March 2018 Meeting

On Tuesday, March 6th the Stormy Petrels of BC will meet to discuss “The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans” a case which appeared in both The Strand Magazine and Collier’s in 1908.  Sherlock Holmes tells us that it is a “…really very remarkable case.”

The adventure begins.  Holmes is restless and growing more impatient at the lack of activity (to the point of biting his nails).  “The London criminal is certainly a dull fellow.”

Dr. Watson paints the atmosphere outside 221b as equally dull. There is a dense, yellow fog that did not dissipate for days and was so thick that to see the house opposite was nearly impossible, and “…the greasy, heavy brown swirl still drifting past us and condensing in oily drops upon the window-panes.”

Saved by big brother Mycroft Holmes!  Sherlock Holmes explained to Dr. Watson that for Mycroft to travel to Baker Street  was like a planet leaving its orbit.  According to Sherlock Holmes, Mycroft had only visited 221b once before.

Mycroft Holmes was described by his brother as “…the most indispensable man in the country” and “…occasionally he is the British Government.”

What crime could be so fantastic as to dislodge Mycroft from his Pall Mall surroundings? International intrigue? Espionage? Theft of secret blueprints? A government secret? A dead body found beside the tracks?

Foreshadowing?  Holmes exclaims to Dr. Watson, “It is fortunate for this community that I am not a criminal.”


SH:  Have you the tools?

W:  They are in my overcoat.

Just how big was Watson’s overcoat?  Who was that mysterious maid who brought in the telegram from Mycroft?

Please join the Stormy Petrels for a rousing discussion, tea/coffee and snacks.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank my VP, Orilea, in advance for taking over the chair for this meeting, as I will be on an adventure.  I will, however, be back for the April meeting.

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February Meeting 2018

The Stormy Petrels of BC will meet for their first study session of 2018 to discuss “The Adventure of the Red Circle”.

Printed in The Strand Magazine in two parts for the March and April 1911 editions.

It is an adventure featuring a mysterious lodger, cryptic messages, murder, kidnapping, secret societies, international intrigue and more….

Red Circle2

Red Circle

Holmes takes the case and reminds Dr. Watson “It is Art for Art’s Sake.” and “Education never ends.  It is a series of lessons, with the greatest for the last.”

The meeting will take place on the first Tuesday of February at 7:00 pm at our usual Hampton Place lounge.

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Bonus question for members attending the meeting:  Sherlock Holmes had heard of the case that the Pinkerton Agent, Mr. Leverton, was involved in. What was the name of the case?


2018 Sherlock Holmes Birthday Brunch

The Stormy Petrels of B.C. will, once again, be celebrating the birthday of the great detective on Saturday, January 6th 2018!

If you happen to be in the Vancouver area that day, we would love to see you!

There is no program, no agenda, no toasts (unless someone is so moved) nor adventure for discussion.  (sadly, no musings from Sheldon). It is a time of fellowship and food.

Where:  The White Spot Restaurant (the fireplace room) West Georgia/Cardero

When:  Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018 at 11:30 am

If you are able to come, please e-mail Fran as soon as possible so she can confirm numbers with the restaurant.