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Not enjoyable in the least
on 23 June 2017
One reviewer said "dull and uninspiring" - I think they over-rate it.
The writer seems to me to be dispassionate to the point of coldness, sometimes gratuitously grisly and often tedious.
I did not get any sense of what kind of person Father Brown is - dithery but brilliant, I get (forerunner of Columbo?) but other than that? I cannot envisage him as a priest, let alone one who works especially with the poor (as the book says.) He spends all his time with leisured people and joining a secret society which meets in an exclusive hotel (how can he afford that?)
I think perhaps this is a book from an age when patriarchy was acceptable, feeling superior to everyone else was in vogue and stiff upper lip was highly valued. Somehow seems more out of line with the modern world than Shakespeare, Austen, Dickens and Doyle.