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  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Inknbeans Press (11 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615806570
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615806570
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 934,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hugh Ashton was born in the UK in 1956. After graduating from the University of Cambridge, he worked in a variety of jobs, including security guard, publisher's assistant, and running an independent record label, before coming to rest in the field of information technology, where he assisted perplexed users of computers and wrote explanations to guide them through the problems they encountered.

A long-standing interest in Japan led him to emigrate to that country in 1988, where he has remained ever since; writing instruction manuals for a variety of consumer products, assisting with IT-related projects at banks and financial institutions, and researching and writing industry reports on the Japanese and Asian financial industries. Some of the knowledge he has gained in these fields forms the background for At the Sharpe End, his second novel.

He has recently published with Inknbeans Press of Los Angeles: Tales from the Deed Box of John H. Watson MD, More from the Deed Box of John H. Watson MD, Secrets from the Deed Box of John H Watson MD, The Darlington Substitution, and Notes from the Dispatch-Box of John H. Watson MD each containing Sherlock Holmes adventures, in the style of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Inknbeans Press has also published his collection of short stories set in Japan, Tales of Old Japanese, featuring the culture and habits of the older generation of Japanese. The first three books of Holmes-ian adventure have been compiled into an "omnibus edition", entitled The Deed Box of John H. Watson MD.

His first published novel, Beneath Gray Skies, is an alternative history set in a "past that never happened", where the Civil War was never fought.

His second novel, At the Sharpe End, features an expatriate consultant living in Tokyo, Kenneth Sharpe, who finds himself thrust into a world of violence and high finance that takes him by surprise.

The third novel, Red Wheels Turning, takes some of the characters of Beneath Gray Skies, and sets them in the background of Tsarist Russia, where a battle of wits takes place to control the secret Russian wonder weapons that could win the war for the Allies.

Hugh currently lives with his wife Yoshiko in the old town of Kamakura to the south of Tokyo, where he is working on future novels and stories.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ye Olde Ed on 29 Aug. 2013
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Having exhausted the deed box, Hugh Ashton has more recently found another source, resulting so far in two more paperbacks: Notes from the Dispatch-Box of John H Watson MD and Further Notes from the Dispatch-Box of John H Watson MD. The first gives us `The Affair of the Vatican Cameos', `The Reigate Poisoning Case' (`The Reigate Poisoning Case Concluded', published separately as a Kindle, very cleverly turns the story on its head) and, unexpectedly, `The History of John Augustus Edward Clay as Told by Himself'. In the second volume are `The Abernetty Horror', `The Case of the Finsbury House', `The Curious Affair of the Archdeacon' and `An Account of the Victor Lynch Forgery' - that last told by Inspector Charles [sic] Lestrade. Mr Ashton's stories are admirably close to the real thing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William Smith on 17 Oct. 2013
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I think I have now read all of Hugh Ashton's dispatch box tales and this one may well be the best of the bunch. I had thought of skipping the last story which details Inspector Lestrade's reminiscences of encountering Sherlock Holmes for the first time but I'm glad I didn't. It was short and sweet but a great read. And relatively simple.

All of the stories here have something to recommend them but "The Curious Affair of the Archdeacon" in particular is light and amusing and a little different but at the same time still capturing the essence of a Holmes and Watson mystery.

Hugely entertaining and recommended for those who don't aspire to be over-scholarly about the canon. Read them, don't study them. Read them as if it was simply 1890 rather than a pretentious and affected new(ish) millennium.
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By SMASK on 2 Oct. 2013
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A good pastiche, unusually on the whole it is written in a British English which would have been recognisable to Holmes and Watson.
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By Anthony Helm on 20 Feb. 2015
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Read and enjoyed.
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By John Winchester on 14 April 2015
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Good plot
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