The Cambridge-bred author of The Grantchester Mysteries, James Runcie, will discuss his hugely popular novels at St Peter’s Church in Ely on 21 May.
Set in the 1950s and 60s, Runcie’s Grantchester series centres on the adventures of clergyman-sleuth Sidney Chambers, portrayed rather beautifully by James Norton in the recent ITV series.
The Forgiveness of Sins is the latest installment in the franchise, and sees Sidney investigate murders, theft, poison pen letters and falling pianos as he attempts to maintain the harmony of his would-be sleepy, rural Cambridgeshire parish.
A flawed but winning hero together with plots that twist and turn through ancient cobbled streets, country houses and wild open meadows have placed The Grantchester Mysteries amongst the best-loved of British mystery fiction.
James Runcie was brought up in Cambridge, the son of former Archbishop of Canterbury Robert Runcie – on whom the character of Sidney is partly based. The talk takes place at 7.30pm, tickets £6 (£7 on the day).
Cambridge fans can see James Runcie and get a book signed at Heffers, Trinity Street, on 26 May at 6.30pm. Tickets £6.
And those who enjoyed James Norton’s turn as Sidney on ITV last autumn will be glad to hear that Grantchester will return for a second series later this year.