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:

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