G K Chesterton has been called the Prince of Paradox. His varied interests included journalism, philosophy, poetry, biography, fantasy and detective stories. Chesterton was a master of the play on words. Although his style is light his message is very serious. His commentaries on society and the morals of his time are quite revealing and as current today as they were then. The Wisdom of Father Brown contains twelve entertaining stories and takes amateur detective Father Brown from London to Italy and France. He gets involved with bandits, treason, murder, and an American crime-detection machine, and solves every problem that arises. The stories include: Absence of Mr. Glass -- Duel of Dr. Hirsch -- Fairy tale of Father Brown -- God of the gongs -- Head of Caesar -- Man in the passage -- Mistake of the machine -- Paradise of thieves -- Perishing of the Pendragons - Purple wig -- Salad of Colonel Cray -- Strange crime of John Boulnois.