The Man Who Knew Too Much by G.K. Chesterton

The Man Who Knew Too MuchThe Man Who Knew Too Much by G.K. Chesterton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A Kindle Classic, and therefore free, ebook from Amazon. I’ve been working my way through the backlog of classics on my ereader and this is only the latest one I’ve been reading.

This is not actually a novel, but a series of short stories involving Horne Fisher, The Man Who Knew Too Much, and his closest friend, Harold March. In the first story we read how Mr. March came upon Mr. Fisher and the beginnings of their somewhat odd friendship.

The few stories in the middle develop this relationship, with the last story ending their relationship.

This is not a life-story genre book by any means. This is a detective novel. Mr. Fisher rubs elbows with policemen and politicians, while Mr. March is a journalist. Throughout all the stories there is a crime to solve and Horne Fisher always figures out the who, why, and where, but as you will see if you dare to read this classic, he doesn’t always get his man.

I do read modern crime novels and there is quite a bit of difference between those and this classic tale, mostly due to the modern invention of forensics. These tales focus on the legwork, going around talking to others and actually taking inventory and asking all the right questions.

In conclusion I did like this Kindle Classic and will be reading many more of them in future.

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