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Jackaby by William Ritter: A Review

For my first book review of 2015, I have a really easy read that's a bit out of the ordinary. Jackaby by William Ritter was a great novel to escape reality. I really enjoyed this book and hope he releases the second in the series soon. I've also added another challenge to my reading list for 2015. Check it out below and follow along in my reading ventures on My Bookshelf.*Disclaimer: There are affiliate links in this post

What Amazon Says 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 a debut novel, the first in a series, brimming with cheeky humor and a dose of the macabre.

What I Say I really enjoyed Jackaby. I started reading this without a clue what it was about. Halfway through the first chapter, I had to stop and read the description on the sleeve because for some reason I thought it was about Jack the Ripper and I was confused since it was written in the perspective of the female character. What I was in for was completely different and I'm kind of glad because it was a much needed escape from the real world. Abigail Rook is brand new to New Fiddleham looking for a job. She finds a job opening for a detective's assistant and that detective happens to be Jackaby. He's not a normal detective because the things he's looking for are supernatural. People think he's a crazy person and the police are not always willing to cooperate with him making his job a bit more difficult.

Abigail aids Jackaby in the search for a serial killer who turns out to be some sort of goblin hiding among society as a human. The book takes us through that journey to find out who that person is before anyone else gets killed. Even with a somewhat gloom overarching story line, it's really funny. Jackaby is cooky, Abigail is incredibly resilient and we meet several other characters who you can't help but love...or hate. It's a really easy read and I definitely recommend it if you like easy to read novels that are a little out of the ordinary. It was a great murder mystery too.

Before you go, I added another challenge to my reading list this year. I'll be joining Modern Mrs. Darcy for a 12-book reading challenge. Or 12-month. It's just 12 topics so if I fail at everything else, succeeding at this means that I've read one book each month. I'll take that. Hopefully I read more though. Check out my progress and follow along at My Bookshelf!

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