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James Runcie is an English author of mystery and historical fiction novels. He writes the Grantchester Mysteries series. James is also a documentary filmmaker, TV producer and playwright. He is the son of the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Robert Runcie. James attended Dragon School in Oxford, Marlborough College, and Trinity Hall, Cambridge. He earned a first-class degree in English from Cambridge University in 1981, and trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. James has worked in radio drama for BBC Scotland, and produced Arts, Music and History TV shows for the BBC. He is married to theatre director/radio drama producer Marilyn Imrie.

James Runcie made his debut as a published author in 2001 with the novel The Discovery of Chocolate. Below is a list of James Runcie’s books in order of when they were first released:

Publication Order of Grantchester Mysteries Books


Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Sidney Chambers and the Perils of the Night(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Sidney Chambers and the Problem of Evil(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Sidney Chambers and the Forgiveness of Sins(2015) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Sidney Chambers and the Dangers of Temptation(2016) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Sidney Chambers and the Persistence of Love(2017) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels


The Discovery of Chocolate(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Colour of Heaven(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Canvey Island(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
East Fortune(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Short Story Collections


Short Sentence(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Note: The collection Short Sentence also includes stories by Parker Bilal, Conor Fitzgerald, Thomas Mogford and Anne Zouroudi.

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James Runcie Synopsis: In The Discovery of Chocolate by James Runcie, Diego de Godoy sets off for South America in 1518 with Cortes and the Conquistadors. During his travels he falls in love with Ignacia, a native woman who introduces him to the secrets of the most delicious drink he has ever tasted: chocolate. Tragically, their passionate affair is cut short by the chaotic conquest of Mexico. Diego later discovers that his lover had secretly added the elixir of life to his chocolate. Unable to die, he lives on through history — Paris during the time of the Revolution, Vienna in the 19th century, late Victorian England, and Hershey, Pennsylvania — accompanied by his trusty greyhound, Pedro. All the while, he searches to recapture the magic of Ignacia’s chocolate — and to learn to love life just as fully.


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