Our 24th meeting was conducted on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, and began at 7pm at 5905 Carolina Beach Road, Unit 7, in Monkey Junction. Attending was (from left to right) Barry, Barb, Candace, Michelle, Pat, Rick, Bill, Henry, and myself (Tom).
Our 24th meeting began at around 7pm as usual, with small talk about what's new with members present. Pat & Michelle discussed their upcoming trip to NYC, and that led to several comments about NYC from other members. In addition, Tom mentioned to the group that our mailing list of people interested in our Club has grown to 32. Even so, we still average about 10-12 at each meeting.
Tom chose a very easy quote this month, which was from the Red Headed League. In fact that it was so easy, that everyone get's credit for guessing it!
Mystery Character Description:
Tom brought the mystery character, which turned out to be Henry Baker from the story The Blue Carbuncle. No one recalled the man's name, but many guessed the name of the story. Credit goes to Barry, Michelle, Pat, Candace and Rick.
Show and Tell:
Tom brought one his smaller statues of SH, as well as a SH Zippo lighter. Also, Tom passed around the Baker Street Almanac, which he had just recently received in the mail. Henry quickly pointed out that our club was recognized by the Almanac, along with one other club in North Carolina. At that news, Tom proposed that we plan a future trip to Mt. Olive to visit them during one of their meetings.
Mystery to Solve:
Tonight's mystery was entitled "Terminal Encounter", which was rather difficult. The solution turned out to be the result of a common cold. The killer planted poison in a place that would hopefully be consumed by the victim, then promptly gave her a cold by spending "close up" time with her at the airport. Michelle gets credit for figuring out that the poison was added to the victim's cough syrup, which hopefully she would drink when she got a cold from the killer. Congratulations Michelle!
Assigned Story to Discuss:
The Copper Beeches was brought to us by Candace, who did a great job at describing the story, and then leading us in a discussion. Well done, Candace!
Plans for the May meeting:
It was agreed that the May meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 21st, at 7pm, at the usual place.
The mystery quote:
A heavy step was heard upon the stairs, and an instant later there entered a tall, ruddy, cleanshaven gentleman, whose clear eyes and florid cheeks told of a life led far from the fogs of Baker Street. He seemed to bring a whiff of his strong, fresh, bracing, east-coast air with him as he entered. Having shaken hands with each of us, he was about to sit down when his eye rested upon the paper with the curious markings, which I had just examined and left upon the table. “Well, Mr. Holmes, what do you make of these?” he cried. “They told me that you were fond of queer mysteries, and I don’t think you can find a queerer one than that. I sent the paper on ahead so that you might have time to study it before I came.”
The Mystery Character will be brought by Pat, and the story will be The Stockbrokers Clerk brought to us by Michelle. The Mystery to solve is shown below:
Our 23rd meeting was conducted on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, and began at 7pm at 5905 Carolina Beach Road, Unit 7, in Monkey Junction. Attending was (from left to right) Barry, Barb, Candace, Pat, Michelle, Rick, Bill, Henry, and myself (Tom).
Notes from this Meeting:
INTRODUCTION: The meeting began on time, and everyone seemed to be in a jolly mood.
MYSTERY QUOTE: Credit for the correct identification of the quote is awarded to Rick, Barb, Candace, Barry, and Michelle. The answer was "The Yellow Face".
SHOW AND TELL: Tom passed around several Sherlock Holmes comic books for everyone to see.
MYSTERY CHARACTER: Candace presented a description of Irene Adler, and only Rick, Barry, and Michele guessed the character's identity. The story was "Scandal in Bohemia", which featured Irene Adler.
MYSTERY TO SOLVE: The mystery at tonight's meeting was entitled, "Good help is hard to find", and was joint credit for the solution goes to Candace and Henry. The crime was a death, which turned out to be suicide. The housekeeper was in on it, and was guilty of assisting the deceased in killing himself. In a nutshell, the knife which was used to kill the deceased was tied to a vacuum cleaner cord, which retracted after the deceased let it go. The Housekeeper then removed the knife later when she was alone. It was staged like this to make it look like an unsolvable murder, and that way the insurance would pay for the death.
TONIGHT'S STORY: Henry led us in a discussion of "The Horror of the Heights", a story written by Arthur Conan Doyle. Although this was not a Sherlock Holmes story, it was nevertheless very entertaining. In fact, Henry also drew pictures to illustrate his presentation as shown below:
Plans for the April Meeting:
The next meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, and be held at Beach PC, 5905 Carolina Beach Road, Unit 7. The starting time is 7pm, and the meetings usually last until 8:30pm. All are welcome to attend, but, it would be a nice gesture to let Tom know in advance if you plan to come.
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MYSTERY CHARACTER: To be perfectly honest with you all, I can't recall who agreed to bring a character description... so hopefully if it's you, then you will be ready. LOL
STORY TO DISCUSS: The story we are discussing is "The Copper Beeches". You can watch the full length video starring Jeremy Brett below:
MYSTERY TO SOLVE:
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