Joseph Smith Fletcher (17 books)

(18631935)

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Joseph Smith Fletcher (7 February 1863 - 30 January 1935) was a British journalist and writer. He wrote about 200 books on a wide variety of subjects, both fiction and non-fiction. He was one of the leading writers of detective fiction in the "Golden Age".
Fletcher was born in Halifax, West Yorkshire, son of a clergyman. He was educated at Silcoates School in Wakefield. After some study of law,… (more)

 

In the Days of Drake

by Joseph Smith Fletcher

In the whole history of the English people there is no period so absolutely heroic, so full of enthralling interest, as that in which the might of England made itself apparent by land and sea—the period which...

The Middle Temple Murder

by Joseph Smith Fletcher

The body of a man is found on the steps to Middle Temple Lane near London's courts of law, and a journalist and a young lawyer are drawn into the ensuing investigation.

Dead Men's Money

by Joseph Smith Fletcher

Nothing is what it seems, and dead bodies abound in this classic 1920 murder mystery from the British crime author and journalist, J.S. Fletcher.

The Paradise Mystery

by Joseph Smith Fletcher

A quiet cathedral town in England, full of gossips and people who are not quite who they seem to be, is the setting for this murder mystery.

The Talleyrand Maxim

by Joseph Smith Fletcher

Nesta, left alone, gave herself up to deep thought, and to a careful reckoning of her position. She was longing to confide in some trustworthy person or persons, for Pratt's revelations had plunged her into...

The Borough Treasurer

by Joseph Smith Fletcher

A fine example of "Golden Age" detective stories.

The Herapath Property

by Joseph Smith Fletcher

Excerpt: "This was the third week of Selwood’s secretaryship to Jacob Herapath. Herapath was a well-known man in London. He was a Member of Parliament, the owner of a sort of model estate of up-to-date flats,...

The Orange-Yellow Diamond

The Chestermarke Instinct

by Joseph Smith Fletcher

Excerpt: "Every Monday morning, when the clock of the old parish church in Scarnham Market-Place struck eight, Wallington Neale asked himself why on earth he had chosen to be a bank clerk. On all the other mornings...

The Chestermarke Instinct

by Joseph Smith Fletcher

John Horbury, manager of Chestermarke's bank, in the old-world English village of Scarnham, vanishes overnight. The task of finding him taxes the skill of one of Scotland Yard's best men.

The Borough Treasurer

by Joseph Smith Fletcher

Blackmail, murder and the secret of an ancient quarry go to make a very exciting yarn.

In the Mayor's Parlour

by Joseph Smith Fletcher

The Mayor of a small town is found murdered. A classic "whodunnit".

The Middle of Things

by Joseph Smith Fletcher

In the heart of London, John Ashton--the man from Australia--has been murdered. It seems clear that the motive was not robbery, and as he apparently had no acquaintances in town, the exposure of the murderer...

Ravensdene Court

by Joseph Smith Fletcher

An expert in rare books is invited to a remote Northumbrian manor house to catalogue a library. Mysterious events ensue...

The Rayner-Slade Amalgamation

by Joseph Smith Fletcher

Excerpt: "That's just what I was going to suggest, he said. "There's no good to be done hanging about here. Let's get on to the scene of operations. If Miss Lennard's maid has stolen her jewels, she's probably...

Scarhaven Keep

by Joseph Smith Fletcher

When the great actor, Bassett Oliver, who was a martinet for punctuality, failed to turn up to a rehearsal which he himself had called, his business manager guessed that something had happened. It had. But it...

The Safety Pin

by Joseph Smith Fletcher

An elderly man called Deane is murdered in an English town. Inspector Mellapont thinks it's a simple robbery, but others disagree, and Deane's business partner, an attractive young girl named Miss Pretty, offers...

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