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The Scandal of Father Brown | [G.K. Chesterton]

The Scandal of Father Brown

Father Brown, Chesterton's lovable little Norfolk priest, has an uncanny knack of unraveling mysteries that leave lesser mortals floundering. Father Brown's cherubic face and apparent simplicity, his seemingly dull eyes behind thick glasses, his outward confusion, and his huge, shabby umbrella all combine to disguise amazing perspicacity and an uncanny understanding of the criminal mind at work.
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Father Brown, Chesterton's lovable little Norfolk priest, has an uncanny knack of unraveling mysteries that leave lesser mortals floundering. Father Brown's cherubic face and apparent simplicity, his seemingly dull eyes behind thick glasses, his outward confusion, and his huge, shabby umbrella all combine to disguise amazing perspicacity and an uncanny understanding of the criminal mind at work. His sympathetic understanding of human nature never deserts him, even when he himself is touched by a breath of scandal, thanks to the hasty conclusions of a crusading newspaperman.

In this collection, Father Brown uses his distinctive style of deduction to solve the seemingly insoluble. This anthology includes eight delightfully clever mysteries: "The Scandal of Father Brown", "The Quick One", "The Blast of the Book", "The Green Man", "The Pursuit of Mr. Blue", "The Crime of the Communist", "The Point of a Pin", and "The Insoluble Problem".

©1935 G.K. Chesterton; (P)2001 Chivers Audio Books

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    Darrell Moundridge, KS, United States 09-14-05
    Darrell Moundridge, KS, United States 09-14-05 Member Since 2006
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    "Excellent Narrator"

    The Father Brown stories have long been among the best mysteries, but with John Graham as the narrator of this particular collection we have found a new summit of excellence. I don't know this Graham, but he brings Chesterton to life. The other Father Brown collections here at Audible are very good with their own narrators, but this reader is the finest. Highly recommended.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Die Falknerin 12-09-14 Member Since 2008

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    "Excellent collection, but inaccurate listing"

    John Graham brings vitality to these charming stories with a great range of voices and styles. I'd love to listen to something else from him!

    The stories are as follows, not as listed:

    THE SCANDAL OF FATHER BROWN is set in a disreputable Mexican roadhouse, and involves society beauty Hypatia Potter, banned poet Romanez, and a gentleman of the press.

    A QUICK ONE is a murder mystery which takes place in the bar of the Maypole and Garden Hotel, and features cherry brandy, theological quibbling, bad tempers, and a flash bit of jewelry.

    THE BLAST OF THE BOOK is a comedy featuring one Prof. Openshaw, professional unmasker of psychic fraud. When missionary Luke Pringle presents himself with a supposedly cursed book that causes anyone who opens it to vanish out of human form, the professor assumes it's another hoax. But when both Pringle and Openshaw's secretary disappear, the shaken skeptic consults Father Brown about THE BLAST OF THE BOOK.

    When Admiral Sir Michael Craven is found drowned, his private secretary, Mr Harker, makes a nuisance of himself to the police. Does the strange sight of his employer in full court dress and a slashed sea holly figure in the case? Time to ask Father Brown about THE GREEN MAN.

    In THE PURSUIT OF MR BLUE, Mr. Muggleton, a depressed private detective, is wandering at the seaside, mulling over a distressing case in which he failed to prevent the murder of a wealthy man. He tells Father Brown about the strange manner in which the murderer disappeared, and why he must find him.

    THE POINT OF A PIN concerns Mr. Mastic, "a bird of ill omen;" Lord Staines, "the most evasive person Father Brown had ever met;" a builder named Sand, a a labor strike. Mr. Sand appears to have disappeared after leaving a suicidal message on a garden wall. But Father Brown believes it was murder.

    In the village of Potter's Pond, Mr Maltravers' body is found in the rockery of a terraced garden. He appears to have been bludgeoned to death, and the inquest rules "murder by person or persons unknown." In THE VAMPIRE OF THE VILLAGE, the murdered man's wife is under suspicion when a doctor affectionately known as "Mulberry" brings Father Brown into the case.

    I return to Father Brown again and again, probably because he reminds me of a priest I knew in Louvain. I always feel better after spending a bit of time with him, just as I did after a chat with Father Laurence. I hope you enjoy the stories just as much!

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    Ted New York, NY, United States 04-09-14
    Ted New York, NY, United States 04-09-14
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    "The contents do not match your description"
    What disappointed you about The Scandal of Father Brown?

    I'm annoyed to discover that -- contrary to Audible's list of the contents, and even contrary to the spoken assurance at the beginning of the audiobook that we're going to hear the "unabridged" collection -- this audiobook in fact contains the following seven stories:

    1. The Scandal of Father Brown
    2. The Quick One
    3. The Blast of the Book
    4. The Green Man
    5. The Pursuit of Mr Blue
    6. The Point of a Pin
    7. The Vampire of the Village

    A story called "The Crime of the Communist" -- normally the sixth in the collection -- is not included; nor is "The Insoluble Problem," which is usually the eighth story. (According to Wiki, "Vampire" was not included in the original collection but was added later.)


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