Monday, June 13, 2016

Sidney Chambers Meets New Challenges in the Grantchester Mysteries #5

In these six interrelated stories Sidney Chambers, now an Archdeacon, and his friends face new challenges. Sidney and Hildegard, his wife, take a nostalgic trip to her home in Germany to find that it's no longer the way she remembered it. Amanda's husband faces problems from his ex-wife, causing Amanda grief. Leonard, Sidney's former curate, has choices to make about his identity and life style.

All the stories are told with a humanity that is reassuring in today's world. Sidney is an imperfect person. He struggles with his desire to take the occasional drink even during Lent and has an affinity for the ladies although he is happily married, but his realization of his own imperfections makes him a compassionate priest. The other characters in the stories are well developed giving the problems a realism that is sometimes missing in Christian fiction.

This is the fifth book in the Grantchester series, but I found it easy to enjoy the stories even though I hadn't read the first four books. However, I do think that familiarity with the earlier books would make some of the character's problems more immediately understandable.

The stories are much like the mysteries of Agatha Christie or Dorothy Sayers. There is little violence. Most of the stories are character driven mysteries that require Sidney to use his understanding of human nature as well as external clues to solve the crimes.

I recommend this book if you enjoy a good mystery with interesting characters and a minimum of violence.

I received this book from Net Galley for this review.