The Charing Cross Mystery

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Author: J.S. Fletcher
Published: 1923
Language: English
Wordcount: 72,168 / 213 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 73.2
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 12,476
Added to site: 2010.11.07 29488

A young barrister witnesses the sudden death of one of two fellow passengers on the London Underground between St. James's Park and Charing Cross. The second passenger disappears without trace and foul play is suspected.

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e provinces, most likely. Well----"

He laid down the letters and picked up the watch--a fine gold-cased hunter--and released the back. Within that was an inscription, engraved in delicate lettering. The inspector let out an exclamation.

"Ah!" he said. "I half suspected that from his appearance. One of ourselves! Look at this--'Presented to Superintendent Robert Hannaford, on his retirement, by the Magistrates of Sellithwaite.' Sellithwaite, eh?--where's that, now?"

"Yorkshire," replied one of the men standing close by. "South-West Riding."

Matherfield closed the watch and laid it by.

"Well," he remarked, "that's evidently who he is--ex-Superintendent Hannaford, of Sellithwaite, Yorkshire, stopping at Malter's Hotel. I'll have to go round there. Mr. Hetherwick, as you were the last man to see him alive, I wish you'd go with me--it's on your way to the Temple."

Something closely corresponding to curiosity, not morbid, but compelling, made Hetherwick accede to t


Average Rating of 3.8 from 6 reviews: ****

A slow and humourless narrative, a plot based on somewhat strained logic
and doubtful situations, followed by a succession of solutions too easily found.
The good guys are soooo good and good-looking, the bad ones are flashy dressed men.
The detective is notably slowly-thinking and too profuse and repeating
himself explaining any new circunstance to his accolites.
The story evolves through too many weak situations, is clumsily constructed and monotousely narrated.
The worst of all, it isn't really a detective mystery: you know at once who the bad guys are and all the detective and his seven helpers (seven!: four policemen, his would-be fiancée and two friends) do is follow, lose and follow again the suspects.


Another excellent Fletcher mystery. If you are a fan of British crime / mystery and have never read Fletcher, you owe it to yourself to give him a try.

Mr Kindle

I really enjoyed this book.Just go with the flow and savour this well written murder mystery.I've found a little goldmine in downloading this book by J. S. Fletcher.Will be reading more from this excellent author.


Not so bad as it sounds from one comment. Certainly one of the better JSFletcher books.

Joan Thompson

Moves along at a good pace with twists & turns to keep the reader interested.I like the style of Fletchers writing, so different to today. I will be reading more of his books.

Allan H. Clark

Fletcher's story is well-paced and the writing is good, but he relies on gimmicks which no mystery writer today would dare use. His coincidences are far-fetched and a bit too convenient to be credible.

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