Author: William Ritter
Format Read: Audiobook
Rating: 4 Stars
Abigail Rook Is looking for adventure. That’s why she boarded the ship, carrying her far away from home and closer to a new and exciting life.
While she knows nothing of New Fiddleham, New England, she’s hopeful that she’ll find, not only lodging and work, but a home. But luck doesn’t seem to be on her side. While she has a room to stay in, finding work is proving to be a difficult task.
So when she finds an ad for a detrctive’s assistant at the local post office, Abigail has nothing to lose.
When she arrives at the address, she finds Jackaby – the man she had a strange encounter with when she first got into town. Not exactly sure what the job entails (or if he would even give her the job) she trails along on an investigation.
Before she knows It, Abigail finds herself in the middle of an unexplained and very grisly murder mystery.
Will Abigail crack the case before it cracks her?
What Didn’t Work:
Jackaby was a near perfect book for me. While I enjoyed it, there was one aspect I didn’t love. Leading lady Abigail is strong and independent- which is refreshing and something I genuinely love – but I couldn’t help but feel that author Ritter was continually trying to work in a live interest for her. My first thought was why? Why does she need a love interest. Because of that the attraction between her and a young police officer felt forced. Admittedly though, I was relieved that she didn’t fall for her boss Jackaby.
What Did Work:
For the most part I really enjoyed Jackaby. As a reader I tend to shy away from mysteries. Why? Because I ask myself too many questions (questions that aren’t always answered) and because I’m more interested in learning why the character did whatever it was they did rather than figuring out whodunit.
But Jackaby was different. Yes, I had questions, but I found I wanted to know who the murderer was. I wanted to know who first rather than why.
This surprised me. I knew in that moment that Jackaby was a well crafted book. The writing was strong and descriptive. I had no trouble envision what was going on. Oftentimes i felt like I was investigating alongside Jackaby and Abigail.
But as great as the writing and the mystery were, what really drew me in were the characters. Abigail is smart, strong, and determined. Jackaby was charmingly smug, and most of all added a heavy dose of comedy.
Jackaby was well paced. It was action packed, and best of all there twists and turns that I didn’t see coming.
Yes! If you like mysteries full of snaring s and strong characters, Jackaby is for you!
Similar Books to Read After:
- The Diviners by Libba Bray
- The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
- The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
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