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The Rayner-Slade Amalgamation

J. S. Fletcher

Book Overview: 

Marshall Allerdyke is driving through the night from London to Hull in response to an urgent telegram from his cousin. As he nears Hull, a beautiful woman stops his car to ask for directions to Scotland. Odd time to be traveling so far and in such a hurry, but Allerdyke's mind is elsewhere. When he finally arrives in Hull, he finds his cousin dead in his hotel room and a valuable consignment of jewels missing. Allerdyke's only clue rests with that woman hurrying off to Scotland.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .f from an hotel would wire back to its manager, giving her address, for the sake of a shoe-buckle, even one set with diamonds?"

"I'm not—for the moment—supposing that she is the thief," answered
Fullaway. "Why I want—and must—find her at once is to ask her a
simple question. What was she doing in James Allerdyke's room?
For—I've an idea."

"What?" demanded Allerdyke.

"This," replied Fullaway. "They were fellow-passengers on the Perisco. Your cousin—as I daresay you know—was the sort of man who readily makes friends, especially with women. My idea is that if this Miss Lennard went into his room last night it was to be shown the Princess Nastirsevitch's jewels. Your cousin was just the sort of man who knew how a woman would appreciate an exhibition of such things. And—"

At that moment a waiter tapped at the sitting-room. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Although some aspects of Fletcher's novels are rather dated -- the sloppy police procedures, the way the wealthy protagonists waltz in and out of investigations, the relentless drive toward a romance between at least one male and one female in every book -- the stories are still well-written, and...more

I agree with one of the earlier reviewers in that it went along nicely until near the end but then there were unanswered questions and a rather sudden and unsatisfactory ending. It would give the game away to say what they were. Having said all that, I still enjoyed it as I usually do with Fletch...more

1914 Marshall Allerdyce in response to a message from his cousin James, aims to meet him in Hull. Unfortunately when he arrives he finds James dead, and the jewels he was carrying missing. But this is just the start.
An interesting and enjoyable mystery

J.S.Fletcher writes some pretty interesting mysteries and I've enjoyed everything I've read so far.

But this book is a classic. It has all the cliched set of ingredients required in a thriller written in those days. Fletcher made sure he didn't miss a single one.

A Russian princess, a mysterious N...more

I wish I could give this story 3-1/2 stars. It was a great Fletcher mystery--right up to the very end, and then it just seemed to fall apart! I really enjoyed the story almost all along. There were twists and turns, interesting characters, great story-telling. But the ending was a let-down. Threa...more

Rayner-Slade has a complicated plot: a double jewel theft, multiple murders with international implications, a whole host of people trying to solve the crime, the usual glut of coincidence, the typical 'surprise' ending, and one endearing marriage proposal. A good enough read.

I have recently been reading as many J.S.Fletcher novels as I can get my hands on. He was quite prolific, and his murder mysteries are very good. This one was first published in 1917, but it didn't quite come up to Fletcher's usual quality, though it was still interesting. It simply got quite con...more

This Fletcher murder mystery was a bit slow and confusing, and when we finally got close to the end, with several different threads vying for attention, one of the many characters just sat down and narrated a long history of why everything happened the way it did. Not Fletcher's best. I am contin...more

Who doesn't like a good Fletcher mystery.

Worthwhile reading. Another interesting mystery from JS Fletcher

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