Monday, July 21, 2014

Jackaby by William Ritter

I have to admit it--I love Benedict Cumberbatch and Sherlock.  And so I devoured this young adult novel.

Abigail Rook has to admit that digging for dinosaur bones wasn't very exciting, and so she lands in New England in 1892 with no money, not much to wear, and in desperate need of saving herself.  She find it in a job posting--"Investigative Services, Assistant Wanted, $2 per week, Must be literate and possess a keen intellect and open mind, strong stomach preferred." Sure enough, it's Jackaby to the rescue.  He's a Benedict act-a-like, and his smart mouth and mind seem to land him in jail frequently. 

However, don't think this is strictly a Sherlock wanna-be, because Jackaby investigates the paranormal, too.  He can sense critters and creatures of the night, and is needed by the police more than they wish to help solve mysterious murders.  Plenty of innocent people die in this book, and Abigail is a great help to Jackaby.

It's fun, quick, and witty, and I sure hope there's a sequel!

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