By G.K. Chesterton
In spite of all the essays, poems, books, philosophy, and social criticism that flowed from his prolific pen, G.K. Chesterton is best remembered for his detective stories. His second collection of Father Brown stories, The Wisdom of Father Brown, solidified the character of the priest sleuth and assured him a permanent place in the annals of detective fiction.
From London to Cornwall, then to Italy and France, a short, shabby priest runs down bandits, traitors, and killers. Why is he so successful? After many years spent in the priesthood, Father Brown knows human nature and is not afraid of its dark side. Thus he understands criminal motivation and how to deal with it.
The stories included are The Paradise of Thieves, The Duel of Dr. Hirsch, The Man in the Passage, The Mistakes of the Machine, The Head of the Caesar, The Purple Wig, The Perishing of the Pendragons, The God of the Gongs, The Salad of the Colonel Cray, The Strange Crime of John Boulnois and The Fairy Tale of Father Brown.