Joseph Smith Fletcher (1863-1935) 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 â¿¿Golden Ageâ¿¿. 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. His works include: Andrewlina (1889), The Winding Way (1890), Old Lattimerâ¿¿s Legacy (1892), When Charles the First was King (1892), The Wonderful City (1894), Where Highways Cross (1895), At the Gate of the Fold: A Country Tale (1896), The Builders (1897), Godâ¿¿s Failures (1897), In the Days of Drake (1897), At the Blue Bell Inn (1898), Pasquinado (1898) and In the Mayorâ¿¿s Parlour (1922).