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. Of particular interest are what the author refers to as The Affair of the Vatican Cameos, the Reigate Poisoning Case, and a document apparently written by the man Holmes himself called 'the fourth smartest man in London', John Clay.
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Notes from the Dispatch-Box of John H Watson by Hugh Ashton “The Affair of the Vatican Cameos” This story was mentioned in passing by Watson in HOUN. Avery Pillstone of the British Museum comes to Baker Street. He has been employed by the Museum for thirty years; holding the position of Visiting Curator for the past five. The Vatican Cameos, on loan to the museum, have all been replaced by forgeries. There are thirteen cameos, depicting Christ and the Twelve Apostles. The originals were there when Pillstone left for the night but were stolen and fakes left in their place the next day. Holmes is on the scent of the missing paintings and a kidnapped artist. The case twists through some very interesting hands along the way! Five Stars. “The Reigate Poisoning Case” This case is mentioned in passing by Watson in HOUN as the “Mme. Montpensier murder case.” Some details, however; do not match up. The author states as much in his introduction. Madame Louise Montpensier brings the case of her step-daughter’s murder to Sherlock Holmes. The step-daughter, Annabel, is dead and Mme. Montpensier states that she is responsible, but did not kill her. Mme. Montpensier has married again after Annabel’s father’s death to a man named Ferdinand Colethorpe. Colethope is wicked, and Mme. Feels that he has slain Annabel for the sake of the money her father left to her. This involves something Mme. Montpensier describes as murder, with a note found that expresses fear of murder happening. Further investigation seems to confirm Madame’s guilt—but twists are always a part of Sherlock Holmes adventures! Five stars. “The History of John Augustus Edward Clay as Told by Himself” John Clay is of course the villain from REDH, the man described in that adventure by Holmes as “the fourth smartest man in London, and for daring I am not sure that he has not a claim to be third.” This is a firsthand account of many of John Clay’s criminal enterprises, in the form of a journal dictated to Watson without Holmes’ knowledge. Five stars just for the audacity of it! Quoth the Raven…