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The Paradise Mystery

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Joseph Smith Fletcher (1863-1935) was a British journalist and writer. He wrote about 200 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." An early book was the 1909 collection, The Adventures of Archer Dawe. His other works include: Andrewlina (1889), The Winding Way (1890), The ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published November 16th 2007 by Dodo Press (first published 1921)
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Monica
Fletcher certainly knows how to spin a good mystery. Written in 1921 this mystery is of course dated, but that is part of the charm and reading delight of this book. A wonderful intricate plot that at times had me taking a step back so that I could take a few minutes to tie the strings together. Absolutely no way to be my own detective in solving the deaths that happen and yet the wrapping up in the final pages is all based on a solid story. A shocking ending that I never saw coming, likeable an ...more
Marts  (Thinker)
A rather interesting and quite complex classic mystery encompassing a murder which occurs in a quiet cathedral town and involving a myriad of characters all of which keep the reader quite puzzled throughout...
Elaine
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Someone dies. Murder? Someone knew too much so he gets bumped off. All signs seem to point to the doctor.
John
Another provincial town story set in a cathedral close much beloved of English crime writers of the period and their readers alike.

An unusual story with no particular detective or main protagonist. This seemed a bit strange but I enjoyed it nevertheless.

I would have given it four stars if there hadn't been some quite key elements of the story left glaringly unexplained. To detail these would go a long way to giving the game away.

I think J.S. Fletcher is sadly neglected these days especially as h
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Jenny
Another excellent page turner.
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Joan Thompson
another detective book written by JS Fletcher. I didnt feel this was as good as the others of his that I have read. the plot and mystery developed well but deflated very quickly in the last few pages. It was as if he didnt know how to end it.
Dahlia
I did not care for this book. I like turn of the century romances. But I guess I don't like turn of the century forensics!
Jack
Complex 1920s mystery with lots of twists and turns
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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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