“The Resident Patient”

“The Resident Patient” first appeared in the Strand Magazine in August 1893. Doyle’s own medical background is most evident in this story.

Who is Dr. Watson describing? “He loved to lie in the very centre of five millions of people, with his filaments stretching out and running through them, responsive to every little rumor or suspicion of unsolved crime.”

What is the “thought-reading episode” and why does it appear in some editions, but not others?

What does it have to do with “The Adventure of the Cardboard Box”?

How does a Russian Count and his son figure into this case? Why Russian?

When Dr. Watson’s hand stole toward his own old wound, was it to his arm or leg?

The Stormy Petrels of BC will be discussing this story on Tuesday, Nov. 4th at 7:00 pm at Hampton Place.

For more information, please contact Fran

Events Update

A dozen Stormy Petrels, along with Dan Povere BSI (from Boston) met with Peter Blau BSI (Washington DC) along with several of his geologist/Friends of Sherlock Holmes colleagues for dinner on a rainy Wednesday night at Mahoney & Sons at Burrard Landing.




Sherlockian fellowship at its best. Drinks turned into dinner, turned into toasts, turned into entertaining stories.
Thanks to all who attended this fun event. Always very happy to get together with fellow Sherlockians from far and wide!

Thank you to Mahoney & Sons for ensuring we had a perfect evening


Oct. 22nd: Stormy Petrel dinner with Peter Blau, BSI

“Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol” by John Longenbaugh.

“After being presumed dead for three years, a hardened Sherlock Holmes resurfaces, turning his back on the people who need him  most.  Three unexpected callers arrive on Christmas Eve, uncovering clues from the detective’s past, present and future.  The Canadian premier of an instant classic filled with mystery, intrigue and song for the entire family.” (Meredith Pechta, Examiner.com)


“The Secret Case of Sherlock Holmes”

Nov 21 – 23, 2014, tickets online from Nov. 1st, or at the door.
The Venue, 5708 Glover Road, Langley

Sherlock Seattle Convention: at the Broadway Convention Centre, Jan. 9-11, 2015

“…where we celebrate all things Sherlock, from the original ACD canon to the latest incarnations of the world’s most infamous detective…”

Registration fees increase Oct.21st.


Book Review

“Sherlock Holmes and The Devil’s Promise” by David Stuart Davies

I was very pleased to pick up a copy of David Stuart Davies’ recent book at the Gillette to Brett conference in Indiana last September. A well-know author and playwright, Mr. Davies is very familiar with Sherlock Holmes, having researched and written about him for many years.

This adventure sees Holmes and Watson taking a much-needed vacation on the Devonshire Coast. Being a supporter of all things Watson, I was pleased to see the good Doctor portrayed in such a positive light. He is caring, clever, observant and often frustrated by his companion’s decision to constantly keep him in the dark. He is not without his faults, however we can easily forgive him.

The small, secluded village is not without its odd inhabitants. Who are they? Why are they there? What do they want with our heroes? What game are they playing?

Holmes and Watson become entangled in what Mr. Davies calls “…an enigmatic tapestry” and it is only a matter of time until Holmes begins to unravel it, despite the many riddles that are woven into its fabric.

As we travel back to London, the adventure grows dark, dare I say sinister?

David Stuart Davies adds a whole new dimension to Watson, and allows us to get inside his head. And, with each step of the puzzle, endears him all the more to us. Watson displays loyalty and bravery throughout as he tries to understand the changes that have overcome his companion.

Each page kept me yearning for the next. What has happened to our beloved Holmes?

This thrilling adventure, whose forward is written by Mark Gatis, will be released in November.

Fran Martin


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