1894 now available as ebook
1894 – six original adventures of Sherlock Holmes, all mentioned in the Canon – is now available as an ebook. As of the time of writing (May 3, 2016), it is available exclusively from the publisher, Inknbeans Press at a special introductory price of $1.99 (Kindle and iPad editions).
The price will be higher when the book is released on Amazon, etc.
Hover over the cover for the link.
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 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 some 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.
He has lived in the historic city of Kamakura with his wife Yoshiko since 1999, and is currently in the process of moving to another historic city – Lichfield in the UK.
His interest in Sherlock Holmes started at an early age, and has developed since the publication by Inknbeans Press of California of his first adventures concerning the great detective.
His other critically acclaimed titles published by Inknbeans include historical fiction (Beneath Gray Skies, Red Wheels Turning, and the Untime series), contemporary thrillers (At the Sharpe End, Balance of Powers, Leo's Luck), and short stories about the older generation in Japan (Tales of Old Japanese).
Together with artist Andy Boerger, he has also written the Sherlock Ferret series of detective stories for children.
All reviews from Amazon readers, unless otherwise stated.
"Hugh Ashton ... reproduces the Watson style very acceptably, and greatcare is taken over the appearance of his texts." The District Messenger, newsletter of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London
"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
“Ashton's descriptions of scenes and situations read as if he channeled Conan Doyle himself and the plot lines are each worthy and interesting.”
“The author has followed the approaches of the original Doyle stories to the extent that these could have been easily included in the original work.’
“Ashton captures the spirit & style of Conan Doyle's heroes in three new original tales. His attention to detail, both in characters & settings, makes the mysteries seem like an extension of the the original works.’
“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 does a fantastic job of continuing the Sherlock Holmes legacy in the true tradition and style of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.”
“The Darlington Substitution is an exquisite piece of writing that does a superb job of recrafting a Holmes tale as one might read directly from Doyle's unpublished archives.”
“The tone, style and prose is delightful and utterly reminiscent of the pen of the great Conan Doyle himself. A must read for fans of detective murder mysteries.”
“Hugh Ashton is one of the few Sherlockian writers where I can buy his work without reservation or looking at reviews.”
“Great story..well written..very entertaining! Doyle would give his approval!!”
“This Hugh Ashton has a fine talent in resurrecting the greatest sleuth of all time, Sherlock Holmes. If you didn't know it wasn't Conan Doyle then you wouldn't know it wasn't Conan Doyle.”
“Hugh Ashton does it again. Fun read with scenes developed to the point you feel you are with S.H and Watson.”
“Mr. Ashton does an extraordinary job of making me feel like this could have been part of the original Canon.”
“For those who love Sherlock Holmes, you will love these pastiches by Hugh Ashton. Engaging and written in Conan Doyle's style.”
If you love ferrets, and you love Sherlock, look no further. Sherlock Ferret and his friend Watson Mouse, together with Lestrade, who is a rhinoceros (though he is not a very big one) go around solving mysteries.
They contend against nefarious enemies, such as Moriarty Magpie, and Colonel Sebastian Moorhen. In the world of art, Pablo Pigasso makes an appearance, and Doctor Solomon Sloth also helps Sherlock and Watson in their adventures.
There are three full-length adventures:
These have been bound together in one volume as The Adventures of Sherlock Ferret.
Aimed at 7 to 10 year-olds, parents will also enjoy the adventures, and younger children will love learning all about Sherlock's Big Books (including a Big Book of Poo) and about life under Mrs. Hudson's bakery (she drops cakes and things which Sherlock and Watson eat with their tea).
The stories are written by Hugh Ashton, and the delightful pen and ink drawings and covers are produced by Andy Boerger.
More information (and pictures) on Sherlock Ferret's own site.
Grateful acknowledgment to Conan Doyle Estate Ltd. for permission to use the Sherlock Holmes characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
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