Part I leads with a heading which establishes the role of Dr. Watson as narrator and sets up the narrative stand-point that the work to follow is not fiction, but fact: "Being a Reprint from the Reminiscences of John H. Watson, MD, Late of the Army Medical Department." The story begins in 1881, when Dr. Watson, having returned to London from Afghanistan, runs into an old friend Stamford at the Criterion Restaurant, who had been a dresser under him at St. Bartholomew's Hospital. Watson confides in Stamford that, due to a shoulder injury that he sustained in the Anglo-Afghan War at the Battle of Maiwand, he has been forced to leave the armed services and is now looking for a place to live. Stamford mentions that an acquaintance of his, Sherlock Holmes, is looking for someone to split the rent at a flat at 221B Baker Street, but he cautions Watson about Holmes's eccentricities. Stamford takes Watson back to St. Bartholomew's where, in a laboratory, they find Holmes experimenting with a reagent, seeking a test to detect human haemoglobin. Holmes explains the significance of bloodstains as evidence in criminal trials. After Stamford introduces Watson to Holmes, Holmes shakes Watson's hand and comments, "You have been in Afghanistan, I perceive?" Though Holmes chooses not to explain why he made the comment, Watson raises the subject of their parallel quests for a place to live in London, and Holmes explains that he has found the perfect place in Baker Street. At Holmes's prompting, the two review their various shortcomings to make sure that they can live together. After seeing the rooms at 221B, they move in and grow accustomed to their new situation. Watson is amazed by Holmes, who has profound knowledge of chemistry and sensational literature, very precise but narrow knowledge of geology and botany; yet knows little about literature, astronomy, philosophy, and politics. Holmes also has multiple guests visiting him at different intervals during the day. After much speculation by Watson, Holmes reveals that he is a "consulting detective" and that the guests are clients. Facing Watson's doubts about some of his claims, Holmes casually deduces to Watson that one visitor, a messenger from Scotland Yard is also a retired Marine sergeant. When the man confirms this, Watson is astounded by Holmes' ability to notice details and assemble them.
Nearly a year after Derek and Nia's Christmas Eve wedding, they are happier than ever. Being married has stoked the flames of their passion to indistinguishable levels.
They are about to celebrate their first anniversary, until Derek's past, present, and future collide on the set of his new television series.
A choice must be made.
Reader Advisory: Derek's Christmas Carol contains erotic BDSM scenes, including, flogging, bondage, sensory deprivation and sex toys.
Publisher note: Although this is a complete story, Derek's Christmas Carol is a continuation of the Swept Away trilogy. We recommend reading the Swept Away trilogy first for maximum enjoyment.
This guide is a must read for all those who are considering a career in the industry, whether they are a school leaver, graduate or are looking for a career change.
Starting with an overview of the UK property industry, and an explanation of industry jargon, this guide delivers a comprehensive introduction to professional world of estate agency. As well as examining career paths and qualifications for entry, it covers how to find a job, what to expect from the day to day working environment and how to prepare for your first few weeks and months as a negotiator. There are essential insights into negotiating your salary package, commission structures, how to get promoted and typical career paths. Related sectors such as new homes, surveying, property development and working in commercial property are covered.
It's the ultimate career guide to having a brilliant career in estate agency!
About the Author
Katy M. Jones successfully navigated a career as an estate agent. After 10 years as a residential and commercial negotiator, working for both independent and corporate agencies, she set up her own agency in London. After growing her business to a significant turnover, she sold it five years later for a considerable profit.
The second of the Melrose novels.
This is a story to let people know that our body does not get sick over night, but over time with neglect. The body gives us warning signs that it needs help. If we do not recognize and listen to the warnings and respond with positive action our body goes into decline and death. The story lets you know that only you can change your health, not your doctor or your love ones.
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