Summary: “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
Review: 4 stars
Jackaby was way better than I expected it to be. It was a fast-paced mystery with a good plot and interesting characters. I found myself upset that it took me this long to read the series. This is a very fun and entertaining book to read and I’m so glad that I discovered it.
The characters in this novel are extremely eccentric. The author conveys much of their personalities through dialogue. This is a perfect example of how character development should be done. I gained a great sense of who each character truly was by the details that the author choose to use to describe them. The writing is absolutely fantastic.
This is a fun mystery. There were a few things that I guessed would happen, but I did not suspect the real killer. Jackaby is like a cross between Sherlock Holmes and Ghostbusters, yet filled with characters who are much more interesting. Although it is similar to some books that I have read, it manages to stand out and certainly is not a book that I will easily forget. I am so glad that this is a series, because I love the characters. This feels like a book that Johnny Depp and Tim Burton could turn into a great film. Do yourself a favor and don’t pass up reading this book.