Father Brown attends a tea party to celebrate a new church clock tower, presided over by his friend Reverend Bohun. However the serene atmosphere is shattered when his caddish brother Norman arrives, riling most of the guests. Just after the bells sound for the first time Norman's body is found behind the church, the back of his head hit by a hammer found lying nearby. The local blacksmith Simeon is immediately suspected but his wife Elizabeth, guilty about having relations with Norman, confesses to the crime and is arrested by Inspector Valentine. Reverend Bohun implores Father Brown to find out the truth. At the police station Elizabeth confesses that she's innocent, however until the real culprit is caught she won't speak up. Father Brown must find the killer before an innocent woman is sent to the gallows.
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Based on the short stories by G K Chesterton, Father Brown follows the kindly cleric as he solves crimes in his community. It is a quintessentially English world: drawing rooms in large country houses...