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Newly arrived in 1892 New England, Abigail Rook becomes assistant to R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with the ability to see supernatural beings, and she helps him delve into a case of serial murder which, Jackaby is convinced, is due to a nonhuman creature.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina :, Algonquin,, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781616203535
Branch Call Number: TEEN FICTION Ritter William
Characteristics: 299 pages ;,22 cm


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Jan 17, 2020

ever time I read this book I find my self thinking what It will be like
if I were Abigail

Oct 20, 2018

A delightful read. I liked the main characters, Jackaby and Abagail. The plot moved along nicely and I enjoyed learning about Ritter's idea of the supernatural world that lives alongside us. I appreciated too the Ritter included details about this world without bogging down the story with too much information about it. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

Jan 26, 2018

I really enjoyed this mystery novel. Jackaby is a man with special powers of seeing things normal people can't, and uses it to solve unexplained cases.
One thing that I couldn't figure out though: What was in chapter 13 that Jackaby did not want Abigail to write about?? And why?

Aug 31, 2017

The world building is interesting and good. There’s supernatural elements and creatures throughout the city in hiding. Those with special vision (Jackaby) would be able to spot them whereas Abigail accepts this - a little too accepting but going with the notion that she needed to find employment right away to survive, I suppose beggars can’t be choosers. It still ended up being the right choice anyway.

I would say, stick to the story because of the characters that you end up liking as the book progresses. It does get exciting in the last third of the book despite the lack of momentum in the beginning. It was still an enjoyable read.

Library_Jill May 31, 2017

This book was introduced to me as "supernatural Sherlock Holmes," and after reading, I can say that was a spot-on description. I enjoyed getting to know the characters and all of their quirks--I loved that Abigail so coveted a "detective notebook" throughout the story. Fans of Gail Carriger's books and--of course--Sherlock Holmes may want to try this series.

Dec 31, 2016

I won this book in the summer reading program last year. and never read it. Just recently picked it up and couldn't put it back down. It's so good! R. F. Jackaby reminded me of Newt Scamander from Fantastic Beasts and where to find them. 😊

Dec 22, 2016

This book is fantastic! I love how they added the paranormal, fantasy twist to the Victorian-style mystery story. One of my top favorite books.

daniellevk_0 Nov 29, 2016

I like mystery but really enjoyed the twist to this detective where they investigate paranormal crime with ghosts and werewolf creatures. I also liked how the main character has a sense of adventure and wants to be in the spotlight helping with these investigations rather than being stuck on the sidelines or behind the scenes, especially since she is a young woman in the 1800s!

Nov 11, 2016

It was a great book and I loved it, but it was quite predictable at times. The ending didn't quite make sense, coming from someone who was familiar with the creature that they were referring to.

Nov 10, 2016

A fun, quick read. Victorian-style mystery mixed in with a bit of the supernatural. The characters did slip out of time-frame a number of times with modern words (where was the editor?), "okay" being the most frequent. But, I took this as the price for the rest of the story, so to speak.

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Jan 26, 2018

readingfairy thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 18

Jun 24, 2016

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Jan 26, 2018

Frightening or Intense Scenes: A few gruesome and gory deaths make up the mystery. Not too bad, though.


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Jan 26, 2018

I excused myself to go see a duck about a dress.
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