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Sidney Chambers and the Forgiveness of Sins by James Runcie
  

Sidney Chambers and the Forgiveness of Sins

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Loveable full-time priest and part-time detective Canon Sidney Chambers is back, continuing his investigations. A mysterious stranger seeks sanctuary in Grantchester's church; a shooting weekend in the country has a sinister end; a friend receives poison pen letters; a piano falls on a musician's head; a school cricket match has an explosive finish; and on a holiday in Italy, Sidney is accused of stealing a priceless painting.

If you like James Runcie you might also like to read books by Ann Granger, John Bude and Robert Galbraith.


The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. This, the fourth book in the Grantchester Mysteries series, begins in 1964 and sees Canon Sidney Chambers progress up the ecclesiastical hierarchy with a new appointment and a move away from Grantchester and Cambridge. Still in close touch with his friend Inspector Geordie Keating, Sidney’s investigative talents are called on in a variety of cases from murder to domestic violence, his clerical collar and mild manner helping him gain trust and make ‘the innocent enquiry that isn’t what it seems’. But on the home front his daughter Anna is growing, his wife Hildegard has resumed her career, and Sidney is frequently pulled in opposing directions, trying to set the wider world to rights while being the attentive husband and father he aspires to be. All too often, though, he feels his priorities are wrong. A man of culture, sensitivity and conscience, the sleuthing priest and his moral meditations continue to delight.
~ Karen Howlett

Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review the first title in the series Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Phylippa Smithson - 'A fun to read and certainly more meaty that an Agatha Christie.'
  • Elisabeth Thomas - 'Excellent read - very enjoyable.'
  • Cathy Small - 'Grantchester at its best. Canon Sidney Chambers is full time priest and part time detective. He seems to be in the wrong place and the wrong time or as a priest he is trusted to listen to the truth.'
  • Judith Sharp - 'The start of a wonderful series.  As well as being a detective series it is also a trip through time starting in the 50's.'
  • Evelyn Love-Gajardo - 'Fans of the Sidney Chambers series will not be disappointed by this book. If you haven't read any of the series, it will make you want to go back and read the rest.'
  • Marjorie Lacy - 'I did see the series on I.T.V. and really enjoyed it. Reading the book adds depth to Sydney's thinking and motivations that you don't get from a screen offering.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'There is thievery, murder, deception, and all sorts of red herrings! This was a fantastic read and I can't wait to read more in this series!'
  • Angie Rhodes - 'Sidney Chambers the lovable vicar...with his friend the roguish Inspector Geordie Keatiung they investigate, crime in a most unusual unconventional way. This book has them investigating everything from a suspected suicide, theft and murder.'
  • Jan Kirkcaldy - 'Having watched the TV series, I found this selection of short stories an enjoyable and easy read.'
  • Kathy Howell - 'This is a well written collection of short stories following Sidney Chambers, the vicar of Grantchester and part time detective.'
  • Helen Clark - 'Sidney's detective work includes visiting a seedy jazz club, tracking down forged paintings for a Lord and a murder on stage of an amateur dramatic play. Each one utterly gripping.'

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Synopsis

Sidney Chambers and the Forgiveness of Sins by James Runcie

The 4th book in the Grantchester Mysteries series.

On the home front, his new curate has become irritatingly popular with the parish and his daughter is starting to walk and talk.

The Grantchester Mysteries series:
1. Sidney Chambers and The Shadow of Death
2. Sidney Chambers and the Perils of the Night
3. Sidney Chambers and the Problem of Evil
4. Sidney Chambers and The Forgiveness of Sins
5. Sidney Chambers and The Dangers of Temptation
6. Sidney Chambers and the Persistence of Love

Reviews

'The fourth of James Runcie's delightful Grantchester Mysteries, which ought to bring about a critical reappraisal of the genre rather dismissively referred to as cosy crime ... The ongoing plots bind the stories, yet each in themselves is precise ... They are a joy' -- Stuart Kelly, Scotland on Sunday

'All manner of nostalgic delights. Perfect reading for a sunny English garden' Kate Saunders, Independent

'The author knows the location well and has caught its dour charm and great art treasures to perfection. The story is a little art lesson in itself' Country Life

'The violence in the Chambers stories takes place off-stage; the moral crises are internal. Perhaps the most startling aspect of these low-key, beguiling tales is their matter-of-fact depiction of a person of faith incorporating spiritual aspiration into daily life' Wall Street Journal

About the Author

James Runcie

James Runcie is an award-winning film-maker and the author of seven novels. Sidney Chambers and The Shadow of Death, the first in 'The Granchester Mysteries' series, was published in 2012, soon followed by Sidney Chambers and The Perils of the Night, Sidney Chambers and The Problem of Evil, Sidney Chambers and the Forgiveness of Sins and Sidney Chambers and the Dangers of Temptation. In October 2014, ITV launched Grantchester, a prime-gime series starring James Norton as Sidney Chambers, with the second season airing in March 2016. In May 2016 James Runcie became Commissioning Editor for Arts at BBC Radio 4. He lives in London and Edinburgh.

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Publication date

7th April 2016

Author

James Runcie

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Publisher

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Format

Paperback
416 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
The Grantchester Mysteries
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Crime & mystery

ISBN

9781408862278

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