J. S. Fletcher
Joseph Smith Fletcher (7 February 1863 – 30 January 1935) was an English journalist and author. He wrote more than 230 books on a wide variety of subjects, both fiction and non-fiction, and was one of the most prolific English writers of detective fiction.
Early life and education
Fletcher was born in Halifax, West Yorkshire, the son of a clergyman. His father died when he was eight months old, and after which his grandmother raised him on a farm in Darrington, near Pontefract. He was educated at Silcoates School in Wakefield, and after some study of law, he became a journalist.
At age 20, Fletcher began working in journalism, as a sub-editor in London. He subsequently returned to his native Yorkshire, where he worked first on the Leeds Mercury using the pseudonym A Son of the Soil, and then as a special correspondent for the Yorkshire Post covering Edward VII's coronation in 1902.
Fletcher's 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.
Michael Sadleir stated that Fletcher's historical novel, When Charles I Was King (1892), was his best work. Fletcher wrote several novels of rural life in imitation of Richard Jefferies, beginning with The Wonderful Wapentake (1894).
In 1914, Fletcher wrote his first detective novel and went on to write over a hundred more, many featuring the private investigator Ronald Camberwell.
Fletcher is sometimes incorrectly described as a "Golden Age of Detective Fiction" author, but he is in fact an almost exact contemporary of Conan Doyle. Most of his detective fiction works considerably pre-date that era, and even those few published within it do not conform to the closed form and strict rules professed, if not unfailingly observed, by the Golden Age writers.
He was married to the Irish writer Rosamond Langbridge, with whom he had one son, Rev. Valentine Fletcher, who has subsequently held various ministries across Yorkshire, including Bradford and Sedbergh.
- Frank Carisbroke's Stratagem (1888)
- Andrewlina (1889)
- Mr. Spivey's Clerk (1890)
- When Charles the First Was King (1892)
- In the Days of Drake (1895)
- Where Highways Cross (1895)
- Mistress Spitfire (1896)
- Baden Powell of Mafeking (1900)
- Lucian the Dreamer (1903)
- Perris of the Cherry-Trees (1913)
- The King versus Wargrave (1915)
- The Rayner-Slade Amalgamation (1917)
- Paul Campenhaye (1918)
- The Chestermarke Instinct (1918)
- The Borough Treasurer (1919)
- The Middle Temple Murder (1919)
- The Talleyrand Maxim (1919)
- Scarhaven Keep (1920)
- The Herapath Property (1920)
- The Lost Mr. Linthwaite (1920)
- The Orange-Yellow Diamond (1920)
- The Markenmore Mystery (1921)
- The Root of All Evil (1921)
- Wrychester Paradise (1921)
- In the Mayor's Parlour (1922)
- Ravensdene Court (1922)
- The Middle of Things (1922)
- The Million Dollar Diamond (1923)
- The Charing Cross Mystery (1923)
- The Kang-He Vase (1924)
- The Safety Pin (1924)
- Sea Fog (1925)
- The Bedford Row Mystery (1925)
- The Cartwright Gardens Murder (1925)
- The Mill of Many Windows (1925)
- Dead Men's Money (1928)
- Murder at Wrides Park (1931)
- Murder in Four Degrees (1931)
- Murder of the Ninth Baronet (1932)
- The Borgia Cabinet (1932)
- The Solution of a Mystery (1932)
- Green Ink and other stories (1935)
- Todmanhawe Grange (completed after his death by Edward Powys Mathers as Torquemada, 1937)
- Miscellaneous Stories (1907)
- Mr. Poskitt's Nightcaps (1910)
- The Secret of the Barbican and Other Stories (1924)
- The Juvenile Poems of Joseph S. Fletcher (1879)
- Early Poems by Joseph Smith Fletcher (1882)
- Anima Christi (1884)
- "J.S. Fletcher Dies; Popular Novelist". The New York Times. 1 February 1935. p. 21.
- Freeman, Sarah (8 May 2006). "How Fame Eluded a Man of Many Words". Yorkshire Post. Archived from the original on 26 April 2012.
- Greene, Hugh (editor) (1973). "Introduction". Further Rivals of Sherlock Holmes. Penguin Books. ISBN 0-14-003891-4.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
- Sutherland, John (1990). The Stanford Companion to Victorian Fiction. Stanford University Press. p. 228. ISBN 0-8047-1842-3.
- https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0282024/bio bio
- Torquemada; Fletcher, J. S. (1937). "Introduction by Torquemada". Todmanhawe Grange. Thornton Butterworth.
- Classics, Delphi. "Collected Works of J. S. Fletcher". Delphi Classics. Retrieved 2 April 2020.
- Works written by or about Joseph Smith Fletcher at Wikisource
- Works by J. S. Fletcher in eBook form at Standard Ebooks
- Works by J. S. Fletcher at Project Gutenberg
- Works by J. S. (Joseph Smith) Fletcher at Faded Page (Canada)
- Works by or about J. S. Fletcher at Internet Archive
- Works by J. S. Fletcher at LibriVox (public domain audiobooks)