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While walking home late one evening, Frank Spargo, assistant editor of London's WATCHMAN newspaper, sees a dead body that the police have just discovered in Middle Temple Lane, that has no identification. At first it appears that this might simply be a case of a drunk who fell down some stairs, but by working alongside New Scotland Yard's Detective Sergeant Rathbury, he learns who the man was, what caused his death, and about some diamonds, rare stamps, and a mysterious leather box.

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As a rule, Spargo left the Watchman office at two o'clock. The paper had then gone to press. There was nothing for him, recently promoted to a sub-­editorship, to do after he had passed the column for which he was responsible; as a matter of fact he could have gone home before the machines began their clatter. But he generally hung about, trifling, until two o'clock came. On this occasion, the morning of the 22nd of June, 1912, he stopped longer than usual, chatting with Hacket, who had charge of the foreign news, and who began telling him about a telegram which had just come through from Durazzo. What Hacket had to tell was interesting: Spargo lingered to hear all about it, and to discuss it. Altogether it was well beyond half-­past two when he went out of the office, unconsciously puffing away from him as he reached the threshold the last breath of the atmosphere in which he had spent his midnight. In Fleet Street the air was fresh, almost to sweetness, and the first grey of the . . .

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A late-­night stroll turns up a shocking discovery when a pedestrian stumbles across a dead body in what many presumed to be a virtually crime-­free neighborhood. The close-­night Middle Temple community is thrown into disarray -- and an unlikely duo set out to decipher the single, cryptic clue found near the body and crack the case.

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The body of a man is found on the steps to Middle Temple Lane near London's courts of law, and a journalist and a young lawyer are drawn into the ensuing investigation.

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• Two of British author J.­S. Fletcher's mystery novels from the Golden Age of Detective Fiction are bound together in this Kindle book: The Talleyrand Maxim (1920) & The Middle Temple Murder (1921)

The Talleyrand Maxim (1920)
Mystery surrounds Linford Pratt, a man who aims to succeed in life – even if that means a life of crime. But can he get away with his deeds when a police detective and a gentleman, forced by circumstances, team up to unravel his crimes?

The Middle Temple Murder (1921)
A body is discovered in Middle Temple Lane on the steps of a barristers' chambers. There is only one clue: the address of a lawyer on a piece of paper. But is it related to the death? Perhaps yes, but upon further reflection possibly no. Either way, the lawyer and Spargo, a journalist desperate for a big story, decide to solve the case.

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Joseph Smith Fletcher (1863 –1935) was a British author of more than 230 fiction and non-­fiction books. He was also a leading . . .

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• Two of British author J.­S. Fletcher's mystery novels from the Golden Age of Detective Fiction are bound together in this Kindle book: The Middle Temple Murder (1921) and The Paradise Mystery

The Middle Temple Murder (1921)
A body is discovered on Middle Temple Lane on the steps of a barristers' chambers. There is only one clue: the address of a lawyer on a piece of paper. But is it related to the death? Perhaps yes, but upon further reflection possibly no. Either way, the lawyer and Spargo, a journalist desperate for a big story, decide to solve the case.

The Paradise Mystery (1921)
A murder is committed in a quaint cathedral town in England, full of impostors and gossips.

About The Author
Joseph Smith Fletcher (1863 –1935) was a British author of more than 230 fiction and non-­fiction books. He was also a leading writer during the “Golden Age” of detective fiction. Fletcher was born in West Yorkshire and studied law before becoming a journalist. He wrote about . . .

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A late-­night stroll turns up a shocking discovery when a pedestrian stumbles across a dead body in what many presumed to be a virtually crime-­free neighborhood. The close-­night Middle Temple community is thrown into disarray -- and an unlikely duo set out to decipher the single, cryptic clue found near the body and crack the case.

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When an elderly man's body is found on the steps of chambers in the Midde Temple, one of the Inns of Court, it falls to newspaperman Frank Spargo and Detective-­Sergeant Rathbury to solve the crime. The murdered man was found with no money or identification, but with the address of a young barrister scrawled on a piece of paper. The Middle Temple murder case must be solved by uncovering not only the identity of the murderer, but also that of the victim.

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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

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