Jackaby by William Ritter Book Review

Jackaby is a spellbinding novel that can best be described as a combination of Sherlock and Doctor Who with fairy tales mixed in for good measure. William Ritter portrayed a fantastic eccentric main character and a bit more down to earth companion to solve crimes in England. Jackaby, an eccentric detective, investigates crimes happening in his city, although his investigations aren’t your typical cases. Jackaby investigates supernatural cases that involve ghosts, spirits, and Fae folk.

Abigail Rook, a young woman on the search for an adventure, lands in England where she immediately sets up to find a job. She notices a billboard ad for an investigator assistant and goes to apply. Abigail has a gift for noticing little details that most people wouldn’t think to look at while Jackaby has a keen eye for seeing the impossible- that is the ability to see supernatural beings. Together, they go on an extraordinary case involving a serial killer on the prowl. It’s up to Jackaby and Abigail to convince the police department that the killer they are searching for… isn’t human…

I absolutely loved this book! It was a quick, fun read that made you feel like you fell into a Sherlock/Doctor Who sitcom. It was witty, intelligent and funny but still kept its mystery. I loved how William Ritter incorporated a Sherlock-like character with fairy tales and a certain Doctor-like feel to it.

Once you meet Jackaby you won’t be able to put the book down. He is a quirky detective, which unlike Sherlock doesn’t see everything. He only sees the supernatural. Abigail ends up being more of an asset to him since she notices ordinary, but very important details around her. Put the two together and there is no case that they couldn’t solve. I’m sure of it!

The only thing I disliked about the book was that it was over! I wanted to read more about Jackaby and Abigail. I wanted the book to be longer. Not because the book was written too short, but because I thought the book to be that good! William Ritter was able to make a new mystery series for this generation. I wouldn’t be surprised if this book became the new Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys series for this generation!

I’d recommend this book to all ages including younger kids. There was some mild swearing but it was very, very little. Unlike society today, I think I only saw one or two words as a swear word. I’d recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mysteries, paranormal/fairy tales, and who like books like Sherlock, Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys. This book is an easy and fun read that would be a great book to read a chapter a night to kids or as just a quirky little read for anyone who likes young adult books. Overall, and probably because I’m biased by my absolute love for this book, I give Jackaby 5 out of 5 stars!

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go re-read this delightful little book! 🙂



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