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Sidney Chambers and The Dangers of Temptation

(The Grantchester Mysteries #5)

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Archdeacon Sidney Chambers is beginning to think that the life of a full-time priest (and part-time detective) is not easy. So when a bewitching divorcee in a mink coat interrupts Sidney's family lunch, asking him to help locate her missing son, he hopes it will be an open and shut case. The last thing he expects is to be dragged into the mysterious workings of a sinister ...more
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Published June 14th 2016 by Bloomsbury USA (first published June 7th 2016)
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
My review of Sidney Chambers and the Dangers of Temptation is now up on Fresh Fiction!

"A very nice collection of stories for Grantchester fans (and new converts)"

Read the whole review here!
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Ivonne Rovira
Apr 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of thinking detective novels
Archbishop Sidney Chambers explores the dangers of temptation — his own and others — in this wonderful book of six interrelated novellas. And while each provides an interesting mystery, the book exudes a gentle thoughtfulness and an plea for the importance of an examined life as the only one worth living.

In Sidney Chambers and the Dangers of Temptation, the fifth book to feature the thoughtful Chambers, the curious clergyman investigates a shady secular cult, a missing priceless necklace, a husb
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Kirk Hanley
Jun 27, 2016 rated it liked it
By this time, most readers of the Sidney Chambers series know what they are going to get: six mysteries involving Sidney and his friends and family in Grantchester. But I think some of the magic may be fading away. Only one of these tales could be classified as a murder mystery, and the others barely qualify as mysteries at all. Instead, a different member of our cast of characters is involved in some life changes involving some slightly mysterious circumstances, but it becomes almost immediatel ...more
Angie
Apr 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
James Runcie created something great when he started the Grantchester series. I love the characters of Sidney Chambers, Amanda, Leonard, Geordie, Hildegarde and many others. A serious yet still light-hearted and humorous look at village life through the eyes of a religious leader who doubles as an investigator. He somehow gets himself tangled up with murders, thefts, and other mysterious goings on.

In this volume (#5) we have six stories that involve Sidney and his entourage. They are spread aro
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Tish
Apr 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I had never heard of Sidney Chambers or the Grantchester TV series when I requested the book; I just thought it sounded good. Then I started watching the TV show and was pretty excited to discover that the book I had was one of the novels on which the series was based. Unfortunately, I think I like the TV show quite a bit more than the book. For one thing, the book is not actually a novel, but a collection of short stories or novellas--not a problem if you like that, but it's not a format I enjo ...more
Bekah
Having just binged on the other books in this series, as well as diving into the 2nd Season of the adapted television show, I was in desperate need of more Sidney in my life. But who wants to wait even a day, much less two months, to read more? Thankfully, I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book from Bloomsbury and NetGalley.

I enjoyed this one a lot, especially the pop culture references. My only complaint and sadness is that the final story of the collection felt wrong. Somehow all t
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Jenny (Reading Envy)
I only know Sidney Chambers from the Grantchester tv series, where a very young vicar resists flirty women and solves crime in a 1950s English village. I have not read the first four books in this series, and I'm not sure this is where I should have started. I also didn't realize that this was more of a collection of short stories, which means that there are a handful of small mysteries but no over arching storyline. Plus Sidney is married, with children, and has moved away from Grantchester.

St
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Annie
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: england
Book Sidney and TV Sidney parted company a long time ago. It's too bad really because Book Sidney is much more complex character. He isn't fornicating on the stairs. He's middle aged, a husband, a father. He still struggles to balance his family, church, and his need to solve a mystery. Hildegarde is a Saint. A times, may I dare say he is even just a bit curmudgeonly. He may be an Archdeacon now but at heart he is still the young rebel vicar. He still likes his whisky and a pint with Geordie. (B ...more
Lisa B.
Aug 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm a huge fan of the Masterpiece series Grantchester, so I jumped at the chance to read a Sidney Chambers novel.

This read like a series of interconnecting short stories. It kept the story line moving quickly and was very entertaining. I like seeing how Sidney's mind puts pieces of the puzzle together as he works to solve certain crimes. Not everything comes to a peaceful conclusion for him, both in his professional and personal life. This is what I like most about him. I see myself continuing t
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Judy Lesley
May 26, 2016 rated it liked it
I received an e-ARC copy of this novel through NetGalley and Bloomsbury USA.

Readers of this book will probably easily fall into two basic categories: those who have seen the television series and those who have not. I belong in the "have not" group but was intrigued when the description of the novel mentioned the television program. This book five in the series contains six individual mysteries linked by the carry-over characters with the stories falling chronologically. All six stories focus on
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Melodie
Apr 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sidney Chambers and The Dangers of Temptation by James Runcie is my first experience with Sidney Chambers in book form. Having seen and enjoyed the Grantchester Mysteries on PBS, I was prompted to read this book. That said, the television show did not prepare me for the complexity and nuances of this excellent novel. The book is comprised of six separate stories which are deftly intertwined by common threads such as secrets kept and love denied. The book is populated with multi dimensional chara ...more
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
To my mind, one of the best of the series so far. It is now the 60s and Sidney has, to deal with a commune, come to terms with acid rock and cross the iron curtain to visit Hildegard's homeland. Social churn manifests in other ways as well, as Amanda ends her marriage, the boycott of apartheid South Africa begins, and Leonard has to choose between coming out and the priesthood. Mysteries are solved, but the through lines of change and continuity, and how Sidney deals with it all are the real hig ...more
Bev
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I just love this series -- thought-provoking, smile-inducing, heart-warming short stories that connect and demonstrate the charm and warmth of their "hero", clergyman Sydney Chambers, with a nod to the sermon or lesson he builds from each.. Although PBS has done a great series based on these books, it does not follow Sydney's "book life" exactly. Both are a delight (but I think I love the books more).
Linda Klages
May 13, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a goodreads win for me. I had never read any of the Grantchester Mysteries. The book is filled with several small easy mysteries for Sidney to crack. I would watch the new BBC series on these same books and would read more.
Tim Williams
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally finished this good book, despite a year of increased work and distractions!
Linda
Jun 13, 2019 rated it liked it
This book in the series didn't thrill me. It was just so-so.

There is one more book left in the series. I will have to see what that book is like.

David Kilner
Nov 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Plot summary:
Another set of linked short stories.
The Dangers of Temptation - Sidney investigates when a parishioner’s son is implicated in the murder of the leader of a mystical hippie cult which is not what it seems.

Grantchester Meadows - Sidney is called in to find a missing necklace following a Cambridge student celebration in which one student is trampled by a herd of cows.

The Trouble with Amanda - Amanda’s husband Henry Richmond comes under suspicion when his ex-wife is found bound, gagged
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Beth
Jun 08, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
James Runcie in his book Sidney Cambers and the Dangers of Temptation has written a set of six novellas within this one book. The stories all deal in some manner with temptation, the temptation for revenge, the temptation of theft, the temptation of secret keeping, the temptation of murder and others. The leading character is Sidney Chambers, the Archbishop of Ely, in England. He has the habit of becoming involved with the police investigations that take place involving his friends and acquainta ...more
Susan Johnson
Mar 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: net-galley
Sidney Chambers and The Dangers of Temptation (Grantchester Mysteries) Sidney Chambers and The Dangers of Temptation by James Runcie

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


I watched the PBS TV series, Grantchester, and enjoyed it so when this book became available I took a chance. For once I liked the TV show much better than the book. This book seemed like a series of short stories strung together. I thought the author would tie the separate stories together at the end but that didn't happen.

There was a story of a stolen necklace, the break-up of a friend's marriage, a trip
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Damaskcat
Mar 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is the 1960s and Sidney Chambers is now Archdeacon at Ely and he is still involved in his amateur investigations, often prompted by his friend, detective Geordie Keating. Parishioners and former parishioners need his help including a glamorous divorcee who wants him to persuade her son to live a dubious commune.

Sidney's friend Amanda has problems in her own life and needs Sidney's help but how can he square that with his love for and duty to his own wife? Can long friendship exist beside marr
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Faith
Mar 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, reviewed
This is the first one of the Sidney Chambers books that I have read, but I was familiar with the characters from having watched the Grantchester tv series. My appreciation of this book was helped immeasurably by the image of the young, handsome Chambers from the series. Chambers is middle aged in this book, but he doesn't seem to have resolved any of the issues of his youth. He still loves his former girlfriend, although he is married now, and he still can't stop himself from getting involved in ...more
Margaret Sankey
Feb 02, 2016 rated it liked it
It is now swinging 1968 in the slow-moving world of Archdeacon Sidney Chambers, who continues to work with his police detective pal to unravel crimes in the vicinity of Oxford and Grantchester, including drunk and frolicking students losing an heirloom necklace, the return of his ex-housekeepers' presumed long-dead husband, problems in his sister's marriage to a jazz club owner, a sinister hippy cult and a family trip with Hildegarde to East Germany. While Chambers fit well in the 1953 of the se ...more
Ozana Ozzy
First I was watching tv series and I loved it, then I started to read books and I loved it too.
Spirit of English countryside and post II WW state of the mind of common people and need for reconciliation are common for all Runcie's books. It reminds me a bit of Miss. Maprle but cannon Sidney Chambers is character for himself. Whiskey prone, jazz lover, hopelessly romantic daydreamer. I don't know much of Anglican Church and I don't want to judge any, but sometimes priests in Runcies stories are t
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Stephen
Jun 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
enjoyed the latest part of the sidney chambers series in grantchester, as the books now move to the late 60's and Sidney is the archdeacon and also times are changing and gets mixed up with cults a trip to East Germany and manages a dash of Pink Floyd.
Anna
Jan 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Mixed feelings on this one. Some stories quite strong, others less so.Like the previous book most of them are messy, but I still like both Sidney and Hildegard.
James Wirrell
Aug 24, 2019 rated it liked it
This book, the fifth in the Grantchester series is a definite step down from the first four books. There remains a charm in how the books are written but I was not drawn into either the characters or the plot very much. As in some of the previous books, many of the stories here are not really serious mysteries, and so the stories must have something extra to make them compelling. I think the character development has plateaued, and Runcie instead filled in the space with chitchat that wasn’t ver ...more
Jennifer Hughes
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
The books and the PBS series are starting to line up better. Both are good, just in different ways. I like getting in Sidney's head in the books. I feel like he's more subtle and human in the novels--very three-dimensional.

I really liked this until the last chapter because it wasn't much of a mystery--it was more a device to move the overall plot and develop characters. It also seemed like Runcie was using Sidney like a ventriloquist to give voice to modern sensibilities that seemed incongruent
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Michael O'Leary
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sidney Chambers and The Dangers of Temptation (The Grantchester Mysteries #5)
From the publisher:
Archdeacon Sidney Chambers is beginning to think that the life of a full-time priest (and part-time detective) is not easy. So when a bewitching divorcee in a mink coat interrupts Sidney's family lunch, asking him to help locate her missing son, he hopes it will be an open and shut case. The last thing he expects is to be dragged into the mysterious workings of a sinister cult, or to find himself tan
...more
Rachel Klara Richardson Chapman
"'The views of the Church & the laws of the land do not always work in tandem; but when both are disobeyed there are consequences in this life & the next.'... 'We must all account for our actions. It is often just a matter of when.'" ~Sidney Chambers
"'No, I am very flawed,' Sidney replied. 'I can assure you of that. I just try to make people aware of my failing before it's too late.'"
"If you're determined not to tell people things' then you have no control over the moment of revelation when it c
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David Allen White
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is actually my favorite so far of the Grantchester series. One chapter takes place in East Germany in the 1960s, and one chapter finally deals with Leonard's homosexuality. Interesting to me in that it quotes some of the writings and teachings of the theologian Norman Pittenger. I had the privilege of helping to entertain Dr. Pittenger when he was in San Antonio speaking to a gathering of Anglicans and Roman Catholics on this very subject.

I think I should mention that, while some of the sto
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James Runcie is a British novelist, documentary film-maker, television producer, theatre director, and Artistic Director of the Bath Literature Festival.

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The Grantchester Mysteries (6 books)
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