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The Club of Queer Trades by G.K. Chesterton

The Club of Queer Trades by G.K. Chesterton
Published: 1905
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A short collection of quaint stories featuring Basil Grant, an eccentric, a former judge and current hermit. The narrator is his friend and tells us of conundrum's that Basil gets himself involved in and must solve. Halfway through Basil's brother Rupert who is an amateur detective and even more eccentric joins in the fun. Much more light-hearted than Father Brown stories. None of the stories features the club of queer trades but we are introduced to it in the first story and each subsequent story has a tie to the club.

1) The Tremendous Adventures of Major Brown - A highly interesting tale of mistaken identity and man's natural need to seek out adventure. Just long enough to get interested in the characters and the solution to the mystery was good fun. Loved the brief tongue-in-cheek mentions of both Sherlock Holmes and Father Brown. Great story to start the collection. (5/5)

2. The Painfu…

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