The Innocence of Father Brown

Reviewed by: Alyssa Roat, a professional writing major at Taylor University



Author: G. K. Chesterton, adapted by James Stuart Bell

Publisher: Gilead

Publication Date: 2018

Format: print

Length: 273 pages


When a stumpy little priest arrives on the crime scene, no one expects much. That is, no one except those who know the secretly brilliant mind of Father Brown.

In this collection of twelve short stories by G. K. Chesterton, readers are introduced to Father Brown, an unusual detective who uses his experience as a confessor to unravel baffling crimes and expose the evil of human hearts. Whether unveiling criminal masterminds or tracking an unintentional murderer, unassuming Father Brown solves crimes in humble style.

Father Brown is a delightful character surrounded by a colorful cast. Each mystery keeps the reader guessing; just when a crime seems to be solved, Chesterton throws in yet another twist. In the midst of terrible crimes, Father Brown is a refreshingly innocent, big-hearted character who seeks truth and saves a few souls along the way. Each tale will grip the reader from beginning to end.


Rating (1 to 5)

5 stars

Suggested Audience

This book will appeal to anyone who enjoys mysteries, short stories, and well-crafted plots.

Christian Impact

Father Brown brings redemption, love, and hope to even the most heinous of crimes. As he uncovers the darkness of human hearts, he will continually point readers heavenward and toward grace.



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The Innocence of Father Brown

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