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Sidney Chambers and the Persistence of Love

The Grantchester Mysteries

by James Runcie

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Sidney Chambers and the Persistence of Love by James Runcie
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  • Published in USA  May 2017
    368 pages
    Genre: Mysteries

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The eagerly anticipated sixth installment in the Grantchester Mysteries series, now a major PBS television series as well.

The sixth book in the James Runcie's much-loved Granchester Mystery series, which has been adapted for Masterpiece's Grantchester starring James Norton, sees full-time priest, part-time detective Sidney Chambers plunged back into sleuthing when he discovers a body in a bluebell wood.

It is May 1971 and the Cambridgeshire countryside is bursting into summer. Attending to his paternal duties, Archdeacon Sidney Chambers is walking in the woods with his daughter Anna and their aging Labrador, Byron, when they stumble upon a body. Beside the dead man lies a basket of wild flowers, all poisonous. And so it is that Sidney is thrust into another murder investigation, entering a world of hippies, folk singers, and psychedelic plants, where love triangles and permissive behavior seem to hide something darker.

Despite the tranquil appearance of the Diocese of Ely, there is much to keep Sidney and his old friend, Detective Inspector Geordie Keating, as busy as ever. An historic religious text vanishes from a Cambridge college; Sidney's former flame, Amanda Richmond, gets a whiff of art-world corruption; and his nephew disappears in the long, hot summer of 1976.

Meanwhile, Sidney comes face to face with the divine mysteries of life and love while wrestling with earthly problems - from parish scandals and an alarmingly progressive new secretary to his own domestic misdemeanors, the challenges of parenthood and a great loss.

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"Starred Review. The explorations of human relationships, especially that of Sidney and his wife, Hildegard, are sophisticated and insightful." - Publishers Weekly

"Have tissues at the ready, because a stunning surprise signals a change in the archdeacon's life and a shaking of his faith that will leave readers longing for Runcie's next entry." - Booklist

"Fans of the series may appreciate the continuing tales of beloved characters, thick with references to previous adventures and tragedies, but newcomers will be left out in the cold." - Kirkus

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James Runcie Author Biography

James Runcie is an award-winning film-maker and the author of four standalone novels and the series of seven Granchester Mysteries (the first of which was published in 2012), including a prequel published in 2019. The books are the basis of The Granchester Mysteries, produced by ITV, and broadcast in the USA on PBS. Season 4 aired in 2019.

He is the son of Robert Runcie, Archbishop of Canterbury from 1980 to 1991. He lives in London and Edinburgh.

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