“…the best story of ‘ The Remarkable Worm’ I have ever read."
“In writing new stories about the legendary Sherlock Holmes, Ashton is rubbing shoulders with literary heavyweights - Neil Gaiman, Kim Newman, Andy Lane and many others. How does he compare? Very well, I'm glad to say.”
“Hugh Ashton is one of the few Sherlockian writers where I can buy his work without reservation or looking at reviews.”
“…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. … 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.”
“Hugh Ashton quite simply makes the perfect pastiche. If you have always wished the original 60 was actually 600, then his stories are for you.”
“This is the Holmes and Watson I've come to know and love over the years. Excellent portrayals and great stories.”
“Ashton seems to have a knack for hitting a very convincingly canonical mark, making his stories some of the most consistently plausible I've found. … If you're a Sherlock Holmes fan who's read through the Canon and are aching for more, this is the book for you!”
“…Hugh Ashton maintains his place as one of the best writers of new Sherlock Holmes stories, in both plotting and style.’
The District Messenger, newsletter of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London
“Hugh Ashton has earned his high marks by consistently writing excellent short stories mentioned but not found in the Canon. Holmes & Watson are true to character & the language is in Doyle's style. I order his stories before they have been reviewed because he always nails it all.”
“Hundreds of Holmes pastiches, ranging in quality from godawful to brilliant, are published every year. A few pastiche writers – Nicholas Meyer, June Thomson and Hugh Ashton, for example – sometimes are good enough to make you forget you're not reading the Master himself, having Watson narrate a lost but newly discovered story from some secret bank box or barrister's drawer.”
Dallas Morning News
Some comments from those who have enjoyed the Sherlock Holmes stories.