Beastly Bones : Jackaby

  • by William Ritter
  • Narrated by Nicola Barber
  • Series: Jackaby
  • 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the highly anticipated sequel to the acclaimed Jackaby, Abigail Rook and Sherlockian detective of the supernatural R. F. Jackaby are back and on the trail of a thief, a monster, and a murderer.
"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.

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What the Critics Say

"Ritter's debut skillfully blends science with the supernatual and balances whimsy with violence." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Toss together an alternate 19th-century New England city, a strong tradition of Sherlockian pastiche, and one seriously ugly hat, and this lighthearted and assured debut emerges, all action and quirk." (Publishers Weekly)
"A riveting mash-up of mystery and folklore, with vivid details and striking turns of phrase. And Jackaby is an irresistible character." (The Horn Book Magazine)

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Customer Reviews

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Too many dead

I liked the first book and expected to like this one. The plot is interesting, has new novel mysterious creatures, and some new characters added that I liked. The fact that our heroine gets to make contributions in her area of expertise (paleontology) was welcome. But the body count has turned me off. Along with the death toll, the writing is still rather amateurish. When the monster was revealed, and the carnage escalated, I could not stick to the end to see how it will be tamed/eliminated.

Reading a book is a pact between the author and the reader. The reader places trust in the author to write an interesting and entertaining story without committing excesses that the reader does not expect/stomach. This book exceeded my personal boundaries.
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- Amazon Customer "Aging hippie"

Enjoyable, but the first book is better

If you could sum up Beastly Bones in three words, what would they be?

Different, imaginative, and supernatural


If you’ve listened to books by William Ritter before, how does this one compare?

I listened to the first book in this series and was wowed with the new take on the supernatural, great characters that I hadn't "read" before and all around solid read. I don't know what I feel is off in this book. It's again got several threads or plot lines going on that come together well, not the suspense that the first book has, but still a great twist that was unexpected and new. So I am not sure why it fell a little flat. I am giving the story 3 stars because I don't think I'll listen to it again, but I am looking forward to the third book (that's the why for the overall 4 star rating) and better understanding jenny.


Did Nicola Barber do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes, but her voice at this point seems immature, or just not grown up enough.


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- LCNanny

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-25-2015
  • Publisher: Recorded Books