Detecting with Doyle

SOLD OUT (waiting list available by emailing

Celebrate Holmes, Watson, Mrs. Hudson, LeStrade, Moriarty, and the man behind them all with Charles Spratley from Illusions of the Past  

Sunday 12 June 2022

at 2:30pm

at the Four Seasons Tea Room in Sierra Madre

from historyteller Charles:

"A respected physician and basement crime author, Arthur Conan Doyle changed the way we look at fiction in 1887 with the debut of his most famous creation, Sherlock Holmes. Four books and fifty-six short stories were created about this master detective and his sidekick, Dr. Watson. But who is Doyle and what influenced this writer as he created one of the most iconic characters in literature? 

Doyle’s life, writings, and beliefs will be explored as we spend the afternoon discussing the man behind the mythos. Beyond Holmes, we’ll delve into the author’s experiences with the paranormal, his search for the answers to life after death, and how this quest led to the end of one of his greatest friendships. 

And yes….there will be faeries."

$67.75 includes Charles' exclusive presentation + seasonal menu with signature house salad, 5 finger sandwiches, fresh-baked scone, dessert bites (tax, gratuity, payment fees)

Suggested attire ~ Let your imagination dictate!

Please be advised, we are unable to accommodate dietary restrictions or make menu changes at this event. All diners will receive the same edibles.  

As with theatre tickets, all reservations are final and non-refundable. If you are unable to attend, you are welcome to give your spot to the person of your choosing. Parties of fewer than 4 guests should be prepared to be seated with new friends 
Payment indicates your understanding and acceptance of the policies stated herein. Thanks so much for your good sportsmanship. 
All involved truly appreciate it. 
Being a tiny social group, we don't issue "tickets," but your PayPal receipt confirms your spot. You'll also receive a welcome email from our admin Joy which she'll send to the email address associated with your payment