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Father Brown is characterized by being little, nearsighted, and clever. He is an amateur sleuth, often solving mysteries that others cannot, simply by listening closely and reasoning through the obvious. The settings are mostly England before the second world war, although one story is in a South American country where Father Brown is a missionary, and one is in Mexico. The good father usually has a moral to impart in the stories, and some, like the story of the book that makes people disappear, very cleverly play on the gullibility of the characters and readers. All of the stories are short, and usually neatly wrapped up at the end. Enjoyable illustrations.
From the Folio Society website:
"Father Brown quietly picks his way through stories populated with vivid characters and problems. In ‘The Dagger With Wings’ he seeks out the last of three brothers, a man convinced that the creature murdering his family is an actual hell-hound. However, all is not as it seems in a tale of disguises, paranoia and a fateful fishbowl. ‘The Eye of Apollo’ has the priest investigating the mysteries surrounding a new religion, members of which have set up shop just above the office of his good friend Flambeau, a private detective and ex-criminal. With each story, Chesterton offers a neat package showcasing the particular pleasures of the mystery tale: solving puzzles, forming suspicions and falling for the occasional red herring." ( )
  neurodrew | Nov 29, 2016 |
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Be VERY CAREFUL ... there appear to be quite a few very different anthology collections of Father Brown short stories with the ambiguous title (The) Father Brown Stories. If the copy of the anthology title you wish to combine does NOT contain 11 stories selected from across the whole FB canon it should NOT be combined with this work.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0140622594, Paperback)

Immortalized in these famous stories, G. K. Chesterton's endearing amateur sleuth has entertained countless generations of readers. For, as his admirers know, Father Brown's cherubic face and unworldly simplicity, his glasses and his huge umbrella, disguise a quite uncanny understanding of the criminal mind at work. This edition includes seven tales from a number of G. K. Chesterton's "Father Brown" books.

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K. Chesterton's endearing amateur sleuth has entertained countless generations of readers. For, as his admirers know, Father Brown's cherubic face and unworldly simplicity, his glasses and his huge umbrella, disguise a quite uncanny understanding of the criminal mind at work. This edition includes seven tales from a number of G. K. Chesterton's 'Father Brown' books.… (more)

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