The Adventure of the Golden Pince-Nez

First printed in the Strand Magazine in July 1904 and in Collier’s in Oct. 1904.

Stanley Hopkins, a young detective, turns to Holmes in hopes of solving the case regarding the death of a young secretary, Willoughby Smith.

A scream…a heavy thud…a body discovered by the maid.  What could the man’s final words mean?  “The professor – it was she.” Who is the owner of the golden pince-nez found clutched in the young man’s hand?



What was the significance of the excessive cigarette smoking and dropping ashes on the floor?

With a “…prescription of hot water and lemon…” please join the Stormy Petrels as they discuss this adventure of betrayal, revenge, theft, murder and Russian Nihilists.

When:  Tuesday, Dec. 6th at 7:00pm

Where:  The usual Hampton Place (Wesbrook Mall/16th Ave. – UBC)

Bonus Question for attendees:  Where were Holmes and Watson heading off to at the end of the adventure?



The quiet little hamlet of Mount Vernon, Washington will come alive on November 5th when a flock of Stormy Petrels from the north will meet up with members of the Sound of the Baskervilles, who will head up from Seattle, along with other Pacific Northwest groups.

Many thanks to Al Nelson of the SoB’s for arranging this fun adventure!

When: November 5, 2016

Where: The Skagit River Brewery 404 S. 3rd Street

Time: 12:00 – 4:00 pm

You do NOT want to miss what promises to be an awesome adventure!

Mark your calendars and please contact Fran if you need a ride. (Road Trip – don’t forget your passport!)



The Adventure of the Three Students

Three students, each vying for the Fortescue Scholarship, are suspected of secretly looking at the proofs left unattended on the examiner’s desk.

The examiner, Mr. Soames, pleads with Holmes, who happens to be staying nearby, to help him solve the question as to has copied the answers.

The servant, Bannister, has left the key in the door and is clearly upset at this careless act. Yet, why is he so visibly shaken at the news?  He nearly fainted, and having collapsed into a chair, was offered brandy!

One cannot help but notice the curious case of 3’s in this case:

(a) It was 3 o’clock when the proofs arrived from the printer;

(b) The proof was in 3 long strips;

(c) The deep scratch in the desk was 3 inches long;

(d) In Soames’ bedroom: “…lead framework, 3 separate windows”;

(e) “…3 yellow squares of light…” in the quadrangle;

(f) “3-card trick”;

(g) 3 little pyramids of clay;

and, of course 3 students.

The meeting, as always, is scheduled for the first Tuesday of the month, being November 1st.

Time:  7:00pm

Location: Hampton Place Lounge (Wesbrook Mall/West 16th)

Bonus question for members in attendance:  What did Gilchrist leave on the chair by the window?

If you have any questions, or would like more info, please contact Fran.




A man shattering busts of Napoleon – is this a matter of idee fixe or a red herring?


Is there a Napoleon-hating lunatic afoot in London?

How does the Black Pearl of the Borgias fit into the adventure?

The Stormy Petrels of B.C. will discuss “The Adventure of the Six Napoleons” on Tuesday, October 4th at 7:00 pm at the usual Hampton Place lounge.


Bonus question:  What did Holmes use to smash the final bust of Napoleon?