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? To make up his mind Sidney takes a trip abroad, only to find himself trapped in a web of international espionage just as the Berlin Wall is going up.
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A Sunday afternoon book
I like the characters, I enjoyed the overall plot arc, the very idealised view of country life and its a very easy read without being childish.
None, but its quite like Midsummer Murders, Morse and Father Brown TV shows for very obvious reasons though there is a bit more love interest than all three.
I think he is able to get across some of the gruff pomposity of some of the members of the University etc without detracting from other more reflective moments.
Not massively, though the ending was nice
My main criticism is that the author does spend a bit too much trying to make some of the people in the books seem important, clever, high achievers etc and it just feels a bit too much though I accept it puts the book in its historical concept.
That said, I'd buy the next in the series, if one comes out. I like it, its not too taxing, is enjoyable, engaging and really just rather pleasant; like a cool beer on a sunny Sunday afternoon.
another six short stories.
I liked 5 out of the 6 stories that one being the one about cricket. I'm not a fan even though I have heard of colin cowdrey and Freddie Truman. all the others I enjoyed.
- Mrs. K. I. Richards