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Recorded HS
Sherlock Holmes vs. Father Brown

Learn mystery literature with a theater and mystery-story expert! Read Sherlock Holmes and Father Brown stories, deep-dive into literary analysis, and have some good old-fashioned fun as you solve the mysteries!

Total classes: 8

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th

Suggested credit: ½ semester English or Literature


The two greatest sleuths in the history of detective fiction are Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and GK Chesterton’s Father Brown. We will read and discuss a different mystery story every day, alternating between these two characters — who both demonstrate, in their own ways, how Reason and Faith work together!


Introduction and scenes from “The Honor of Israel Gow” – Father Brown

“The Speckled Band” – Sherlock Holmes

“The Blue Cross” – Father Brown

“The Dancing Men” – Sherlock Holmes

“The Queer Feet” – Father Brown

“The Red Headed League” – Sherlock Holmes

“The Hammer of God” – Father Brown

“The Final Problem” – Sherlock Holmes

Materials and Homework

Course materials: Mr. O’Brien will provide FREE course materials as PDFs of the stories, all of which are in the public domain.

Homework: Daily assignments will consist of reading that day’s story and taking a computer-graded quiz for immediate feedback. There will be a final essay assignment, graded by Mr. O’Brien. Homework should take no more than one to two hours per day outside of the live class.

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