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The Man Who Knew Too Much (original 1922; edition 2011)

by G. K. Chesterton

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Title:The Man Who Knew Too Much
Authors:G. K. Chesterton
Info:Simon & Brown (2011), Paperback, 184 pages
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The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton (1922)

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    ari.joki: Non-typical detective work from the sidelines, not for the benefit of the police or a client. For Chesterton, please be warned that the author doesn't hide his abhorrence of atheism, which he calls skepticism.
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It's a series of short stories. I listened to it as a ( )
  catquilt74 | Apr 16, 2017 |
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Eight stories of Horne Fisher, gentleman detective. Published in 1922 in both U.S. and England Horne Fisher is a gentleman who knows everyone and knows too much. He balances the criminal against the country’s political positioning. The stories have vague, unsubstantiated clues with lots of descriptions, but light on facts.

It reminded me that today our country is, like England in these stories, totally politicized. ( )
  Bettesbooks | Oct 6, 2016 |
Short stories by GK Chesterton, better-known for his 'Father Brown' mysteries. In these tales, the sleuth is Horne Fisher, a young man who solves problems because he 'knows too much'. He understands psychology and spots details that are missed by others - and there are some interesting stories, with rather a philosophical twist here and there. Unfortunately, they became increasingly political towards the end, with some rather nasty violent images, and a thoroughly miserable ending. I'm glad I read the free Kindle edition; worth reading once, but I doubt if I'll do so again. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
This is a collection of 8 short stories featuring Horne Fisher, an amateur detective, and Harold March, his journalist friend. Like Chesterton's other detective, Father Brown, Fisher is a sort of anti-Sherlock Holmes. Both are brilliant at solving mysteries that no one else can, but Holmes is very flamboyant and flashy about his investigations and drops the only possible solution to the mystery on his onlookers like a bomb. Fisher, on the other hand, is so unobtrusive that he nearly goes unnoticed until he very calmly and rationally explains the solution to the others involved. Fisher is also not above letting a criminal go if he thinks there is no good purpose to be served by turning him in.

Chesterton write good mysteries. All the clues you need to be able to solve the case are there, it's just nearly impossible for the reader to pick them all up and put them together correctly without help from Fisher. His plots are also a bit off the wall, so they make a nice change from the average mystery. The one complaint I have is that he introduces so many characters so quickly that it's hard to keep them all straight. Of course, having lots of possible suspects makes for a good mystery, but not being able to remember who's who makes it harder to keep up with Fisher's reasoning. Overall though, the stories are well worth the short amount of time it takes to read them. If you like Sherlock Holmes, I'd definitely recommend Chesterton's mysteries, both his Horne Fisher stories and his Father Brown stories. ( )
  AmandaL. | Jan 16, 2016 |
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Harold March, the rising reviewer and social critic, was walking vigorously across a great tableland of moors and commons, the horizon of which was fringed with the far-off woods of the famous estate of Torwood Park.
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From the creator of Father Brown comes a collection reviewed by The Armchair Detective as "dazzlingly executed and richly atmospheric." Eight stories recount the adventures of Horne Fisher, a socialite who uses his powerful deductive gifts to investigate crimes committed on the sprawling country estates of the aristocracy. Evocative portraits of pre–World War I Britain.

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First published in 1922. Eight stories recount the adventures of Horne Fisher, a socialite who uses his powerful deductive gifts to investigate crimes committed on the sprawling country estates of the aristocracy. Called "dazzlingly executed and richly atmospheric" by The Armchair Detective, this collection is filled with evocative portraits of pre-World War I society.… (more)

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