Father Brown Mysteries

12 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 618 ratings

The Innocence of Father Brown Publisher's Summary

Detective fans of all races and creeds, of all tastes and fancies will delight in the exploits of this wise and whimsical padre. Father Brown’s powers of detection allow him to sit beside the immortal Holmes, but he is also "in all senses a most pleasantly fascinating human being", according to American crime novelist Rufus King. You will be enchanted by the scandalously innocent man of the cloth, with his handy umbrella, who exhibits such uncanny insight into ingeniously tricky human problems.

This collection of 12 mysteries solved by Father Brown includes: "The Blue Cross", "The Secret Garden", "The Queer Feet", "The Flying Stars", "The Invisible Man", "The Honour of Israel Gow", "The Wrong Shape", "The Sins of Prince Saradine", "The Hammer of God", "The Eye of Apollo", "The Sign of the Broken Sword", and "The Three Tools of Death".

©1933 G. K. Chesterton (P)1992 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • The Innocence of Father Brown

    • By: G. K. Chesterton
    • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
    • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 127
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 111
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 111

    Detective fans of all races and creeds, of all tastes and fancies will delight in the exploits of this wise and whimsical padre. You will be enchanted by the scandalously innocent man of the cloth, with his handy umbrella, who exhibits such uncanny insight into ingeniously tricky human problems. This collection includes 12 mysteries solved by Father Brown.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Character Development

    • By Donna M. Yuengling on 07-19-18

    Regular price: $17.47

    • The Innocence of Father Brown

    • By: G. K. Chesterton
    • Narrated by: Flo Gibson
    • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    The gentle, unassuming cleric ferrets out the guilty in such mysteries as "The Blue Cross", "The Honour of Israel Gow", "The Hammer of God", "The Queer Feet", "The Flying Stars", "The Secret Garden", "The Eye of Apollo", "The Invisible Man", "The Wrong Shape", "The Sins of Prince Saradine", "The Sign of the Broken Sword", and "The Three Tools of Death".

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    • The Innocence of Father Brown

    • By: G. Chesterton
    • Narrated by: Bart Wolffe
    • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    Eight Stories from “The Innocence of Father Brown” in which the affable Norfolk Priest uses his insight into human nature and eccentricity to solve the seemingly unsolveable.

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    • The Innocence of Father Brown

    • By: G. K. Chesteron
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 58

    First published in 1911, The Innocence of Father Brown contains stories involving one of the greatest characters in the history of detective fiction: Father Brown. He is a Roman Catholic priest who has an uncanny insight into human evil. Rather than the large serial villains in, for example, Sherlock Holmes stories, the mysteries Father Brown solved were more local murders by small-town crooks, narrowing the suspect list down to those in the area of the crime.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not Father Brown of PBS

    • By Holly on 11-11-18

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    • The Innocence of Father Brown

    • By: G.K. Chesterton
    • Narrated by: John Horton
    • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 134
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 76

    A "very short Catholic priest" who does "...not seem to know which was the right end of his return ticket," Father Brown is the embodiment of the phrase 'looks can be deceiving.' Arguably the second best-known crime-solver in English literature, this unassuming man of the cloth solves case after case with ease.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Unabtrusive Edwardian counterpoint to Sherlock H.

    • By Darwin8u on 02-04-13

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    • The Innocence of Father Brown

    • By: G.K. Chesterton
    • Narrated by: Alastair Cameron
    • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 47
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 44
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45

    Father Brown was a character created by G.K. Chesterton and draws inspiration from Arthur Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. While Sherlock Holmes' detective career relies on his logic and deduction, Father Brown relies on sympathy and intuition to solve mysteries and crime. The Innocence of Father Brown is a collection of 12 stories that have Father Brown doing what he does best; being a detective.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Wonderful Narration

    • By James on 12-02-16

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Innocence of Father Brown: Centennial Edition

    • G. K. Chesterton, Book 4
    • By: G. K. Chesterton, Chesterton Books
    • Narrated by: Nigel Peever
    • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      2 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      2 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      2 out of 5 stars 1

    This is a new edition of the first collection of G. K. Chesterton's masterful mysteries, The Innocence of Father Brown. Contains 12 thrilling tales, including "The Blue Cross", "The Invisible Man", and "The Sins of Prince Saradine". The audiobook is expertly narrated by British actor Nigel Peever, who brings to life Father Brown and all of Chesterton's marvelous characters.

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  • Book 2

    • The Wisdom of Father Brown

    • By: G. K. Chesterton
    • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
    • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 61
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 48

    G. K. Chesterton’s Father Brown is perhaps the most lovable amateur detective ever created. This short, shabby priest with his cherubic, round face attracts situations that baffle everyone - except Father Brown and his rather naïve wisdom. The twelve enthralling stories in this book take Father Brown from London to Cornwall, from Italy to France, as he gets involved with bandits, treason, murder, curses, and an American crime-detection machine.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Good Mysteries, Great Stories

    • By John on 12-05-12

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    • The Wisdom of Father Brown

    • By: G. K. Chesterton
    • Narrated by: John Graham
    • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 49
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 35

    Father Brown, G. K. Chesterton's lovable little Norfolk priest, has an uncanny knack of unraveling mysteries that leave lesser mortals floundering. 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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Actually, just eight of the twelve stories

    • By Ted on 04-08-14

    Regular price: $13.93

  • Book 3

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  • Book 4

    • The Secret of Father Brown

    • By: G.K. Chesterton
    • Narrated by: Geoffrey Matthews
    • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61

    Flying fish, a man with two beards and the Worst Crime in the World these are just some of the problems for Father Brown to solve. In his inimitable way, this gentle, eccentric, extraordinary cleric-cum-detective sets about unravelling the threads of a colourful skein of mysteries. In the course of his investigations Father Brown travels, in thought if not deed, all over the world and through all walks of life.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Father Brown visits friends in Spain...

    • By Zaubermond on 11-28-16

    Regular price: $15.66

  • Book 5

    • The Scandal of Father Brown

    • By: G. K. Chesterton
    • Narrated by: John Graham
    • Length: 5 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36

    Father Brown, G. K. Chesterton's lovable little Norfolk priest, has an uncanny knack of unraveling mysteries that leave lesser mortals floundering. 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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • NOT ALL OF THE COLLECTION

    • By Daniel McMullins on 09-13-16

    Regular price: $13.93