by William Ritter
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.
I’ll be honest with this one. The mystery… is not particularly difficult to discern. I found the first book to be a bit more intriguing. If you are paying attention, it’s quite obvious what is going on. However, I will not give you any hints. :p
Despite being predictable, I did love the way things tied together in this book when Mr. Jackaby and Miss Rook finally discover what is going on. It was very well planned and thought out. Most importantly, it fully embody the world that Mr. Ritter has created in the Jackaby series. A splendid addition to the series!
I was particularly excited about the personal struggles of Miss Rook in this sequel because they are not the same ones repeated in book one. Rather, they are built upon from book one. It adds to Miss Rook’s character development in a believable manner and makes her quite endearing.
I have to say that I definitely liked the end of this book much better than book one because it offers so many interesting tidbits and questions and leads into book three. I am very excited to know what will happen next with all the characters. 😉