The Dispatch Box of John H. Watson MD: A Collection of Untold Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

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As any student of the great detective is aware, Doctor Watson did not publish all the adventures of his friend, Sherlock Holmes. He refers to some of these untold tales in the published canon, giving us tantalising hints of how Holmes was employed when not engaged in the recorded cases.
The volume here contains a wealth of eighteen such Sherlockian treasures within it, recovered from the second box to be delivered to Hugh Ashton (the first contained those adventures published in the "Deed Box" series).

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It should always be remembered, especially by authors themselves, that a book is not all the results of one person's imagination or hard work.Many people are involved in the production of a book, directly or indirectly.Let me start by thanking my wife, Yoshiko, who looks, somewhat bemused (as do I), at the shelf of books whose spines bear my name, and without whose everyday support and assistance these stories would never be written.I thank my readers and supporters around the world. It is a strange feeling to know that you have friends whom you have never met, and may never meet, but remain loyal fans of my work nonetheless. Of course, I also thank the friends I know on a personal level, and who continue to provide support, both practical and moral.Let me single out Al ­Basile for particular attention. As any publisher will tell you, gremlins make their way into the text in the journey between the writer's brain and the printed page. Mr. Basile has a great gift for spotting the trails left by these gremlins in the form of typos, grammatical inconsistencies, and plot errors. Thank you, Al, for seeing, observing, and pointing out where I have gone wrong.Thank you, Andy Boerger, for your graphic interpretations of Holmes' adventures, which first adorned the pages of Without My Boswell, and are reproduced here as frontispieces to the stories which first appeared in that volume.I always praise Jo at Inknbeans Press for her wonderful support of me, and with good reason. Writers need support - we're a temperamental, emotional bunch of people - and Jo and the Inknbeans crew provide an anchor and bring sanity to our lives. Over the years and the course of many books, my estimation of Jo as a publisher, editor, and as a friend has continued to grow. Thank you for everything.

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Some of these adventures might have been considered too slight, and lacking in depth for publication. Such adventures include the story of the Archdeacon, and the missing teaspoon, but I have included them here in this collection, as demonstrating a different side to Sherlock Holmes to that usually associated with him. Some of these adventures might have been excluded for reasons of State. The Vatican cameos, and the adventure here entitled the Russian Bear definitely have political overtones that might have prevented their publication within the lifetime of the principals involved.Some might have been seen as personally embarrassing. The Tarleton murder case, for example, shows Holmes in a light to which he confesses of being ashamed.Two of these adventures are told by narrators other than Watson or Holmes : John Clay, "the fourth smartest man in London", according to Holmes himself, relates his own story ; and Inspector Lestrade  tells of the first case on which he and Sherlock Holmes worked together.And some, such as the Tarleton case just mentioned, and the Hand of Glory, might have proved too much for sensitive Victorian stomachs.But for whatever reason they were kept from us, these adventures from Doctor Watson's dispatch-box have now seen the light of day, and are presented here.You may rest assured that there are further adventures to be discovered, edited, and published. It now appears that Doctor Watson was far more industrious than we ever imagined, and Sherlock Holmes was rarely at the kind of loose end that caused him to reach for the cocaine syringe.

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