“Come, Watson, come!” he cried. “The game is afoot.”

So begins our next story for discussion at the Stormy Petrels May meeting: “The Abbey Grange”

One imagines Holmes smoking his cherrywood pipe* as he comments on Watson’ s writing style, prompting Watson the remark (bitterly) to Holmes: “Why do you not write them yourself?

*we are told that he smokes this type of pipe when his is in a “disputatious mood” (Copper Beeches).  In this adventure, Holmes and Watson also happen to be discussing the same subject of Watson’s writing style.

In this case, we hear from Scotland Yard’s Stanley Hopkins, that one of the richest men in Kent, Sir Eustace Brackenstall, is dead.  His beautiful wife, formerly Miss Mary Fraser of Adelaide, South Australia, has given her evidence as to what happened.  The marriage had not been a happy one, as everyone seemed to be aware.

We see Holmes examining ropes, cords, wine glasses, and the cork of a dusty bottle.

Thinking over all the evidence and the eye-witness account of the Lady and her maid, why did Holmes suddenly exclaim: “It’s wrong – it’s all wrong – I’ll swear it’s wrong.”

Join the Stormy Petrels as they delve into this story on Tuesday, May 2nd, 7pm at the usual Hampton Place at UBC.

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Bonus question for those attending the meeting:

What was the name of the ship on which Mary Fraser met Jack Croker?