Jackaby (Jackaby #1), by William Ritter
Publish Date: September 16, 2014
Published by: Algonquin Young Readers
Genre: YA Historical Fantasy/Mystery
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)
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 the foul deeds are the work of the kind of creature whose very existence the local authorities–with the exception of a handsome young detective named Charlie Cane–seem adamant to deny.
This was pretty good, a little bit more than what I expected (and I still can’t decide if it’s in a good way or not? Definitely not bad otherwise I probably wouldn’t have finished it). I really liked the characters and the mystery was intriguing.
I thought, when I first started it, that there was going to be a love triangle of sorts, but then it turned out that Jackaby and Abigail have zero romantic chemistry and Charlie was all shy and adorable when we first met him that I instantly went, yes him.
Picking up the next one right now!