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Thirteen Detectives

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  57 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Collected here are classic mysteries solved by thirteen of G. K. Chesterton’s detectives—including a newly discovered Father Brown story.

Contents: The White Pillars murder — The tremendous adventure of Major Brown — The singular speculation of the house agent — The garden of smoke — The hole in the wall — The bottomless well — The three horsemen of the apocalypse — When do
Paperback, 254 pages
Published March 7th 1989 by Penguin Books (first published 1987)
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May 31, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Chesterton fans - if you haven't read him, you'll probably find them rather odd
My mom found this book for me at a second-hand shop: she gets 5 stars for that one!

It's hard to know exactly how to rate a collection of short stories because there IS variation between the stories in quality and how much I like 'em. Overall, I just find myself enjoying Chesterton. His paradoxical perspectives are so refreshingly logical AND non-linear. I like the way he "makes stuff up"; how he turns stories on their heads and uses prototypes to continually do the unexpected. I'd say he takes t
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Whether the writing was somewhat boring or confusing or if I was just distracted, this book did not suit me as well as other detective stories. I had a hard time keeping my mind on the details. Sure, the stories were short, but that could have been the problem--maybe they needed more length to develop the plots.
Elizabeth Lozano
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Absolutely adorable. Some stories better conceived than others, but at least a couple are masterpieces. And even in the least convincing ones, the writing and the ideas are witty and profound. What a master of language Chesterton was ❤️
Robert Walrod
Sep 18, 2017 rated it liked it
"The Tremendous Adventure of Major Brown," "The Garden of Smoke," "The Three Horsemen of the Apocalypse." ...more
Glen U
Mar 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a short story collection of previously released material by G. K. Chesterton with the exception of "The Dannington Affair" a preciously uncollected Father Brown story. Written at the turn of the twentieth century, these stories show the eloquence and style of the early 1900's writer. All the stories contain a mystery and a philosophical undertone that is indicative of Chesterton's writing. A bit anti-semitic, a bit of a Christian apologist, Chesterton may offend but always entertain. A w ...more
John Carter
A very mixed bag. Some of the stories are extremely good, some are merely strange. But a new Father Brown! How can you live without it?
James Swenson
Aug 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun assortment of detective stories, marred by a sudden eruption of antisemitism.
Aug 31, 2013 rated it it was ok
I like stories with unexpected twists and turns, but some of these stories are too strange.
These always make me feel smarter...
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Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) was born in London, educated at St. Paul’s, and went to art school at University College London. In 1900, he was asked to contribute a few magazine articles on art criticism, and went on to become one of the most prolific writers of all time. He wrote a hundred books, contributions to 200 more, hundreds of poems, including the epic Ballad of the White Horse, fi ...more

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