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The Borough Treasurer

J. S. Fletcher

Book Overview: 

Messrs. Mallalieu and Cotherstone were outsiders who had built a prosperous business in Highmarket and even been elected as Mayor and Treasurer of the borough. But when an ex-detective moves to town, 30 years of respectability is suddenly threatened by revelations from the past.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .What time would that be, like? I knew he'd business tonight—business of ours."

"Nine to ten, roughly speaking," replied Bent. "He'd just got in when Garthwaite came with the news."

"It 'ud shock him, of course," suggested Mallalieu. "His own tenant!"

"Yes—it was a shock," agreed Bent. He took the glass which his host handed to him and sat down. "We'd better tell you all about it," he said. "It's a queer affair—Mr. Brereton here, who's a barrister, thinks it's a very queer affair."

Mallalieu nodded and sat down, too, glass in hand. He listened attentively—and Brereton watched him while he listened. A sleek, sly, observant, watchful man, this, said Brereton to himself—the sort that[Pg 60] would take all in and give little out. And he waited expectantly to hear what Mallalieu would say when he had heard everything.

Mallalieu turned to him when Bent had finished.

"I agree with you, sir," he s. . . Read More

Community Reviews

1919 murder mystery set in the town of Haymarket. Two leading citizens, partners in a successful construction business, in this northern British town and holding political positions, have a 30 year old secret that comes back to haunt them when a man seeks to blackmail them. The blackmailer is quickl

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This is the seventh novel in the J.S. Fletcher anthology of novels and short stories. Once again, Fletcher has produced a well-written classic murder mystery replete with a host of unique and well-defined characters. The plot is well presented and quite believable. There are a few happenings that st

Another enjoyable J. S. Fletcher mystery. He has quite a large cast of interesting characters in this one, and manages to bring them all to life with great detail. Secrets abound, many of the shady characters have a notable soft side, and suspicion is cast among several of them. Lots of action and t

Classic murder mystery featuring two upstanding citizens in northern towns who wish to keep their past secret.

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