“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, a vicious species of shape-shifters disguise themselves as a litter of kittens, and a day later, their owner is found murdered with a single mysterious puncture wound. Then in nearby Gad’s Valley, now home to the exiled New Fiddleham police detective Charlie Cane, dinosaur bones from a recent dig mysteriously go missing, and an unidentifiable beast starts attacking animals and people, leaving their mangled bodies behind. Charlie calls on Abigail for help, and soon Abigail and Jackaby are on the hunt for a thief, a monster, and a murderer.
While I liked the first book in this series (Jackaby), I loved this book so much more. You can really see how the author has grown as a writer. Twice as much humor, and twice as much wit really took this book beyond what I was expecting. There was so much going on all the time that the book flowed smoothly to the end. I love it when characters aren’t sitting around talking things to death. I love when the plot is focused and continuously moves forward.
I am not one to really quote a book unless it is to point out a flaw that I found, but I just can’t seem to hold myself back this time.
This is the best example of the humor that is always present throughout the book:
“‘Miss Rook, on a scale of one to pomegranate, how dangerous would you say this situation has become?'”
This one gave me a happy, fuzzy feeling:
“‘If we insist on being ordinary, we can never be truly extraordinary.'”
There were so many other passages that I would love to share but I don’t want to give away any spoilers.
As far as characters go Jackaby is of course my favorite. He is just so weird you can’t help but love him. But honestly most of the characters were heartwarming.
Overall this was a great light read, and if you haven’t read it yet I highly recommend it.