre: Short Stories/Mystery
Author: James Runcie
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA, June 2016
Sexy Rating: N/A
Description from Amazon.com:
It’s the summer of love in late 1960s. The Apollo 11 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 before a test series in apartheid South Africa. In the midst of all this change, Sidney Chambers, the loveable English clergyman, continues his amateur sleuthing investigations.
A bewitching divorcée enlists Sidney’s help in convincing her son to leave a hippie commune’ at a soiree on Grantchester Meadows during May Week celebrations, a student is divested of a family heirloom; Amanda’s marriage runs into trouble; Sidney and Hildegard holiday behind the Iron Curtain; Mrs. Maguire’s husband returns from the dead; and an arson attack in Cambridge leads Sidney to uncover a cruel cast 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. Charming, witty, intelligent, and filled with a strong sense of compassion, these six new stories are guaranteed to satisfy and delight this clerical detective’s many fans.
The book description pretty much tells you what the five stories are about so I won’t repeat it here. I’m a fan of the Grantchester T.V. show on PBS now going into its third season. I was particularly pleased with how the TV show captures what author Runcie characterized in his depiction of Sidney Chambers, the Vicar and now in this book Archdeacon, and Geodie Keating, Sidney’s friend and partner in crime solving, a police detective. The stories would all make for terrific TV episodes. Perhaps that is how they were conceived. I did enjoy each story, especially how the author makes Sidney very “human” and not this paragon of virtue. Sidney solves crimes using thoughtful insights more than physical clues. Sure there are plenty of clues also.
I do recommend this book to mystery fans and those fans of the PBS series.
I received this book free for review from the publisher.
Here is a 2-minute look at the Grantchester TV show( e-mail followers may need to view this on my blog site):