Father Brown of the Church of Rome

Selected Mystery Stories

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This is a unique collection of ten of Chesterton's famous Father Brown stories which puts special emphasis on the role that Brown's Catholic faith played in helping him solve the murder mysteries. As Dorothy Sayers once wrote, Chesterton was "the first man of our time to introduce the great name of God into a detective story ... to enlarge the boundaries of the detective story by making it deal with death and real wickedness and real, that is to say, divine judgment."

This paperback Father Brown edition includes generous footnotes (not available in other editions) which help to clarify the literary and historical allusions made by Father Brown. It is based on the texts of the original editions by Chesterton for assurance of complete authenticity, and is set in easily readable type.

These are excellent short detective yarns in the classic British tradition of Sherlock Holmes - puzzling concoctions of mysterious crimes, dubious suspects and ambiguous clues. They are among the very best of the Father Brown stories.

John Peterson

John Peterson, a longtime Chestertonian, has written seven books and numerous articles for popular and scholarly journals.

G. K. Chesterton

G. K. Chesterton was one of the most beloved and prolific authors of the twentieth century. He wrote dozens of popular books on a variety of topics and thousands of essays. His works include Orthodoxy, The Everlasting ManThe Man Who Was Thursday, and the Father Brown mystery stories.

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"There have been many collections of Father Brown stories, but none like this one. It is a superb collection." 
-Martin Gardner, Editor, The Annotated Innocence of Father Brown

"This collection could not be more timely, both for Chesterton and for Catholicism. One cannot properly appreciate Chesterton unless one at least understands the Catholic Church and, I would venture to say, one will not properly understand the Church unless one appreciates G.K. Chesterton."
-Michael Coren, Author, Gilbert: The Man Who Was G.K. Chesterton

"Golden nuggets of Chesterton paradox, his particular contribution to the detective story, which made use of his uncanny ability to provide answers to puzzles that are both startling and yet satisfying."
-Alzina Stone Dale

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