By James Runcie
It is could 1971 and the Cambridgeshire nation-state is bursting into summer time. Archdeacon Sidney Chambers is jogging in a bluebell wooden together with his daughter Anna and their growing old Labrador Byron once they bump into a physique. Plunged into one other homicide research, Sidney discovers an international of hippies and psychedelic crops, the place permissive behaviour turns out to conceal whatever darker.
This is the 1st of many tense secrets and techniques that Sidney finds underneath the tranquil floor of the diocese: a celebrated photographer is accused of rape; a valuable non secular textual content vanishes from a Cambridge university; the authentication of a misplaced masterpiece proves a slippery company; and Sidney's personal nephew is going missing.
Endeavouring to slot in his clerical tasks round sleuthing, Sidney keeps to mirror at the divine mysteries of affection, lifestyles and religion, whereas wrestling with the earthly difficulties of parish scandals, a innovative new secretary, the demanding situations of parenthood, and an excellent loss.
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