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The Complete Father Brown by G.K. Chesterton
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Apr 05, 2008

really liked it
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Read in November, 2008

The Complete Father Brown has the five published books of his stories together with one loose story published other than in the original books. This volume is not something to be read through in one shot, but rather to be savoured. With that in mind I have now completed the second of the five books.

One minor complaint is that I wish there was a little more to each of the stories, that is in terms of how Father Brown puts things together. His explanations are a little hurried at times. Notwithstanding that the stories are a lot of fun and well worth a good peruse. This quibble is answered to a certain extent in the fourth of the contained books, being The Secret of Father Brown.

The Innocence of Father Brown and The Wisdom of Father Brown both prominently feature Flambeau, an emormous Frenchman and former criminal, as FB's sounding board - somewhat akin to Dr. Watson in the Holmes books. Flambeau is there to be amazed at the brilliance of the diminutive priest.

The last of the five is entitled The Scandal of Father Brown, in which further puzzlers are presented and unravelled in Chesterton's unique style.

All in all a great read and highly recommended.

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Dumbledore11214 You soooo won't regret reading it :)


Gavin Or indeed rereading, must be 25 years since I last read any Father Brown stories :-D

Dumbledore11214 LOL

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