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Book Review: THE CASE OF THE DAMAGED DETECTIVE by Drew Hayes

Updated: Aug 22

Responding to a call about a noise disturbance, police enter a dance club to find it packed with dead bodies, except for one lone survivor - a man raving like a lunatic, wearing only a deerstalker hat. That man, calling himself Sherman Holmes, is the only person to survive a dose of an illegal drug capable of elevating the mind. Now, Sherman is poked, prodded, and studied in a top-secret government lab to find out why he survived, and why his brilliance only lasts five minutes at a time. When Sherman needs to be transported to a more secure facility, he needs to a bodyguard. Enter the agent code named Watson.

Let's face it. There are hundreds of stories out there about Sherlock Holmes. But none are as inventive and unique as THE CASE OF THE DAMAGED DETECTIVE by Drew Hayes. It is hard to categorize this book. Is it a mystery? A buddy comedy? A road trip? An action/adventure? It is a bit of everything. Don't go into this book expecting a traditional Holmes/Watson team up. You'd be sorely disappointed. However, if you go into this book looking for a fun, witty, exciting weekend read, then this is definitely the book for you.


Hayes deconstructs the traditional Holmes characters and turns them on their head. THE CASE OF THE DAMAGED DETECTIVE is filled with witty dialogue, quirky characters, and outrageous settings. Unlike the original Conan Doyle stories, this book is less about the mystery and more about the relationship between Holmes and Watson. Think Conan Doyle meets Thelma and Louise meets Abbott and Costello.


THE CASE OF THE DAMAGED DETECTIVE is a nonstop escapade that is hilarious and a page-turner. It's an entertaining story that leaves you wanting more.