In 1911, English writer, philosopher, and theologian G. K. Chesterton published a Father Brown mystery entitled The Three Tools of Death. In the tale, an ex-alcoholic named Armstrong runs a sort-of Cult of Happiness. He is aggressively happy and no one is allowed to be less than joyful in his presence, especially his daughter and the suitor he forbids her to marry.
Yet this gleeful ol’ soul is found dead under suspicious circumstances. Naturally, everyone assumes it’s murder. Surely, such a cheerful man would never do away with himself. Yet, they also can’t fathom such a happy person having any enemies.
Father Brown proves otherwise.
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