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The deed box of Dr. John Watson, entrusted by him over a century ago to Cox & Co. of Charing Cross, and which made its way late last year to Hugh Ashton in Kamakura, Japan, continues to yield treasure.
The box proved to have a false bottom, under which lay the manuscript of a full-length adventure of Sherlock Holmes, in which the great detective needs all his cunning and detective powers to unravel the mysteries at Hareby Hall.
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 ever to cross the path of Sherlock Holmes.
Holmes and his faithful biographer come to life again in this case, following in the tradition already set in the three volumes of the "Deed Box" series of shorter Holmes adventures published by Inknbeans Press. These have been extremely favorably received by readers and reviewers, with one commenting, "I would have assumed that they were indeed previously undiscovered Doyle originals," and another, "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".
This adventure of Sherlock Holmes is approved by The Conan Doyle Estate Ltd.
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To celebrate the discovery of The Darlington Substitution, Inknbeans Press and Hugh Ashton have produced a paperback edition that closely mimics the original Sherlock Holmes stories in its typography and orthography - "printed steampunk" - which should delight fans of the original Holmes stories as they peruse this latest addition to the adventures of the most famous sleuth ever to grace the pages of fiction.From the Back Cover:
The deed box deposited in a London bank by Dr John Watson, faithful companion and biographer of Sherlock Holmes, continues to yield treasures. In addition to the short stories already published in Tales from the Deed Box of John H. Watson MD, More from the Deed Box of John H. Watson MD, and Secrets from the Deed Box of John H. Watson MD, this full-length Holmes adventure has been discovered and transcribed.
The Darlington substitution features in A Scandal In Bohemia, where Holmes alludes to it in passing. Long thought lost by Sherlockian scholars, this tale features many elements of classic Sherlock Holmes stories: a mysterious link to the past; a touch of the supernatural; a villainess out to secure her future by any means possible; and, of course, the razor-sharp mind of Sherlock Holmes, aided by loyal and courageous Watson.
The Mace of Succession, cursed by a 16th-century witch, and passed through generations of the family of the Earl of Darlington, must be used in a ritual to ensure the succession of the line. However, it has disappeared from a locked cabinet. Sherlock Holmes is called in to retrieve the Mace, and finds himself engaged in a battle of wits with the sinister and seductive Elizabeth, wife of the Earl's near-idiot son. Holmes needs all his skill, and Watson all his courage and willpower, to prevail against the wiles of this ruthless criminal.
"Hugh's books are the best Sherlockian pastiches ever written in the eastern half of the world. I am happy to recommend his works to Sherlockian friends on the other side of the earth!" Yuichi Hirayama, member of the Baker Street Irregulars, and former editor of the Shoso-in Bulletin, an international Sherlockian magazine
"With Hugh holding the reins, the cab has taken us back to the sitting room in Baker Street, where he's already made sure the furniture is in its old places. Mrs Hudson knows enough to bring us our tea and telegrams... Here in our cloud of blue pipe-smoke, the room is familiar yet somehow refreshingly new" From the Foreword by Jeff Pearce, the author of close to twenty books, including works of history, current affairs, and more than a dozen novels, such as Reich TV, The Karma Booth, and Bianca: The Silver Age.
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Book Description Inknbeans Press, 2012. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0615680852
Book Description Inknbeans Press, 2012. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # MB00NIBRNAI