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Joseph Smith Fletcher (7 February 1863 - 30 January 1935) was a British journalist and writer. He wrote more than 230 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, the son of a clergyman. He was educated at Silcoates School in Wakefield. After some study of law, he became a journalist. His first books published were poetry. He then moved on to write numerous works of both historical fiction and history, many dealing with Yorkshire, which led to his selection as a fellow of the Royal Historical Society. In 1914 he wrote his first detective novel and went on to write over a hundred, many featuring the private investigator Ronald Camberwell.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1482377349
  • ISBN-13: 978-1482377347
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,949,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Fantasyman on January 19, 2013
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I rate this one five stars. Mostly on the craft displayed by the author in writing this story. Some of Fletcher's novels have that boiler plate feel to them, quickly hacked together and then off to the publisher. He was a very inventive story teller with a talent for paring the plot down to bite size tidbits easily digested by the reader. As I have stated, this was one of his more carefully crafted efforts. The plot is excellent and moves along at a steady pace, with well developed characters, and a surprise ending that makes sense, along with wrapping up the story. What intrigues me most about this story is how Fletcher uses the omniscient view to portray events in an active and incisive manner, following one character after another while revealing details both about the characters as well as clues to the mystery itself, yet never wandering off track. None of Fletcher's novels are ever likely to make it into the pantheon of great mystery fiction, as Fletcher never relies on a larger than life detective character to unravel the mystery with a flash of intuitive brilliance. He always builds the mystery with clues that are out there for the reader to see and to relate to. I've read several of his novels to date, and I can state that in not one of them is the reader left in the dark about clues or events that solve the mystery, nor are events that eventually prove to be important glossed over or trivialized in the course of the story to reduce their import in the mind of the reader, only to be suddenly brought back at the end by some superior intellect to solve the mystery. With Fletcher you always know what's what.

Take the time to read this one, you won't be disappointed.

Here are some other novels by Fletcher that I recommend:

The Middle Temple Murder
The Chestermarke Instinct
Dead Men's Money
The Burrough Treasurer

Search Kindle for "J. S. Fletcher Public Domain" to see more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patto TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 21, 2012
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J. S. Fletcher, one of my favorite British vintage mystery writers, has a flair for creating interesting settings for his novels. In this case, it's a small town centered around a thirteenth-century cathedral, and rich in gossipy old ladies and gentlemen. What has tongues wagging as the story unfolds is Doctor Runsford and his two wards. He's not old enough, the gossips feel, to be guardian to a pretty twenty-year-old woman like Mary Bewery.

But the gossips soon have more to chew on. A stranger comes to town and falls to his death from a gallery of the cathedral. Accident or murder? The plot is a compex brew of shocking events and roiling suspicions. Doctor Runsford, a man of sterling character and superior intellect, becomes a person of interest, not only to the gossips but to the police.

The plot holds many surprises in store. People are not who they appear to be. There are exciting inquests and a fun scene in an ancient graveyard at night. "Paradise" refers to an enclosure near the deanery full of old tombs.

The book has one handsome villain who unifies the book in a fascinating way. Bryce is a sly, egotistical young doctor who's determined to marry Mary Bewery, even though she can't stand him. Bryce gets into the thick of the investigations and tries to manipulate everything to serve his ends. His machinations add greatly to the suspense and liveliness of the plot.

I disliked Bryce so much that I wasn't sure at first if I would enjoy the book, but I ended up devouring it with relish, as I do all Fletcher's mysteries. They can be a bit rough, because Fletcher knocked them out quickly, but they have an irresistible vitality.

The Paradise Mystery was first published in 1921. The Dodo Press edition is decent quality, but lacks an introduction.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By cozykat on January 2, 2013
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I never heard of him before but found the book while getting books by other old authors. I enjoyed it and will read more by him. I did not the like main character-Bryce-who is a bad one. The mystery is good and well written. I like the older, clean books and this is one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Williams on August 19, 2013
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I enjoyed this very much. I almost didn't read it because other reviewers said they did not like the main character. However, it was interesting to see the story unfold through someone besides the protagonists. And, of course, good triumphs over evil in the end. This story also had a different way of changing points of view. Well written, interesting characters and a good mystery.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By kindlefan on October 1, 2012
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Another fine example of J.S. Fletcher's writing. There are two or three mysteries going on at the same time with a great twist in the end. Great classic mystery!
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By Mutleigh on May 12, 2014
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The description of village and characters keep the imagination active. The finish does seem a little too predictable but acceptable
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By Andrew C. Burns on May 6, 2014
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I enjoyed this book very much. The plot was original and I was guessing (incorrectly) until the end. It reminded me of Agatha Christie, with a similar style and setting.
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I found this book to be a nice change of pace from the type of mystery I usually read. It's a nicely written work set in rural England and keeps you guessing with it's many twists and turns.
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