Book Review: Jackaby by William Ritter (Jackaby #1)

Well i will have to completely agree and appreciate the tagline Sherlock meets Dr.who. It indeed was a meeting of the two and a good one at that. The center character jackaby truly exuded the mannerisms of an young sherlock in a lot of ways and all those supernatural elements simply makes it more exciting and crisp

Jackaby by William Ritter – Official Synopsis


“Miss Rook, I am not an occultist,” Jackaby said. “I have a gift that allows me to see truth where others see the illusion–and there are many illusions. All the world’s a stage, as they say, and I seem to have the only seat in the house with a view behind the curtain.”

Newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England, 1892, and in need of a job, Abigail Rook meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinary–including the ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail has a gift for noticing ordinary but important details, which makes her perfect for the position of Jackaby’s assistant. On her first day, Abigail finds herself in the midst of a thrilling case: A serial killer is on the loose. The police are convinced it’s an ordinary villain, but Jackaby is certain it’s a nonhuman creature, whose existence the police–with the exception of a handsome young detective named Charlie Cane–deny.

Doctor Who meets Sherlock in William Ritter’s debut novel, which features a detective of the paranormal as seen through the eyes of his adventurous and intelligent assistant in a tale brimming with cheeky humor and a dose of the macabre.


Jackaby by William Ritter- RWAT Take


Jackaby by William Ritter

I had gone for the audiobook of the book and guess liked this book more of it because of it. The whole narration and that serenading english accent all the more added to the beauty of the book to me.


So before you assume that i am indicating that this book is some kind of modern masterpiece, let me clear the air that it is not. What i mean is to say that the book is a good one but not extraordinary, if i take the liberty of being too audacious.


One of the interesting thing is that perhaps this is one of those rare books where the whole pace of the book can be represented in zig zags except they have curved edges. Make sense? No? Ok let me explain. The book when appears to be travelling on steady pace suddenly starts getting excited and then after a brief stint quickly drops down only to continue on a steady path and then picking up the high pace. There are times when the descriptions of the areas and scenarios does run long …too long



The book definitely has got a plot worth investing but you have to look out for the pace which keeps dipping and rising in between. If i have to sum up i would say it is an average book but still makes for a good read.


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