Author: William Ritter
Publication Date: September 16th 2014
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
~A copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review~
“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.
Ugh, I hate to say this because I was so looking forward to reading it. I mean, a mix between Doctor Who and Sherlock Holmes? Okay, I haven't watched Doctor Who since David Tennant left, because confession time, Matt Smith annoyed the hell out of me (go on, shout.)
There. I just gave you more reason to. :)But anyway, onto the book!