WYR: Criminally Divine

Some weeks I’m itching for a good mystery. Others I’m craving an emotional roller coaster. Or fantasy. Or historical fiction. Or goodness knows what. It might be brand new or something ancient or anywhere in between. In any case, it’s nice to share, so …

What’s Your Read?

Last week’s fall break forage in my parents’ bookshelves was a huge success. Not only am I now greatly enamored of a car-stealing cow (Moo! by David LaRochelle with glorious illustrations by Mike Wohnoutka), I am obsessed with a crime-solving English clergyman.

My dad, a member of the clergy himself, has been extolling the virtues of Canon Sidney Chambers for quite some time, but although I’m always ready for more mystery, James Runcie’s vicar had been in line behind a few other sleuths. No more! One puzzle after another, The Shadow of Death is simply addictive.

The depictions of parish life are delightfully charming and distressingly accurate. Either people never know what to say to Sidney or feel entirely too comfortable spilling the contents of their consciences into his lap. His life is filled with congregational minutiae, barely leaving time to visit the sick and grieving. The moment he has a few well-earned days away he’s reminded by his own family that “off duty” is an illusion. And nearly everyone is borderline scandalized to find a priest who prefers whisky to sherry and loves jazz.

Thanks, Dad, for lending me your copy and for bringing me into the Grantchester fold. Now, please promise me you won’t take up an interest in investigation yourself.

Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death by James Runcie

Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death by James Runcie

What’s your next read?

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