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  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (20 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1469950359
  • ISBN-13: 978-1469950358
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 0.9 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 651,802 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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Having lived in Japan since 1988, Hugh Ashton was surprised recently to receive an e-mail message from an old college friend working in a London bank informing him that a metal deed box which had lain undisturbed in the banks vaults for nearly 100 years was due to be thrown out, since the bank was moving to new premises. Given his knowledge of Hugh's interest in Sherlock Holmes, the friend felt that the deed box, marked clearly on the outside with the name of Dr John Watson, Holmes's friend and biographer, could prove of interest. After various legal battles, Hugh obtained ownership of the box, which was shipped to his home in Kamakura, a little south of Tokyo. On opening the box, Hugh discovered a collection of tales describing the adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson which had never previously been published. Three of them are given here, and more are expected as he continues to decipher Dr Watson's almost illegible writing.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Philip K. Jones on 21 Aug 2012
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This is a collection of three novellas prepared from notes left by Dr. Watson. The preface provides an explanation of the source of the notes and Mr. Ashton is quite explicit that he wrote the stories using the notes as a source of facts. This explanation is quite consistent with the writing. The occasional density shown by Watson in the Canon is absent. This Watson is a sensible and thoughtful man who is a help to and a loyal supporter of Sherlock Holmes without the worshipful attitude shown in the Canonical tales. He also has a sense of humor and a moderately sharp tongue.

"Sherlock Holmes and the Odessa Business" introduces another Holmes sibling, Evadne Holmes, the principal of a school for young ladies. A telegram from her states that one of her students, the Russian Archduchess Anastasia, has been disturbed by a prowler. A short time later, Inspector Lestrade shows up requesting Holmes' aid with a murder at the same school. Events move rapidly and the Holmes siblings clear up the matter and clean up after the official force.

"Sherlock Holmes in the Case of the Missing Matchbox" relates the Untold Tale "...of Isadora Persano, the well-known journalist and duelist..." as cited in "The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier." This tale is complex and involves several crimes and characters. It begins in a theater and ends in multiple deaths.

The final story in this collection tells another Untold tale. "Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Cormorant" relates "...the whole story concerning the politician, the lighthouse and the trained cormorant..." as cited in "The Adventure of the Veiled Lodger. This is another complex tale. Watson talks Holmes into taking a vacation and Holmes uses the time to deal with Government business.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nick Tucker on 9 Feb 2012
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Many have attempted - with mixed results - to emulate Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories, and many have failed. However Hugh Ashton has triumphed!

The essence of the original tales, to my mind at least, is Doyle's sleight of hand in his writing, where he buries significant clues in innocuous text, diverting the reader's attention to other, less significant, and often misleading clues; on a second reading, one can discover the points which led Holmes to his conclusions. Now, a century later, Hugh Ashton has decisively managed to capture this essence!

The general style of writing is very much that of the originals; to all intents and purposes, these could be stories written by Conan Doyle which were hitherto undiscovered.

A thoroughly enjoyable read, I do hope we shall see more tales from Dr Watson's deed box.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Philip Van Wulven on 8 Feb 2012
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Hugh Ashton has taken on the task of filling in some of the gaps in Dr Watson's accounts of Sherlock Holmes' exploits. Several cases were mentioned by the good doctor and by the great detective himself, with few details given, and Mr Ashton has used his knowledge of the canon to reconstruct some of these stories.
He offers three of these cases in this volume, all built on very sketchy hints, and all in the style of Conan Doyle.
I found them entertaining reading, and worthy of consideration by any afficionado of Sherlock Holmes as well as by lovers of detective stories, with a mix of adventure and puzzle solving to keep you engaged.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Regulus on 10 Mar 2012
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At last - new Sherlock Holmes stories. They read just like "real" thing. I can hear Watson's voice in my head, and Holmes behaves according to type. I gather there's a new collection out, and I'll be getting these too. I whizzed through this collection. It's good as well that Ashton has so preserved the Holmes canon without adding too much to it - but with just enough new facts to spice Holmes up. Recommended extremely highly for everyone who's ever enjoyed the originals.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vickers on 5 Oct 2012
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A collection of well-thought out and very well written stories. It is also a joy to find a Watson who, whilst he isn't as intelligent as Holmes, is nonetheless portrayed as a thoughtful and valued member of the team.

I love all the original Holmes tales, and will definitely be buying the other books in this series.
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There a currently a number of writers who have dabbled in the world of Holmes and Watson. Although no one can replace Conan-Doyle, this author has thought up some good story lines to provide a good book of mystery's that i enjoyed.
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