by William Ritter
Published September 16th 2014
by Algonquin Young Readers
“Miss Rook, I am not an occultist,” Jackaby said. “I have a gift that allows me to see truth where others see the illusion--and there are many illusions. All the world’s a stage, as they say, and I seem to have the only seat in the house with a view behind the curtain.”
Newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England, 1892, and in need of a job, Abigail Rook meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinary--including the ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail has a gift for noticing ordinary but important details, which makes her perfect for the position of Jackaby’s assistant. On her first day, Abigail finds herself in the midst of a thrilling case: A serial killer is on the loose. The police are convinced it’s an ordinary villain, but Jackaby is certain it’s a nonhuman creature, whose existence the police--with the exception of a handsome young detective named Charlie Cane--deny.
Doctor Who meets Sherlock in William Ritter’s debut novel, which features a detective of the paranormal as seen through the eyes of his adventurous and intelligent assistant in a tale brimming with cheeky humor and a dose of the macabre.
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The first reason that I even considered reading this book was because of the cover. I LOVE this cover. Then I looked it up on Goodreads, read the synopsis, saw some early reviews, then proceeded to add it to my TBR. I managed to get it at my local library and I'm SO glad I decided to read it.
I have not seen Doctor Who or Sherlock (nor read anything about the characters either). I know, I know, I'm missing out. haha So I legitimately can't compare Jackaby to either of them. Whether they are similar or not, I loved Jackaby.
The humor and the way that he and Abigail interact left me laughing out loud on multiple occasions. Mix in some paranormal investigation and this book had me easily. I've never enjoyed anything "historical" that I've ever read. That says a lot considering this takes place in 1892.
I am SO excited for book 2 now!
Beastly Bones (Jackaby #2) Expected publication: September 22nd 2015 !! :) Please hurry September!