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The First Father Brown Collection includes two collections of short stories featuring Father Brown. Father Brown is a fictional Roman Catholic priest and amateur detective who is featured in 53 short stories published between 1910 and 1936 written by English novelist G.K. Chesterton. Father Brown solves mysteries and crimes using his intuition and keen understanding of human nature. Chesterton loosely based him on the Rt Rev. Msgr. John O'Connor (1870-1952), a parish priest in Bradford, who was involved in Chesterton's conversion to Catholicism in 1922. Included in this collection: 1. The Innocence of Father Brown (1911): 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 / The Three Tools of Death 3. The Wisdom of Father Brown (1914): The Absence of Mr Glass / The Paradise of Thieves / The Duel of Dr Hirsch / The Man in the Passage / The Mistake of the Machine / The Head of Caesar / The Purple Wig / The Perishing of the Pendragons / The God of the Gongs / The Salad of Colonel Cray / The Strange Crime of John Boulnois / The Fairy Tale of Father BrownShow more
Queen Lucia (first published in 1920) was the first of Benson's 'Mapp and Lucia' novels of which there were six. This first book is a comedy of manners based in the provincial village of Riseholme, where Emmeline Lucas (the Queen Lucia of the title) presides over the social and artistic universe of the gullible residents. Her aide-de-camp in these matters is the somewhat effete Georgie Pillson and the chief competitor for her 'crown' is Daisy Quantock. The scandal of the Guru, the psychical goings on with Princess Popoffski and the arrival into the sleepy village of a famous Prima Donna all conspire to threaten her supremacy... Edward Frederic Benson was an English novelist, biographer, memoirist and short story writer, known professionally as E.F. Benson.Show more
This is a selection of short stories recounting, with gentle satire and tolerant good humour, the small town provincial life at the end of the nineteenth century, based around the six towns in the county of Staffordshire, England, known as the Potteries. Arnold Bennett chose to fictionalize these towns by changing their names and omitting one (Fenton) as he apparently felt that 'Five Towns' was more euphonious than 'Six Towns'. The real town names which are thinly disguised in the novel are: Hanley, Longton, Burslem and Tunstal, the fifth, Stoke became 'Knype'.Show more
The Man Who Knew Too Much and other stories is a book of detective stories by English writer G. K. Chesterton. Horne Fisher is extremely well connected. The plans of prime ministers, foreign ambassadors, and chancellors are matters of table conversation - usually because these people are dining with him. And when a man so well connected is also a brilliant detective, all sinister motives and plots systematically unfold. Whether it is a case of police corruption, or a war with Sweden, Horne Fisher can always solve it. But Horne Fisher is also a philosopher, and not a policeman, and the murderer is seldom punished. G. K. Chesterton, author of the Father Brown stories, here introduces another detective outside the realm of conventional law enforcement.Show more
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