Jackaby by William Ritter | Review

Title: Jackaby

Author: William Ritter

Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers

Published: September 16th 2014

ISBN: 9781616203535

Edition: Hardback

Series: Jackaby 1/4

Pages: 299

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

“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.

I bought all four of these books just after Christmas as it was just under £20 for them all! Bargain! I just fancied reading something short, light(ish) and quick and this book was perfect!

Based in 1892, Abigail Rook travels to New England in search of a job and she meets R. F. Jackaby, a supernatural detective where she becomes his assistant and the first day or rather as soon as she met Jackaby (the second time, properly) she’s already on her first case investigating a thrilling case, a serial killer is on the loose and he isn’t entirely human. The police believe it’s an ordinary human being whereas Jackaby knows it isn’t, most of the police deny Jackaby’s theories except a certain Charlie Cane who is another major character in this book.

Jackaby’s character is a mix of Doctor Who and Sherlock Holmes, he’s an intriguing and likeable character. This book is done from Abigail Rook’s point of view and I also like her as a character, there’s also Douglas, I’m intrigued to find out more about him in the coming books.

This book was funny and thrilling but for me, not as much as a mystery, I guessed the murder as SOOON as the character was introduced – which is why I gave it three stars – whereas Jackaby and Abigail couldn’t figure it out till he was coming after them so I guess you guys can call me Sherlock 😏

I’m definitely going to finish this series and I can’t wait to find out what happens next!

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