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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (112 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tracy Barrett Narrator: John Allen Nelson Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Sherlock Files Release Date: April 2010 ISBN: 9780307710963
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Xena and Xander Holmes are back . . . and so is a mysterious beast from Sherlock’s casebook!

Xena and Xander have been looking forward to their vacation in the peaceful country village of Blackslope. But when a huge monster begins to terrorize the town, the young detectives are faced with a mystery that seems impossible to solve. 
           
Sherlock Holmes, Xena and Xander’s famous ancestor, investigated the case of a horrible beast in Blackslope, but that was nearly a hundred years ago. It couldn’t be the same creature after all this time—or could it? Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Barrett throws in enough red herrings as well as solid clues to keep ardent fans of the genre turning the pages until the surprise denouement.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Barrett plunges right into the action from the first sentence, giving fans of classic mysteries exactly what they want: thrills, chills, a plethora of suspects and plenty of red herrings…A fun series continues unabated.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Solid detective work, and a zippy pace make this a nice choice.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsy | 9/12/2013

    " Aw. It's just a good old-fashioned kid detective yarn. Inoffensive and fun. An ample use of red herrings but with enough of a kick to keep things interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 9/4/2013

    " This was a reasonably good book. The plot was interesting and straight forward. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele | 8/11/2013

    " Not as good as the first one... they solve the current day mystery, but the solution to Holmes' cold case feels like an afterthought - and a rushed one at that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 7/21/2013

    " I love this series and rate it 5 stars because it is geared towards older children, not adults, and I think I really would have loved it even more if I was around 10 years old or so. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marci | 4/19/2013

    " I liked this book even better than its predecesor. I hope for more in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cinnapatty | 2/3/2013

    " This is book 2 after the 100 year old secret. Good, quick read. Appropriate for grade schoolers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Azturpealean | 1/21/2013

    " I really liked this book where Xena and Xander are on spring break and they hear an awful howling and find out Sherlock was in Blackscope and they try to solve the case he never solved of the beast of blackscope. I love how the chapters are all cliffhangers! I couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beverly | 11/7/2012

    " Two children take up a mystery that Sherlock Holmes was unable to solve and follow the clues to solve it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charlyn Trussell | 10/17/2012

    " When Xena and Xander discover that their ancestor, Sherlock Holmes, had investigated a horrible beast in Blackslope, their vacation in a quiet village becomes spooky. It appears the monster has returned after a hundred years and the two young investigators want to find the truth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 8/21/2012

    " I really like this series, though the mystery didn't necessarily get "solved" in the same way it did in the first book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 1/19/2012

    " Listening in the car..almost done "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Diana | 10/9/2011

    " I'm a big fan of Sherlock, and I enjoy a good mystery story.. but this one didn't impress me. I got this book as a gift from a friend and it was an easy read, but couldn't wait for it to be over. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elizabeth Qualia | 8/3/2011

    " This book reminded me of Scooby-Doo episodes. Plus I felt the actual "solving" of Sherlock Holmes' cold case was a bit of a cop-out. Reading the second in the series does make me want to pick up my copy of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes and read the real thing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jodee | 6/26/2011

    " Just silly. Cute story fast read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 5/11/2011

    " It was a fairly predictable mystery, and it had too much telling and not enough showing, but it held my interest enough to finish the book. That must mean something.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charlyn | 3/31/2011

    " When Xena and Xander discover that their ancestor, Sherlock Holmes, had investigated a horrible beast in Blackslope, their vacation in a quiet village becomes spooky. It appears the monster has returned after a hundred years and the two young investigators want to find the truth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beverly | 7/25/2010

    " Two children take up a mystery that Sherlock Holmes was unable to solve and follow the clues to solve it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 10/29/2009

    " It was a fairly predictable mystery, and it had too much telling and not enough showing, but it held my interest enough to finish the book. That must mean something.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/15/2009

    " Aw. It's just a good old-fashioned kid detective yarn. Inoffensive and fun. An ample use of red herrings but with enough of a kick to keep things interesting. "

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About the Author
Author Tracy BarrettTracy Barrett is the author of numerous books and magazine articles for young readers. She holds a Bachelor's Degree with honors in Classics-Archaeology from Brown University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Medieval Italian Literature from the University of California, Berkeley. Her scholarly interests in the ancient and medieval worlds overlap in her fiction and nonfiction works.
    A grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to study medieval women writers led to the writing of her first novel, the award-winning Anna of Byzantium. Since then, she has also written The Stepsister's Tale, Dark of the Moon, King of Ithaka, and The Sherlock Files series.
About the Narrator

John Allen Nelson’s critically acclaimed roles on television’s 24 and Vanished are among the highlights of his twenty-five-plus years as an actor, screenwriter, and film producer. As a narrator, he won an AudioFile Earphones Award for his reading of Zoo Story by Thomas French.