The Grantchester Mysteries is a projected series of six novels by James Runcie. Beginning in 1953, and ending in 1978, the series features the clergyman-detective, Canon Sidney Chambers. Tall, with dark brown hair, eyes the colour of hazelnuts and a reassuringly gentle manner, Sidney can go where the police cannot. These are moral fables, whydunnits as much as whodunits, which combine murder with morality and humour.
Three volumes are now published, and you can find out more on these pages. Volume 1, Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death, was a Book of the Year in The Spectator and The Scotsman. Volume 2, Sidney Chambers and the Perils of the Night, was a Book of the Year in The Daily Mail.
The series is currently being filmed for ITV and Grantchester is scheduled for transmission in the autumn of 2014. It features James Norton as Sidney Chambers, Robson Green as Inspector Keating, Morven Christie as Amanda Kendall, Pheline Rogan as Hildegard Staunton, and Tessa Peake-Jones as Mrs Maguire.
It takes a first-class writer to put together a convincing storyline for such unlikely circumstances. James Runcie does it admirably. Sidney, like all good clergy, possesses an understanding of human nature that transcends simplistic judgments. He is a good man in an imperfect world and we should welcome him to the ranks of classic detectives. Daily Mail