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Book Review | BEASTLY BONES, by William Ritter

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Beastly Bones (Jackaby #2), by William Ritter

Publish Date: September 22, 2015
Published by: Algonquin Young Readers
Pages: 320
Genre: YA Historical Fantasy/Mystery
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.5 out of 5 stars)


I’ve found very little about private detective R. F. Jackaby to be standard in the time I’ve known him. Working as his assistant tends to call for a somewhat flexible relationship with reality . . .

In 1892, New Fiddleham, New England, things are never quite what they seem, especially when Abigail Rook and her eccentric employer, R. F. Jackaby, are called upon to investigate the supernatural. First, members of a particularly vicious species of shape-shifters disguise themselves as a litter of kittens. A day later, their owner is found murdered, with a single mysterious puncture wound to her neck. Then, in nearby Gad’s Valley, dinosaur bones from a recent dig go missing, and an unidentifiable beast attacks animals and people, leaving their mangled bodies behind. Policeman Charlie Cane, exiled from New Fiddleham to the valley, calls on Abigail for help, and soon Abigail and Jackaby are on the hunt for a thief, a monster, and a murderer.

My Review: 

I enjoyed reading this book, although it wasn’t as intriguing mystery-wise as the first one. It felt like the real mystery was lost to a different one – which it was – and Jackaby and Abigail were for a long stretch of the book, not even working together. I did enjoy the paleontology aspect and am definitely intrigued to find out more about the pale man. An interesting sequel for sure, with lots of action indeed.

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