Audio Review: Beastly Bones by William Ritter

Posted July 1, 2022 by Lillian in Reviews / 0 Comments

Audio Review: Beastly Bones by William RitterBeastly Bones by William Ritter
Narrator: Nicola Barber
Series: Jackaby #2
Published by Recorded Books on 2015-09-25
Length: 7 hours and 5 minutes
Reviewing Audiobook from My Book Shelf
Reading Challenges: 2022 Audiobook Challenge, 2022 Backlist Reader Challenge, 2022 Beat the Backlist

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.

I really enjoyed returning to this world! Beastly Bones by William Ritter is the second book in Jackaby, a historical paranormal mystery series, that follows Abigail Rook and her quirky employer Jackaby. Each book in this series is set around a different case that Jackaby and Miss Rook are trying to solve. In this particular book, we are introduced to a cat with…scales? Yes, scales. As the mystery surrounding this creature unfolds, Abigail and Jackaby find themselves at an archaeological dig site where things aren’t quite adding up.

I love Abigail. The entire story is told from her perspective, even breaking the wall and talking to us as if writing in a journal. Abigail is excited about this case as her field of study is archaeology and she feels she can contribute. I love her enthusiasm, and despite being completely new to the paranormal world, she accepts it in stride, learning on the fly. Her eagerness bleeds into the reader here.

Jackaby reminds me of a paranormal Sherlock Holmes. He’s quirky, sees and picks up on clues that most would miss, and also the worst at social manners. If it doesn’t pertain to the case or something paranormal, Jackaby will most likely miss it which tends to add a bit of tension between him and those he’s helping, including Abigail at times.

This particular case is interesting, exciting, and one that once I started I didn’t sit down. I finished this in one sitting. It’s fast-paced, lots of twists and surprises, though I’ll admit I had figured out some of the ending before it got there, and there are some characters who come back from book one.

Overall, I really enjoyed Beastly Bones. I cannot wait to read book three which will involve Jenny’s case (FINALLY). If you enjoy paranormal mysteries, quirky detectives, and exciting twists, I highly recommend it.

About William Ritter

William Ritter is an author of YA and MG fantasy who made his debut in 2014 with the NYT bestsellingย Jackabyย series. He is also an Oregon educator and a proud father of two.

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