Search Results: "James Runcie"


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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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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 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 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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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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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 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 >

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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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COCK-A-DOODLE-DOO! by Jill Runcie
ANIMALS
Released: June 28, 1991

"Young listeners will be eager to chime in for the inevitable reruns. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Farmer Jones counts on the rooster to wake him; what he doesn't know is that there's a whole Rube Goldberg series leading up to this daily event: the farmer's own snores wake an owl, whose hoot wakes a woodpecker, and so on through eight other animals concluding with the dog's bark that wakes the rooster. Read full book review >

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SOME THOUGHTS ON LOVE
by Bobbi Dumas

Hi friends!

So many people make New Year’s Resolutions to start the year, but for the second January in a row, I’ll be contemplating memories and saying good-byes.

My husband lost his father this week.

There’s a lot of emotion to visit, of course, though he suffered from memory issues and so, in many ways, his family has said their ...


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SPRINGING INTO MUST-READ CONTEMPORARY & SUSPENSE
by Bobbi Dumas

April is here, though you wouldn’t know it from my window view - snow is falling! (sigh) Thankfully it’s not sticking, and according to the forecast, it will be seventy degrees by the weekend. Mother Nature seems to be slightly confused in the Midwest this spring, and the national news can make my heart feel cold, but I’m glad we can ...


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PLANES, TRAINS, AND AUTOMOBILES
by Julie Danielson

Well, maybe not exactly planes, trains, and automobiles. But you know those children who get really fired up reading books about things that go vroom? There’s a reason you can throw a rock and hit a children’s book about transportation: they are loved by many a child. Today, I’ve got three new ones worth your time, one an arrival from ...


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