Book Title: Beastly Bones
Book Author: William Ritter
Page Count: 320
Publishing Date: August 2nd, 2016
Publisher: Alonquin Young Readers
Date Read: January 19th, 2018
Synopsis: 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.
Beastly Bones is fast paced and intriguing! It is full of humor and mystery. For a ridiculously good read, look no further than book 2 in the Jackaby series!
I found this one very humorous, just like Jackaby. It was a jolly good time full of laughs and thrills. Though it was quite predictable, it was highly entertaining!
Ritter is known for his unique writing style. In both books, he was able to lay out the mystery in plain sight without spoiling the story for the reader. I found myself laughing at the humorous parts, and smiling so much at Abigail, that I didn’t mind the predictability.
Beastly Bones had some nice world building. We were brought back to the house on Auger Lane, the home of Jenny and Douglas and Jackabys “office”, but we were also introduced to a new part of the world, Gadston. The book was rich with imagery, allowing me to visualize the town of Gadston as the investigation was occurring.
I still loved Jackaby’s character. He was clever and asinine at the same time. He was the source of most of my laughs.
But, Abigail was still my favorite. I loved her positive “can do” attitude. I loved her fierceness and intelligence.
This one, just like Jackaby, was an insanely easy read. It required little to no thinking, but did require a sense of humor. I knew that I would love the humor in this one. So, if you were on the hunt for a fun, paranormal “mystery” with strong characters and plenty of entertainment, you should have picked up Jackaby by now, and then picked up Beastly Bones because the series has been extremely dynamic so far!
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