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4.0 out of 5 stars Admirably close to the real thing
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Dispatch Box Running Dry?
I have already read several of Hugh Ashton's 'Dispatch Box' short stories and, in the main, they've been very good. But this batch I feel are less successful and the three stars are largely for "The Reigate Poisoning" which has familiar Sherlockian elements and is a reasonable vehicle for Holmes' deductive qualities - if some are a bit of a leap at times.

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3.0 out of 5 stars The Dispatch Box Running Dry?, 9 Jun 2013
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I have already read several of Hugh Ashton's 'Dispatch Box' short stories and, in the main, they've been very good. But this batch I feel are less successful and the three stars are largely for "The Reigate Poisoning" which has familiar Sherlockian elements and is a reasonable vehicle for Holmes' deductive qualities - if some are a bit of a leap at times.

I personally found the "Vatican Cameos" story very interesting to begin with but it seemed to drag on forever and the sequence where Holmes explains his capture and subsequent escape by the villains of the piece is far too long.

The introduction of an Irish/Unionist angle gave the story a contemporary feel but naming the leader Sir William was a little too obvious and dare I say it stereotypical. The theft of the cameos made sense; their replacement with political caricatures less so.

Finally, the John Clay 'autobiography' I simply found a bit dull. Its not what I pick up Sherlock Holmes stories for although the alleged links to original adventures in which Clay was never mentioned is an interesting twist. And of course Colonel Moran has to come into it all somewhere.

All in all, the least successful of Hugh Ashton's Sherlock collection that I've read to date and it will be interesting to read the Reigate follow up/conclusion to see where he feels the loose ends might be. But I have enjoyed enough of the other dispatch box stories not to be too critical. Everyone is allowed a bad day at the office.
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3.0 out of 5 stars sherlock, 23 Feb 2014
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Timothy Wakefield "countryman" (Nottinghamshire, England) - See all my reviews
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not great to be fair not bad but could have made more of the stories and set the atmosphere of Victorian London
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3.0 out of 5 stars Someone who knows what a cheque is, 17 Sep 2013
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S M A S K "smask" (Crewe, Cheshire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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At last someone with understanding of spelling and grammar writes about Holmes, making it much easier to read. Some good stories and fun to read about John Clay.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Admirably close to the real thing, 29 Aug 2013
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Ye Olde Ed (Chelmsford, England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Notes From the Dispatch Box of John H Watson, MD: More Untold Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: 1 (Paperback)
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Great, 22 May 2013
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Well written ghosting of Sherlock Holmes stories, as usual, derived from passing references in the original works. There are several authors doing this and it is interesting to read different developments of the same reference.
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