J. S. Fletcher
Joseph Smith Fletcher (7 February 1863 – 30 January 1935) was a British journalist and author. 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 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 more than a hundred, many featuring the private investigator Ronald Camberwell.
He was married to the Irish writer Rosamond Langbridge, with whom he had one son.
- Historic York: 34 Water Color Facsimiles of England's Most Picturesque City c.1909
- The Borough Treasurer, 1921
- The Charing Cross Mystery, 1923
- The Chestermarke Instinct, 1921
- Dead Men's Money, 1920
- The Herapath Property, 1921
- In the Days of Drake, 1897
- In the Mayor's Parlour, 1922
- The Ivory God, 1907
- The Matheson Formula, 1929
- The Middle of Things, 1922
- The Middle Temple Murder, 1919
- The Orange-Yellow Diamond, 1921
- The Paradise Mystery, 1921
- Ravensdene Court, 1922
- The Rayner-Slade Amalgamation, 1922
- The Safety Pin, 1924
- Scarhaven Keep, 1922
- The Talleyrand Maxim, 1920
- Hugh Greene, ed. Introduction to Further Rivals of Sherlock Holmes, Penguin Books, 1973. ISBN 0-14-003891-4.
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