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    If you like the TV series, read the book

    This is a series of short stories about the Canon of Grantchester, Sidney Chambers. These have been filmed for Masterpiece Mystery (except for the last two) and are not nearly as dark as the TV series. Easy and fun.
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    Grantchester

    I loved these short tales. Nice reads kept you turning the pages. Enjoyed the tv series but the stories more. Now I have faces to go with the descriptions in the book! Look forward to many more relaxing moments deep in thought with Sydney and crew.
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    Sidney Chambers and The Shadow of Death

    I am a great fan of Grantchester on PBS so I decided to read the books. The book reads more like a collection of short stories rather than a novel. There is no cohesive transition from one story to the next one. I normally prefer to read the book before seeing the film. In this case having seen the series on television first helped because I could picture the characters and felt that I knew them. This is not deterring me from reading the next in the series. I hope it will be more cohesive.
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    RUNCIE'S RETROSPECTION

    The mysteries are solvable from an astute reader's perspectitive, but the retrospection the author has given the tales is what makes these books worthreading. While you figure out the who (in the who did it), you enter the personal spaces of people dealing with PTSD, grief, loss, depression, displacement in the context of a society whose values seem petty when faced by life's fragility during the war. All the stock characters of mystery are present, but they are dealing with so much more than the solving of a murder. Admittedly this sounds heavy, the story lines are still punctuated with humour, friendship, love and wit.
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    Very good book of short stories (episodes)

    I did not realize this book was a series of short stories, but that turned out to be just fine. Think of it as a series of episodes from a TV show. The TV series is based on the Runcie books and the short story format probably lent itself well to that adaptation. Likeable character, interesting locations, perhaps a tad heavy on religious commentary.
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