“Holmes!” I cried. “Is it really you? Can it indeed be that you are alive? Is it possible that you succeeded in climbing out of that awful abyss?” How did he do it? Where did he go? What was Dr. Watson doing in the meantime? Who was his only confidant? Why? How did dear Mrs. Hudson react? The Stormy Petrels will discuss “The Empty House” at their next regular meeting on June 2nd. Hampton Place (UBC) at 7:00 pm.


Frederic Dorr Steele drawings from Collier’s Magazine, Sept. 1903.

For more info, please contact Fran

“The Empty House”

No hansom cabs stop at the curb,

The bell has lost its peel.

No servant’s heavy-laden steps

Up the staircase steal.

The window blinds – shut fast and tight,

The fireplace gone cold.

The pen lies still upon the page,

Cases left untold.

The ticking clock, which no one hears

Save for a small grey mouse.

The darkness looms, the thick fog falls

Upon the empty house!

by Fran Martin 1991


May 2015 Meeting



Upon visiting the Reichenbach Falls in 1893, Arthur Conan Doyle decided that this was the place “…that would make a worthy tomb for poor Sherlock, even if I buried my banking account along with him.”

Arthur Conan Doyle claimed that killing off Holmes was self defence, since “…if I had not killed him, he would certainly have killed me.”

20,000 people cancelled their subscriptions to the Strand Magazine!

In 1896 Arthur Conan Doyle wrote: “I have had such an overdose of him that I feel towards him as I do towards pate de foie gras, of which I once ate too much so that the name of it gives me a sickly feeling to this day.”

(from ‘Teller of Tales – The Life of ACD” by Daniel Stashower)

Travel along with The Stormy Petrels of BC as they follow Holmes and Watson to the Continent to experience “The Final Problem

When?  Tuesday, May 5th at 7:00 pm

Where? The Columbia Theatre, 530 Columbia Street, New Westminster. Thanks to member Tim for arranging this venue and the food!


Please contact Fran for more information.

* The first person to approach me at the May meeting with the correct answer to the following question will receive a prize!

Q:  On Arthur Conan Doyle’s top 12 list, at which number did he place “The Final Problem”?


“Vancouver Blue”


In 1992 Wayne Cope consulted with the Stormy Petrels of BC regarding a homicide investigation he was working on.  In the case, the victim, prior to death, made a Sherlockian reference. The book “Vancouver Blue” details several cases in which the author – a police officer and homicide detective had investigated.

The Stormy Petrels are invited to a public reading, a first-hand account of life as a police officer, and book signing at The Vancouver Police Museum located at 240 E Cordova Street, Vancouver on Saturday, May 2nd at 2pm.


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