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Jackaby - William Ritter
Jackaby
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“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... show more
“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 a debut novel, the first in a series, brimming with cheeky humor and a dose of the macabre.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781616203535 (1616203536)
ASIN: 1616203536
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
Series: Jackaby (#1)
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sensitivemuse
sensitivemuse rated it
2.5 Slow to start, but the characters make it worth while
This book was a little slow to start. However I find that because the characters are so interesting and have their own quirks you find yourself sticking to the story because they’re so fascinating. When I was reading about Jackaby and his character he bears the resemblance of an unorthodox detect...
Kaethe
Kaethe rated it
4.0 Jackaby - William Ritter
There's a strong Sherlock influence here, and it reads a bit like Lockwood & co., and also Spiderwick. I enjoyed the plot which moves along briskly. For no very good reason, I decided early on that Jackaby was Matt Smith (his more clownlike moments as the Doctor), and Abigail is scrappy little Jenna...
Reading is my ESCAPE from Reality!
Reading is my ESCAPE from Reality! rated it
4.0 Supernatural Mystery Fun
One who can see the ordinary is extraordinary indeed, Abigail Rook. - Chapter 8 That little slip of paper had turned out to be my ticket into a more remarkable world than I could have imagined. - Chapter 11 I wondered which was sadder, leaving someone to cry after you when you were gone, or not ...
Tessa's Blog
Tessa's Blog rated it
2.5 Jackaby by William Ritter | The American Doctor Who
It is not a secret that I am a huge fan of BBC's cult favorite TV show, Doctor Who. I love the atmosphere of the extraordinary and mysterious that the show perfectly maintains. The Doctor's adventures are the perfect mixture of aliens, time travel, and the impossible. The TV show is honestly one of ...
The Bent Bookworm
The Bent Bookworm rated it
5.0 Jackaby
This book reminded me of why I read. Why, as a child, I could immerse myself in the world my book created and not come out for hours (sadly, as an adult, that feeling is more and more elusive and I’m rarely left alone by the other humans in my life long enough to read for hours). But. This book. I l...
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