The Deed Box and Dispatch-Box series are available in most popular ebook formats, as well as paperback, with a few exceptions. They have been laid out to reproduce the feel and the general appearance of late 19th-century books, with spellings and punctuation that reproduce those of the Strand Magazine.
Another discovery from the vaults of Cox and Co., the old London bank which had forwarded the Deed Box of John H Watson to the author last year. The Dispatch Box contains all manner of illuminating documents about Messrs. Holmes and Watson.
Of particular interest are what the author refers to as The Affair of the Vatican Cameos, the Reigate Poisoning Case, and a document apparently written by the man Holmes himself called 'the fourth smartest man in London', John Clay.
Notes from the Dispatch-box of John H. Watson MD
Paperback: 252 pages
Publisher: Inknbeans Press (January 8, 2013)
The Reigate Poisoning Case: Concluded forms a sequel to the adventure described in Notes from the Dispatch-Box of John H. Watson MD and provides a full and satisfying conclusion to that story.
It is not often that Sherlock Holmes made an error of judgement, but this is one case where he made such a fatal (literally) mistake. No wonder that he prevented Watson from publishing the case in his lifetime!
The Reigate Poisoning Case: Concluded
Paperback: 72 pages
Publisher: Inknbeans Press (August 2, 2013)
Four adventures from the dispatch-box discovered in the vaults of Cox & Co.
The Abernetty Horror. Holmes brings his reasoning powers to bear on the parsley and butter to discover the true solution (mentioned in The Six Napoleons).
The Finsbury House. "The shocking affair of the Dutch steamship Friesland, that so nearly cost us both our lives." (The Norwood Builder)
The Curious Affair of the Archdeacon. Mentioned in passing at the beginning of the Red Circle, this case is more light-hearted than many of Holmes' adventures.
An Account of the Victor Lynch Forgery. An account of an early case of Sherlock Holmes, related not by Watson, but by Inspector Lestrade, in the form of a letter to the good doctor, following the events at Meiringen. Mentioned in both Study in Scarlet and the Sussex Vampire.
Further Notes from the Dispatch-Box of John H. Watson MD
Paperback: 202 pages
Publisher: Inknbeans Press (June 11, 2013)
In The Hound of the Baskervilles, Dr. John Watson writes about Sherlock Holmes‘ “famous investigation of the sudden death of Cardinal Tosca–an inquiry which was carried out by him at the express desire of His Holiness the Pope.” The express wishes of Sherlock Holmes, as expressed in a written note on the outside of an envelope, have been ignored, in order to bring this case before the public.
“...sealed with a wax seal and the impression of a signet ring with the initial 'S'. On the back flap were written, in that splendidly sprawling but legible hand with which I am now familiar, the words 'Not to be opened before September 25, 2014'.”
The Death of Cardinal Tosca
Paperback: 182 pages
Publisher: Inknbeans Press (August 3, 2013)
We see a little of Holmes alone (apologies for the inevitable pun) in The Case of the Gloria Scott and The Musgrave Ritual, and it is in Watson's account of this latter adventure that we hear of some other cases at a time when Holmes was presumably learning his trade.
The stories in here all shed a light on Holmes' methods of deduction as he learned his trade, and often also shed light on his character. As Holmes himself remarked, not all of these may be seen as successes, but none of the cases here may be regarded as a complete failure. Here they are - with five original illustrations by Andy Boerger.
The Tarleton Murders
The Case of Vamberry, the Wine Merchant
The Singular Affair of the Aluminium Crutch
The Case of the Abominable Wife
The Adventure of the Two Bottles
Without My Boswell
Paperback: 166 pages
Publisher: Inknbeans Press LLC (February 11, 2014)
Sherlock Holmes solved many more cases than were recorded in the adventures published during his lifetime.
Here are the three adventures of Sherlock Holmes which lay at the bottom of the second box:
Sherlock Holmes and the Russian Bear: where Holmes must save a friend from the villainies of the feared Russian secret police.
Sherlock Holmes and the Hand of Glory: a grisly and gruesome discovery in the outbuildings of a country house.
Sherlock Holmes and the Missing Spoon: It's only a teaspoon, but it is valuable and it is missing.
The Last Notes from the Dispatch-Box of John H. Watson MD
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Inknbeans Press (December 17, 2014)
A collection of Untold Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Doctor Watson's previously unpublished accounts of the cases on which Sherlock Holmes worked continue in this collection. The book contains eighteen tales, two published here by Inknbeans Press for the first time, which range from the light-hearted and almost trivial, (such as Archdeacon and the Missing Spoon) to the bloody and macabre (Tarleton Murders, and the Hand of Glory). The interior of this hard-cover volume, with over 450 pages of Sherlockian goodness written by an author who has been described as "the reincarnation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle", has been designed to reflect that of The Strand Magazine, where Sherlock Holmes was first introduced to the public.
The Dispatch-Box of John H. Watson MD
Hardcover: 460 pages
Publisher: Inknbeans Press (December 3, 2015)
Hugh Ashton is now considered by many to be one of the foremost producers of authentic Sherlockian adventures currently writing. With a great-grandfather named Watson, this is probably not surprising!
His adventures of the great detective have gathered praise from many quarters, and have often reached the best-seller lists in their category on Amazon.
Ashton has been called the “reincarnation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle” for his faithful renderings of the spirit and character of the original stories.
He is a member of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London and the Watsonian Society (USA).
Grateful acknowledg-ment to the Conan Doyle Estate Ltd. for permission to use the Sherlock Holmes characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.