MYSTERY LEADS MID-MONTH MONDAYS FROM SHANNON MUIR’S THE PULP AND MYSTERY SHELF put the magnifying glass the second Monday of each month on classic detective and crime fiction.

Shannon will take the time to talk about her own personal discoveries as she looks back at the masters and lesser known writers of the past and how it can inform us as writers and readers today.

This month’s column focuses on Shannon Muir wanting to explore more of the mystery writings of G.K. Chesterson, and doing so via audiobook, after being inspired by last month’s column.

I didn’t have time to pick up a text of FATHER BROWN, as I thought I might the prior month, so instead I got the Audible version of THE INNOFENCE OF FATHER BROWN. I was glad I did.

 

The result became an interesting case study in adaptation. While the heart and soul of the Father Brown character is essentially the same, the same stories are completely different. It is bit just cultural changes, but a completely different tone.

 

I learned a lot following this particular mystery lead. Let’s see where we go next month.