"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.
Abigail hopes that her birthday will slip by unnoticed and uncelebrated, but her employer, detective of the supernatural R. F. Jackaby, has other plans. Using magical party crackers that teleport the pair to unknown destinations in time and space and a cryptic map that may lead to a forgotten treasure, Jackaby intends to give Abigail what he considers to be the best gift of all--adventure. Abigail and Jackaby must tame an enormous (and carnivorous) rabbit, defend a castle, and master a dirigible if they want to find the treasure and get back to New Fiddleham alive.
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.
I really enjoyed reading this books! They were funny and quirky and intelligent! And the situations that they got themselves into? So fascinating and a good mix of action and revelation! They were a pleasure to read!
Diving into this world, it was so great! We were introduced to it like it was no big deal, oh hey, here's a frog that emits a noxious gas when frightened, and oh, there's ghosts. And other creatures that put the para in paranormal! And when you add in the mysteries, and these amazing characters, these book were filled to the brim with awesomeness!
If I was Abigail, I would've died of embarrassment multiple times. Jackaby isn't like the rest of us (not including the fact that he's a Seer) but that he doesn't have any social skills, and when we'd feel embarrassment, he wouldn't because he wouldn't understand why we were, and change his behaviour to reflect that. He doesn't have that. And it feels like I'm deathly allergic to embarrassment, so I'm glad I'm not her!
I've read the synopsis of the other two books in the series, and they basically say that there's two couples-Abigail and Charlie, and Jackaby and Jenny. And that's really great, because it's a different dynamic than other books, and this book isn't like other books, so that fits!
Such great books, and I can't wait to read the other half of this series!
Author: William Ritter
Series: Jackaby #1, 1.5, 2
Read: September 25th, 25th, 25th, 2017
Reason Why: Sounded really good, and they're Historical Fiction 2017 Books and Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Books!
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers, Alqonguin Books
Published: September 16th 2014, June 15th 2015, September 22nd 2015