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Sidney Chambers and the Problem of Evil
by James Runcie


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Our favorite clerical detective is back with four longer mysteries in which Canon Sidney Chambers attempts to stop a serial killer with a grievance against the clergy; investigates the disappearance of a famous painting after a distracting display of nudity by a French girl in an art gallery; uncovers the fact that an accidental drowning on a film shoot may have been something more sinister; and discovers the reasons behind the theft of a baby from a hospital just before Christmas 1963.  Read more...


 
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Overview

Our favorite clerical detective is back with four longer mysteries in which Canon Sidney Chambers attempts to stop a serial killer with a grievance against the clergy; investigates the disappearance of a famous painting after a distracting display of nudity by a French girl in an art gallery; uncovers the fact that an accidental drowning on a film shoot may have been something more sinister; and discovers the reasons behind the theft of a baby from a hospital just before Christmas 1963.

In the meantime, Sidney wrestles with the problem of evil, attempts to fulfill the demands of his faithful Labrador, Dickens, and contemplates, as always, the nature of love."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781608199525
  • ISBN-10: 1608199525
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Publish Date: June 2014
  • Page Count: 287

Series: Grantchester Mysteries

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Books > Fiction > Mystery & Detective - General
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-04-28
  • Reviewer: Staff

Character is the strong suit of the four cases, all set in the early 1960s, that fill Runcie’s third collection featuring Canon Sidney Chambers (after 2013’s Sidney Chambers and the Perils of the Night). In the title story, the reader learns that the Anglican minister has recently gotten married to a German woman, in the process becoming “a living embodiment of post-war reconciliation.” Meanwhile, someone is targeting Sidney’s colleagues in Grantchester, leaving knife wounds meant to simulate the mark of the beast. A daring art theft is the subject of “Female, Nude,” but the high point is “Death by Water,” in which Sidney is hired to play Reverend Venables in a film adaptation of Dorothy Sayers’s The Nine Tailors. Despite his awkwardness on the set, Sidney manages to solve an apparently accidental drowning. Runcie may be no G.K. Chesterton when it comes to plotting, but cozy fans will be pleased. Agent: David Godwin, David Godwin Associates (U.K.). (June)

 
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