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The Secret of Father Brown by G.K. Chesterton
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Apr 18, 12

Read in April, 2012

I was rather underwhelmed by these stories. Agatha Christie has some very similar plots with a lot more drama. It could be argued that Father Brown came first, but for us reading today, it means that Chesterton's stories are rather too familiar and predictable. There's the disappearing ruby that is saved from being stolen; the man masquerading as heir to a fortune; the actor who is shot on stage; the exotic people from the East who turn out to be red herrings, etc. It’s amusing enough and I enjoyed the stories but I didn’t feel involved. These days, we have read it all before.

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