The Chestermarke Instinct By J.S. Fletcher John Hornbury is missing, along with jewels from the bank he manages. So why are the owners, Gabriel Chestermarke and his nephew Joseph, unwilling to call the police? Hornbury's niece Betty doesn't believe her uncle is a thief and rather than wait for Scotland Yard to solve the mystery she takes matters into her own hands.
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Joseph Smith Fletcher (7 February 1863 - 30 January 1935) was a British journalist and writer. He wrote about 200 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, 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, and he then moved on to write numerous works of both historical fiction and history, many dealing with Yorkshire. He was made a fellow of the Royal Historical Society. In 1914 he wrote his first detective novel and went on to write over a hundred, latterly featuring private investigator, Ronald Camberwell.
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