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: