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The Shadow of the Scaffold 

Violet Fernsley is due to hang for killing her violent husband Ivan but Father Brown believes in her innocence. The Fernsley family close ranks but the priest is puzzled by the fact that ... See full summary »

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Violet Fernsley
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Charlie Denham
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Ethel Fernsley
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Wilf Fernsley
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Archie Fernsley
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Violet Fernsley is due to hang for killing her violent husband Ivan but Father Brown believes in her innocence. The Fernsley family close ranks but the priest is puzzled by the fact that Polish farm-hand Piotr Symanski disappeared around the time of the murder and also seems to have been slain. Ivan's brothers' squabbling over possession of his farm seems to incriminate one or both whilst Sullivan is suspicious of the fact that prison warder Charlie Denham is Violet's lover. Father Brown naturally deduces that the real murderer is the least likely suspect. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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9 January 2014 (UK)  »

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written by Debbie Wiseman
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The Shadow of the Scaffold
15 May 2017 | by See all my reviews

Violet Fernsley is about to be hung for murdering her husband Ivan. At the last moment she announces that she is pregnant and begs Father Brown to save her.

Ivan was a violent man, his family which includes bedridden Ethel and his two stupid brothers Wilf and Archie treated her badly and determined that she pays for her crimes.

Father Brown thinks that the disappearance of a Polish farm worker around the time of Ivan's death holds a clue, he thinks that one of the brother's is the guilty party but the one of them meets a grizzly end in the pig sty.

A lot of implied violence of what could had happened to the bodies with grinding machines spewing meat out, wild pigs, even a dismembered finger at one point.

Father Brown also faces a dilemma regarding his views of Christian justice and forgiveness. His seal of the confessional needs to remain resolute.


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