Wednesday, the 10th of February, and Shelf Control time once again! Shelf Control is a weekly feature hosted by Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies, and celebrates the books waiting to be read on your TBR piles/mountains. To participate, all you do is pick a book from your TBR pile, and write a post about it–what its about, why you want to read it, where and when you got it, and such. If you participate, don’t forget to link back to Lisa’s page, and do also leave your links in the comments below as I’d love to check out your picks as well!

Today my pick from my TBR mountain is The Brighter Buccaneer by Leslie Charteris. This is the eleventh in a series of novels and short stories by Leslie Charteris featuring the ‘Saint’ or Simon Templar. While the stories by Charteris were first published in 1928 and continued till 1963, the series continued with other authors collaborating with Charteris until 1983, and then also further with books published by other authors themselves. At the centre of these stories is Simon Templar or the Saint who is a ‘Robin Hood’ like character, who targets corrupt politicians, war-mongers and other such low life. At the sites of his crimes, he usually leaves a calling card, a stick figure of a man with a halo on his head (see cover picture). The stories have been adapted several times for comic books and strips, radio plays, television, and film. The earliest adaptation goes all the way back to 1938 while the most recent was in 2017.

The Brighter Buccaneer, first published in 1932, is a collection of fifteen short stories featuring Templar. In the collection he is said to ‘dispense his own brand of justice to a rich assortment of villains’, and also buys a racehorse, kisses a policewoman, recovers a stolen treaty, besides also planning the ‘perfect crime’. The collection has been described by Goodreads reviewers as ‘entertaining’ and ‘light-hearted’.

This collection and one other later one have been among my parents’ books for years, but I never ever got down to reading these. But coming upon them again, I wanted to give them a try having always heard of the Saint, but never read any of the books nor any comics or watched any of the films or TV adaptations. This one seems a better place to start than the other one, being an earlier collection since I have read that the later collections don’t seem to have the same touch.

Have you read any of the books featuring the Saint? Or watched any of the TV series or films? How did you find them? Is he a likeable character? Looking forward to your thoughts!

Book cover image and some info from Goodreads (here); general info on the Saint from Wikipedia here.

Lisa’s pick today is an interesting version of Peter Pan, told from Captain Hook’s perspective (here).

4 thoughts on “Shelf Control #126: The Brighter Buccaneer by Leslie Charteris

  1. I too watched the late Roger Moore as The Saint in my teens (my mother was an avid watcher) and remember the character had a light touch and a cheeky smile, but have never read the books—in fact, I remember having no clue as to plot, motivation or anything literary as it seemed to be a succession of punch-ups, verbal duels and romantic liaisons with no discernible links! But then I was a particularly clueless fourteen-year-old…

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