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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.

Good twists in the classic puzzle style but disappointing and unbelievable ending. Libby via Brighton

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

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

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

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