Father Brown, being a short Catholic priest is the second most harmless detective after Miss Marple by [a:Agatha Christie|123715|Agatha Christie|http://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1321738793p2/123715.jpg]. This is a collection of first short stories of his investigations. While some of the situations are slightly artificial, I still like the ingenuity of some of his adversaries (Flambeau, first and foremost). Another thing of note: most of the stories end with revealing of villain's identity without telling about his/her capture. If fact, in a couple of stories the bad guys definitely escaped from justice.
The book has slight theological undertones, as well as racist ones. Please keep in mind when it was written. It deserves 4 stars.