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Father Brown, after not seeing his friend Flambeau for many years, makes a journey to Spain. Flambeau, now married with many children, inhabits a castle there. In a framing device for the stories, Flambeau's neighbor, Grandison Chase, draws out Father Brown in a particularly inquisitive, forthrightly American way, encouraging him to tell him how he solves his cases.
The cases themselves are of the best:
The Mirror of the Magistrate
The Man with Two Beards
The Song of the Flying Fish
The Actor and the Alibi
The Vanishing of Vaudrey
The Worst Crime in the World
The Red Moon of Maru
The Chief Mourner of Marne.
A few of these cases were included in the old Kenneth More series. I find the new "adaptations" of the stories to be quite disappointing, as are so many of Agatha Christie's put to the same "treatment." But the originals, while very much of their time and not exactly "politically correct," are excellent stories and always worth a second look. Highly recommended classic.
The thesis for this collection is Father Brown's method for solving murder mysteries. I thought the mysteries themselves were a bit below the previous collections. Father Brown says he becomes the murderer. Once he does that, and sees under what psychological circumstances the murder could have been committed, he sees who the murderer must be. The insight is very interesting. The narration is good.
I lived in England for two years, but found this narrator are very hard to understand. He mumbles and, when he tries to do voices for individual characters, he is almost impossible to understand. He needs to slow down and speak more distinctly.
"Beautifully read, great short stories"
I live the Father Brown books and Geoffrey Matthews does them great justice, with a perfect sonorous voice that enhances that slightly gothic flavour of GK Chesterton's books.
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