Author: William Ritter
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Published: September 16th 2014
Series: Jackaby 1/4
My Rating: ★★★☆☆
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!