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Sins for Father Knox (Lieutenant Boruvka #2)

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  54 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Ten more mystery stories by the gifted Czech novelist. . . . Offbeat. . . . tongue-in-cheek entertainment for aficionados of classic puzzlers in the Ellery Queen tradition especially those who ll also appreciate Skvorecky s darkish, edgy texture. Kirkus Reviews"
Paperback, 272 pages
Published August 17th 1991 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 1973)
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3 and a half stars.

10 short detective stories in the best Sherlock tradition with Miss Eve Adams a nightclub singer playing Holmes. The really fun parts of the book are the Ten Commandments of Father Knox and discovering which Commandments each story breaks. Father Knox (17 February 1888 - 24 August 1957) was an English theologian, priest and crime writer. He apparently had a decent career in the Church and made contributions to theological literature that were not insignificant. He was friendly
During the "Golden Age" of British crime fiction, Ronald Knox, a British clergyman, literary critic, and author of several crime novels himself, wrote the "ten commandments" of crime fiction (see here: These rules vary from "Not more than one secret room or passage is allowable" to "No Chinaman must figure in the story." (In his introduction, Škvorecký explains that despite the regrettable epitaph, the rule "was not a display of racism on the part of the good Father, but si ...more
Czarny Pies
Sep 30, 2014 Czarny Pies rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People interested in literary theory
Recommended to Czarny by: I am a long time Skvorecky fan
Shelves: czech-lit
Joseph Skvorecky went through a long period in which he wrote bad detective stories that were equally bad literature. Sins for Father Knox is the one good book to emerge out of this regrettable phase in the career of a truly great writer.

In this collection of stories, Skvorecky analyzes the pertinence of following rules of the genre when writing but taking Father Knox's famous rules for detective writing and breaking them one a time to see if it is possible to write good detective fiction while
Naomi Young
I read this more as a curiosity than anything, and as that, it was satisfying. The conceit of the book is that it consists of ten loosely joined short stories, each of which breaks one of Fr. Ronald Knox's 10 Commandments of Detective Fiction (you'll need to scroll or search to get to the list). I've seen this book referred to several times in essays on Knox or on mystery short stories, and when I realized it was in our university library, I had to check it out, both literally and figuratively. ...more
Lucie Novak
Fun, clever, any crime fiction lover will like this.How to write good detective story while breaking the rules.
Interesting... I thought this was going to be a set of stories about Lieutenant Boruvka, but it wasn't. Although the Lieutenant makes a brief appearance, these concern the (mis)adventures of nightclub singer and occasional sleuth Eve Adam, and are set variously in Czechoslovakia, Sweden and America.
Some of the stories are pretty ponderous, some of them are a pleasure. It's all quite gentle and whimsical in a pre-1968 kind of way.
3.5 stars, rather than 3...
May 14, 2009 Bob rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: mystery
The second book in Josef Skvorecky's Lieutenant Boruvka series. . .
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Josef Škvorecký, CM was a Czech writer and publisher who spent much of his life in Canada. Škvorecký was awarded the Neustadt International Prize for Literature in 1980. He and his wife were long-time supporters of Czech dissident writers before the fall of communism in that country. By turns humorous, wise, eloquent and humanistic, Škvorecký's fiction deals with several themes: the horrors of tot ...more
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