October’s case was first printed both in the Strand Magazine (in the UK) and in Harper’s Weekly (in the US) in February 1893

Murder, international intrigue, blackmail, a disappearance, mysterious footprints! Unfortunately, this story has none of the above! What does it have?

An unsettling face appearing in a neighbouring window and the suspicious actions of the recent residents. Not to mention the suspicious actions of a loving spouse and their alleged involvement with the new neighbours.

Someone returning to England hoping to cover up their past in America. This is not a unique theme in the canon.

What does this person have to hide? Is Holmes correct in his assumptions?


  1. How do we know that Dr. Watson was right-handed?
  2. What is a wide-awake?
  3. Were death certificates available in the US before 1900?
  4. Why “Jack”?

Last month, Stormy Petrel Gary gave us a very interesting power point presentation on trains in the Victorian era. For October’s meeting, Gary will present “The Life and Times of Sherlock’s Pipes.” I’m sure you will not want to miss this one!

The Petrels will meet, again, zia Zoom, on October 5, 2021 at 7:00 pm to discuss “The Yellow Face”

If you have any questions, or would like more information, please contact Fran at: franziskah@shaw.ca

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