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My Book Notes: “The Man in the Passage”, 1913 (s.s.) by G. K. Chesterton

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Included in Father Brown: The Complete Collection by Gilbert Keith Chesterton. Feathers Classics, 2018. Format: Kindle Edition. File Size: 3292 KB. Print Length: 999 pages. ASIN: B07HCJ7XCJ. ISBN: 9782378076887. This short story, as with the rest of mysteries included in the collection The Wisdom of Father Brown (1914), they all appeared in Pall Mall magazine before being gathered into book form.

9782378076887Book Description: Before Father Brown could turn in his heavy boots Seymour was plunging about the room looking for the weapon. And before he could possibly find that weapon or any other, a brisk running of feet broke upon the pavement outside, and the square face of Cutler was thrust into the same doorway. He was still grotesquely grasping a bunch of lilies-of-the-valley. “What’s this?” he cried. “What’s that creature down the passage? Is this some of your tricks?” “My tricks!” hissed his pale rival, and made a stride towards him. In the instant of time in which all this happened Father Brown stepped out into the top of the passage, looked down it, and at once walked briskly towards what he saw. At this the other two men dropped their quarrel and darted after him, Cutler calling out: “What are you doing? Who are you?” “My name is Brown,” said the priest sadly, as he bent over something and straightened himself again. “Miss Rome sent for me, and I came as quickly as I could. I have come too late.” (Source: Goodreads)

First lines…: ‘Two men appeared simultaneously at the two ends of a sort of passage running along the side of the Apollo Theatre in the Adelphi. The evening daylight in the streets was large and luminous, opalescent and empty. The passage was comparatively long and dark, so each man could see the other as a mere black silhouette at the other end. Nevertheless, each man knew the other, even in that inky outline; for they were both men of striking appearance and they hated each other.’

My Take: Out of sheer curiosity, I decided to read this Father Brown mystery, taken from The Wisdom of Father Brown (1914), included among the Masterpieces of Mystery, my post here. It hasn’t disappointed in the least. In fact, I’ve decided to reading next all the stories included in the collection The Wisdom of Father Brown. Stay tuned. As far as “The Man in the Passage” is concerned, it is a great way to introduce someone’s to G. K. Chesterton’s great amateur sleuth, as I read somewhere. Besides, as I’ve read at The Grandest Game in the World, this short story was ‘Sayers’ favourite of the Father Brown tales, this story of murder in a theatre committed virtually before the reader’s eyes, with the conclusion given during a dramatic court scene, is technically perfect, with first-class misdirection. This is the story featuring Patrick Butler, later used as a sleuth by John Dickson Carr.’ Loved it.

About the Author: Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) was born in London, educated at St. Paul’s, and went to art school at University College London. In 1900, he was asked to contribute a few magazine articles on art criticism, and went on to become one of the most prolific writers of all time. He wrote a hundred books, contributions to 200 more, hundreds of poems, including the epic Ballad of the White Horse, five plays, five novels, and some two hundred short stories, including a popular series featuring the priest-detective, Father Brown. In spite of his literary accomplishments, he considered himself primarily a journalist. He wrote over 4000 newspaper essays, including 30 years worth of weekly columns for the Illustrated London News, and 13 years of weekly columns for the Daily News. He also edited his own newspaper, G.K.’s Weekly. Chesterton was equally at ease with literary and social criticism, history, politics, economics, philosophy, and theology.

His most popular character, the priest-detective Father Brown, appeared in 53 short stories, most of them compiled in five books, The Innocence of Father Brown (1911), The Wisdom of Father Brown (1914), The Incredulity of Father Brown (1926), The Secret of Father Brown (1927) and The Scandal of Father Brown (1935), and three uncollected stories: The Donnington Affair (1914), The Vampire of the Village (1936, included in later editions of The Scandal of Father Brown), and The Mask of Midas (1936).

El hombre en el pasaje, de Gilbert K. Chesterton

Descripción del libro: “Antes de que el padre Brown hubiese podido darse la vuelta con sus pesadas botas, Seymour lo estaba revolviendo todo para buscar el arma. Y antes de que pudiera encontrar el arma o cualquier otra cosa, se oyó cómo unos pasos presurosos avanzaban por el pavimento exterior, y el rostro cuadrado de Cutler apareció en la puerta. Aún sostenía grotescamente en  sus manos un ramo de lirios del valle.
—¿Qué ha ocurrido? —gritó—. ¿Quién es esa criatura del pasaje?. ¿Es alguno de sus trucos?.
—¿De mis trucos? —siseó su pálido rival, e hizo un amago de abalanzarse hacia él.
En el instante en que todo esto ocurría, el padre Brown caminó hasta el final del pasaje, miró hacia abajo y se acercó presuroso a lo que había visto.
Los otros dos hombres dejaron su disputa y salieron detrás de él. Cutler gritó:
—¿Qué está usted haciendo?. ¿Quién es usted?.
—Me llamo Brown —dijo el sacerdote con tristeza, mientras se inclinaba sobre algo y se volvía a levantar—. Miss Rome me mandó llamar, y yo vine tan rápido como pude, pero he llegado demasiado tarde.” (Traducción: José Rafael Hernández Arias)

Primeras líneas …: “Dos hombres aparecieron simultáneamente en los dos extremos de un pasaje que corría a lo largo del teatro Apolo en Adelphi. La luz del día en las calles era intensa, opalescente y vacía. El pasaje, por el contraste, parecía largo y oscuro, de tal modo que cada uno de los hombres sólo podía ver al otro como una mera silueta negra en el otro extremo. No obstante, los hombres se reconocieron mutuamente, incluso con ese perfil oscuro, pues los dos eran hombres de apariencia llamativa y se odiaban.” (Traducción: José Rafael Hernández Arias)

Mi opinión: Por pura curiosidad, decidí leer este misterio del padre Brown, tomado de La sabiduría del padre Brown (1914), incluido entre las obras maestras del misterio, mi publicación aquí. No me ha decepcionado lo más mínimo. De hecho, he decidido leer a continuación todas las historias incluidas en la colección La sabiduría del padre Brown. Manténganse al tanto. Por lo que respecta a “El hombre en el pasaje”, es una excelente manera de familiarizarse con el gran detective aficionado de G. K. Chesterton, como leí en alguna parte. Además, como leí en The Grandest Game in the World, este relato, entre los misterior del padre Brown, era el favorito de Sayers, esta historia de asesinato en un teatro cometida practicamente ante los ojos del lector, con la solución dada durante un dramática escena ante un tribunal es técnicamente perfecta, con una distracción de primera clase. Esta es la historia de Patrick Butler, que luego John Dickson Carr utilizó como detective.” Me encantó.

Acerca del autor: Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) nació en Londres, se educó en St. Paul’s y fue a la escuela de arte en el University College de Londres. En 1900, se le pidió contribuir con algunos artículos de revistas sobre crítica de arte y se convirtió en uno de los escritores más prolíficos de todos los tiempos. Escribió cien libros, contribuciones a 200 más, cientos de poemas, incluida La balada del caballo blanco, cinco obras de teatro, cinco novelas y unos doscientos cuentos, incluida una popular serie en la que aparece el sacerdote-detective, Padre Brown. A pesar de sus logros literarios, se consideraba principalmente un periodista. Escribió más de 4000 ensayos periodísticos, que incluyen 30 años de columnas semanales para el Illustrated London News y 13 años de columnas semanales para el Daily News. También editó su propio periódico, G.K.´s Weekly. Chesterton se sentía igualmente cómodo con la crítica literaria y social, la historia, la política, la economía, la filosofía y la teología.

Su personaje más popular, el sacerdote-detective padre Brown, apareció en 53 cuentos, la mayoría de ellos recopilados en cinco libros, El candor del Padre Brown (1911), La sabiduría del padre Brown (1914), La incredulidad del padre Brown ( 1926), El secreto del padre Brown (1927) y El escándalo del padre Brown (1935), y tres historias fuera de colección: El asunto Donnington (1914), La vampiresa de la aldea (1936, incluido en ediciones posteriores de El escándalo del padre Brown) y La máscara de Midas (1936).

My Book Notes: “The Adventure of the Abbey Grange” (1904) s.s. by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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Included in The Complete Sherlock Holmes and Tales of Terror and Mystery by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Signature Edition The Complete Works Collections, 2011. Format: Kindle Edition. File Size: 2804 KB. Print Length: 1592 pages. ASIN: B004LE7PCM. ISBN: 2940012102744.

abby1“The Adventure of the Abbey Grange”, one of the 56 Sherlock Holmes short stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, is one of 13 stories in the cycle collected as The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1905). It was first published in The Strand Magazine in the United Kingdom in September 1904, and was also published in Collier’s in the United States on 31 December 1904. This short story, told by Dr Watson as the rest of the canon, begins as follows:

It was on a bitterly cold night and frosty morning, towards the end of the winter of 97, that I was awakened by a tugging at my shoulder. It was Holmes. The candle in his hand shone upon his eager, stooping face, and told me at a glance that something was amiss. “Come, Watson, come!” he cried. “The game is afoot. Not a word! Into your clothes and come!”

Holmes and Watson head towards Marsham in Kent, upon the request of Inspector Stanley Hopkins, to Abbey Grange, the house of Sir Eustace Brackenstall. Holmes is afraid that Sir Eustace may have been murdered. Upon their arrival Inspector Hopkins apologies, the case has been solved. Sir Eustace, most likely, has been killed that evening during a burglary attempt. In fact the infamous Randall gang, a father and two sons, have been seen recently in the surroundings. Lady Brackenstall’s testimony about what’s happened that night is confirmed by her maid, Theresa Wright, and the case seems to have been successfully sorted out without the intervention of Sherlock Holmes. But when Holmes and Watson are returning back home, Holmes senses the pressing need to return for clarifying certain unknowns.

A pleasant and entertaining reading that confirms the talent of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. A great plot wonderfully written.

About de Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (22 May 1859 – 7 July 1930) was a British writer and medical doctor. He created the character Sherlock Holmes in 1887 for A Study in Scarlet, the first of four novels and fifty-six short stories about Holmes and Dr Watson. The Sherlock Holmes stories are generally considered milestones in the field of crime fiction. (Source Wikipedia).

Traditionally, the Sherlock Holmes Canon consists of the 56 short stories and four novels written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The term “canon”, in this context, is an attempt to distinguish between Doyle’s original works and subsequent works by other authors using the same characters. The four novels of the canon are: A Study in Scarlet (1887); The Sign of the Four (1890); The Hound of the Baskervilles (1901–1902); and The Valley of Fear (1914–1915). The 56 short stories are collected in five books: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892); The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1894); The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1905); His Last Bow (1917); and The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (1927).

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La aventura de Abbey Grange, de Arthur Conan Doyle

“La aventura de Abbey Grange”, uno de los 56 relatos breves de Sherlock Holmes escritos por Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, es uno de los 13 cuentos recopilados en la colección El regreso de Sherlock Holmes (1905). Se publicó por primera vez en la revista The Strand. en el Reino Unido en septiembre de 1904, y también se publicó en Collier’s en los Estados Unidos el 31 de diciembre de 1904. Este relato, contado por el Dr. Watson como el resto del canon, comienza de la siguiente manera:

Una cruda y fria mañana a finales del invierno de 1897, me despertaron unos tirones en el hombro. Era Holmes. La vela que llevaba en la mano brillaba sobre rostro ansioso que se inclinaba sobre mi, y de un vistazo comprendí que algo marchaba mal. “¡Vamos, Watson, vamos!” me gritó. “La partida ha comenzado ¡Ni una palabra! ¡Vístase y venga conmigo!” (Mi traducción libre)

Holmes y Watson se dirigen hacia Marsham en Kent, a petición del inspector Stanley Hopkins, a Abbey Grange, la casa de Sir Eustace Brackenstall. Holmes teme que sir Eustace haya sido asesinado. A su llegada, el inspector Hopkins se disculpa, el caso ha sido resuelto. Lo más probable es que sir Eustace haya muerto esa noche durante un intento de robo. De hecho, la infame pandilla de los Randall, un padre y dos hijos, han sido vistos recientemente en los alrededores. El testimonio de Lady Brackenstall sobre lo que sucedió esa noche es confirmado por su doncella, Theresa Wright, y el caso parece haberse resuelto con éxito sin la intervención de Sherlock Holmes. Pero cuando Holmes y Watson regresan a casa, Holmes siente la imperiosa necesidad de regresar para aclarar ciertas incógnitas.

Una lectura amena y entretenida que confirma el talento de Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Una gran trama maravillosamente escrita.

Acerca del autor: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (22 de mayo de 1859 – 7 de julio de 1930) fue un escritor y médico británico, creador del célebre personaje Sherlock Holmes en 1887 en Estudio en escarlata, la primera de las cuatro novelas y de los cincuenta y seis cuentos protagonizados por Holmes y el Dr. Watson. Generalmente las historias de Sherlock Holmes son consideradas hitos en el campo de la novela policíaca. (Fuente Wikipedia).

Tradicionalmente, el Canon de Sherlock Holmes consta de 56 cuentos y cuatro novelas escritas por Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. El término “canon”, en este contexto, es un intento de distinguir entre las obras originales de Doyle y las obras posteriores de otros autores que utilizan los mismos personajes. Las cuatro novelas del canon son: Estudio en escarlata (1887); El signo de los cuatro (1890); El sabueso de los Baskerville (1901-1902); y El valle del terror (1914-1915). Los 56 cuentos se recopilan en cinco libros: Las aventuras de Sherlock Holmes (1892); Las memorias de Sherlock Holmes (1894); El regreso de Sherlock Holmes (1905); Su última reverencia (1917); y El archivo de Sherlock Holmes (1927).

Ellery Queen, Editor – Masterpieces of Mystery: The Supersleuths Revisited

After I posted my last entry, I realised Ellery Queen Editor published a series of books, under the collective title Masterpieces of Mystery in fifteen volumes, beautifully edited.

You can check here the contents of each volume. In particular, the Supersleuths revisited are:

The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle” by A. Conan Doyle
The Double Clue” by Agatha Christie
“The Dauphin’s Doll” by Ellery Queen
“The Cop Killer” by Rex Stout
“The Case of the Irate Witness” by Erle Stanley Gardner
The Most Obstinate Man in Paris” by Georges Simenon
The Murders in the Rue Morgue” by Edgar Allan Poe
“A Man Called Spade” by Dashiell Hammett
“The Blast of the Book” by G. K. Chesterton
“A Matter of Taste” by Dorothy L. Sayers
“The Adopted Daughter” Melville Davisson Post
“The Locked Room” by John Dickson Carr
“The Bearded Lady” by Ross Macdonald
“Murder Under the Mistletoe” by Margery Allingham

Which I will add to my reading list. Judging from the ones I’ve read, they will certainly be worthwhile. Stay tuned.

Ellery Queen, Editor – Masterpieces of Mystery: The Supersleuths

A while ago, I came across the following post in the always interesting blog Mystery*File: A Review by Mike Tooney: ELLERY QUEEN, Editor – Masterpieces of Mystery: The Supersleuths.

My idea is to share my views with you in the coming months, and post about the ones I’ve not read so far as I go along. Stay tuned.

“The Adventure of the Abbey Grange” (1904) by A. Conan Doyle (1859-1930). Supersleuth: Sherlock Holmes.

“The Dream” (1937) by Agatha Christie (1890-1976). Supersleuth: Hercule Poirot.

“The Case Against Carroll” (1958) by Ellery Queen (1905-1971; 1905-1982). Supersleuth: Ellery Queen.

“The Zero Clue” (1953) by Rex Stout (1886-1975). Supersleuth: Nero Wolfe (with an able — but unwelcome — assist from Archie Goodwin).

“The Case of the Crimson Kiss” (1948) by Erle Stanley Gardner (1889-1970). Supersleuth: Perry Mason (with Della Street and Paul Drake).

“Inspector Maigret Pursues” apa “The Mand in the Street” (1961) by Georges Simenon (1903-1989). Supersleuth: Inspector Maigret.

“The Purloined Letter” (1844) by Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849). Supersleuth: C. Auguste Dupin.

“Too Many Have Lived” (1932) by Dashiell Hammett (1894-1961). Supersleuth: Sam Spade.

“The Man in the Passage” (1913) by Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936). Supersleuth: Father Brown.

“The Footsteps That Ran” (1928) by Dorothy L. Sayers (1893-1957). Supersleuth: Lord Peter Wimsey (with Bunter).

“The Pencil” (1959; published posthumously) by Raymond Chandler (1888-1959). Supersleuth: Philip Marlowe.

“The Proverbial Murder” (1943) by John Dickson Carr (1906-1977). Supersleuth: Dr. Gideon Fell .

“Midnight Blue” (1960) by Ross Macdonald (1915-1983). Supersleuth: Lew Archer.

“One Morning They’ll Hang Him” (1950) by Margery Allingham (1904-1966). Supersleuth: Albert Campion.

A Crime is Afoot Leisure Reading November 2020

leisure_reading_thumb_thumb_thumb (3)Last month I read:

The Door To Doom, And Other Detections (1980) by John Dickson Carr

“The Dream”, 1937 (A Hercule Poirot Short Story) by Agatha Christie (reread)

The Mysterious Mr Quin, 1930 by Agatha Christie

Maigret and the Loner, 1971 (Inspector Maigret #73) by Georges Simenon Translator: Howard Curtis

Crooked House, 1949 by Agatha Christie

Sparkling Cyanide (1944) by Agatha Christie

Parker Pyne Investigates (1934) by Agatha Christie

Maigret’s Madwoman, 1970 (Inspector Maigret #72) by Georges Simenon (translator: Sîan Reynolds)

The Hollow Man, 1935 (Dr Fell #6) by John Dickson Carr (My book notes will soon be ready)