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September 19, 2016 • Cee • Reviews

Ghostly Echoes

Ghostly Echoes (Jackaby #3) by William Ritter •  August 23, 2016 • Algonquin Young Readers
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Jenny Cavanaugh, the ghostly lady of 926 Augur Lane, has enlisted the investigative services of her fellow residents to solve a decade-old murder–her own. Abigail Rook and her eccentric employer, R. F. Jackaby, dive into the cold case, starting with a search for Jenny’s fiancé, who went missing the night she died. But when a new, gruesome murder closely mirrors the events of ten years prior, Abigail and Jackaby realize that Jenny’s case isn’t so cold after all.

Fantasy and folklore mix with mad science as Abigail’s race to unravel the mystery leads her across the cold cobblestones of nineteenth-century New England, down to the mythical underworld, and deep into her colleagues’ grim histories to battle the most deadly foe she has ever faced.

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I received this book for free from Algonquin Young Readers for review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

First sentence: “Mr. Jackaby’s cluttered office spun around me.”

William Ritter does it again! Ghostly Echoes tops the previous books, and has become my favorite book of the series. *round of applause!*

In Ghostly Echoes, Lead supernatural investigator, R. F. Jackaby, and his assistant, Abigail Rook, are getting to the bottom of a cold case—a decade-old murder of the ghostly inhabitant of 926 Augur Lane, Jenny Cavanaugh. A string of murders have caught Jackaby and Abigail’s attention; they’re very similar to Jenny’s and her fiancé’s death and disappearance. As they investigate the new murders, they find themselves encountering a vampire, missing wives, lost souls, ferryman of Hell, and a big bad that had been building itself for a decade (and possibly longer).

Before you read any further about the goodness of Ghostly Echoes, please tell me you have read the previous two Jackaby books. Please! If you haven’t, here are my reasons why you should read Jackaby (the first book of the series).

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September 21, 2015 • Cee • Reviews

Beastly Bones

Beastly Bones (Jackaby #2) by William Ritter •  September 22, 2015 • Algonquin Young Readers
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“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, a vicious species of shape-shifters disguise themselves as a litter of kittens, and a day later, their owner is found murdered with a single mysterious puncture wound. Then in nearby Gad’s Valley, now home to the exiled New Fiddleham police detective Charlie Cane, dinosaur bones from a recent dig mysteriously go missing, and an unidentifiable beast starts attacking animals and people, leaving their mangled bodies behind. Charlie calls on Abigail for help, and soon Abigail and Jackaby are on the hunt for a thief, a monster, and a murderer.

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I received this book for free from Algonquin Young Readers in exchange for review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

First sentence: “Follow my lead, Miss Rook,” Jackaby said, rapping on the ornately trimmed door to 1206 Campbell Street.

Have you read Jackaby? No? You really should, and here are my reasons why. But if you have, well done! You can pick up Beastly Bones, a wonderful sequel that gives you more abnormal cases dealing with the supernatural and humor that’ll have you snickering to yourself.

Lead supernatural investigator, R. F. Jackaby, and his assistant, Abigail Rook, are at it again; they’re on another peculiar case that deals with the murder of various people, all found with a mysterious puncture wound. Is it another serial killer that’s murdering these folks? As the pair investigate what happened, they find that the murders may be linked to the recently dug dinosaur bones in Gad’s Valley where Charlie Cane, former New Fiddleham police detective, had been exiled to. Not only does Beastly Bones give you fossils and murder, it also gives you shape shifters, hilarious new characters and familiar ones, same ole Jackaby being as elusive as ever, and Abigail trying to prove herself.

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September 16, 2014 • Cee • Reviews

William Ritter - Jackaby coverJackaby by William Ritter
September 16, 2014
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
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* ARC courtesy of Kelly and Scott

“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.

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First sentence: “It was late January, and New England wore a fresh coat of snow as I stepped along the gangplank to the shore.”

You know how Jackaby is said to share a likeness to Doctor Who and Sherlock? I can see it. Well, more of the Sherlock and Watson relationship, and not Doctor Who (but that’s just me). I enjoyed it! A lot! I appreciate books about detectives and the supernatural. Jackaby doesn’t fail to deliver the awesome. From start to finish, I was entranced by the story that I ended up staying wayyyyy past my bedtime to read it. Peculiar detective who focuses on the supernatural, a curious assistant who’s looking for a job and an adventure, and a serial killer on the loose? What’s not to like?

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June 18, 2014 • Cee • Waiting on Wednesday

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Waiting On is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

William Ritter - JackabyJackaby by William Ritter
September 16, 2014
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
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“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.

 

Why I’m waiting?

THAT COVER. Georgie showed me this cover a few months ago because of the typography, and I fell in loveeee. When I read the synopsis, I knew I needed this in my life. A character who has the ability to see supernatural beings? A serial killer on the loose? A story told from the assistant’s point of view? Cheeky humor? Sign me up please!

I’m very curious to see the Doctor Who aspect of this book. It should be good, right?

I am lucky to have gotten a copy courtesy of Kelly and Jon! (Thanks, guys!) And I can’t wait to read.

What books are you waiting on?