Abigail Rook and R.F. Jackaby are on the supernatural case once again, and this third turn brings back some of the past. It seems as if the two of them have 9 lives, especially so in this book. Ms. Rook and resident ghost Jenny Cavanagh have been attempting possession behind Jackaby’s back. A new murder that is eerily similar to the way Jenny herself died, makes them anxious to solve that cold case, before there are any more warm ones. William Ritter‘s Ghostly Echoes: A Jackaby Novel is the strongest one yet.
Once there was a young man, and a witch, and a madwoman, and a “simply enormous dragon,” and star children, and sorrow, and a Luna girl, and a Gherk, and a Bog. Once there were all of these people and things who were so much more than what they were, but somehow the extraordinary were masked behind the lack of imagination of the Protectorate. This Council of Elders were so oppressive they thought the scary stories they spread around were lies, and I guess in a way they were… but there was more that was truth than was not.
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Corrine and her father live a peaceful life. Her mother died when she was younger, and they are all each other has. One day, two boys tie her mom’s necklace to an agouti (small mammal that looks kind of like a squirrel minus the bushy tail), making her chase after it into the forbidden forest. She gets spooked in there, especially when she sees yellow eyes. She runs out of the forest and into her father, who teases her about getting scared by a jumbie (spirit). She scoffs and they walk away, and the jumbie appears. Such is the beginning of Tracey Baptiste‘s The Jumbies.
Aon has always felt different – broken. Everyone in her village is always so happy. There’s no such thing as sadness, anger, or fear. Even when Aon’s mother disappeared, her belongings disappeared soon after and her father did not even seem the slightest bit upset. The only thing that makes her feel even a little bit better is going into the forbidden Carse. Everyone else just avoids it. Everything is so wonderful, there is no reason to dwell on anything unpleasant. Nobody even knows how to do that. The well-loved Queen of the kingdom is dying, and everyone is celebrating. Aon pretends to be happy about that and about everything.
“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.
Abigail Rook’s quirky, disheveled employer, R.F. Jackaby, certainly keeps her on her toes in William Ritter‘s second story of the pair, Beastly Bones: A Jackaby Novel. This time, cats turn to fish, dinosaur bones are stolen, and Abigail’s ghostly best friend is acting strange, by ghost standards. Investigating the dig will bring her back into the realm of Charlie, “Fortune favors the bold.”