Monday, January 25, 2016

Beastly Bones by William Ritter

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Publication date: 2015
Publisher: Algonquin
Pages: 295
My rating: 4 stars
Ages: 13+
Series: Jackaby

Abigail Rook has now come to terms with the strange and paranormal--which is good since that's what Jackaby specializes in. Their newest case seems fairly open and shut until their client mysteriously ends up dead. The case sends them off to visit their old friend Charlie, but Abigail is much more interested in the discovery of some dinosaur bones than in the deaths that brought them there. However, the bones aren't simply dinosaur bones. And people continue dying.

Following the first Jackaby novel, Beastly Bones doesn't disappoint. Jackaby is still Holmesian, with the twist of "sight" and a knowledge in all things supernatural. With the house/office haunted by a ghost and shared with a man turned duck, Abigail is surprisingly calm and logical when it comes to their cases. There are new characters to meet and old ones to become reacquainted with.

Using true history mixed with fantasy to create a believable narrative, I'm sure that the Jackaby books will attract a wide range of readers—young and old.

While this, like the first, ends with the story complete, it does introduce a new storyline at the end.

There is no language or sexual situations.

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