From the Publisher:
Father Brown’s powers of detection allow him to sit beside the immortal Holmes but he is also, to quote Rufus King, ‘in all senses a most pleasantly fascinating human being.’ You will be enchanted by the scandalously innocent man of the cloth, with the umbrella, who exhibits such uncanny insight into ingeniously tricky human problems.
I don’t really enjoy fictional short stories, and yet I cannot seem to stop reading these kinds of collections. I like G. K. Chesterton’s writing voice, and that’s what helped me finish these. What I didn’t like was the development of the plot in most of these stories. I’m not sure if the author would have developed the plot a little more if these stories were longer, but I didn’t really like the way that Father Brown is just a quiet observer, almost fading into the background, and then he comes and enlightens everyone on how the murder happened. I liked the development of his character, as well as Flaubert’s character, but the overall plotting could have been better.