Jackaby by William Ritter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Summary from GoodReads
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.
*Recieved an eARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
Novels with mystery, witty humor and challenges was always one of the 'must' on the books I liked to choose. "Jackaby" was an entertaining read, with the elements of Sherlock Homes in it and the supernatural addition was original for a mystery novel. The result was a balanced combination of the two with completed characters.
The missed star goes on the lack of romance. While I believed that there would be something, anything between the main characters nothing of the sort ever happened. Luckily the quick dialogues and smart remarks covered this part. If you are a lover for mystery problems this book is for you. :)
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