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James Runcie

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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Exceptional Writing Though Lackluster Pacing 4 juin 2013
Par London Fog - Publié sur
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For a detective story, and one that skirts the edges of the traditional cozy, I was immediately impressed with the fluid writing and descriptions that from the first pages rather intensely set the scene, pulling the reader into the Cambridge of 1950s England. 'The Perils of Night' plays out like it has been screen shot - the slew of characters we are introduced to are animate (if not overly complex) and the dialogue is especially good, in that it may not be overly elaborate, but does evoke the emotions of the characters quite nicely. On that account, it made for a quick, enjoyable read.

It is also a rarity to come across a cozy that reads more like literature, and in all honesty, it was that which kept me engaged when I began to get irritated with the slowly unfolding plot.

My only true complaint has to do with how despite the ease with which the reader is drawn into the book through these characters, I had the distinct impression that most lacked any real depth, and that was honestly a bit distracting. My preference is for good, strong characters, and I will admit this was an improvement over most of this genre. But I felt disconnected throughout, like Sidney was just one of many instead of having the focus mainly on him. That and the tendency for supposed action scenes to drag on for pages on end, did try on my patience.

Overall, a good read though, and one that should appeal to those who prefer quieter mysteries that lack graphic depictions of violence.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Very disappointing sequel!! 27 février 2014
Par R. Penn - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
When this book came out I bought it immediately because I really liked the first book of Sidney Chambers stories. (Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death) This second book reads like it was written by a different author. In the first book, Canon Chambers is a serious, intelligent, kind man with an engaging streak of diffidence. The stories move along and the mystery is well integrated with Canon Chambers' personal life. In this book, Canon Chambers has become a dithering old fuddy-duddy, even though he's still a relatively young man. His personality quirks are annoying and intrusive--you want to tell him to just get on with it. I agree with another reviewer that this book felt padded just to add length. And there are details that show the author isn't paying attention to his creation: for example, the police detective who is Chamber's friend has a different name in this book, although he's clearly the same person as the detective in the first book. Read the first book--this one isn't worth the time--not recommended.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 not as good as the first 27 juin 2013
Par Miss Ivonne - Publié sur
In the second novel of a series, Sidney Chambers, Anglican priest and canon of Corpus Christi College (one of Cambridge University's actual ancient colleges), once again dabbles in detection. As with the debut novel of the series, the new novel consists of a series of short stories -- some related, some not -- with each case contained within a chapter. However, whereas in the debut novel of James Runcie's series, Sidney Chambers And The Shadow Of Death (Grantchester Mysteries), the slow pace and distractions created a charming, warm effect, here Runcie slows down the pace and introduces so much tangents that the reader's mind begins to wander.

Sidney Chambers and the Perils of the Night opens in 1955; in the first of several cases, Canon Chambers weighs whether the death of a college don was a foolish accident or deliberate murder, a case of espionage or something altogether different. In the second and fourth cases, which take place a few years later, there are no doubts at all: someone deliberately burned down a flirtatious photographer's studio and someone poisoned the cricket spin bowler. In the third case, Canon Chambers quickly tumbles to the fact that the junior bursar's death in his bath wasn't a heart attack but murder. (Sadly, this third short story ranks as the weakest of the bunch.) In the fifth case, which takes place in 1961, Sidney's longtime friend, Amanda Kendall, rashly enters into an engagement with a conceited Oxford University physicist, Antony Cartwright. Will this engagement prove to be as disastrous as Amanda's last? The sixth and final case involves Sidney's trip to Berlin, where he's gone to see old friends in the early 1960s. The serious illness of the friends' mother sends Sidney into East Germany, where he's surprised to find someone he thought he knew -- and that encounter spells trouble for Canon Chambers. This final story turns out to be the most suspenseful of the lot and a reminder of Runcie at his finest.

Despite the slow pace, readers will enjoy the resolution of a dilemma Canon Chambers has been mulling since the last novel: Should he marry wealthy art expert Amanda Kendall? Amanda and Sidney, the son of a North London doctor, grew up together, but now that Sidney Chambers is a mere priest, he no longer belongs in her same socio-economic set. Marriage to Sidney -- especially in the 1950s, when men were loath to tap their wives' incomes -- would mean a considerable loss of position and comfort for Amanda. Amanda seems ambivalent herself, and Sidney doesn't dare to ask her to sacrifice so. Or should he marry piano teacher Hildegard Staunton, a German-born widow who Chambers met while investigating her husband's murder? The sympathetic Hildegarde shares Sidney's love of jazz and intuits what Sidney's thinking most of the time, but she, likewise, possesses her own obstacles: She now lives in Berlin and, in the 1950s, Germans were still regarded with suspicion. Also, Hildegarde carries considerable baggage from her time in England and her unhappy marriage.

With Sidney's romantic triangle resolving itself in this volume, I had been wondering if I would even bother when Sidney Chambers and the Problem of Evil is released in May 2014. But that final chapter on Sidney's foray into East Germany reminded me of why I should.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 priest as detective 1950's 10 février 2014
Par joyce - Publié sur
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
I like this guy as an amateur detective and nice guy. He's unmarried with a dog named Dickens, a housekeeper that can't cook., and he is in love with someone who won't marry him because he has no money ; but there's a German woman he's fond of too. it's complicated. It's going to be series on British TV. I can't wait til it comes here on PBS or whatever.
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Short British Themed Mystery's! 9 janvier 2014
Par J. Smith - Publié sur
I won this book off the the goodreads give-away! I did not realize it was book 2 in a series till it came in. I have to read books in order so I checked out the first one from the library to read. This book is set around the era of the 50/60's in England. It has a lot of history in it which is always interesting but I did find it slow at times. The main character Sidney is a Anglican priest who dabbles on the side as a detective. Like the first book there are multiple short stories in the book where a new crime takes place and Sidney comes to the rescue to solve it. As the book progresses Sidney finally starts having a love life and finally take leaps of faith in that direction to match his strong Christian faith. All in all this book was ok but I have to say I actually enjoyed the first book more! If you like the early british era mixed in with multiple short mysteries then I suggest you check out the first book at your library. If you enjoy it you can always then buy it and the 2nd book as well. I will pass this book on to someone else as it is not something I would re-read again.
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