Stormy Petrels will be heading south of the border on Sat., November 3rd.

Why?  The Sound of the Baskervilles will host a gathering of West Coast Sherlockian societies.  This is a great opportunity to meet up with wonderful Sherlockians from up and down the Pacific Coast and share thoughts ideas over a delicious meal, participate in games and quizzes, and perhaps come away with a lovely door prize or two.

A very entertaining afternoon which the Petrels look forward to every November!

Destination?  Skagit River Brewery, Mount Vernon, WA  (meeting upstairs at noon)

If you have any questions, please contact Fran at:  franziskah@shaw.ca









We are now into The Case Book.  Tuesday’s case was originally published in 1924. The 54th of 60 stories.


We learn that both Holmes and Watson had a weakness for the Turkish bath.

We learn that Holmes uses the telephone.

We learn that Watson is living in his own suite on Queen Anne Street.

There is so much more to learn as we discuss “The Illustrious Client“.  Do you see a parallel to a previous adventure?  What happens when fire and ice come face to face?

We story contains a mix of ex-cons, ex-lovers, thugs, impostors and aristocrats all connected by a common thread.

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Bonus question for members attending the meeting:  Where did Miss Violet meet the Baron?

Date of meeting:  Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Time:  6:30 for fellowship, with the meeting beginning promptly at 7:00

Where?  The lounge at The Chatham, Hampton Place, UBC  (Wesbrook Mall/ West 16th Ave, Vancouver)

If you require added info or have any questions, please contact Fran at:  franziskah@shaw.ca


September Meeting 2018

“His Last Bow”

This case was first published in both the Strand Magazine (England) and Collier’s (US) in September 1917.

The story was subtitled “The War Service of Sherlock Holmes” when published in magazines, but subtitled “An Epilogue of Sherlock Holmes” when it appeared in book form. (From Christopher Redmond’s “A Sherlock Holmes Handbook”.

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Set in August 1914, on the eve of WWI, it is a story of international espionage, narrated in the third person.  It was “The most terrible August in the history of the world.”

Who was the Irish-American agent Altamont?  Described as: “…. a tall, gaunt man of sixty, with clear-cut features and a small goatee beard which gave him a general resemblance to the caricatures of Uncle Sam.”

Do you believe the housekeeper Martha was actually Mrs. Hudson?  Described as:  “…dear old ruddy-faced woman in a country cap.” Also “She might almost personify Britannia.”

Who was the chauffeur who drove Altamont?  Described as “…a heavily-built, elderly man with a gray moustache.”


Please join us at our meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018. 

  • Please note that we will meet at 6:30 for refreshments and fellowship with the study session beginning at 7:00. (We will still have a brief intermission to recharge our mugs)

Where:  Our usual Hampton Place lounge, UBC (Wesbrook Mall/ West 16th)

Bonus Question for those attending the meeting: (fill in the blank)

“Von Bork undid a winding of string and two wrappers.  Then he sat gazing for a moment in silent amazement at a small blue book which lay before him.  Across the cover was printer in golden letters “_____________ ______________ of ____ _____________”

Please contact Fran at:  franziskah@shaw.ca if you would like more information.