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Six well-plotted and suspenseful tales by the noted British critic, author and debunker extraordinaire feature the "little cleric from Essex" in "The Blue Cross," "The Sins of Prince Saradine," "The Sign of the Broken Sword," "The Man in the Passage," "The Perishing of the Pendragons" and "The Salad of Colonel Cray."...

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Favorite Father Brown Stories Reviews

  • LeAnn
    2019-05-31 03:15

    Chesterton's Father Brown character is a Catholic priest who has a deep appreciation of human nature and an uncanny ability to unravel puzzles related to its worst sins, all while remaining unflappable. This edition by Dover includes six stories from different collections, so there is a bit of disconnect when the villain in the first becomes Father Brown's companion and friend in the second.(Presumably this is explain in another story that's not included in the collection.)The Father Brown stories aren't mysteries, at least not in the form that modern readers are used to (and since I don't generally read mysteries, I base this on a vague understanding of the genre rather than experience). For instance, the point of view of the stories is a very limited omniscient that occasionally descends into Father Brown's head. In this way, Chesterton leaves all the discovery to Father Brown as well as all the explanation. Only at the end of each story do we even know what the crime is, but we finish it satisfied that Father Brown was never stumped by each odd, perplexing situation.Perhaps it's his Victorian roots, but Chesterton has a deft way with atmosphere in these stories. Without ever introducing trolls or magic, he nevertheless transports his reader into strange worlds hidden in plain sight, leaving an eerie, shivery sense that the reader has brushed up against evil. It's no wonder that Neil Gaiman quotes him in his prescript to his novel Coraline. Short, rather dumpy Father Brown never fails to bring the reader through these worlds and out to safety.

  • Laura Verret
    2019-05-27 07:14

    "Father Brown was made of two men. There was a man of action, who was as modest as a primrose and as punctual as a clock; who went his small round of duties and never dreamed of altering it. There was also a man of reflection, who was much simpler but much stronger, who could not easily be stopped; whose thought was always (in the only intelligent sense of the words) free thought. He could not help, even unconsciously, asking himself all the questions that there were to be asked, and answering as many of them as he could; all that went on like his breathing or circulation." There's a reason why I consider Chesterton one of the most brilliant authors to ever brandish a pen and his detective, Father Brown, one of the cleverest crime solvers of the twentieth century - it is evidenced in the above paragraph which singly represents the eccentric vitality with which the writer invested the sleuth. Part performer, part priest, Father Brown is a Titan in his field and an all around blast for readers to accompany in his uncanny solutions of crimes. Find him. Read him. Love him.

  • John
    2019-06-19 04:11

    Excellent series of detective stories that, judging by the timing of their writing and the content of their narratives, offer a response of sorts to the hyper-rationalistic hero of the late 19th century, Sherlock Holmes. Where Holmes relies purely on facts and careful observation, Chesterton's Father Brown comes to the truth a little more intuitively. In fact, he often seems little more than a passive observer to the events that take place in front of him, though his cleverness and wit offer more than enough engaging material for the reader. Chesterton also does an excellent job of varying the narrative approach, so that each story doesn't simply feel like another in a series, but rather seems to stand on its own. These stories remind me a lot of Dorothy Sayer's mysteries featuring Lord Peter Wimsey, with Chesterton's entry being a bit more theoloigcally and philosophically oriented, not to mention quite humorous.

  • JoAnn
    2019-06-01 10:23

    "I mean that we here are on the wrong side of the tapestry," answered Father Brown. "The things that happen here do not seem to mean anything; they mean something somewhere else." My favorite quote from the book. It is from The Sins of Prince Saradine.

  • Carolyn Oliveira
    2019-06-03 09:08

    Chesterton is absolutely lovable and I want to marry him. I can even stomach his Christianity. This one, while not my favorite, is hugely entertaining.

  • Chuck
    2019-06-10 02:19

    I have been on a "kick" reading mystery stories written during the first two decades of the 20th century. G.K. Chesterton is remembered as a writer for many things, not the least of which is his series of tales featuring the Priest Sleuth Father Brown. Brown is a keen observer of human nature, thanks to his vocation as a priest. This keen observation, and great empathy, equip him to understand people's motivations for crimes. In a couple of these tales, the good father is able to stop an attempt on someone else's life because he is able to recognize a murderous plot when others see muddle or superstition. Brown is an engaging character, but these aren't "detective" stories in the sense that Brown doesn't solve any crimes. He is sometimes present when a crime occurs, or, as I have mentioned, is often able to foil the crime. But, as detective fiction, these don't stand up as well. Some of them are engaging studies into the human condition, and the idea of the priest sleuth is a lot of fun. It's certainly not fair to compare Chesterton to his exact contemporary, Conan Doyle, or to compare Father Brown to Sherlock Holmes. And yet it's a natural comparison, not only because of the time both men wrote in but because dust jackets trying to sell Chesterton's work invoke the comparison. It's not a comparison that does the author, or Father Brown, much credit.In an interesting side note, though, a Father Brown story features prominently in one of my favorite novels, Brideshead Revisited. The name of Book Two, "A Twitch Upon the Thread," is a line from one of Chesterton's stories featuring Brown. I hadn't realized where it came from, or that it was a detective story; before I'd read this, I thought that the phrase came from a book of theology. Hmmm.I'll probably read some more, just because I'm on this old detective fiction kick (this is much better than, say, the Circular Stair, which I wrote about a month or two ago. But to like these you need to be hard core devotee of old detective fiction.

  • Kate
    2019-05-31 09:19

    "... G. K. Chesterton delighted in probing the ambiguities of Christian theology. A number of his most successful attempts at combining first-rate fiction with acute social observation appear in this original selection from his best detective stories featuring the priest-sleuth Father Brown."A Chesteronian version of Sherlock Holmes, this little cleric from Essex -- with 'a face as round and dull as a Norfolk dumpling' and 'eyes as empty as the North Sea' -- appears in six suspenseful, well-plotted tales: 'The Blue Cross', 'The Sins of Prince Saradine,' 'The Sign of the Broken Sword,' 'The Man in the Passage, 'The Perishing of the Pendragons,' and 'The Salad of Colonel Cray.'An essential item in any mystery collection, these delightful works offer a particular treat for lovers of vintage detective stories, and will engage any reader.'~~back coverWell, they didn't engage this reader. The language was erudite and often quite verbose, the plots convoluted and somewhat unbelievable. I had to force myself to finish the book; after all, how hard could 89 pages be? Harder than I wanted them to be, certainly!

  • D.C.
    2019-06-04 03:59

    Chesterton is the antithesis of a typical mystery writer. Instead of relying on straightforward action and suspense, his brief yet engaging stories are told with wit and lovely tropes, while communicating interesting and relevant messages about human behavior and morality. The six stories chosen in this collection are a bit of a mixed bag; I thoroughly enjoyed “The Blue Cross,” “The Sins of Prince Saradine”, and “The Man in the Passage”, while “The Sign of the Broken Sword”, “The Perishing of the Pendragons”, and “The Salad of Colonel Cray” seemed lackluster in comparison, filled with confusing and unnecessary dialogue and vague resolutions. These are intellectual stories for the intellectual reader, and I appreciate Chesterton’s genius as a writer and philosophical ponderer on the plights of man.

  • Reg Wilson
    2019-06-08 08:57

    I enjoy these a lot. Perfect for subway rides because they are short and they are also full of clever observations on human moral/intellectual behavior. Behavior the good Father Brown can decipher pretty quick. It's always about applying understanding a persons character toward the completion of the investigation into a crime. If Sherlock Holmes has a specialty its the various types of ash from cigar smoke, whereas Brown's specialty is people. Both are excellent trackers though.

  • Judine
    2019-06-08 02:17

    I like the concept of this diminutive priest who solves mysteries in ingenious ways, but I'd like more of a set-up. I think I would have preferred one of the original books so I could follow the adventures in chronological order. This "best of" compilation leaves me with a lot of unanswered questions, like how was Flambeau turned from a villain to Father Brown's sidekick?

  • Michael
    2019-06-04 10:12

    3/11/13Clever little stories, but some are not ones the reader might be able to solve with the clues given, for Father Brown knows things the reader often does not and he does not divulge them until the end. Chesterton spends a good deal of time on scenery and personal characteristics, bringing the place and people to life.

  • Elena
    2019-06-18 03:26

    There's something about reading a book with such a good use of the English language. Wow! On the other hand I found Father Brown's adventures rather boring and without much explanation as to how he came to such epiphanies in just three pages.

  • Anna Rose
    2019-06-07 02:05

    A very different type of detective, humble Father Brown, solves cases and unveils dark secrets. These stories are short and enjoyable. However, some of the cases are not solved as much as understood. Justice does not seem to come which makes the endings a bit odd.

  • Don Gubler
    2019-05-27 05:19

    Father Brown is one of the great detectives and thoroughly non-violent.

  • Kathy
    2019-06-19 02:58

    Not what I expected, but still entertaining. Father Brown isn't so much a detective as just extrememly observant.

  • Maria Frederes
    2019-06-02 04:21

    Love the stories, easy to follow and great literature!

  • Amanda Grace
    2019-06-13 07:14

    Delightful, charming, enjoyable read :)

  • Jessica Thurlow
    2019-05-30 04:02

    Father Brown Fails to FascinateI’ve just finished reading a collection of short stories by G. K. Chesterton called Favorite Father Brown Stories. Upon commencing this collection I was filled with excited anticipation, but, now that I’ve finished it, I must say, I’m underwhelmed. Chesterton is toted as being on par with Arthur Conan Doyle in his writing style and his wit; while I found a few of the stories to be reminiscent of the adventures of Sherlock Holmes, of the six stories, most of them bared little resembles to the great sleuth.The first story in the collection, “The Blue Cross,” was very well done. Father Brown, the main character and Holmes comparative, had quite a nice introduction in this story. Following along, I was compelled to try to figure out what happened and when all was revealed at the end, I was just as shocked as the character in the book by Brown’s cunning and chess-like maneuvering. Thus, I was set up for expectations of grandeur.The next few stories, while some intrigued me in part, failed, on the whole, to deliver the same kind of mental thrill as the first. The stories were wordy without being engaging and I found myself wanting to skip ahead because I was bored. During one of the episodes I completely lost track all together of the plot and even when i went back and read it again I couldn’t make heads or tails of it.Thankfully, the last in the collection, “The Salad of Colonel Cray,” pulled me back in like a hot cup of tea on a cold day, and I could finish the novel on a high note. This story had many twists and turns and ended with such an unexpected outcome that, I was sufficiently tickled to find myself bewildered. If you’re looking for a quick read for a trip on an airplane or a train or in a car, I’d definitely recommend this book. You don’t have to commit too much  to it and parts of it are fairly entertaining.

  • Rusty
    2019-06-15 06:15

    Father Brown, wise and wily, is the creation of G.K. Chesterton, and this was my first read by this author. Since I enjoy short stories I found this collection most entertaining.The six stories are: "The Blue Cross," :The Sins of Prince Saradine," "The Sign of the Broken Sword," "The Man in the Passage," "The Perishing of the Pendragons," and "The Salad of Colonel Cray." My favorites were Saradine and Broken Sword. Prince Saradine survives the greed of his brother by playing to that very greed. Broken Sword demonstrates the intellect of Father Brown who unravels the reputation of a famous soldier. It's great fun.

  • David
    2019-06-03 02:26

    Honestly Folks, for decades I have tried to appreciate G.K. Chesterton. So I thought that I would read some favorite Father Brown stories. Who doesn't love a mystery? This attempt at Chesterton failed also.I have finally decided that it is his writing I do not like. I find it to be stilted. His phrasing throws me off and shocks me out of the story.I would really like to call this a good read, but I can not. I am glad that others love him.

  • Marlise
    2019-06-20 08:17

    I just love these classics. It been almost 2 decades since I first read them, and they are so whimsical and, well, English. I'm glad I found them again. It's the perfect time to introduce them to my mystery-loving teenage son.

  • Katie
    2019-06-13 03:15

    You think your family is crazy? Try having a brother who thinks he's Teddy Roosevelt, another brother who is a insane murder, and two aunts who poison old men thinking they are putting them out of their misery.

  • Sue
    2019-06-09 04:19

    I had heard of Father Brown mysteries, but never read any. The other day I pulled this book from our bookshelves and decided to see what they were about. There are rather interesting, back in time stories with odd characters. Father Brown rather reminded me of Monk, the television detective.

  • Trudy Pomerantz
    2019-06-17 10:18

    After reading Glaspey's Book (Great Books of the Christian Tradition) I wanted to read Chesterton's Father Brown series. They are well-written detective stories with a priest as the lead character. For light reading, they are certainly worth it.

  • Timothy Nichols
    2019-06-25 07:18

    The Father Brown tales just don't get old. loved it.

  • Benjamin Bratton
    2019-06-24 05:18

    I started reading this after having watched Father Brown on Netflix. Chesterton's Brown is definitely the same quirky character. I prefer the longer versions presented by ATV.

  • Heather
    2019-06-10 03:10

    I absolutely loved these stories!

  • Jane Greensmith
    2019-06-17 04:10

    These stories are just not captivating me...I really want to like Chesterton and thought Father Brown was the best approach, but I still don't have a good feel for who FB is.

  • Teremarie
    2019-06-07 03:01

    It is totally worth it, simply for "The Man in the Passage"

  • Heather
    2019-06-10 08:13

    I like Fr Brown's character, but the mysteries were a tad predictable.