The Wisdom of Father Brown – G. K. Chesterton

The Wisdom of Father Brown

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.

My thoughts:

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.

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