The Man Who Knew Too Much
From the creator of Father Brown comes a collection reviewed by The Armchair Detective as "dazzlingly executed and richly atmospheric." Eight stories recount the adventures of Horne Fisher, a socialite who uses his powerful deductive gifts to investigate crimes committed on the sprawling country... show more
From the creator of Father Brown comes a collection reviewed by The Armchair Detective as "dazzlingly executed and richly atmospheric." Eight stories recount the adventures of Horne Fisher, a socialite who uses his powerful deductive gifts to investigate crimes committed on the sprawling country estates of the aristocracy. Evocative portraits of pre–World War I Britain.
Publish date: February 19th 2009
Publisher: Dover Publications
Pages no: 176
Edition language: English
bookshelves: winter-20102011, mystery-thriller, published-1922 Read on December 10, 2010 No to self - is this the basis for the Hitchcock film?
G.K. Chesterton is an author who simply must be read by anyone fascinated by quality detective literature. Or literature in general for that matter. His insights into human nature, particular regarding morality, psychology and the soul or heart are profound. At the same time the mixture of wit, sarc...
This book was the best kind of surprise. I was expecting a much more straightforward detective novel, so I was initially thrown by the format and tone. But once I adjusted my expectations I had a great time!The stories themselves are uneven in quality and start to feel formulaic after you've been th...
Mixed feelings. On one hand, Chesterton's prose is often lovely (this is the first I've read from him) and a few of the mysteries are quite engaging. On the other hand, his detective character, Fisher, wasn't engaging for me, and I got tired of the collection's gimmick quickly: murders are intention...
Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for mysteries that relied too much on understanding politics that would have been obvious to someone in Chesterton's era but were not explicated in the text ... or for mysteries that rely on clues never presented.Whatever the reason, I found myself disappointed in thi...