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The Sherlock Holmes Story Society

Meets at North Branch at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of every month except for November and December (see alternate date specified below). Call (309) 497-2701 for more information. New members are always welcome!


2019 Calendar

Sherlock Holmes Story Society

This group meets in the North Branch Seminar Room at 6:30 pm on the 4th Thursday of the month (except for November and December, when we’ve switched to the 3rd Thursday to avoid holidays). New members are always welcome, whether you’re a seasoned Sherlockian or a newcomer to the canon! Please call 309-497-2701 if you have any questions.

This year, we are continuing our chronological exploration of the short stories with The Return of Sherlock Holmes.


October 24

“The Adventure of the Golden Pince-Nez”

Inspector Stanley Hopkins[1] of Scotland Yard asks the brilliant consulting detective Sherlock Holmes to help him investigate a mysterious murder. The victim was a young man named Willoughby Smith who had been secretary to an elderly invalid known as Professor Coram. Smith shared a house with the Professor and two female servants. One of those servants found Smith, fatally wounded but not yet dead, after he had been stabbed in the neck with a small knife. A pair of woman's pince-nez spectacles were later discovered in Smith's hand. Curiously, since Professor Coram is obviously male, Smith's last words were, "The professor - it was she".

November 21* (3rd Thursday)

“The Adventure of the Missing Three-Quarter”

Holmes is called in to investigate the disappearance of Godfrey Staunton. Holmes has been asked to locate many missing things in which the political stability of Europe has hung in the balance, but this time something truly monumental is dependent upon Holmes solving the case: Cambridge will almost certainly lose an important ruby match to Oxford if key player Staunton is not found before the game.

December 19* (3rd Thursday)

“The Adventure of the Abbey Grange”

Holmes wakes Doctor Watson up early one winter morning to rush to a murder scene at the Abbey Grange near Chislehurst. Sir Eustace Brackenstall has been killed, apparently by burglars. Inspector Stanley Hopkins believes that it was the infamous Randall gang, a father and two sons, who have committed several other burglaries in the neighborhood.


We will finish this collection’s final short story off in 2020 before continuing with the next collection in the Holmes canon: His Last Bow

2020 Calendar


In 2020, we are finishing up The Return of Sherlock Holmes collection, diving into the first of the novels (A Study in Scarlet), then returning to the short stories with the collection, His Last Bow. All are in the public domain and so are freely available to read online, or the library has many copies available in multiple formats. 

January 23

“The Adventure of the Second Stain” (last story in The Return of Sherlock Holmes)


February 27

A Study in Scarlet -- Part 1, Chapters 1-3


March 26

A Study in Scarlet -- Part 1, Chapters 4-7


April 23

A Study in Scarlet -- Part 2


May 28

“The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge” (His Last Bow)


June 25

“The Adventure of the Cardboard Box” (His Last Bow)


July 23

“The Adventure of the Red Circle” (His Last Bow)


August 27

“The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans” (His Last Bow)


September 24

“The Adventure of the Dying Detective” (His Last Bow)


October 22

“The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax” (His Last Bow)


November 19* (3rd Thursday)

“The Adventure of the Devil's Foot” (His Last Bow)


December 17* (3rd Thursday)

“His Last Bow”