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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  27 ratings  ·  7 reviews
"Queer!" he repeated as he marched up and down. "Perhaps he's not --" The quiet opening of a door close by made him lift his eyes from the carpet. In the dim light he saw a man looking out upon him -- a man of an unusually thick crop of hair and with a huge beard. He stared at Allerdyke half angrily, half sulkily; then he closed his door as quietly as he had opened it. And ...more
Paperback, 210 pages
Published September 8th 2009 by Book Jungle (first published 1917)
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Dave Holcomb
Although some aspects of Fletcher's novels are rather dated -- the sloppy police procedures, the way the wealthy protagonists waltz in and out of investigations, the relentless drive toward a romance between at least one male and one female in every book -- the stories are still well-written, and the intricate plots are challenging while still remaining plausible. I you enjoy a unravelling a tangled web, Fletcher is worth a look, and this is a good sample of his work.
I wish I could give this story 3-1/2 stars. It was a great Fletcher mystery--right up to the very end, and then it just seemed to fall apart! I really enjoyed the story almost all along. There were twists and turns, interesting characters, great story-telling. But the ending was a let-down. Threads were left hanging. The obligatory romance popped up with no forewarning. Disappointing ending.
I agree with one of the earlier reviewers in that it went along nicely until near the end but then there were unanswered questions and a rather sudden and unsatisfactory ending. It would give the game away to say what they were. Having said all that, I still enjoyed it as I usually do with Fletcher. Not one of his best but not that bad either especially as it was a free download.
Another fun Fletcher book. Good when you want one of the early mysteries. (Scotland)
Joan Thompson
Worthwhile reading. Another interesting mystery from JS Fletcher
Complex murder mystery in the classic style of the time.
Who doesn't like a good Fletcher mystery.
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Joseph Smith Fletcher was a British journalist, writer, and fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He studied law before turning to journalism.

His literary career spanned approximately 200 books on a wide variety of subjects including fiction, non-fiction, histories, historical fiction, and mysteries. He was known as one of the leading writers of detective fiction in the Golden Age .
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