Jackaby by William Ritter

Details: 299pp, Algonquin Young Readers hardcover
Release date: September 16, 2014
Series: Jackaby, book 1
Rating: 3/5
Buy: Politics & Prose BN.com Book Depository

Summary (from Goodreads):Miss Rook, I am not an occultist,” Jackaby said. “I have a gift that allows me to see truth where others see the illusion–and there are many illusions. All the world’s a stage, as they say, and I seem to have the only seat in the house with a view behind the curtain.”

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 it’s a nonhuman creature, whose existence the police–with the exception of a handsome young detective named Charlie Cane–deny.

Doctor Who meets Sherlock in William Ritter’s debut novel, which features a detective of the paranormal as seen through the eyes of his adventurous and intelligent assistant in a tale brimming with cheeky humor and a dose of the macabre.

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The Stolen Ones by Richard Montanari

Details: e-ARC from NetGalley. This in no way influences my opinion of the novel.
Series: Jessica Balzano & Kevin Byrne, book 7. (I read it as a standalone, which worked.)
Rating: 9/10

Summary (from Goodreads): Luther Wade grew up in Cold River, a warehouse for the criminally insane. Two decades ago the hospital closed it doors forever, but Luther never left. He wanders the catacombs beneath the city, channeling the violent dreams of Eduard Kross, Europe’s most prolific serial killer of the 20th century.

A two-year-old girl is found wandering the streets of Philadelphia in the middle of the night by detectives Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano. She does not speak, but she may hold the key to solving a string of murders committed in and around Priory Park.

As the detectives investigate, more bodies are found at Priory Park, and they’re drawn closer and closer to the doors of Luther’s devious maze and the dark secrets of Cold River. Continue reading

First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday (31)

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros is a meme hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea. Simply share the first paragraph of the first chapter of the book you are reading or thinking about reading soon.

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From The Stolen Ones by Richard Montanari….Currently reading

In the city beneath the city, through these hollow black halls where dead souls murmur and the seasons do not change, he moves, silent as dust.

By day he walks the city above. He is the man in the shabby overcoat on the bus, the man in the gray workman’s coveralls, the man who holds the door for you, touching a finger to the brim of his cap if you are a woman, offering a tactful dip of the chin if you are a man.

Somehow, I didn’t realize that this was part of a series, but since it’s a mystery it doesn’t really feel like part of the series. I really like the author’s style and the attention to detail! So far, I’m at 37% and would recommend to any mystery lovers.


These books I’ve amassed over the past 3 weeks or so. Maybe even 4 weeks. I know, I really need to put myself on a book buying ban… But buying books makes me happy, and we should do what makes us happy, right? Plus, even after these books, I still have $20 on my Barnes & Noble gift card!

  • The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, by Gabrielle Zevin. This just might be the book I read next…?
  • Murder on the Orient Express, by Agatha Christie.
  • The Knife of Never Letting Go, by Patrick Ness. I’ve heard wonderful things about this series, not the least of which is that Firefly fans will love it! And ohhh I’m such a fan of Firefly (Joss Whedon TV show, for those of you who don’t know).