|Where Highways Cross
|Macmillan and Co.
“Where Highways Cross” is a story soberly conceived, naturally told, and replete with pathos. It is “Hiring Fair” at Sicaster, the time when the men and maids seek service; and to the fair comes Elizabeth Verrell. She had hoped to find a place as a seamstress in Sicaster in a certain shop, but had been disappointed. She was penniless then, and must find work. That is why she takes her place in the hiring fair. Thorndyke Hepworth, a farmer and well-to-do man, wants a woman to take charge of his tablecloths and linen. ... She is a married woman, but does not know whether her husband is alive or dead. He had been accused of some crime—forgery—and had been put in prison. ... He was not innocent. He had committed forgery and had escaped. Hepworth is broken-hearted, for Elizabeth still declares her love for Walter. She is his wife. Then Hepworth gives the two a handsome sum of money and bids them godspeed. Maybe Elizabeth reclaimed her husband.
—The New York Times, Dec 7, 1895 [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Fletcher, J. S. (Joseph Smith)
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, and was one of the leading writers of detective fiction in the "Golden Age".
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.
Fletcher wrote several novels of rural life in imitation of Richard Jefferies, beginning with The Wonderful Wapentake (1894). Michael Sadleir stated that Fletcher's historical novel, When Charles I Was King (1892), was his best work.
In 1914, Fletcher wrote his first detective novel and went on to write over a hundred more, many featuring the private investigator Ronald Camberwell.--Wikipedia.
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