This is such a fun book to read! I don't know why it's labeled Young Adult, it really is an all around good read for all ages. In the book Abigail is an older teenager, but that's the only thing aimed at the genre.
Jackaby is an interesting cross between Dr. Who, the vet James Herriot worked for in his books (Siegfried) and Agent Pendergast. Complete eccentric oddball who misses nothing. Abigail ran away from home to
escape over protective parents and is a rather accomplished
archeologist. She also has a crush on a nice policeman that
occasionally turns into a giant hound dog.This pair live in a haunted house with a lovely ghost, a cursed duck and a noxious frog. They investigate the paranormal and it is just a fun read.
The dialogue is witty, sharp and lively. The mysteries are intriguing. It's all together good fun to read.
I quite enjoyed the first book and I hope this series goes on for a while, I really want to read more.
Algonquin Young Readers
September 9, 2015
In the highly anticipated sequel to the acclaimed Jackaby, Abigail Rook and Sherlockian detective of the supernatural R.F. Jackaby are back and on the trail of a thief, a monster, and a murderer.
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.
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