This is my next short story for the holidays. A father Brown mystery. This is one writer's work I've had a difficult time getting into. I think it's his writing style rather than his plot. However, I will delve into the mystery like a dog after a stick in the sea. (A clue from the story.)
The author: G.K Chesterton has wrote over 150 books but is best known for his Father Brown stories. Though he wrote about Catholic subjects, he never converted to Roman Catholicism until he was fourty-eight years old.
The Oracle of the Dog story is what is known as a locked-room puzzle. A murder is committed with out a way in or out of the room. In this case, the room isn't locked but it is under the observation of many witnesses so the murderer is sure to be seen.
I found the mystery at times hard to follow. Perhaps, it was because I was exhausted. All the clues went over my head. When the actual crime was revealed, I had the murderer picked out but had no idea how he did it.
So, my verdict. Read this book when awake. I guess the clues are there for you to follow.