Illustrated by Edward Ardizzone
The softly spoken detective in 14 of his best stories, illustrated here by the renowned artist Edward Ardizzone.
G. K. Chesterton was a prolific author, journalist and critic, but perhaps his most beloved creation was Father Brown. Described by Agatha Christie as ‘one of her favourite sleuths’ and inspired by Chesterton’s own priest, Father Brown is the antithesis of Sherlock Holmes. Unassuming and easy to underestimate, the diminutive priest’s unravelling of mysteries relies more on his understanding of human nature than the usual chain of clues.
Father Brown quietly picks his way through stories populated with vivid characters and problems. In ‘The Dagger With Wings’ he seeks out the last of three brothers, a man convinced that the creature murdering his family is an actual hell-hound. However, all is not as it seems in a tale of disguises, paranoia and a fateful fishbowl. ‘The Eye of Apollo’ has the priest investigating the mysteries surrounding a new religion, members of which have set up shop just above the office of his good friend Flambeau, a private detective and ex-criminal. With each story, Chesterton offers a neat package showcasing the particular pleasures of the mystery tale: solving puzzles, forming suspicions and falling for the occasional red herring.
This edition features 14 of the best Father Brown adventures, illustrated by the celebrated artist Edward Ardizzone. These elegantly engrossing stories and expressive pictures combine to evoke a fondly remembered fictional world of the early 20th century.
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