Review: Beastly Bones (A Jackaby Novel)


Beastly Bones: A Jackaby Novel by William Ritter

Beastly BonesBook Description:   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.

Beastly Bones, the second installment in the series, delivers the same quirky humor and unforgettable characters as Jackaby, the book the Chicago Tribune called “Sherlock Holmes crossed with Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”


My Review: Can a second book be even better than the first? This one is. Shape-shifting kittens, dinosaur bones, animal attacks, a thief, monsters, and a murderer? I loved it all.

I listened to this one. I decided to go for the full experience since Nicola Barber reads this one too.  She’s just as fantastic as she was in the first one. I said it before and I’ll say it again. Nicola Barber is the perfect choice to be Abigail Rook.

There is a novella called The Map that happens between Jackaby and Beastly Bones it’s about Abigail’s birthday. Jackaby has a surprise for Abigail and I can promise you it is an adventure. The story features all the things I like best about R.F. Jackaby, the good and the bad. I wouldn’t say that you need to have read The Map before Beastly Bones but why wouldn’t you want to?

Where the first book was a whirlwind of Abigail discovering the supernatural world around her, I found this book to be more about the mystery. Abigail spent the first book being two steps behind Jackaby and putting her life in danger. In this book she’s still putting her life in danger but now she’s just one step behind (like everyone else). This opens up the story. It allows for the mystery to be center stage. And it’s a great mystery.

The setting shifts for this one too. Abigail and Jackaby in the country? They get into enough trouble in the city. Let’s just say that when all is said and done they leave a gigantic mess for a certain police officer.

While all of the shenanigans are going on in Gad’s Valley my favorite ghost is going through a transformation back in New Fiddleham. We get to find out more about her. I think she’s fascinating so I enjoyed that.

If you loved Jackaby, don’t hesitate to pick up Beastly Bones. In my humble opinion it’s even better than Jackaby.


Lynn5 starPGS_round







Background: Pokes Fun At by Tante Tati

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