Yes, Father Brow was the muse for the Father Dowling Mysteries of US TV. Just as a film does not always run true to the book, neither did the TV series run true to the book.
There was a French version of Sherlock Holmes with a streak of Mack the Knife thrown in for good measure, a fellow just one step up from those he sought -- Arsene Lupin. I have found 6 of the 20 books and have started to post them. I cannot say what order they were published.