Release Date: September 16, 2014
Read Date: January 27, 2017
My Rating: 5/5 stars
Let’s discuss the first book in this awesome series. Firstly, listen to what this is even about: supernatural Sherlock Holmes with a female Watson. Ghosts, monsters, feminism, oh my!
So long story short, Jackaby follows Ms. Abigail Rook, a young woman who leaves her oppressive home to find her own adventure and ends up on the steps of Mr. R.F. Jackaby’s home. Jackaby is a private investigator, but he specializes in the supernatural. Because he can see what no one else can, he often misses the normal clues, which is where Abigail comes in. The first case they take on: a serial killer who may not be human.
If you’re like me and you have a thing for Sherlock Holmes-esque stories, you will love this book. As with the original Sherlock, we get the perspective of the “Watson,” which is Rook. And because we’re seeing both the super-sleuth and the supernatural from the outside, which makes it that much more interesting and fun to figure out alongside Rook.
The characters are great, and the ensemble makes for really entertaining mystery-solving. You have the eccentric Jackaby, who is like the father in this dysfunctional crime-fighting family, Abigail, who is feminist, kickass and intelligent, Inspector Charlie Cane, the one of the only policemen who trust Jackaby and Abigail’s work, and Jenny, the ghost that’s lowkey chilling in Jackaby and Abigail’s house. The characters really bond in different ways and help each other grow as people as well as solve mysteries. Their interactions are great, hilarious and romantic!
The supernatural aspect of this world is so intriguing. A lot of it has basis in old mythology and is interesting to those who do not have Jackaby’s gift of “looking behind the curtain” and understanding it. While it may not be as vivid and alive as many other magic/supernatural systems, it adds an awesome twist to the murders.
This is one of my favorite mystery series, so if you love the late 1800s setting, the fun of murder mystery solving and a sprinkle of romance, give it a shot! Click the cover image for the Goodreads page!