Thursday, December 18, 2014

Jackaby by William Ritter

JackabyJackaby by William Ritter

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jackaby, by William Ritter, is a fantasy-mystery which takes place in the late 1800s in America. The story is of a Sherlock Holmes-type detective, named Jackaby, who is not an official member of the police force, but works to solve unusual crimes. The law enforcement officials of the area shun him because his special talent for solving bewildering crimes is that he can see the supernatural. His Watson, a young girl named Abigail Rook, is an adventure-seeking sidekick who ran away from her home in England to make grand discoveries in the world. The crime-solving duo are facing a macabre set of serial murders for which no human explanation can be found.

There is a lot of potential in this novel- which I hope may become a series. The story includes many lovable characters such as a besmitten ghost-lady, an intelligent duck, a banshee, and an eccentric sort-of seer-woman, and of course, the quirky Jackaby and his goodhearted sidekick, Rook.

The reading level is perfect for Middle School, as is the content.

With further development, Ritter's Jackaby series(?)could become a beloved and popular literary classic. I am definitely left wanting more stories of Jackaby and Rook.

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