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The Paradise Mystery

J. S. Fletcher

Book Overview: 

A quiet cathedral town in England, full of gossips and people who are not quite who they seem to be, is the setting for this murder mystery.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Campany, "is—that book they found in the man's suit-case at the Mitre. I'm not a detective—but there's a clue!"


Old Simpson Harker, who sat near the librarian's table, his hands folded on the crook of his stout walking stick, glanced out of a pair of unusually shrewd and bright eyes at Bryce as he crossed the room and approached the pair of gossipers.

"I think the doctor was there when that book you're speaking of was found," he remarked. "So I understood from Mitchington."

"Yes, I was there," said Bryce, who was not unwilling to join in the talk. He turned to Campany. "What makes you think there's a clue—in that?" he asked.

"Why this," answered the librarian. "Here's a man in possession of an old history of Barthorpe. Barthorpe is a small market-town in the Midlands—Leicestershire, I believe, of no particular importance that I know of, but dou. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Fletcher certainly knows how to spin a good mystery. Written in 1921 this mystery is of course dated, but that is part of the charm and reading delight of this book. A wonderful intricate plot that at times had me taking a step back so that I could take a few minutes to tie the strings together. Abs

At times I seemed to lose the story but never for very long. And it certainly enthused toward the end.

This was my introduction to the work of J.S. Fletcher and it was not bad at all. I enjoyed the mystery very much. My quibble would be that a little too much time was spent on side issues, but overall, a nice weekend read.

What I found rather different about this story was that most of it was told fro

Fletcher doing what he does best - hidden identities, mysterious secrets, grasping characters you love to hate...more

Characters whim you may not like give this mystery a unique quality and brings you to the 1920s with such fidelity you might actually be there. The Paradise is not what you'd think, reading the title. "Paradise" is the ancient name for an enclosure in the Close of Wrychester, one of Britain's most b

This was my second book by J.S.Fletcher, and I will definitely be reading more. There's a man flung from the top of a cathedral, then another murder (supposedly to cover up the first one), lots of behind the scenes investigation into burial and marriage records, questionable parentage, questionable


But, it came very close to 4★ as it was a well written story in many ways with lots of twists & turns.

What I didn't like;

► Dr Ransford talking to himself at the beginning to show his feelings

► Some pages could have done with a bit of pruning

► Above all, I don't think Fletcher played fair with

I have never read anything by J.S. Fletcher before this was chosen by a book group I belong to, and, as it is a very early mystery – even by Golden Age standards – first published in 1921, I was worried that I would find it very dated. However, I was pleasantly surprised by how good this was and, ac

What secrets lie under the sheen of respectability in Wrychester. When a body of a stranger is discovered, it leads several people to seek out the truth, but what are their motives.
An enjoyable and interesting mystery, originally written in 1921

Secret longings for a character you may despise while reading this book, no matter how artfully devious he may be, to meet with his own reward eventuates. When does that happen? This was just my second Fletcher mystery and he did not show quite as much humor, but it broke out now and then when descr

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