Grantchester Mysteries #5

I am a fan of both the Grantchester Mysteries book series and television series created from it. The story begins in the 1950’s and centers around Reverend Sidney Chambers, based in the beautiful village of Grantchester in Cambridgeshire. Sidney has a keen mind, and a way of conversing with people that is of great assistance to his best friend, Inspector Geordie Keating, in his duties solving murders and other mysteries around the village.

I have just finished reading Sidney Chambers and the Dangers of Temptation (The Grantchester Mysteries #5). As it is the fifth book in the series, it is now the 1960s, a few years beyond the timeline of the current tv series. As usual, Sidney is trying to balance his duties as vicar, his aptitude and appetite for helping Geordie solve murders, and his personal life. It is good to go on new adventures with familiar characters and meet some new ones as well. In this book, Sidney, Hildegard and Anna holiday behind the Iron Curtain while the Americans send men to the moon. Closer to home, mystery surrounds a student party gone awry with cattle and missing jewelry, and Amanda makes some important decisions.

As for the tv program, of course, there are differences between it and the books, but I find it to be very well cast and I enjoy viewing the friendship between Sidney and Geordie, as well as the visuals of Grantchester where the series is filmed. Three seasons of the series have now been produced and are available on DVD.

Season 1 of the tv program


  1. J > The TV series reminds me of Somersetshire when I was a very small boy, in the early 60s. There are in fact a lot of similarities with the villages and small towns – and of course nearby Wells, around the east side of the Somerset Levels.

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