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The Secret of Father Brown (Father Brown #4)

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Father Brown, an unassuming and shabbily dressed priest, possesses an incredible ability to solve crimes and murders. Here he reveals the secret of his success. He discovers the culprit by imagining himself to be inside the mind of the criminal. This fourth collection of Father Brown stories contains the magnificent ‘The Chief Mourner of Marne’—a fascinating story with une ...more
Paperback, TV tie-in edition, 176 pages
Published July 30th 1975 by Penguin Books (first published 1927)
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Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The fourth (and next-to-last) collection of Father Brown short stories includes 10 of them with the first and last ones serving as framing for the rest of them. So during a friendly gathering (which strongly reminded me of a modern BBQ party by the way) one man persuaded Father Brown to reveal his secret of being a good detective - thus the title. The following eight stories serve as examples of the said detection and the priest's method. The last one contains a conclusion of the idea in the beg ...more
Nov 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone who loves quality writing, philosophy, faith discussion and short stories
Recommended to Jonathan by: Those writers influenced by his works

As I commented in my review of the best of collection, Father Brown: The Essential Tales, G.K. Chesterton was a writer of elegance and beauty. His work is so tightly written and plotted within each of his short stories that at times if you miss a single point you can find yourself missing some of the genius storytelling.

It is easy to see why the Father Brown Stories are Chesterton's most popular works in our modern times. They are absolute classics of the detective genre, written exquisitely wi
Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chesterton, mysteries
I had thought that, after three volumes of short stories about that intrepid priest/detective, Father Brown, G K Chesterton would tire of his creation, with a resulting diminution in the quality of the stories. But, no, The Secret of Father Brown is as fresh as ever; and its author has instituted some interesting changes.

First of all, the stories are framed within a story in which an American writer comes to ask Father Brown about his "secret." The priest's answer startles him: "You see, it was
Veronica Bejarano
Jul 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: detectives
Desde que vi por primera vez la serie de televisión de la BBC The Father Brown o el Padre Brown, me cautivó y sus deducciones y su aura de bondad llenaron mi cabeza de nuevas ilusiones sobre otro detective más que se une a mi colección que tanto añoraba aumentar. Y por la gracia del señor tengo en mis manos el relato del Secreto del Padre Brown y otro más llamado La Cruz Azul en un libro que incluye un cd para escucharlo en ingles y les puede decir que me fascinaron. Un buen día vi el pequeño li ...more
Sep 12, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
G.K. Chesterton’s tales of his humble little priest with “a harmless hobby of murder and robbery” continue to be a gentle joy. They certainly lack danger and suspense, and are probably best viewed from a kind of academic armchair detective’s perspective. There is no Sherlock Holmes adrenalin of charging out with the game afoot, but instead a sitting back and allowing a quiet and simple man to explain just what the game was and how it worked.

I don’t know how far the BBC show ‘Jonathan Creek’ has
I bought this while I was on holiday, and it was pretty good for a holiday read. Father Brown really IS unassuming, which makes it a bit hard to bond with him sometimes, but they were nifty little mysteries nonetheless. Not necessarily an exciting read, but pleasant.

My copy: bought new, in pounds.
Andrew Beasley
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Picked this up at a railway station on the way home from the NSTB Awards... just looking for something to take me home to Cornwall. But what a little gem. Dated, certainly, but such clever little mysteries. My first Father Brown, but not my last.
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Father Brown stories... one either loves them or not. I do.

Found this article:

Lecture 52: The Secret of Father Brown
It is no secret that the character of Father Brown was inspired by Fr. John O’Connor. Chesterton was intrigued by the fact that most people do not take priests seriously, thinking them out of touch with the grime and crime of the real world. It never occurs to them that a man who hears confessions might have some insight into the dark recesses of the human soul.
Jan 29, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have a "Meh" feeling toward those stories.
Oct 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Generaciju nakon A. C. Doylea, Chestertonov seoski svećenik uspješno stoji na ramenima divova.
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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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“Flambeau, once the most famous criminal in France and later a very private detective in England, had long retired from both professions. Some say a career of crime had left him with too many scruples for a career of detection. Anyhow, after a life of romantic escapes and tricks of evasion, he had ended at what some might consider an appropriate address; a castle in Spain. [...] Flambeau had casually and almost abruptly fallen in love with a Spanish lady, married and brought up a large family on a Spanish estate, without displaying any apparent desire to stray again beyond its borders.” 2 likes
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