Today I’m coming to you with my review of the first book in the series Jackaby by William Ritter, a paranormal and mystery series, fantastic for fans of Sherlock Holmes.
Author: William Ritter
Genre: Mystery, Fantasy, YA, Paranormal, Historical
Publication date: 16th September 2014
Jackaby is n eccentric and intelligent detective expert in the occult. A journalist is murdered in strange circumstances, and Jackaby and her new assistant Miss Rook go to investigate. As the investigation moves forward seems that this isn’t the first murder and something dark and sinister is roaming the streets and killing people.
Fantastic mix of paranormal and detective elements
I found very appealing the mixture of paranormal elements with the detective part. I thought it was very plausible whenever Jackaby was explaining the types of beings that he was able to see and the misconception normal people had of them.
Charismatic and brilliant characters
One of the best parts of the story was Jackaby and Miss Rook. They are such vivid and interesting characters. Love how the essence of Sherlock Holmes is capture in Jackaby, how detail oriented in his deductions and how he believes to be smarter than anyone in the room.
“…I see the things more extraordinary still, the things no one else sees. But you – you notice mailboxes and wastebaskets and …and people. One who can see the ordinary is extraordinary indeed, Abigail Rook..”
Miss Rook on the other side is a woman seeking adventure, and she definitely finds it working with Jackaby. She also has a keen eye and is brave and loyal. A great character to follow her adventures.
Great writing style but predictable plot
Love the writing style of the author. It had the exact amount of descriptions and dialogue that I liked, and was engaging and captivating. Though I found that the plot was predictable, I think it was in the first murder that the author made some descriptions, and based on that I had my assumptions of who the murderer was, and I was right. Though I know who was behind all of it, it didn’t lessen my intrigue and my eagerness to know what was going to happen.
“Hatun sees a different world than you or I, a far more frightening one, full of far more terrible dangers, and still she chooses to be a hero whom the world needs. (…) That the battles are usually in her head does not lessen the bravery of it. The hardest battles always are”
In all, this is a great paranormal mystery. Loved the characters and the writing style and can’t wait to know more about Jackaby and Miss Rook next adventure.
Have you read this? What did you think??