Ghostly Echoes Sneak Peek
Kel Thursday, August 18, 2016 reviewSneak peeks can be really good or really bad. Or both. I remember reading the first chapter of Six of Crows online and being SO excited for the full book (which I stood in line for forever at BEA); then the full book disappointed in a major way. I have a good feeling this one will prove a good sneak peek for an even better full story.
If you haven't read the second book yet, feel free to check out my review of Beastly Bones instead.
This 6-chapter sneak peek was provided by the publisher for review. Some things may have changed in the final version.
by William Ritter
Series: Jackaby #3
Genres: YA, Paranormal, Historical
Published on August 23, 2016
Published by Algonquin Young Readers
Jenny Cavanaugh, the ghostly landlord of 926 Augur Lane, has enlisted the services of her detective-agency tenants to solve a decade-old murder--her own. Abigail Rook and her eccentric employer, R. F. Jackaby, dive into the cold case, starting with a search for Jenny’s fiancé, who went missing the night she died. But when a new, gruesome murder closely mirrors the events of ten years prior, Abigail and Jackaby realize that Jenny’s case isn’t so cold after all, and her killer may be far more dangerous than they suspected.
Fantasy and folklore mix with mad science as Abigail’s race to unravel the mystery leads her across the cold cobblestones of nineteenth-century New England, down to the mythical underworld, and deep into her colleagues’ grim histories to battle the most deadly foe she has ever faced.
The Jackaby series is often described as Sherlock Holmes meets Dr. Who. That's a good summation in terms of the mystery, fantasy and friendship elements; but Ritter's creation is so much more than a simple amalgamation of these two famous detective shows. The atmosphere, the tone, the strange combination of whimsy and dead serious murders, and the relationships between and growth of the characters in an increasingly magical and dangerous world make the Jackaby series consistently surprising and entertaining.
The first six chapters of this third installment are pretty well summed up in the synopsis. Abigail and Jackaby are investigating their friend Jenny's murder when similar murders and circumstances arise. It's mostly set-up for what promises to be a very intricate dark plot, but it never lagged or lost my interest. My only complaint is that I want to read the rest of the book NOW.