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The Herapath Property

J. S. Fletcher

Book Overview: 

Jacob Herapath, a wealthy property developer and member of Parliament, is found dead in his office, a revolver at his side and a bullet wound to the head. An allegedly forged Will deepens the mystery. An intriguing puzzle with plenty of twists and turns.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Page_51" id="Page_51">[Pg 51]he rose, and tip-toeing towards the bag, motioned his friend to follow him.

“Now, my dear sir,” he said, whispering in his excitement as if he feared lest the very retorts and crucibles and pneumatic troughs should hear him, “Now, my dear sir, I wish you to see for yourself. First of all, the glass. I will take it out myself—I know exactly how I put it in. I take it out—thus! I place it on this vacant space—thus. Look for yourself, my dear fellow. What do you see?”

The Professor, watching Mr. Tertius’s movements with undisguised interest, took off his spectacles, picked up a reading-glass, bent down and carefully examined the tumbler.

“Yes,” he said, after a while, “yes, Tertius, I certainly see distinct thumb and finger-marks round the upper part of this glass. Oh, yes—no doubt of that!”

“Allow me to take one of your. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Jacob Herapath, rich property devloper and M.P. is found dead. With a gun at his side. But it seems one hour later he is dropped off at home by his coachman. And what of his will, what surprises will it reveal. Several people including the police try to solve the puzzle.
An interesting mystery

When Herapath, MP and wealthy property magnate is found dead in his office, it's a question of whether this is a case of murder or suicide. I particularly enjoyed this one for the focus on how the press worked with the police to flush out a few of the suspects - and, for once, I didn't guess the...more

Murder, mystery and romance - fun reading the classic writers again and it kept me guessing. Well narrated by Richard Kilmer (his usual performance).

A property developer is found dead and any one of a host of characters just may have had some really good reason to murder him...more

1920s murder mystery with an enormous red herring or two

Hmmm. This is now the fifth J S Fletcher I’ve read, and I don’t know whether I’ve just read too many of them in quick succession, but I wasn’t as impressed with this one. Partly because it is suffering from a big case of recycling (or the previous ones I’ve read have been recycled from this) and...more

Typical Fletcher--enjoyable and not too taxing.