Secrets from the Deed Box of John
H. Watson MD
The Conk-Singleton Forgery Case
The Enfield Rope
The Strange Case of James Phillimore
The Bradfield Push (print edition only)
Tales of Old Japanese
Mrs Sakamoto’s Grouse
The Old House
This book is dedicated to Doctor John H. Watson, late of the Indian Army, whose friendship with the great detective Sherlock Holmes, and whose keen eye for description have given the world so much pleasure for so long.
I’VE always remembered a generous comment that John Jakes made about his place in literature, specifically when it came to historical fiction. Jakes is less popular these days, but for quite a while in the 1970s, you could find his paperbacks in every drugstore spin rack and on display tables of every bookshop. He soared up the bestseller charts with chronicles of his Kent family in Revolutionary and Civil War America. Now whatever you might think of his fiction, Jakes at least never gave himself airs, admitting, “Gore Vidal is a Mercedes. I'm a Vega.”
His ultimate point was that both will take you where you want to go.