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How to Talk to Barnes in the Bookshop in Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened

Need help in figuring out how to get Barnes to talk in the Bookshop in Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened? We’ve got you covered.

In the first chapter of Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened, you’ll need to head to a bookshop to talk to its owner, Barnes. The problem? As soon as you get there, Barnes runs into the back of his store and won’t come out. This guide will walk you through the steps to successfully engage with this elusive character.

  1. Find Barnes’ Bookshop: The first step is simply making your way to Barnes’ Bookshop. To find it, leave Sherlock’s house and turn right. The bookshop will soon come into view as you follow the road. Look for the sign: it’s on the corner of a street, with a flower shop directly across from it.
  2. Confront Barnes: When you approach Barnes, he runs into a back room and refuses to speak with you. Don’t worry; you can still get him to talk.
  3. Investigate the Bookshop: Take a look around the bookshop, pressing L1 to highlight interactive items. Pay special attention to the window display, the flowers, and the books on the sales desk.
  4. Visit the Flower Woman: Leave the bookshop and head across the street to the flower stall, owned by Mrs. Fleming. Examine her flower display, and pay attention to the cactus. Strike up a conversation with her, asking about Barnes, the cactus, and the flowers in the window display.
  5. Solve the Mystery: Visit the Mind Palace (press ‘options’ then L1 to navigate to the Mind Palace) to determine why Barnes is acting so strangely. Pair together the clues: Dead Flowers, Cactus in a Cracked Pot, and Mrs. Fleming on Barnes. You’ll deduce that Barnes is attempting to woo Mrs. Fleming.
  6. Talk to Barnes: With this newfound knowledge, return to the bookshop and interact with the back door. This will prompt Barnes to finally speak with you.

By following these steps, you’ll successfully engage in conversation with Barnes in the Bookshop in Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened. Understanding the motive behind his behavior is key to getting him to talk, so be sure to explore your surroundings and piece together the clues in the Mind Palace.

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