J. S. Fletcher

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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. Fletcher wrote several novels of rural life in imitation of Richard Jefferies, beginning with The Wonderful Wapentake (1894).[1] Michael Sadleir stated that Fletcher's historical novel When Charles I Was King (1892) was his best work.[1] 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.

Popular works[edit]

  • 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


  1. ^ a b John Sutherland, The Stanford Companion to Victorian Fiction. Stanford University Press, 1990. ISBN 0804718423, (p. 228)

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