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The Complete Father Brown Mysteries [Annotated, With Introduction, Rare Additional Material]

The Complete Father Brown Mysteries [Annotated, With Introduction, Rare Additional Material] [Kindle Edition]

G.K. Chesterton , G.A. Fisher , Gary Fisher
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The official tie-in edition to the BBC drama series Father Brown, starring Mark Williams

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● Annotated
● Introduction
● Includes Rare Additional Material

Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, Lieutenant Columbo, even the gruff Sam Spade all owe a great deal to G.K. Chesterton's beloved amateur detective Father Brown. Through five books (and, for this edition, obscure additional sources) armchair sleuths have followed the frumpy little priest through a jubilee of stories, over half a hundred delicious mysteries perfectly suited to lazy mornings, warm afternoons -- or dark and stormy nights. Chesterton's plots never fail to satisfy his readers, and in this collection of the entire original Father Brown library you will find hours of enjoyment.

Chesterton never stooped to mere violence to advance his stories, making this collection as suitable for younger mystery fans as it is for older fans. Like his creator, Father Brown combines practical wisdom with a sparkling sense of humor. If you love a mystery, you owe it to yourself to spend some time with Father Brown.

This special Kindle Edition includes several rare additional stories, annotations, and a brief introduction by the Editor.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1387 KB
  • Print Length: 802 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1849906467
  • Publisher: Gary Fisher; 4 edition (15 Jun 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.ą r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (253 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #149,421 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eminently readable and witty... 20 Sep 2005
This book compiles some short detective stories, with an unlikely protagonist, a priest. Father Brown is a rather quiet main character, unpretentious but remarkably assured. He uses logic in order to solve his cases, and he makes abundant use of good judgment and sound sense. Father Brown has an unique "worldly shrewdness", that probably stems from the fact that he spends many hours each day listening to the sins of other people. As a result, he is more or less acquainted with the bad side of human beings.
Father Brown is considered by many "the second most famous mystery-solver in English literature", the first being Sherlock Holmes. To tell the truth, I prefer Father Brown to Sherlock Holmes: he might not be as showy as Conan Doyle's character, but he is far more likeable, and his stories seem more likely to be real. Moreover, Chesterton's Father Brown doesn't just chase criminals, he allows the reader to learn about some interesting themes that were important when these stories were first published, but that also are important now, for example the relationship between faith and reason. He manages to that because he doesn't merely want to "catch the criminal", he also endeavors to understand human nature, and the reasons why a criminal becomes one.
The author of these mystery stories was Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), a renowned English writer who wrote them between 1911 and 1936. His stories are as popular now as they were then, mainly to to the fact that Chesterton's style is compelling and refreshing, eminently readable and witty. Thus, these stories appeal not only to those who want to read a good book written in an exceptionally good english, but also to those who want to do exactly that without having to exhert themselves.
On the whole, I think this collection of short stories is worth buying and reading, not only once but many times. I highly enjoyed it, and I strongly recommend it to you :)
Belen Alcat
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A better class of Agatha Christie! 19 Nov 2000
OK, turn of the century lit may not be everybody's cuppa...but if you enjoy Agatha Christie or other genteel murder then this is definately for you. The main character being a priest with a true understanding of the human condition gives these stories added depth lacking in most books in this genre. I couldn't put it down! If you enjoy his style of writing try some of his short stories or poems - you'll not be disappointed!
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value and excellent production 20 Mar 2011
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Father Brown has not weathered the ages quite as well as beloved Sherlock - perhaps I have become more cynical or more demanding in clever twists and turns ...

That being said, the stories are beautifully written, totally engaging and pleasantly logical and reasonable - no (or few) fantastical leaps of logic or belief :)

I don't normally like compendiums on the Kindle - I tend to jump about and get a bit lost - but this collection was perfect to read one or two stories in bed and then just come back and read the next one later.

All in all a smashing, enjoyable, tidy and pleasurable read at a stupidly low price. CW.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 17 Nov 2004
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I would advise anyone considering buying this book to ignore the comments from our Japanese friend. Chesterton was a Christian and was not ashamed of it - it shows distinctly in his work - but it certainly doesn't detract from the stories, which are of the highest calibre with some of the classic solutions to "impossible" crime puzzles (The Invisible Man, et al). Knowing Chesterton's Christian slant, if you like, will not help you to solve some of the most baffling plots in all of detective fiction, I can assure you. Guessing one or two of the culprits doesn't constitute 'solving the mystery', and the Father Brown stories are so much more than just "whodunnits".
Delightful writing, superb characterisation and ingenuity you will not get from many modern day authors, if any. A fine collection that should be on the shelf of anyone with an interest in the genre.
First rate.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky, bargain-priced fun 6 Sep 2003
If you enjoy Agatha Christie's Miss Marple, I think you will appreciate Father Brown. This edition is a great bargain-priced introduction.
Father Brown is the archetypal bumbler who is actually quite adept at finding out who committed the crime. He is the ordinary citizen who beats the police at their own game.
I got addicted to short stories about 35 years ago when I was at high school. I began reading them in the yellow-covered Gollancz science fiction short story collections. There is something to be said for a story that you can read at a sitting.
Chesterton's stories are now public domain. You can sample them online, but it is much nicer to have a book to browse away from the computer!
And this is such an unbeatable price, I am buying several copies to give as excellent, but inexpensive gifts.
Highly recommended.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value, Great Stories 7 May 2009
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Fr Brown stories are unconventional. The priest is a philosopher who solves crime with logic, compassion and (most of all) intuition. There is little forensic evidence, no Poirot style climax with all the suspects in the same room waiting for the criminal to be unmasked. Different, but not inferior.

Generally speaking, I am not a big fan of Chesterton's prose. Whilst it is beautifully poetic, his paradoxes become grating after being initially amusing. However, the Fr Brown stories do not suffer from this fault. Chesterton was very gifted at using the short story format and his stories are not as stretched as his novels.

Still, for such a low price, these poetic vignettes are a tremendous bargain. Having won the admiration of Jorge Luis Borges, Chesterton was largely neglected in his home country.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dog Collar Dick
Maybe I should not have seen the films and TV shows as found the book a bit disappointing. Seemed a bit jerky to me and difficult to want to continue reading. Read more
Published 1 day ago by bonjovi
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
If only Chesterton had not bought so deeply into the racism of his time
Published 5 days ago by M.S. Mirza
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Beautifully written, cleverly observed, great fun and well crafted. What's not to like?
Published 7 days ago by J G Doggart
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not as good as i expected.
Published 10 days ago by Mr. G. Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book. Deep, educational, entertaining and just amazing!
This is one of the best books I have ever read. It is full of surprises, mysteries and life lessons. Read more
Published 15 days ago by S. Trevino
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Enjoyable light reading; series of short stories each complete on their own, so nice to just pick up for a quick read. Read more
Published 19 days ago by sally gerrard
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
not as seen on television
Published 19 days ago by MIKE
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing like the TV series
Having loved the tv series I was excited to read the original stories. Just shows how different the tv shows can be from the originals. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Mrs SLE Byrne
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good read
Published 20 days ago by M. E. Jordan
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
If you liked Father brown mysteries its pleasant read ........
Published 20 days ago by jean hall
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