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- Print Length: 222 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1470194848
- Publisher: Inknbeans Press (4 Mar. 2012)
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- Language: English
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I will give nothing away about the plots of the stories, as this would spoil them. Each of them is well constructed, uses Hugh Ashton's brilliant gift for breathless pace, and keeps the reader thoroughly absorbed and intrigued throughout.
It is very, very difficult to believe that these tales are not the work of ACD himself. To use the word `imitation' implies inferiority, which the style most certainly is not - instead it is a magnificent emulation of the writing style of Sir Arthur, the language, syntax and grammar are exactly as one would expect from the man himself. Also Hugh Ashton remains very faithful to the nature of the characters in the original books; I did find it very amusing though to see the inclusion of a few spoken words from Mary Watson, something I do not believe occurred in Conan-Doyle's tales!
Three great stories, let's have some more please!
As a note for the curious, Watson quite properly called the box he deposited with his bankers a "Dispatch Box" because that is what it was. However, bankers have their own jargon and they call deposited, secure boxes "deed boxes," because that is what such items have traditionally held, deeds that demonstrate ownership of property.
"The Case of Colonel Warburton's Madness" dips into Dr.Watson's past and introduces Holmes to the afflictions of the good Doctor's former Colonel. There have been almost twenty attempts to tell this story, mentioned in passing by Watson in "The Greek Interpreter," and this is definitely one of the best offerings I have seen. It is puzzling and confusing, but it always seems to `feel' natural as one reads it. People act as individuals trying to cope with problems not apparent to the outside observer, but they are always people, not stick figures or costumed dummies. The hero and heroine are both troubled and unsure of each other. The Colonel acts strangely, but has good reasons for what he does.
"The Mystery of the Paradol Chamber" relates the Untold Tale of "...the adventure of the Paradol Chamber..." (cited in "The Five Orange Pips"). Again, there have been many attempts to tell this tale, at least fifteen are known to me and this is probably the most complicated I have seen. In addition, the motives for many of the most puzzling actions by the principals arise from completely different bases than are expected, so the outcome and motivations are obscure through most of the narrative.
The final story in this collection is that of "The Giant Rat of Sumatra," cited as "Matilda Briggs was...a ship which is associated with the giant rat of Sumatra..." in "The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire." This is quite possibly the most popular of the mentioned but Untold Tales with more than sixty versions known to me. It is exceeded in popularity as a subject for pastiches only by the Unmentioned Untold Tale, that of Holmes and `Saucy Jack.'
This telling of "The Giant Rat" associates Holmes and Watson with the Royal Navy at the request of brother Mycroft. A new Minister of the Navy must be named soon and the preferred candidate has gone missing. Holmes and Watson are needed to track him down and to clear up the mystery of his disappearance. This involves the pair in strange doings and introduces even stranger persons into the story line. The matter is resolved, but at serious cost and with disappointing results.
As in his earlier collection, the author has managed to retain the `sound' of the Canonical tales but has also managed to infuse his works with more human and life-like views of Holmes and, especially, of Watson. I expect that most Sherlockians are aware that the person who `wrote' most of those Canonical tales could not have been the same person who got everything wrong or misinterpreted while participating in them. The Watson presented here is a sensible and thoughtful person, well capable of arguing with Holmes and of pulling him back from error when he forgets that we are all human.
Reviewed by: Philip K. Jones, August 2012
Special mention should be given to the Giant Rat Of Sumatra, probably the most well known of all tales NOT told by Dr Watson by virtue of it's enigmatic, almost mythical title. But Hugh Ashton has constructed a very believable and fast moving story in which the rodent in question is almost superfluous. Almost.
Thoroughly enjoyable reading and these deed box tales are like finding an entirely new and previously hidden volume of the great detective' s adventures. The whole point of course but very successfully achieved.
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