Sidney Chambers and the Perils of the Night

Sidney Chambers and the Perils of the Night

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The second book in The Grantchester Mystery Series, and the inspiration for t he primetime PBS/Masterpiece television series, Grantchester .

The loveable full time priest and part time detective Canon Sidney Chambers continues his sleuthing adventures in late 1950's Cambridge.

Accompanied by his faithful Labrador Dickens, and working in tandem with the increasingly exasperated Inspector Geordie Keating, Sidney is called on to investigate the unexpected fall of a Cambridge don from the roof of King's College Chapel; a case of arson at a glamor photographer's studio; and the poisoning of Zafar Ali, Grantchester's finest spin bowler, in the middle of a crucial game of cricket. As he pursues his quietly probing inquiries, Sidney also has to decide on the vexed question of marriage. Can he choose between the rich, glamorous socialite Amanda Kendall and Hildegard Staunton, a beguiling German widow three years his junior? To help him make up his mind Sidney takes a trip abroad, only to find himself trapped in a complex web of international espionage just as the Berlin Wall is going up.

Here are six interlocking adventures that combine mystery with morality, and criminality with charm.

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2013
ISBN: 9781608199518
Branch Call Number: RUNCI
Characteristics: 356 pages ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Perils of the night


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Feb 12, 2021

Much more of the Cambridge University academic politics, and spies, and arson, and a bit more of Sidney's relationships with Amanda and Hildegard, of course.

Aug 18, 2017

The stories did seem a bit slow at some times, but they were interesting and enjoyable overall. I like reading the books after watching the show and comparing the two (although I think that I prefer the show).

Boring and outdated. Agonizing slow love story underpins crime solving priest.

Aug 22, 2016

I was disappointed with this Sidney Chambers mystery novel. First I prefer my mystery novels to happen over the course of the entire book. This allows for more interesting character development and a more complicated mystery. The Sidney Chambers books are essentially short stories . The "mysteries" in this second book in the series are not very mysterious. The answer is telegraphed in one story. Two are largely unresolved and involved espionage which is not my preferred form of novel. I finished the book because I like Sidney and wanted to know what happened in his life. If I continue reading this series it will only due to the hero, not the mysteries. Kristi and Abby Tabby.

Nov 19, 2015

I enjoyed this book especially as it follows on from the first TV series.

BakerStreetIrregular Aug 25, 2015

Another enjoyable book about the adventures of Canon Sidney Chambers. Loved all 6 mini mysteries, however I did find the one about the murdered cricket player a bit slow as there were very detailed explanations of cricket matches which, knowing nothing about cricket, seemed dry to read.

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Aug 18, 2017

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