Search Results: "James Runcie"


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CANVEY ISLAND by James Runcie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"Captures the rhythms of family life but isn't distinctive enough to stand out from the crowd."
For his third novel (The Colour of Heaven, 2003, etc.), British filmmaker and theater director Runcie chronicles the life and loves of an ordinary Englishman. Read full book review >

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SIDNEY CHAMBERS AND THE PERSISTENCE OF LOVE by James Runcie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 23, 2017

"Fans of the series may appreciate the continuing tales of beloved characters, thick with references to previous adventures and tragedies, but newcomers will be left out in the cold."
Archdeacon Sidney Chambers (Sidney Chambers and the Dangers of Temptation, 2016, etc.) is torn between his vocations as detective and as Anglican priest in six interlinked stories set amid the discontent of 1970s Britain. Read full book review >

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SIDNEY CHAMBERS AND THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS by James Runcie
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 19, 2015

"Runcie (Sidney Chambers and the Problem of Evil, 2014, etc.) gives his genial hero just enough love of a good pint, a pretty woman, and a complex puzzle to save him from blandness or buffoonery in these gently humorous and sometimes-poignant stories."
Sidney Chambers is back for a fourth round of crimes to solve when his religious duties allow him time—or is it the other way around? Read full book review >

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SIDNEY CHAMBERS AND THE DANGERS OF TEMPTATION by James Runcie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2016

"The Swinging '60s give Runcie's sleuth in a cassock plenty of opportunity to stick his memorable nose in where it isn't wanted."
Six interrelated new stories about the crime-solving priest who struggles with his own frailties. Read full book review >

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SIDNEY CHAMBERS AND THE PROBLEM OF EVIL by James Runcie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 10, 2014

"Runcie (Sidney Chambers and the Perils of the Night, 2013, etc.), son of a former Archbishop of Canterbury, strikes a low-key balance of theology, humor, drama and crime in this collection of ecclesiastical cozies."
Clergyman/detective Sidney Chambers returns in this collection of four new mysteries. Read full book review >

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SIDNEY CHAMBERS AND THE PERILS OF THE NIGHT by James Runcie
Released: May 21, 2013

"Less engaging than Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death (2012), but still a sharp portrait of scholarly rivalries that makes room for a riff on jazz in a Mozart score and a grim reminder of East and West Germany as the wall was going up."
Six loosely connected stories featuring that mid-20th-century Cambridge sleuth Canon Chambers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 1, 2012

"Only a churl could resist Sidney, whose musings on love, evil and morality, penchant for quoting snippets of poetry, preference for whiskey over the endless cups of tea he is offered, and ratiocinative success at unraveling crimes make him endearing."
A cleric celebrates Queen Elizabeth II's coronation year by assisting a detective inspector in solving a series of genteel crimes. Read full book review >

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THE DISCOVERY OF CHOCOLATE by James Runcie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Quick, simple, ever-amusing historical fun."
British screenwriter Runcie's debut is a Zelig-esque romp taking his sad-sack hero from the early 16th century through the early 20th. Read full book review >

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JAMES GANDOLFINI by Dan Bischoff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 8, 2014

"Not the last word but an earnest, endearing homage to an outstanding actor."
A bittersweet biography of an intensely private artist. Read full book review >

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JENNIEMAE & JAMES by Brooke Newman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 30, 2010

"A low-key, sweet portrait of an unusual friendship. Jenniemae is a scene-stealer, though, and the strongest parts of the memoir focus on her and her community."
A grown daughter remembers her troubled, genius father's endearing friendship with their charismatic maid. Read full book review >

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JAMES MONROE by Gary Hart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 5, 2005

"A well-written, useful précis of Monroe's life and career."
A nearly forgotten president comes in for soft-spoken tribute, courtesy of one-time U.S. Senator Hart (The Fourth Power, 2004, etc.). Read full book review >