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G.K. Chesterton’s Father Brown detective stories have been entertaining readers and movie goers alike for nearly a hundred years. They were originally delivered in five volumes. However, there were three additional stories, two of which only appeared in magazines, and a third which Chesterton finished before he died and which was to signal the beginning of a new Father Brown collection. Horatio Press is happy to present those three "leftovers" together in digital e-book format for the first time. But while we’re calling these Father Brown Leftovers, the reader will find nothing stale or sub par here. These tales are every bit as satisfying as any of those found in the original five volumes. One note should be made concerning the last story in this collection: Father Brown And The Donnington Affair. The first half (more than half actually) was not written by Chesterton, but by Max Pemberton. It was a device used in The Premiere Magazine at the time where Pemberton would outline a mystery and then invite various detective authors to have their detectives solve it. Chesterton accepted enthusiastically, and as usual, his Father Brown gives us a murderer at the end that we would have never guessed.
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About the Author
Gilbert Keith (G.K.) Chesterton (1874-1936) was the author of over a hundred books covering just about every subject under the sun from theology to politics, but he is best known for his short detective mysteries based on his immortal Father Brown character. Five volumes of Father Brown mysteries were published, and many of those stories were made into movies and TV series. C.S. Lewis once referred to Chesterton as the most sensible man alive, and Mohandas Gandhi sited an article Chesterton wrote for the Illustrated London News as the impetus for his movement to end British colonial rule in India. Chesterton was nominated for a Noble in literature in 1935 (but no award was given that year). He was influential on such authors as J.R.R. Tolkien, George Orwell, Charles Williams, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, J.K. Rowling (who is a current member of The G.K. Chesterton Society), Terry Pratchett, and Jorge Luis Borges, among scores of others. Presidents John F Kennedy and Ronald Reagan both read Chesterton. He was even an influence on filmmakers such as Alfred Hitchcock and Orson Welles.