The adventure for discussion at the December meeting will be “The Retired Colourman” first published in The Strand in 1927 and in Liberty in 1926.
The adventure is set in 1898 and is the last story in The Casebook.
We find Holmes in what Watson calls a “…melancholy and philosophic mood.” This seems to change little throughout the story.
Since Holmes is currently engaged in another case (The Two Coptic Patriarchs), he sends Watson to investigate the disappearance of “A treacherous friend and a fickle wife”.
What was Holmes’s reaction to Watson’s observations?
This friend of the client often visited to enjoy a game of chess which Holmes says is “…one mark of a scheming mind”
The Stormy Petrels will meet on Tuesday, December 3 at 7:00 at the usual Hampton Place lounge. Everyone welcome!
Bonus! For those attending the meeting, fill in the blank to win a lovely door prize:
“________________ has always been an alternative profession, had I cared to adopt it…”
Our Petrel ornaments will be on display.
There will also be a book sale. Enough to fill that empty space on your shelf! (books, VHS tapes, and comic books – all Sherlockian!)
If you would like further information, or have any questions, please contact Fran at: email@example.com
Published by Fran Martin
Fran Martin became a member of The Bootmakers of Toronto in 1987 and The Stormy Petrels of B.C. in 1988.
She has attended several Sherlockian conferences including: In 1992 "Aspects of Holmes" in Bradford, England (hosted by The Northern Musgraves); In 2006 "ACD at 35" in Toronto (hosted by The Bootmakers of Toronto); 2013 "Sherlock Holmes Through Time & and Place" in Minneapolis (hosted by The Norwegian Explorers); 2014 "Gillette to Brett IV" in Bloomington (hosted by Wessex Press); 2015 SherlockCon in Seattle; 2015 "A Scintillation of Scions VIII" in Baltimore (hosted by Watson's Tin Box); 2016 "The Misadventures of Sherlock Holmes" (hosted by The Norwegian Explorers); in 2018 in Dayton, Ohio for the "Holmes, Doyle & Friends" conference (hosted by the Agra Treasurers).
Fran has held several positions with The Stormy Petrels of B.C. including secretary, vice-president, special events coordinator and is currently president and editor of the "Petrel Flyer".
She was honoured with being awarded the title of "Master Bootmaker" in 2014. She was very pleased to present a paper to a meeting of Sir Hugo's Companions in Chicago in 2017.
Fran has contributed articles to Canadian Holmes magazine, the Watsonian and Chris Redmond's "About Sixty" and "Sherlock Holmes is Like...". In May, 2018 she attended the 78th annual Speckled Band of Boston dinner. She was very honoured to have been one of the first women invited.
View all posts by Fran Martin