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"Chesterton's vigour, idiosyncrasies, optimism, puns, and paradoxes celebrate the oddity of life and the diversity of people and places with a peculiar and at times exhilarating violence." (The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature)
I teach a course on detective fiction in high school. This story was in the curriculum so I decided to play it in class and stop and discuss if every 10 or 15 minutes. The kids loved it! It made an incredible difference from having them read it out loud or assigning it for homework and led to two great classes and some great discussion and writing.
I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.
Father Brown is a classic kind of read that, as murder and as mysteries go, is gentle and well thought out. This is all of that. It's not a pot boiler or page turner. But it's a quiet bed time kind of murder that doesn't really trouble anyone and is very entertaining. In a very British way. It's a treat
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