The Club of Queer Trades


Read by David Barnes

(4.6 stars; 137 reviews)

A collection of six wonderfully quirky detective stories, featuring the 'mystic' former judge Basil Grant. Each story reveals a practitioner of an entirely new profession, and member of the Club of Queer Trades. (Summary by David Barnes)

(4 hr 48 min)

Chapters

The Tremendous Adventures of Major Brown 56:21 Read by David Barnes
The Painful Fall of a Great Reputation 38:00 Read by David Barnes
The Awful Reason of the Vicar's Visit 44:25 Read by David Barnes
The Singular Speculation of the House-Agent 49:52 Read by David Barnes
The Noticeable Conduct of Professor Chadd 43:25 Read by David Barnes
The Eccentric Seclusion of the Old Lady 56:44 Read by David Barnes

Reviews

anti-Sherlock Holmes

(4 stars)

This is an anti-Sherlock Holmes collection of detective stories. The Honorable Justice Basil Grant is everything that Holms is not, good humored, intuitive, and compassionate and more than a bit nutty. It is quite witty. It is riddled with perceptive criticism and observations about modern life which I found very relevant even today although it was written more than a century ago. I would say it is good not great. The main fault lies in the predictability of the stories which is inevitable given the central conceit of the collection. So to that extent it does not work so well as a mystery. But as parody, humor, wit and social criticism it excels.

Up and Down

(3 stars)

The quality of these stories varies widely. I was entertained by the first two, and would recommend them. I'm afraid not all are their equal. When, within a story, the narrator comments (accurately) on the boring nature of another character, and then said character is allowed to go on boring the reader/listener for minutes more, I lose interest and tune out. And when what seems to be a collection of clever mystery/adventure stories turns into a philosophical exercise of repetetitive refrain, I have to wonder exactly why the author - who was perfectly capable of writing a good yarn - chose to do so.

A lively recording

(5 stars)

In "The Club of Queer Trades" the detective, Rupert Grant, is a Sherlock Holmes-like private eye who investigates crimes and chases crooks with great self-assuredness in his powers of deduction. But he is always wrong. The hero of these stories is not Rupert, but his older brother, Basil Grant, a retired judge. In each case, Basil proves to Rupert hat there has been no crime and no crooks! The stories are funny and entertaining and they are very well read by David Barnes. Many thanks for this excellent performance.

(3.5 stars)

One counts on genius when the author is Chesterton. I found these stories merely clever. None-the-less you will get flashes of the great man's one-of-a-kind insightful brilliance in matters of human nature. Not classic G.K. Chesterton but worth a listen. The narration is pro quality; superb job by an esteemed reader.

not his best work

(3 stars)

The plot a bit too outlandish; the solutions a little to pat. Still some colorful use of language and interesting ways of backing into thought that is typical of Chesterton. And the narrator is stellar- quite a natural.

interesting book

(4 stars)

This was an interesting book, a bit odd at times and some stories are better than others. I thought it was like an eccentric Sherlock Holmes, less "deduction and logic" and more "fantastic". The reading was excellent

The Club of Queer Trades

(4 stars)

This may start off a little slow, but it is well worth staying with and listening to all of the stories. They all seem to have a twist which reminded me of the title.

Excellent!

(5 stars)

So fun and quirky and witty and interesting! One of my favorites of Chesterton's for sure! I'll be looking for a hard copy to have on hand for the years to come. Excellent reading as well.