Author: William Ritter
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Series Jackaby 1
Rating: 4 stars
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 loved this fun book. Full of snarky humor and dry wit it kept my attention throughout the book and I can't wait to read book 2. For a debut novel, always a few issues that people have with a book as seen in the reviews, but I thought this one was pretty good. The characters are great and I'm sure we'll get to know more about them in future books. I wouldn't quite call this a Sherlock book, maybe Sherlock like, but I still liked it. It's a great who dun it and great for all ages, although I think it's labeled YA. Read it!