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Mr. Sherlock Holmes - Notes on Some Singular Cases


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After graduating from the University of Cambridge in 1977, Hugh moved between various jobs before ending up in the field of IT. His interests took him to Japan in 1988 on a two-year contract, to work as a technical writer. Twenty-eight years later, he returned to the UK with his wife Yoshiko, to live in the Midlands cathedral city of Lichfield, the setting for his Sherlock Holmes mystery, The Lichfield Murder. As well as this title, he has published a dozen volumes of Sherlock Holmes adventures with Inknbeans Press of California, many based on the untold adventures referenced in the canon, and all in the style of the originals, which has led some critics to describe him as the reincarnation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and one of the most authentic of the current crop of pastiche writers. Like ACD, he has also written contemporary thrillers, vintage science fiction, and historical adventures, as well as a critically acclaimed volume of short stories about the older generation in Japan, Tales of Old Japanese. However, he does not play cricket, and though he once grew a moustache, it is by now no more than a fading memory.


"These are marvelous stories where all elements including descriptions of settings, characters and plot are done to perfection. The author has followed the approaches of the original Doyle stories to the extent that these could have been easily included in the original works. The biggest disappointment to my mind was realizing when the book was running out of pages. I hope this author has more in the works. I can hardly wait."

"Mr. Ashton is simply the best current writer of the Holmes pastiche. In reviews of his previous works, I have noted the purity of his classic language as if from the pen of Conan Doyle 100 years ago. While there are many many Holmes stories on the market, Hugh has the unique ability to channel ACD and Dr. Watson to come up with new stories that satisfy the longing of any Sherlockian purist for more original stories."

"Mr. Ashton has mined another group of enjoyable Sherlock Holmes stories in the treasure trove of material mysteriously passed to him by Dr. Watson. If you are a fan of Holmes and Watson you will enjoy these new tales. This book is the latest in Mr. Ashton's series of excellent pastiches, that appear to be right out of the Canon. "

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