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Publisher's Summary

Sherman Holmes has officially settled into his new city, and the World's Greatest Detective Agency has opened its doors. While his put-upon partner, Watson, would be happy to keep the jobs as simple as missing pets, when a worried worker with an outlandish tale of ghosts walks in, there's no stopping Sherman from taking the case.

Now, the new duo must investigate a local "haunted" tourist site where the scares are going off-script and otherworldly interference is suspected. With Sherman lost in the history of the mystery, Watson finds himself needing to adapt quickly to his new job's unique challenges.

Facing booby-trapped halls to navigate, pesky former coworkers popping in without warning, and growing attention from a local criminal element, even an operative of Watson's talents is going to need some help getting through this case alive.

Instead, he has Sherman Holmes. 

©2021 Drew Hayes, LLC (P)2021 Audible Originals, LLC.

About the Creator

Drew Hayes is an author from Texas who has written several books and found the gumption to publish a few (so far). He graduated from Texas Tech with a B.A. in English, because evidently he's not familiar with what the term “employable” means. You can read more of his growing work at his website, www.drewhayesnovels.com, send him mail and movie offers at Novelistdrew@gmail.com, or just follow his Twitter: @DrewHayesNovels. Hayes has been called one of the most profound, prolific, and talented authors of his generation, but a table full of drunks will say almost anything when offered a round of free shots. Hayes feels kind of like a D-bag writing about himself in the third person like this. He does appreciate that you're still reading, though. Hayes would like to sit down and have a beer with you. Or a cocktail. He's not here to judge your preferences. Hayes is terrible at being serious, and has no real idea what a snippet biography is meant to convey anyway. Hayes thinks you are awesome just the way you are. That part, he meant. Hayes is off to go high-five random people, because who doesn't love a good high-five? No one, that's who.

About the Performer

Scott Aiello is an actor and writer living in NYC. Best known for recurring character Tommy Barkow on Showtime’s Billions, Aiello’s other television credits include The Good Fight (CBS, recurring), Blue Bloods (CBS, guest), The Deuce (HBO), The Path (Hulu), God Friended Me (CBS), The Newsroom (HBO), and Person of Interest (CBS). Scott has also narrated over one hundred audiobooks. He received a 2015 Earphones Award for his narration of Small Mercies by Eddie Joyce. Through numerous projects at Audible Studios, he has also been nominated for two Audie Awards (Best Nonfiction, 2013 and Best Fantasy, 2018). His first full-length play, Bernie and Mikey’s Trip to the Moon, received its Off-Broadway debut in 2018 at 59E59 Theaters. Aiello is a graduate of The Juilliard School of Drama (Group 41).

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Sequel! Woohoo!

Stumbled upon this & jumped right in because I really like this author & loved the first book. Please tell me there’ll be more! The narrator is now one of my all time favorites as well. Thank you Audible for CLEAN well written books.

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The second Book is Better than the First!!!!!!

This the second book in the 5minute Sherlock serries (assuming there will be more) enters with the first and second case for the new detective agency.

This has the fun feel of those detective novels I read as a kid, for me it was The Three Investigators, other is was the Hardie Boys or may be Nancy Drew. Now I am not saying that it a childish book (although the laugh able moments on occasion are) but the feeling it gives me. The rush, the pleasure the joy of a fun adventure mystery.

I can not say enough on how much joy and fun this put into my day!

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Drew Hayes does it again!

My 5 minute enhancement window is almost gone, but I must use it to rate this book outstanding.

Now Watson....

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Such a fun story.

I have been on a “horror” binder for the last few months. This was my first step away from that genre and it was so great. I laughed and worried. All the things you want from this type of story. If you like fun not too serious YA type stories you’ll enjoy this one. These characters and the adventures they find themselves on could lead to one of the greatest and most unending series of all time. I just see endless possibilities. I can not wait for the next and hope for dozens more.

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Scooby dooby dooo!

Love Drew Hayes. Loved the first book of this series. This book felt like a place holder while we wait for Drews better work to come along. That being said, its Drew Hayes, the story telling is the highest caliber, I just wish it had maintained the originality that is inherent to Drew.

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Fun listen

I enjoyed the book even though it was a little Scooby Doo like. I've listened to several books by Drew Hayes and have enjoyed all of them.

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Such a great sequel

Hayes hits it out of the park again, with this book. the first was amazing. And set a solid foundation for an epic series (If you've read his other books, I mean epic quality. some of his other books are epic long... And quality!) part 2 builds on that with a cosy mystery, worthy of Sherlock himself. But now we get to know Sherman, and Watson a little more, and see their world expand. I can't wait for book 3!

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As a lover of Sherlock Holmes, this tickles me

This series is everything you'd want for a sci-fi Holmes story! Fun, witty, off the walls, and full of mystery.

It really is a good buckle up for the ride story :) With lots of clever off-brand references (like a centaur in the woods through a wardrobe).

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Another great book by Drew Hayes

The second book in this series doesn't disappoint. Great character development for Holmes and Watson and an interesting story with humor worked in nicely.

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Hayes does it again

what else can be said but just buy these books. they are fun, engaging and keeps Sherlock fresh. worth the credit

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  • 01-22-21

A great sequel to book 1

First off I recommend listening to book 1 as it’s just as great. That said you can listen to this as a stand alone as there is a brief catch up but you will miss a lot of the backstory

The story follows Sherman Holmes a man who has been experimented on and once a day can get enhanced mental abilities for 5 minutes. He’s joined by Watson a secret agent who works as his handler and assistant. As the self proclaimed world’s greatest detective this is his first official case.

The main story is engaging and there are a few sub story lines that seem to set up for future books. The main story line does finish and is an enjoyable mystery. It’s a cozy mystery than something dark and graphic. It did remind me of a Scooby-Doo adventure in some of the humour and plot. As well as feeling nostalgic it makes it a fun mystery.

Narrator is the same as book 1, which I enjoy for continuity especially in pronouncing words. The voices for each character can be easily distinguished. They put a lot of emotion into the voices.

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  • AudiobookDevotee
  • 03-18-21

A great sequel

This was a really fun adventure. Not a gritty crime thriller or an overlong mystery, it was punchy and light-hearted. My only criticism is there were a fair few throughaway lines to jog your memory of what happened in book 1. As I only recently listened to that they felt a bit clunky and heavy handed.

The characters were fun, Watson has character growth, it's all there. The narration was great too.

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  • Nakul Shenoy
  • 01-28-21

A fun listen this

I had enjoyed the first book so grabbed this when it came along. And enjoyed the listen.

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  • ice
  • 10-21-21

A fine sequel.

Brilliantly narrated. done the story justice. As for the story! Awesome sequel. look forward to more. And on a side note! Would make a brilliant TV show I think!

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  • Tim Haughton
  • 09-30-21

Great fun as well as great story

Didn’t expect to like this series so much, but have to say I am thoroughly enjoying where this is going.

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  • marion Rowlands
  • 09-11-21

Very unusual .

The story was very confusing at first but gradually became clear . It was very light reading and some of the clues were not followed through , nor resulting conclusions fully explained . Entertaining

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  • K Q.
  • 09-07-21

fun

great fun story and listen. chose it for the cover, loved it for it's content!

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  • Craig McSpellcheck
  • 03-23-21

Better than the first book

Warm. Funny. Intriguing.
This was... Charming. Not a word I ever use to describe anything, but here we are.
Everything about this book is fantastically understated and personable making it feel like somthing written in England, not based as it is in 'meraca.

The mystery is alluring, but the relationships feel subtlety like the main focus, coming under a warmer light as Drew extends the charters not in historical back story but in the more real day to day growth of humans who are learning to trust each other.

I would listen to this again. Thanks Drew.

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  • Dom
  • 02-24-21

An entertaining yarn

A good fun story with a good peformance.
The only criticism I have is it is somewhat padded throughout with backstory.