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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

This is the second J. S. Fletcher I've read. The first one, The Middle Temple Murder wasn't half bad. But this one! This one is something else!

Modernize the language, add a flashy cover, and Bingo! Best seller for sure! Although it was written in the 1920s, the plot is not at all what you'd expe...more

When Raymond Chandler castigated writers of Golden Age detective fiction in 'The Simple Art of Murder' he failed to take account of the fact that for most people, reading is escapism, not a quest for absolute accuracy. He also omitted to note that the quality of writing is often the most importan...more

A well written classic mystery, if that's your interest, I think Fletcher always does quite a good job at presenting such... I think I may have given it a different title though the significance of this one took a while to kick-in but that just keeps you reading...
Good cosy mystery..

What secrets do the inhabitants of Highmarket have could lead to murder. As the story unfolds so are the secrets exposed.
A descent story which was first published in 1921

Good vintage mystery by a classic author. Recommended.

Enjoyable classic murder mystery.

An historical murder mystery

I enjoyed reading this book. Just when you think you know "who did it", more details come out. Then when you are sure, the end surprises you.

An OK read, but far far too complicated. Fletcher liked to pull his denouements out of a hat, and the one that got picked here is just one of a number of possibilities. Unfortunately there are not one but two 'romances' [which he did poorly in every book of his I've read] here facilitated by four...more

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 an...more

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

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