Beastly Bones

Some girls work in shops or sell flowers. Some girls find husbands and play house. I assist a mad detective in investigating unexplained phenomena-like fish that ought to be cats but seem to have forgotten how. My name is Abigail Rook, and this is what I do.


Title: Beastly Bones
Series: Jackaby, #2
Author: William Ritter
Published: September 22, 2015
Edition: hardcover
Pages: 304
Goodreads page

Because I don’t want to spoil you, click the Goodreads link above for the synopsis. This series is a cross between Sherlock and Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Dr.Who (minus the time traveling sorry to disappoint).

ATTENTION: This is a spoiler-free review.

I love this series. It reminds me a lot about Sherlock.  Seriously, they’re so similar.

Characters in Jackaby VS Characters in BBC Sherlock

R.F. Jackaby = Sherlock
Abigail Rook = John Watson
Jenny Cavanaugh = Mrs. Hudson
Officer Charlie Cane = D.I. Lestrade
Commissioner Marlowe = Anderson

The two of the new characters, Lewis Lamb and Owen Horner, are nemesis.  They fight over a dig site (they are both paleontologists) and blame each other for EVERYTHING. Horner was the nicer of the two, but still those two were like a bickering old couple. Since the first moment Lewis Lamb made an appearance in this book, I wanted to slap some sense into him. Then again, Horner wasn’t any better. I just wanted to smash those knuckleheads together.  Sorry for the violent thoughts.

I felt sorry for Jenny. She was going through some pretty rough times, and although Abigail only meant the best, I don’t think she helped much.  Actually, I think she made things a lot worse. Way to go, Miss Rook.

In the first book, I wasn’t sure if Abigail had a thing for Officer Cane but I had my suspicions. I wasn’t sure that he reciprocated those feelings, but I really hoped he did. My suspicions were set to rest in this book. I’m glad they worked things out between themselves.

As for the case itself… Yeah they were all over the place. From murders, mysterious disappearances, and mystical animals, there was a lot going on. I was actually surprised on how everything tied in together. And it was genius.

Jackaby is almost exactly like Sherlock.  He has little to no sympathy for the people around him because he can’t comprehend what they’re going through. He has the outworldly ability to see things that normal people wouldn’t be able to see, and his mind is as sharp as a rock. Wait. Are rocks sharp? Hm… Let me rephrase: his mind is as sharp as a sword.


I rate this book 4 / 5 BBC Sherlock heads. If you like Sherlock, then you’re going to love this series!



Until next time….


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