Controversial Stories of Sherlock Holmes Revealed After a Century

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Facts and fiction entwine in new book as Dr. John H. Watson’s great great grandson makes public untold stories involving the Royal Family, Freemasons, and Conan Doyle

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PERTH, Western Australia – (July 25, 2012) – Controversial, adventurous and thrilling, Chronicles of Sherlock Holmes brliiantly fuses facts and fiction together to tell compelling stories about hidden accounts of the life of the great detective. Written by David B. Beckwith with masterful storytelling, the book transports readers back to the streets of England—where Holmes’ world of mysteries and case files resides—in the 1800s, a month prior to the Reichenbach Falls tragedy and the subsequent Great Hiatus.

Beckwith’s book contains the stories that Doctor John Hamish Watson, the good friend and chronicler of Holmes, kept successfully hidden until today. Now that about a hundred years have passed, these untold stories are finally made public by his great great grandson James Innes Watson who has inherited all of manuscripts from his famous forebear.

The inherited manuscripts—after a simple observation of clues and deductive reasoning—partly reveal why Watson never published the stories and tried to keep them away from the public eye: Conan Doyle advised against publication of the Scotsman tale because of the Freemasonry references; Watson himself suppressed the Cartomancy because of its close relationship with Conan Doyle himself; the Colonial story was deemed politically sensitive; and the final two stories involve the Royal Family and could not be obfuscated.

Brilliantly-crafted, Chronicles of Sherlock Holmes is faithful to historical facts and fictional data derived from the “canon” of Sherlock Holmes novels and short stories. Beckwith’s work will definitely earn for him a rightful place in the hearts of mystery-detective aficionados and among the ranks of Sherlockian Societies worldwide.

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About the Author
David B. Beckwith was born in Cumbria, England. His family emigrated to Perth, Western Australia in 1969. He studied mathematics and philosophy at the University of Western Australia. He is now a retired I.T. professional; also a polyglot, a polymath, cook, and an avid traveller (having circumnavigated the globe, visited Antarctica, and spent more than six months in Central and South America). He lives in a rural region bordering to the metropolititan area of Perth where he and his wife grow vegetables and raise chickens for eggs. Beckwith makes cheeses and fruit wines, when he is not writing Sherlock Holmes.

Chronicles of Sherlock Holmes * by David B. Beckwith
Publication Date: March 16, 2011
Trade Paperback; AU$29.99; 186 pages; 978-1-4568-6939-7
Ebook; AU$9.99; 978-1-4568-4429-5

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