Did you know that Vancouver’s first forensic investigator, John Vance, was internationally known as Canada’s Sherlock Holmes?
John Vance helped detectives solve many crimes during his 42-year career. He was such a success, that in 1934 there were seven attempts on his life.
On Wednesday, March 23, 2022 (from 6:00 to 8:00 PM) Eve Lazarus will draw on her stories from her BC best-selling books about the John Vance. “Blood, Sweat, and Fear”. We will learn all about Vancouver’s own Sherlock Holmes!
Eve Lazarus is a reporter and author and hosts and produces the Cold Case Canada true crime podcast. Her books include: “Murder by Milkshake”, Blood, Sweat, and Fear”, “Cold Case Vancouver Exposed : Searching for the City’s Hidden History”.
Tickets are still available through the Roedde House Museum website.
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.
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