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  • Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (2 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141393262
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141393261
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 1.6 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 164,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chesterton knew how to make the most of a detective story -- Jorge Luis Borges

About the Author

G. K. Chesterton was born in 1874. He attended the Slade School of Art, where he appears to have suffered a nervous breakdown, before turning his hand to journalism. A prolific writer throughout his life, his best- known books include The Napoleon of Notting Hill (1904), The Man Who Knew Too Much (1922), The Man Who Was Thursday (1908) and the Father Brown stories. Chesterton converted to Roman Catholicism in 1922 and died in 1938.


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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Feb. 2007
Format: Paperback
Father Brown is first introduced to readers as a kindly, clumsy little priest who prattles naively about the valuables he's toting, and keeps dropping his umbrella.

But appearances, G.K. Chesterton reminds us, are deceptive. "The Innocence of Father Brown" is the first collection of stories about the kindly, eccentric detective who has an uncanny cleverness that nobody guesses. Chesterton wraps each story in his warm, sometimes entrancing writing and a very odd assortment of crimes.

The first story opens with French detective Valentin on the hunt for the great thief Flambeau, and along the way encounters a little priest who is telling people about his "silver with blue stones." Turns out that the little priest is the target of Flambeau's crime, and the priceless sapphire cross he's carrying is about to be stolen -- but Valentin discovers that Father Brown is a lot cleverer than he seems.

In the stories that follow, Father Brown is involved in a series of strange crimes -- a cold-blooded beheading from religious bigotry, "a cheery cosy English middle-class crime" for Christmas, an Italian prince's invitation ends with revenge, a mysterious fall, a murderer in the open that nobody sees, precious gems, headless skeletons, and a suicide note that reads: "I die by my own hand; yet I die murdered!"

Chesterton's mysteries are often ignored next to Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle, which is odd when you consider his uncanny knack for making mysteries that are simple, yet incredibly hard to figure out. And each mystery is accompanied by little insights into human nature -- such as the one man whom you could see going to a crime scene, but wouldn't notice.
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By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Jan. 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I must admit that I have been recording the new daytime series on BBC1 of Father Brown and enjoying it. Due to that I thought it was about time I re-read some of the original tales, and instead of going through all my books I found this freebie for my kindle. In all this volume contains twelve tales, these being The Blue Cross, The Secret Garden, The Queer Feet, The Flying Stars, The Invisible Man, The Honour of Israel Gow, The Wrong Shape, The Sins of Prince Saradine, The Hammer of God, The Eye of Apollo, The Sign of the Broken Sword and, The Three Tools of Death.

It has been some time since I have last read any Father Brown tales, so it came as a pleasant surprise when I realised I had forgotten how good they really are. All Father Brown tales are short stories and are good little puzzles for you to get your head around, which is one of the reasons I suppose that they have always remained so popular, that and the fact that the amateur detective is just an unassuming Catholic priest. Well written and enjoyable to read, whether Father Brown is solving a murder, a theft, or other types of mysteries these are all well worth reading.

I feel I should point out that although there is no table of contents listed in the 'Go To' menu there is in reality one. If you click back from the beginning of this you will find it, so it is quick and easy to find any particular story that you may want to read.
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By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 May 2015
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I expect that I am not the only person who finds reading the Father Brown stories a bit like reading the Sherlock Holmes stories, in that I have read them so many times I know what the story is just by the title. You may think that this leads to boredom but it is always nice to come back to these, preferably relaxed in my armchair with a cup of tea. In all this volume contains twelve tales, these being The Blue Cross, The Secret Garden, The Queer Feet, The Flying Stars, The Invisible Man, The Honour of Israel Gow, The Wrong Shape, The Sins of Prince Saradine, The Hammer of God, The Eye of Apollo, The Sign of the Broken Sword and, The Three Tools of Death.

If it has been some time since you last read any Father Brown tales you may have forgotten how good they are and for those new to them this book will be a treat to read that will probably lead you on to reading all the stories. All Father Brown tales are short stories and are good little puzzles for you to get your head around, which is one of the reasons I suppose that they have always remained so popular, that and the fact that the amateur detective is just an unassuming Catholic priest. Well written and enjoyable to read, whether Father Brown is solving a murder, a theft, or other types of mysteries these are all well worth reading.

I feel I should point out that although there is no table of contents listed in the 'Go To' menu there is in reality one. If you click back from the beginning of this you will find it, so it is quick and easy to find any particular story that you may want to read.
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Format: Audio CD
This is a superb audiobook; everything about it is of an absurdly high quality.

G. K. Chesterton was a superb writer, the plots, the writing itself, the artistic description, all contribute to the marvellousness of these stories.

The reading of David Timson is fantastic, also. His voice has the right tempo, dynamics, everything that you could possibly want for a superb reading voice.

As you can probably guess, I really would recommend this CD, as it is a near perfect work. The only one little thing about it is that when I loaded it up onto my iTunes, I found that the discs are without the Info on them, so the CD's went unrecognized. This was altered by putting the information in myself, which did take a bit of time, but is not necessary, it is just that if you are like me and like your pieces of audio to have all the information and album artwork there, then it is a bit of a hassle. But, other than that, this is a marvellous, recommended audiobook.

I hope that you have found this review helpful!
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