Murder, Mayhem, and Mystery on Granville Island

William Deverell, Ian Hamilton, Gail Bowen,

and 18 Other Writers On Trial March 11 – 13

Event: The CUFFED International Crime Writers Festival
Venue: Performance Works on Granville Island

Dates: March 11 – 13, 2016

Admission: $20 for most events; $50 for the Linwood Barclay Workshop; $49 for any three events;
$99 for a Festvial Pass (advance only).

Tickets: Online at

“Beaons of the Future”

The Beacon Society proudly announces that, once again, grants to U.S. and Canadian teachers, librarians, Sherlockian literary societies are available.  The grants, in honor of a wonderful Sherlockian, Jan Stauber, will provide up to $500 to fund the development of a project that will introduce young people to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories about his famous fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes.

Interested individuals and organizations are invited to apply for the Beacon Society’s major funding project. The grant period will be from 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017.

The Beacon Society is a not-for-profit affiliate of the Baker Street Irregulars, the New York City-based group of Sherlock Holmes enthusiasts founded in 1934.

More information on the grant, as well as the grant application may be found at the Society’s website:



The Game’s Afoot: Stories from Sherlock Holmes
Storytellers extraordinaire, Kathie Kompass and Mary Wiggin of Ottawa, Ont., bring their performance to Vancouver on March 3rd.
“Step out of the shawows and plunge into the fog-damped street of Holmesian London where violence and danger abound. In “The Dying Detective” Holmes’ very existance is threatened but Watson is determined to help his dear friend in any way he can.”
also “The Adventure of Black Peter” in which “…the former captain of an Arctic whaler whose past has come back to haunt him…” this story was inspired by Conan Doyle’s own experiences.

When:  Thursday, March 3 at 8:00pm
Where:  The Emerald Supper Club, 555 Gore Avenue, Vancouver.
Tickets will be available at the door or order on-line from
Hope to see you there!

February 2016 Meeting

“At first sight it would appear to be some childish prank.  It consists of a number of absurd little figures dancing across the paper upon which they are drawn.”

“The Dancing Men” was first published in the Strand Magazine in 1903.


Arthur Conan Doyle, who referred to this story as a “strong bloody story” listed it at number 3 on his top 12 list.


The meeting will take place, as usual, on the first Tuesday of the Month – Feb. 2nd

We will meet at Hampton Place at 7:00 pm

Fran will have the “Toast Sign-Up Sheet” for the dinner on March 12th. Please consider giving a short toast.  We have The Queen and Holmes taken care of.

If you have any questions, or need more info, please contact Fran at the Stormy Petrel g-mail address.

Question:  With whom did Watson play billiards?

Bonus: Can you decipher the sign below?





Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.