The Charing Cross Mystery

Cover image for

Download


Author: J.S. Fletcher
Published: 1923
Language: English
Wordcount: 72,168 / 213 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 73.2
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 12,296
Added to site: 2010.11.07
mnybks.net#: 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.

Show Excerpt

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

Reviews

Average Rating of 3.8 from 6 reviews: ****
2015.02.15
Lena
**...

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.

2014.07.08
bhold
*****

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.

2011.06.04
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.

2011.04.12
rws
****.

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

2011.03.20
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.

2010.11.20
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.


(Promote your book here)

Featured Books

Cover image for The Charing Cross Mystery by J.S. Fletcher - Free eBook

Nano Contestant

Episode 1: Whatever It Takes
Leif Sterling

Fans of the Hunger Games and Sci-Fi Thrillers will... Read more

Cover image for The Charing Cross Mystery by J.S. Fletcher - Free eBook

Prophecy's Queen

An Epic Fantasy: Prequel to The Triadine Saga
Timothy Bond

"Readers compare him to David Eddings and Brandon... Read more

Cover image for The Charing Cross Mystery by J.S. Fletcher - Free eBook

The Eden Plague

Plague Wars Series Book 0
David VanDyke

Spend time inside a good book today! A Kindle Book... Read more

Cover image for The Charing Cross Mystery by J.S. Fletcher - Free eBook

The Piano Girl

Part One of the Counterfeit Princess Series
Sherri Schoenborn Murray

She plays from memory. Her memories.

T... Read more

Cover image for The Charing Cross Mystery by J.S. Fletcher - Free eBook

Hollywood Assassin

A Hollywood Alphabet Series Thriller
M.Z. Kelly

HOLLYWOOD ASSASSIN: A Hollywood Alphabet Series... Read more

Cover image for The Charing Cross Mystery by J.S. Fletcher - Free eBook

Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter

Nikki Jefford

If there is one thing eighteen-year-old Aurora... Read more

(advanced)
login | register

User ID

Password

reset password

Help ManyBooks by sharing this page!

See it as donating a moment of your social media time, every little thing help us improve and stay online.

Popular in This Genre

The list of books below is based on the weekly downloads by our users regardless of eReader device or file format.

Hollywood Assassin
by M.Z. Kelly
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
by Arthur Conan Doyle
'Doc.' Gordon
by Mary Wilkins Freeman
The Secret Adversary
by Agatha Christie
The Attic Murder
by S. Fowler Wright
Crime and Punishment
by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Accused
by Harold R. Daniels
'Laramie'
by Charles King

See more popular titles from this genre.