Mini Review: Jackaby

Jackaby is a fun mystery with a paranormal twist. | A book review by

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 the foul deeds are the work of the kind of creature whose very existence the local authorities–with the exception of a handsome young detective named Charlie Cane–seem adamant to deny. (Summary via

This book is described as Sherlock Holmes meets Doctor Who, which is what made me pick it up in the first place. Fortunately, that description is apt. It’s a YA mystery with a paranormal twist, and it’s a fun ride. Even though I guessed the solution before the end, I still enjoyed it, which is unusual for me.

Basically, if the description of Sherlock meets Doctor Who catches your attention, you’ll probably enjoy this book. I’m definitely on board for the next book in the series, which is slated to come out next week!

Rating: Pretty Darn Good

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I am obsessed with all things books. I'm a music teacher by day and a freelance editor by night.

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