Hugh Ashton's tales of Sherlock Holmes 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.
Though thick in terms of the number of pages, this memorandum book of Watson's could not be described as " massive", and it is to be feared that his memory failed him somewhat in this respect when he came to pen the adventure of Willoughby Smith and his untimely death.
However, the five accounts in this book all correspond to those mentioned in the published tale. There has been some debate, based on Watson's lack of punctuation, and the use of the " Oxford comma", as to whether the leech and Crosby are the same adventure, or two separate cases. They are, as I discovered, one and the same case.
Likewise, the Addleton Tragedy and the barrow - one or two cases? I discovered that here, there were two separate cases involved.
In addition to these cases, there is one more, that of the two Coptic patriarchs, which is written in a slightly different hand, though still unmistakably that of Watson, and using a different pen and ink from the other adventures. We must therefore conclude that Watson used blank pages in the book to pen this tale at a later date. However, I have included it in this collection, since it was located between the same covers as the others.
Here, then, are six of Holmes' adventures in 1894, the year in which most biographers agree he returned to London from his apparent death, to defeat Colonel Sebastian Moran, and to once again confound the wiles of the criminals and evil-doers of the realm.
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Inknbeans Press (January 17, 2016)
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.