The Adventure of the Copper Beeches” was first published in the Strand Magazine in June, 1892.

The plot of this case was actually suggested by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s mother.

After writing the 5th adventure, ACD confessed to his Mother “I think of slaying Holmes in the sixth and winding him up for good and all. He takes my mind from other things. (from “Teller of Tales” by Daniel Stashower)

His mother (the Ma’am) replied, ” You won’t! You can’t! You mustn’t!”

She then suggested an idea for a story. The story, according to Charles Higham in his book “The Adventures of Conan Doyle“, the idea came from a true account (The Staunton Case) which reported the kidnapping and starving of a young girl.

ACD agreed and wrote “The Copper Beeches“. “He still lives, thanks to your entreaties.”

The Stormy Petrels of BC will meet (perhaps the last time via Zoom) at 7:00 pm, Tuesday Aug. 3

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

Bonus questions:

  1. Who was Carlo ?
  2. What is the significance of the name?
  3. What is the significance of Holmes mentioning a sister?
  4. Who else lived at Montague Place besides Violet Hunter? (No. 23)
  5. Anagram “Violet Hunter”

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