Hugh Ashton

Biography

Having lived in Japan since 1988, Hugh Ashton was surprised recently to receive an e-mail message from an old college friend working in a London bank informing him that a metal deed box which had lain undisturbed in the banks vaults for nearly 100 years was due to be thrown out, since the bank was moving to new premises. Given his knowledge of Hugh's interest in Sherlock Holmes, the friend felt that the deed box, marked clearly on the outside with the name of Dr John Watson, Holmes's friend and biographer, could prove of interest. After various legal battles, Hugh obtained ownership of the box, which was shipped to his home in Kamakura, a little south of Tokyo. On opening the box, Hugh discovered a collection of tales describing the adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson which had never previously been published. Three of them are given here, and more are expected as he continues to decipher Dr Watson's almost illegible writing.

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Books

Without My Boswell
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 45,360. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2014 by Inknbeans Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
5 Sherlock Holmes adventures from the days before Dr. Watson came to Baker Street.
Sherlock Ferret and the Missing Necklace
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Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 11,200. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2013 by Inknbeans Press. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Sherlock Ferret and his friend Watson Mouse, MD (Doctor of Mouseology) search for a missing necklace which might have been stolen by the nefarious Moriarty Magpie. Sherlock and Watson are ably assisted by their friend Lestrade, a rhinoceros (but not a very big one) and the Bakery Irregulars. Beautifully illustrated.
Further Notes From the Dispatch Box of John H Watson, MD
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Series: The Dispatch Box of John H Watson MD, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 54,290. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2013 by Inknbeans Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
The second box ("the dispatch-box") to be discovered in the vaults of Cox & Co. of Charing Cross has been the source of even more discoveries concerning the celebrated detective Sherlock Holmes. This collection includes a Foreword from consulting Sherlockian Dr. Philip C. Eyster.
The Reigate Poisoning Case: Concluded Second Edition
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Series: The Dispatch Box of John H Watson MD, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,650. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2013 by Inknbeans Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
(4.00 from 1 review)
Sherlock Holmes proved a woman innocent of murdering her step-daughter, but when additional facts come to light, he has to reconsider the case and come to another conclusion. Included is a sneak peak at the upcoming Further Notes From the Dispatch Box of John H Watson MD
At the Sharpe End
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 123,770. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2013 by Inknbeans Press. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
Kenneth Sharpe is a British expatriate consultant living in Tokyo. A mysterious stranger, who claims to be hunted by the American security services, presses a box into his hand shortly before being discovered dead under the wheels of a train at Tokyo's busy Shinjuku station.
Notes From the Dispatch Box of John H Watson, MD
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Series: The Dispatch Box of John H Watson MD, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 68,100. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2013 by Inknbeans Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
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 Mssrs. Holmes and Watson.
The Darlington Substitution
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Series: Deed Box of John H Watson, MD, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,200. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2012 by Inknbeans Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
Mentioned in passing by Dr. Watson in his account of A Scandal in Bohemia, The Darlington Substitution is a tale of deceit, treachery, and murder most foul, set in the wild Border country of northern England. Holmes and Watson encounter a centuries-old legend which tells of the future extinction of an ancient noble family, and set themselves against one of the most ingenious and fiendish villains
Secrets From the Deed Box of John H Watson, MD
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Series: Deed Box of John H Watson, MD, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 65,350. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2012 by Inknbeans Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
(5.00 from 1 review)
The deed box of Dr Watson, presented to me some time ago by a friend who rescued it from the archives of a London bank, continues to produce treasures. The stories in this collection, which I have entitled Secrets from the Deed Box of John H Watson MD, all represent some aspect of Holmes and his adventures that has previously been undiscovered. Now includes The Bradfield Push.
Tales Of Old Japanese
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 18,760. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2012 by Inknbeans Press. Category: Fiction » Literary collections » Asian / Japanese
Tales of Old Japanese is a collection of five short stories of the older generation living in contemporary Japan. The author has spent over 20 years living in the country, working as a writer and journalist. Some of his impressions of Japan and of the people who live there have been recorded therein.
More From the Deed Box of John H. Watson MD
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Series: Deed Box of John H Watson, MD, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 55,650. Language: English. Published: March 5, 2012 by Inknbeans Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
Hugh Ashton has been digging deeper in the deed box that originally belonged to Dr Watson, the friend and colleague of the celebrated detective Sherlock Holmes. He has unearthed three more tales referred to in the original books, but never before released to the public: Colonel Warburton's Madness; the Paradol Chamber; and the Giant Rat of Sumatra.
Tales From the Deed Box of John H. Watson MD
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Series: Deed Box of John H Watson, MD, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 33,210. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2012 by Inknbeans Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
(4.80 from 5 reviews)
Three previously unknown accounts in the case files of Sherlock Holmes, discovered and transcribed by Hugh Ashton: The Odessa Business, the Case of the Missing Matchbox and The Case of the Cormorant.

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