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Relevance, I have recently discovered, is a key to communication, particularly in such artistic communication. That said Chesterton does for the most part keep his detail relevant. The Blue Cross follows one French inspector as he attempts to locate a key criminal. The only problem being that he has no idea of where to begin his search. This story becomes in many ways an analysis of reason and the connection of reason to theology. I quite liked that aspect of the story. However it was also a brilliant and entertaining mystery on its own.

That said it still was one preoccupied with thematic expression rather than being pure mystery entertainment.

The theme here being the penance one may pay for their misdeeds. Again it follows Father Brown, the humble and idiosyncratic Catholic priest who is a delightful character and one of the more interesting mystery protagonists I have found. He becomes responsible for helping to acquit a man of murder in this tale, and the end result is quite fascinating. All in all any short story by G. Chesterton featuring Father Brown appears to be a worthwhile read.

They are perhaps not the best ever short stories. That said they are a must read for anyone into short stories or classic writing due to their themes and the fact that they reveal the work of a man who was a writer first and foremost. Sep 29, Masih rated it liked it. Jul 10, Mark J Easton rated it really liked it. Having never liked the sound of Father Brown, whose name always sounded a touch bumbling and droll for my tastes, I always did my utmost to shy away from Chesterton's master sleuth, until, that is, I decided to read my way through Penguin's series of Modern Classics.

Luckily the Strange Crime of John Boulnois is an excellent introduction to the wiles and wit of Father Brown, and being no longer blinded by judgmental aversion, I now find myself something of a fan. While the book's two Having never liked the sound of Father Brown, whose name always sounded a touch bumbling and droll for my tastes, I always did my utmost to shy away from Chesterton's master sleuth, until, that is, I decided to read my way through Penguin's series of Modern Classics.

While the book's two stories, "The Blue Cross" and "The Strange Crime of John Boulnois", are both simple tales about skulduggery, they are both brilliant examples of craft, and both cajole the reader with a mixture of intrigue and suspense, weaving perfect criminal backdrops for the deductive geniality of Father Brown, before finally succumbing to his calm but incisive mind. Although Father Brown might not appeal to many mystery readers' taste for blood and gristle, for anyone that enjoys quality short form fiction, Chesterton is quintessential.

Having steered clear of Father Brown since my childhood, this book is a perfect reminder that-no matter what measures you do use to judge a book-you should never be as prosaic as judging a book by a character's name. Having never liked the sound of Father Brown, I'm now know that not only will he be read for generations to come, but that his name will remain a stark reminder to me of the bumbling and droll literary prejudices that I'm afraid will hound me eternally.

Apr 15, Nathalie rated it really liked it Shelves: crime , read-in I love the Father Brown Stories. I had read the first one, with Flambeau before, but I didn't know the second one. Both are very charming, if quite different from the typical "whodunit" sort of British detective novel.


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Feb 11, Andrew rated it liked it Shelves: short-stories. Does not have the suspense and immersive qualities of modern detective fiction, but definitely has the intellectual same twists.

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Fun to read for the different style. Nov 11, Electra rated it really liked it Shelves: crime. Delightful Chesterton in a small dose. Two brilliant short stories with Father Brown - gives Sherlock Holmes a run for his money Jun 29, Susan rated it liked it. But he comes across a murder, but who is the guilty party. Father Brown investigates. Anpther enjoyable short mystery. Sep 17, Ryan rated it it was ok. Both of these are "Father Brown" stories, about a priest who apparently solves crimes or catches criminals on the side. I found them disappointing for a few reasons.

The first was very simply that Father Brown doesn't even show up in either of then until the second half of the book. My second complaint is that for "detective" fiction, the criminal situations Both of these are "Father Brown" stories, about a priest who apparently solves crimes or catches criminals on the side.

My second complaint is that for "detective" fiction, the criminal situations are incredibly arbitrary. Learn More - opens in a new window or tab.


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