Due to certain circumstances not under our control, the Stormy Petrels will hold their September meeting via Zoom.

Please note that the September meeting will be held on the second Tuesday, ie Sept. 14th.

The adventure for discussion, first published in The Strand Magazine in 1892, will be “Silver Blaze“, one of the most famous cases. This adventure displays Holmes’s powers of observation and deduction.

Arthur Conan Doyle himself confessed that he knew little about horse racing. In his “Memories & Adventures” he stated that “Horse racing is not a true sport. Sport is what a man does, not what a horse does.”

He did not include “Silver Blaze” in his top 12 list, as he noted that it was “very faulty”. He was told that “half of the characters would have been in jail and the other half warned off the turf forever.”

Agreed, this case may have several handicaps, but that should not detract from ACD’s ability as a great writer, and Sherlock Holmes’s analytical skills.

Meeting date and time: September 14th at 7:00 p.m. (Pacific time)

If you require any addition information, please contact Fran at: franziskah@shaw.ca

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