Beastly Bones by William Ritter | Review

Title: Beastly Bones

Author: William Ritter

Publisher: Algonquin

Published: September 22nd 2015

ISBN: 9781616203542

Series: Jackaby 2/4

Pages: 291

Edition: Hardback

My Rating: ★★★★☆

Disclaimer: I bought this book myself. All opinions are my own.

I’ve found very little about private detective R. F. Jackaby to be standard in the time I’ve known him. Working as his assistant tends to call for a somewhat flexible relationship with reality . . .

In 1892, New Fiddleham, New England, things are never quite what they seem, especially when Abigail Rook and her eccentric employer, R. F. Jackaby, are called upon to investigate the supernatural. First, members of a particularly vicious species of shape-shifters disguise themselves as a litter of kittens. A day later, their owner is found murdered, with a single mysterious puncture wound to her neck. Then, in nearby Gad’s Valley, dinosaur bones from a recent dig go missing, and an unidentifiable beast attacks animals and people, leaving their mangled bodies behind. Policeman Charlie Cane, exiled from New Fiddleham to the valley, calls on Abigail for help, and soon Abigail and Jackaby are on the hunt for a thief, a monster, and a murderer. 

Beastly Bone’s is the second instalment in the Jackaby series, I gave the first book 3/5 stars and I enjoyed this one a lot more than the first! I couldn’t guess what had happened even when I think about it I realise how obvious it was till it was all revealed!

These books are super fun to read, the characters are interesting and the story is as well! The story jumps straight into the thick of it with a brand new and very strange case for Jackaby and Abigail Rook to solve! The book also ends really well and gets you to want to instantly read the next book which I’m planning to do next.

I feel that these books are quite light reads and definitely something good to pick up after reading such a large amount of fantasy/sci-fi and if you don’t like contemporary reads this would be the perfect book to try! There’s not a lot of romance in this whatsoever, there are small parts here and there, but not overwhelming so that it’s not the main focus of the book.

I honestly went into these books thinking it would be a bit like Stalking Jack the Ripper but there’s no comparisons at all, well, except maybe when it’s set! Either way, I’m intrigued to read the third book and I hope it’s just as good as the first two 🙂

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