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Joseph Smith Fletcher was a British journalist and author. He wrote more than 230 books on a wide variety of subjects, both fiction and non-fiction. He was one of the leading writers of detective fiction in the "Golden Age". There may be folk in the world to whom the finding of a dead man, lying grim and stark by the roadside, with the blood freshly run from it and making ugly patches of crimson on the grass. The dead man lying in the crushed grass-his arms thrown out helplessly on either side of him. Hugh Moneylaws remember all about that scene and that moment as freshly now as if the affair had happened last night. He runs and errand for his mother’s lodger and stumbles upon murder. Dead Men’s Money is set in Berwick-upon-Tweed, on the English side of the border with Scotland.
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Joseph Smith Fletcher (7 February 1863 – 30 January 1935) was a British journalist and author. He wrote more than 230 books on a wide variety of subjects, both fiction and non-fiction. He was one of the leading writers of detective fiction in the "Golden Age". Fletcher was born in Halifax, West Yorkshire, the son of a clergyman. He was educated at Silcoates School in Wakefield. After some study of law, he became a journalist. His first books published were poetry. He then moved on to write numerous works of historical fiction and history, many dealing with Yorkshire, which led to his selection as a fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Fletcher wrote several novels of rural life in imitation of Richard Jefferies, beginning with The Wonderful Wapentake (1894). Michael Sadleir stated that Fletcher's historical novel When Charles I Was King (1892) was his best work. In 1914 he wrote his first detective novel and went on to write more than a hundred, many featuring the private investigator Ronald Camberwell. He was married to the Irish writer Rosamond Langbridge, with whom he had one son.
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