The Grantchester Mysteries

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St Andrew & St Mary Church in the village of Grantchester, which features in The Grantchester Mysteries short stories.

The Grantchester Mysteries is a series of crime fiction books of short stories by the British author James Runcie,[1] beginning during the 1950s in Grantchester, a village near Cambridge in England. The books feature the clergyman-detective Canon Sidney Chambers, an Honorary Canon of Ely Cathedral.

The first volume in the series, Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death, was published in 2012.[2][3] The book comprises six short standalone mysteries. The second, Sidney Chambers and the Perils of the Night, was published in 2013.[4]

The books in the series include:

  1. Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death (2012)
  2. Sidney Chambers and The Perils of the Night (2013)
  3. Sidney Chambers and The Problem of Evil (2014)
  4. Sidney Chambers and The Forgiveness of Sins (2015)
  5. Sidney Chambers and The Dangers of Temptation (2016)
  6. Sidney Chambers and the Persistence of Love (2017)

A total of six books are planned. The series was inspired by James Runcie's father, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Robert Runcie.[5]

In 2014, some of The Grantchester Mysteries short stories were turned into an ITV drama titled Grantchester.[6] Filmed on location in Grantchester, Cambridge, and London, the initial six-part series was shown in the UK in Autumn 2014.[7] A second series was released in 2016.[8]


  1. ^ "The Grantchester Mysteries". Retrieved 5 November 2014.
  2. ^ Forshaw, Barry (21 May 2012). "Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death, By James Runcie". The Independent.
  3. ^ Stasio, Marilyn (11 May 2012). "Chilled to the Bone: New Books by Joseph Olshan, James Runcie and More". The New York Times.
  4. ^ Runcie, James. "Sidney Chambers and the Perils of the Night (Grantchester Mysteries)". USA: Bloomsbury. ISBN 978-1608199518. Retrieved 13 May 2014.
  5. ^ Runcie, James (5 October 2014). "James Runcie: 'My father would have been bemused and amused by Grantchester'". Daily Telegraph.
  6. ^ "ITV commissions six-part series Grantchester". Press Centre. ITV. 7 November 2013.
  7. ^ "ITV announces the cast of new six-part drama Grantchester". Press Centre. ITV. 25 March 2014.
  8. ^ Debnath, Neela. "Grantchester series 2: James Norton strips off for river scene". Retrieved 29 January 2016.

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