The Chestermarke Instinct

Read by MaryAnn

(4.6 stars; 407 reviews)

Bank manager John Hornbury is missing, as are securities and jewels from the bank’s vault. Gabriel Chestermarke and his nephew Joseph have unaccountably refused to call in the police to investigate the theft from their bank. When Betty Fosdyke shows up to visit her Uncle John, she finds it past belief that he would simply disappear – let alone that he would commit larceny. Unable to simply sit by and wait while a detective from Scotland Yard investigates, Betty elicits the help of the chief clerk at Chestermarke’s bank and launches into the middle of the mystery.(Summary by MaryAnn) (7 hr 20 min)


01 - The Missing Bank Manager 15:09 Read by MaryAnn
02 - The Ellersdeane Deposit 14:01 Read by MaryAnn
03 - Mr Chestermarke Disclaims Liability 13:41 Read by MaryAnn
04 - The Modern Young Woman 14:22 Read by MaryAnn
05 - The Search Begins 14:02 Read by MaryAnn
06 - Ellersdeane Hollow 15:00 Read by MaryAnn
07 - The Travelling Tinker 14:26 Read by MaryAnn
08 - The Saturday Night Stranger 14:27 Read by MaryAnn
09 - No Further Information 13:46 Read by MaryAnn
10 - The Chestermarke Way 14:21 Read by MaryAnn
11 - The Search-Warrant 15:35 Read by MaryAnn
12 - The First Find 14:38 Read by MaryAnn
13 - The Partners Unbend 15:52 Read by MaryAnn
14 - The Midnight Summons 15:54 Read by MaryAnn
15 - Mr. Frederick Hollis 13:43 Read by MaryAnn
16 - The Lead Mine 16:38 Read by MaryAnn
17 - Accident or Murder? 13:32 Read by MaryAnn
18 - The Incomplete Cheque 15:21 Read by MaryAnn
19 - The Dead Man's Brother 15:59 Read by MaryAnn
20 - The Other Cheque 12:52 Read by MaryAnn
21 - About Cent per Cent 18:21 Read by MaryAnn
22 - Speculation--and Certainty 13:11 Read by MaryAnn
23 - The Aggrieved Victim 14:39 Read by MaryAnn
24 - Mrs. Carswell? 11:27 Read by MaryAnn
25 - The Portrait 12:25 Read by MaryAnn
26 - The Lightening Flash 12:31 Read by MaryAnn
27 - The Old Dove-Cot 10:40 Read by MaryAnn
28 - Sound-Proof 9:18 Read by MaryAnn
29 - The Sparrows and the Sphere 16:30 Read by MaryAnn
30 - Wreckage 8:46 Read by MaryAnn
31 - The Prisoner Speaks 19:44 Read by MaryAnn


too good

(5 stars)

Very nicely written mystery with a minimum of melodrama and well rounded characters. Best of all, the bad guys get their just desserts and the good guys get their rewards. Great reader.

Good story, very well read

(5 stars)

Interesting and very well read.

Excellent story

(5 stars)

Another excellent story added to the public domain. John Hornbury is missing, along with some jewels and bank securities that he was responsible for. His niece is worried, and launches an investigation into his disappearance, but the bank owners want nothing to do with it, other than to determine how much was stolen. Why won't they help in the search for Mr Hornbury? What are they hiding? Reader is excellent, easy to follow and understand. This book also kept me listening till the end. Enjoy!

(3.5 stars)

Excellent reading..kept story line from becoming tedious. "Who dunit" wasn't the mystery, how it was done was the story. Certainly not a taxing mystery but enough to keep you listening. Yet another, and new to me, fine reader. Thanks to author, reader and LibriVox...and all in comfort of my own home! (A five star reader.)

Great mystery, fabulous reader

(5 stars)

J.S. Fletcher is a master of weaving complicated and intriguing stories. This was one of them. The reader is one of my favorites, too. Character development leaves you knowing which are good or evil but still guessing how they interconnect.

a good, if slightly grim, mystery

(4 stars)

A pretty well crafted story. Don't expect much in the way of character development or scene-setting, but it does what it says on the tin. Many thanks to the reader, who did a great job.


(5 stars)

One could not ask for a more well-crafted mystery than this. The reader only increased the enjoyment. Thanks. As one comment has already started: the good guys won and the bad guys paid the price.

Typically J S Fletcher Mystery

(2 stars)

Good Mystery, typical of Joseph Smith Fletcher. This Volunteer has such a pretty voice, however, her reading has, Hyper-diction-affliction , without the flow that one enjoys from most Solo Projects. I found it annoying....sorry.....