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.

Murdoch Mysteries: The Infernal Device

“CBC and Shaftesbury/Smokebomb launch a West Coast event in a series of live events tied to the new online interactive mystery Murdoch Mysteries: The Infernal Device on Saturday, April 18th from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Streamclock in Gastown (305 Water Street, Vancouver) Murdoch Mystery fans are invited to put their investigative skills to the test as they gather the next crucial piece of evidence that will help them and other online players solve the case as the mystery unravels.” For more information, please contact Fran


“Holmes & Watson Save the Empire!”

“Once again the fate of the British Empire lies in the hands of the greatest crime fighting team in literature!”

A musical mystery fun for the whole family!

We are very pleased to announce that our own Stormy Petrel, actor Gordon Roberts, will once again take an important role on the stage as Dr. Watson.

Dates:  June 17 – 28, 2015

Wed. through Sun. at 8:00 pm

Matinees on Sat. & Sun. at 2:00 pm

Tickets: $22 and $25

Where?  The Metro Theatre, 1370 Marine Dr., Vancouver  (604-266-7191)


Book and Lyrics by Jahnna Beecham and Malcolm Hillgartner.

I have had the opportunity to see this play previously, and I will say that it is definitely worth seeing again!


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