I really wanted to like this. I love G.K Chesterton and his character Father Brown are men who lived their faith in a glorious way. But the audio quality was terrible. And I think the stories are a bit too dated. And the racist words that pepper the occasional story (back then were not objectionable) offended me as I listened. I wish someone would take these stories and modernize them, there is some good stuff in there that is mired in antiquity that just feels stale and sometimes offensive.
After I suspended my irritation at the smoker voiced "young mother" narrator I enjoyed the first half of this book but the ending felt really weird. Like the Author rolled the dice to decide who was the murderer and then tried make it fit. Stupid choice for murderer to boot(must have been a bad roll) All the fun loose endings tied up dully. Plus the heroine is tough some moments and a doormat other times... matbe she, the heroine, was the psychopath and wrote this stupid story to frame the "murderer".
I love any Brother Cadfel novel, but this one was a little too intentionally convoluted at the end. Too many potential murderer options at the end to contend with. But I loved the Leper and wished there had been more inclusion on Brother Mark and his ministry.
I loved the start of this book, there were so many great possibilities being set up (maybe too many) and I liked Juliet (the main character) to begin with but she ended up grating on me ( she reminded me of that Alec baldwin's chracter on Friends who just thought everything was beautiful or amazing or astounding). And at the end, there is the important O.W. "discovery" that really landed flat and so did the finale... Frankly I wish I hadn't waisted my time on it.
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