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The Innocence of Father Brown

In 1911, G. K. Chesterton published this first

collection of twelve short stories featuring Father

Brown, a priest-turned-detective who combines

philosophical and spiritual reasoning with scientific

observation to solve crimes. In doing so, Chesterton laid

the foundation for future fictional detectives, such as

Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, Ellery Queen, and Nero


Unlike other writers of his time, who concocted

outlandish crimes and intricate puzzles for the

protagonist to solve, Chesterton pioneered the cozy

mystery, narrowing the scope of the investigation to

limited time, limited space, and a limited number of

suspects, with all the clues revealed to the reader as well

as to the detective.

Chesterton is highly regarded as a biting social

commentator, and his humorous and insightful

comparisons leave readers reeling. These tales are short,

easy reads with strong plots, all connected by the clever

detective with an above-average understanding of

human nature.

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    Product Specs
    • SKU: 9781603749664
    • Manufacturer: Whitaker House
    • Language of Text: English
    • ISBN 13: 9781603749664
    • Publication Date: 01/01/2014
    • Format: Paperback
    • Author: G. K. Chesterton
    • Page Count: 252
    • Width: 1.00 inches
    • Height: 1.00 inches
    • Length: 1.00 inches
    • Weight: 0.46 pounds
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