Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Book Review: The Man Who Knew Too Much

Author: G.K. Chesterton
Title: The Man Who Knew too Much
Description: This is a collection of short detective stories.  It really reminded me of Sherlock Holmes—written around the same time, very much centered around deduction, etc. Not being much of a Holmes fan, I’m not sure why Holmes was so successful and Horne Fisher (Chesterton’s detective) not so much. Maybe Chesterton is too topical; the stories are very much late nineteenth century Britain.
Review source: As one of those hoary classics, this book was free on kindle.
Characters: Horne Fisher is the detective and he is the only character who is in all of the stories, although there is a Watson-type fellow who shows up now and again.
Writing style: Typical for the era… requires a bit of concentration, but rewarding if you stick with it.
Audience: Chesterton fans, Holmes fans, those who like detective short stories.
Wrap-up: I read ‘em one at a time on the treadmill and they kept me going pretty well. 4/5*

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