The Scandal of Father Brown (Father Brown, #5)
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The Scandal of Father Brown (Father Brown #5)

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Another collection of G.K. Chesterton's ingenious, thoughtful, and lyrically written mystery stories featuring the unassuming little priest who solves crimes by imagining himself inside the mind and soul of criminals, thus understanding their motives. The stories are full of paradox, spiritual insight, and "Chestertonian fantasy," or seeing the extraordinary in the ordinar...more
Paperback, 184 pages
Published August 3rd 2006 by Waking Lion Press (first published 1935)
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The reason Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes is more famous and celebrated than G.K. Chesterton’s Father Brown is that Holmes is just a more compulsive character. He is passionate, unpredictable, capable of calm observation, but also moments of high agitation. As London’s foremost consulting detective, everybody knows who he is and he always puts on a show for them, clearly taking great delight in the big reveal – like a cat which has procured the keys to a cream store. Father Brown on the ot...more
I love Father Brown's smackdown to a racist:

"Well, there was a Dago, or possibly a Wop, called Julius Caesar. He was afterwards killed in a stabbing match; you know these Dagos always use knives. And there was another one called Augustine, who brought Christianity to our little island; and really, I don't think we should have had much civilisation without those two."
Nan Silvernail
What has Father Brown gotten himself into, now?
In the first story from which the book takes its name, Father Brown is staying in a hotel where a love triangle is reaching its culmination and Father Brown is in the very middle of it!

The other stories are just as clever in this last of the Father Brown books.


A very interesting series. The sharp-witted short-sighted dumpy little priest from England who relies on human nature and his experiences and friendship with...more
Over the course of reading more Father Brown mysteries, I find myself endeared to him. I think it may be because he reminds me of a humbler, less Belgian version of Hercule Poirot (who I adore). I enjoy his unobtrusiveness and genuine desire to help those that are in trouble. It also amazes me how closely he pays attention to detail and how quickly he can come to a conclusion based on his observations. I suppose this is a common characteristic amongst detectives, but I find it intriguing how Fat...more
Here are some short detective stories to rival Agatha Christie. A wonderful book, I recommend for everyone you likes detective novels. Personally I love the way Chesterton writes.

One thing I noticed is how perfect Father Brown is. It seems that all the great detectives out there have some obvious flaw; Sherlock Holmes was a drug addict, smoker, and a rather rude, unfriendly, very arrogant person. Poirot admitted to having a major flaw in his pride. But Father Brown is humble, courteous to a faul...more
Nine short stories are collected in this volume, in which the unassuming, placid Father Brown solves puzzles, most often murder mysteries. These are not mysteries that the reader is given a full opportunity to solve. Aside from "The Blast Of the Book," a winking look at what people assume and believe, and "The Green Man," a smart tale based on a slip of the tongue, the strength of these tales is in description and dialogue, especially Brown's wistful ruminations of people, not in revealed clues....more
Rex Libris
I finished all of the Father Brown stories, a bittersweet event. The stories are great, Chesterton has wonderful prose, and his observations concerning people are insightful.

I wish there were more to read; will just have to read Chesterton's other fiction. Man Who Was Thursday was a great story.
After a year's break, found time to finish The Complete Father Brown.
David Gorgone
A fun little read. Though I noticed a long time ago that a lot of these mystery writers have the tendancy to cheat. Usually by including things in the solution that you had no idea about because they were never mentioned. A few I figured outright. Father Brown is a pretty decent character. He seems to be able to figure things out a tad too easily without actually having to do anything to come to his conclusions. And he never seems to actually work.
I love detective stories, particularly when the story's detective is full of clever remarks and intriguing paradoxes. After reading books like Orthodoxy and Heretics, Father Brown sounded a whole lot like Chesterton, very smart and very likable.

Recommended for Sherlock Holmes fans...although I'll bet a lot of you smart ones will figure out the endings. But the stories are still fun to read.
Of the two Father Brown collections I've read, I preferred The Secret of Father Brown to this one. Still, The Scandal of Father Brown is high quality stuff. What I most like about Chesterton is that you get a well-defined philosophy on top of the mystery. He also includes a beautifully quotable comment here and there, if you believe in his underlying philosophy, which I generally do.
Chesterton, G.K.
The Penguin Complete Father Brown

In compilation only.

1) The Scandal of Father Brown
2) The Quick One
3) The Blast of the Book
4) The Green Man
5) The Pursuit of Mr. Blue
6) The Crime of the Communist
7) The Point of a Pin
8) The Insoluble Problem
9) The Vampire of the Village
Brett Adams
I was pleasantly surprised by the King of the Paradox's take on the detective novel -- no chain of deductive reasoning for Father Brown, just a trap that springs shut in the opening paragraphs... and pages of delightful reveal for the reader.
I think the highest praise that I can offer is that when I came to the last story in this last collection of Father Brown tales my immediate thought was "darn it, I've run out of them!"

Similar to Sherlock Holmes books; that's why I liked it. Father Brown is a great character!
Justin Brown
I really liked these short mysteries they were a lot like sherlock holmes books.
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A step above Sherlock.
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“I told Mr. Rook you were disinherited and he rushed back to help you. Mr. Rook is a rather remarkable person.”

“Oh, chuck it,” said Mr. Rook with a hostile air.

“Mr. Rook is a monster,” said Father Brown with scientific calm. “He is an anachronism, an atavism, a brutal survivor of the Stone Age. If there was one barbarous superstition we all supposed to be utterly extinct and dead in these days, it was that notion about honour and independence.”
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