Joseph Smith Fletcher (1863–1935)

Joseph Smith Fletcher was born on Charles Dickens' birthday. His ministerial father died when he was eight years old. His father was a mighty reader, and had a passion for buying books, which was not a convenient one in a man of modest income.

Fletcher wrote from 1882 to 1935, writing over 230 books, both fiction and non-fiction. More than 100 of them were mysteries.