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Product Details

  • Paperback: 174 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Centennial edition (November 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449586619
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449586614
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,243,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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''G. K. Chesterton's tales [are] of the unassuming Catholic priest who claims that his work at the confessional (where he has to do 'next to nothing but hear men's real sins') puts him in an excellent position to solve the bizarre crimes that come his way in pre-First World War England . . . The unassuming cleric, whose humble conviction that his God will eventually triumph over the souls of even the most evil of criminals, is the quiet but insistent heartbeat of these unusual exercises in detective fiction.'' --Sunday Times (London) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Definitely a good read for mystery buffs.
EA Solinas
I loved this volume as well as the sister volume - not your usual short stories, but real mysteries, as well as good plots.
M. Thorsson
These stories all all little diverting puzzles, good for an evenings entertainment.
S. Roundtree

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Harrelson on April 22, 2009
Format: Paperback
I read this on the recommendation of my 14 year old grandson who claims Chesterton is the best mystery writer EVER! My grandson just might be right. Clearly Chesterton is a highly intelligent story-crafter. This collection of short stories about Father Brown kept me awake and alert and ALWAYS surprised regarding the outcome. There was nothing formulaic or predictable in these stories. Father Brown is delightful in a Columbo fashion (perhaps the TV detective was modeled after him), and his sleuthing is remarkably unique. I loved Chesterton's use of language too. His sentences are long and luscious and his vocabulary makes reading a delicious experience. I must say, I'm quite happy to know that a 14 year old finds Chesterton so exceptional.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Michele L. Worley on November 30, 2002
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The 12 stories herein can of course be found in THE COMPLETE FATHER BROWN, and THE ANNOTATED INNOCENCE OF FATHER BROWN. This is the first Brown collection, which introduces not only Father Brown himself but Flambeau, the daring thief. Father Brown worked on Flambeau during their early confrontations, and eventually persuaded him to give up his life of crime. He became Father Brown's friend and sometime sidekick, and appears in three-quarters of the stories herein, in one capacity or another.

"The Blue Cross" - The great detective Valentin knows that Flambeau the thief has selected a little English priest as his target, since the priest has been entrusted with a valuable cross set with sapphires. But when Valentin begins tracking the priest across the city, a very odd pattern of incidents begins to emerge.

"The Secret Garden" - Father Brown is a dinner guest in Valentin's home.

"The Queer Feet" - 'The Twelve True Fishermen', meeting for their annual fish dinner at a small, exclusive restaurant, saw the usual count of waiters - but one had died hours before! Father Brown (called in earlier for the waiter's dying confession and last rites) unravels a spectacular caper.

"The Flying Stars" - Flambeau's last crime (as noted in the 1st paragraph of the story), cited as an example of his love of artistically matching settings with crimes. His confrontation with Father Brown resonates nicely with the preceding story's metaphor of Brown having him on a line like a fish.

"The Invisible Man" - Locked-room mystery. The inventor was found murdered in his flat, but witnesses say that nobody could have gone past them without being seen.

"The Honour of Israel Gow" - This story actually takes place *after* "The Wrong Shape".
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Axver on July 17, 2005
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G. K. Chesterton had a writing ability that is nothing short of extraordinary. He could craft landscapes, settings, and locations with vivid textures, and possessed a cunning knack that made the ordinary seem thoroughly outlandish and the peculiar rather tame. This collection of short mysteries aptly shows off his skill as a writer; whereas most authors would use an entire novel to build tension, cultivate atmosphere, and weave a complex mystery, Chesterton could do all that in a few brief pages - and at a much higher level of quality too! Reading this book is like reading twelve beautifully crafted novels in one, such is the quality.

I won't spoil the stories for you; reading this book is a rewarding journey for the imagination, meeting many characters fantastic in their normalcy or surprisingly believable and realistic in their peculiarity, visiting locations stunningly brought to life with a writing skill that is second to none, and delving into mysterious events that are often confusing, complex, and entertaining for the brain. Don't pick this book up if you want some pedestrian tales; pick it up if you want first-class storytelling that will keep you both guessing and thinking.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D. J. Richardson on November 19, 2000
Format: Audio Cassette
In recent weeks I have suffered from the rail conditions in South East England. I might have gone mad if not for this book (and a few others, of course). Each story was like getting involved in a cryptic crossword. The stories are weird, wonderful, sometimes quite horrific but always enthralling, and they keep you guessing till the end.
I had really enjoyed 'The Club of Queer Trades', and found 'Father Brown' had the same typically Chesterton style.
Father Brown reveals the dark side of human nature and revels in the unusual and fantastic. I only wish there were more stories.
Does anyone else write like this?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By sherlockholmesguy on June 10, 2012
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The Innocense of Father Brown by G.K. Chesterson is an asssemby of 12 short detective stories with the main character, Father Brown, as the super sluth who identifies the clues as the stories develope.The expectation is that the reader will have an idea as to who, what, where, why and how things happened. Many of the stories are quite easy to figure out ex. The Eye of Apollo, some much harder ex.The Sign of the Broken Sword, but most are fairly entertaining. (I had a problem with one The Flying Stars; it was so boring, I couldn't finish it. That was the one disappointment in the collection.) G.K. Chesterson was a prolific writer, author, philosopher, etc. in the late 19th and well into the 20th century. This collection of Father Brown stories is is a good representation of his detective works. He leaves clues which lead you to the answer of the mystery, but he doesn't develope the characters very much, partly because the stories themselves are relatively short. For the most part, this is fairly entertaining, but certainly not the best mysteries you will read. 3 stars.
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