The book is definitely darker than the adaptation for TV. At the same time, it gives additional insights into the vicar's mind and you see just how seriously he takes his duties.
I read this book before I watched the television series of the same name. I found the book to have unbelievable characters, dialogue and story lines. I wasn't impressed. However, I really enjoyed the television series, as the writers made the characters more believable, as well as changing many of the original story lines to make them more interesting. The TV series made the books come to life, which seems backward. In most cases, I've found that the movies rarely live up to the books they were based on (with the exception of the Harry Potter series).
FIRST BOOK IN THE GRANTCHESTER SERIES. I have enjoyed the Grantchester series on PBS so I wanted to read the books behind Sidney Chambers. This book should really be listed as a series of short stories, as each "chapter" involves a different mystery. In general I prefer mystery books that have one continuous story line. The character development is excellent, however, and I probably will read more books in the series. Kristi & Abby Tabby
I highly recommend the book series for those who enjoy Grantchester, the show which is based on the books. Canon Sidney Chambers is a delightful character, and I enjoyed being able to picture the actors from the show as I read the book. Looking forward to continuing with this series.
I picked this up because I'd heard good things about the TV series based on the books. The novel itself is solid but nothing really exciting. Sidney is a wonderful character and I found him and all the characters in his life interesting but somehow the novel lacked a certain something. Perhaps given the time period the novel is set, I was expecting something a bit more like Agatha Christie and found it lacking the sparkle of her novels. That being said, I can see the mysteries have serious potential as a TV series so I do still plan to watch it at some point.
Whether it is murder in a jazz club, a stolen ring or a kidnapping, Canon Sidney Chambers uses his faith and quiet persistence to solve what ever mystery comes his way.
Fans of Agatha Christie will love this series.
The mysteries aren't so deep. Nice post-war story.
No unconventional clergyman in the two stories I read; just a prig.
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