Published by Algonquin Young Readers on September 22nd 2015
Genres: Mystery & Detective
Source: Owned, Physical TBR
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.
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I love Abigail Rook, she’s clever, thoughtful, full of moxie and also fairly normal (well, except for being into dinosaur bones), which is a nice foil for the over the top (but delightfully eccentric) Jackaby. I enjoyed this second book, but honestly, I was more drawn to Jenny’s storyline (no, not just because she has the same maiden name as me. Okay, well, maybe a little). Glad to see that it’ll be the focus of book 3! .
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