• The Case of the Haunted Haunted House

  • 5-Minute Sherlock, Book 2
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Scott Aiello
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (2,339 ratings)

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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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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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It’s that dang bromance

It wasn’t hard for me to figure out why I liked this book so much: the bromance. In the first novel, Sherman and Watson are trying to figure each other out, so it was good but not amazing. In this one, the chemistry is all there, and that’s awesome. Sherman is crazy and goes off on ridiculous tangents, and Watson just gets him. The understanding and differences between the two characters make a thrilling story where Watson pushes the narrative forward while Sherman gives it color. I love this series already and want more from the world’s greatest detective and his trusty Watson. This book is worth it, but I would recommend reading the first so you can really appreciate the growth between the two characters.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 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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  • 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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  • Jonny R
  • 07-02-22

Not as good as the first one

I was a bit disappointed with this one, as it’s quite different to the first. The first was a fun action packed book, whereas this is quite different, almost mimicking the Sherlock Holmes books where it’s all about a mystery to be solved. It was ok, just not what I was expecting. The characters are great, but the actual story fell short for me.

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  • Anonymously
  • 06-12-22

Heavy on whimsy; thin on everything else.

There comes a point, fairly late on in this book, when the Watson character questions the slow pace and that nothing much has been happening - they haven’t even witnessed the bizarre incidents they’re meant to be investigating. When your own characters are questioning the pacing, the author ought to know that, either consciously or unconsciously, something isn’t right. The concept of this is intriguing enough, but everything is in the delivery. Which is sorely lacking. The world doesn’t make sense either. Holmes is supposed to be this top secret asset, hidden away from whatever nefarious forces are after him; and yet they have him solving paltry things like cat disappearances and haunted houses. There is no source of tension, conflict, drama or intrigue. This results in there not being any stakes. Even the lead characters don’t really ever see the ‘mysterious’ going on at the house leading to their client coming to them in the first place. When we are meant to care about the tour company potentially folding, but the work hasn’t been done to get us invested enough to care. Neither has there been any effort put in to establishing the villainy of the culprits at the end, leaving me feeling really sorry for them while the ‘good guys’ reign down all manor of Home Alone style punishment on them. And finally, the Holmes character’s hyperbole is exhausting after a while, particularly in audiobook format - which is not a slight on the narrator, who did an excellent job. My advice to the author is that you have an intriguing concept, but there isn’t enough conflict or a sense of stakes to make your scenes turn. I would not recommend this audiobook, even to Holmes fans.

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  • Sir Bazile
  • 03-16-22

Tribute

This is a Fitting Homage to his Great Great Great Great Uncle Sherlocks Legacy

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  • The Captain
  • 01-09-22

Another excellent story with perfect narration

The same elements from my previous review on Book 1... And more!

To recap that: The narrator seems so fully engaged with and truly enjoying the story and characters, that you can't help but smile and enjoy it too. He gives a perfect performance, fully inhabiting and capturing the characters and their traits with expert precision and what feels like real affection for the adventure.

I've listened more than once and these books are now on my repeat listen list.

Even though the books are full of action and adventure, they're strangely calming.
This book 2 seems both in story and performance to be even more confident and in its stride than book 1 (like whoa, I thought the writing and performance were already perfect how could they have improved!?). I suppose now that Sherman and Watson are an official partnership, and know each other a little more, there's boundless potential for adventure!

The mystery in The Case of the Haunted Haunted-House is cleverly written, and it's great fun to be taken along on the adventure with Watson and Sherman as they try to figure out what's going on. There is more character exploration too which is really well done, and it's interesting to learn more about our fellas.

I like the new characters in this tale a lot (so much that it seems sad that they probably won't be in the next book as it will be a new adventure). Oh yeah that's something I forgot to say in the previous review... That not only does the narrator capture the main characters so well but also gives skillful and varied performances for all the other characters we meet too.

Again, got to show some appreciation for Sherman and Watson's relationship. It's really fun to listen to Sherman behaving inappropriately or unexpectedly (some more laugh out loud moments there), and to Watson trying to cope with it. The moments of affection and friendship between the two are awesome too. I thought the way most of the other characters react to Sherman in this book was pretty sweet.

To summarise: Another great paced and fun romp, this one in a cool haunted house, where we learn a little more about the characters, and get to hear a mystery being solved.

I feel like I might be leaving out something important, but I must go now,

I have a strange craving for peanut butter crackers...

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  • crochetdiva
  • 01-09-22

A bit disappointing

Whenever an aauthor tries to claim fame off a brilliant authors back,, the result is always disappointing. if the author had named her cast differently, I believe this book would read enter. in a case like this I'm always thinking of the original, and it never comes up to scratch. I would listen to this authors books again if they make them up themselves.

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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.