|The Mill House Murder: Being the Last of the Adventures of Ronald Camberwell [Todmanhaw Grange]
|Alfred A. Knopf Inc.
J. S. Fletcher's last detective story has all the suspense, exciting action, and shrewd deduction that made Mr. Fletcher (in Will Cuppy's words) "the dean of mystery writers."
It tells of the murder of James Martenroyde, a Yorkshire mill-owner who is about to marry for the second time. His body is found one night near his own home. Suspicion falls on his nephew and the latter's mother. Certainly there was something very strange about their house. Why was it so carefully locked up and what did the detective find there when he broke in? Above all, why was the old woman servant of that house found murdered in exactly the same manner as Mr. Martenroyde? The solution of this ingenious mystery is startling and exciting, satisfactorily completing a singularly well-written thriller in which all the characters are interesting and colorful.
This excellent detective story was left not quite finished on Mr. Fletcher's death last year. It has been completed by "Torquemada". [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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