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Beastly Bones

A Jackaby Novel
Written by: William Ritter
Narrated by: Nicola Barber
Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins

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Publisher's Summary

In the highly anticipated sequel to the acclaimed Jackaby, Abigail Rook and Sherlockian detective of the supernatural R. F. Jackaby are back and on the trail of a thief, a monster, and a murderer.

"I've found very little about private detective R. F. Jackaby to be standard in the time I've known him. Working as his assistant tends to call for a somewhat flexible relationship with reality."

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, a vicious species of shape-shifters disguise themselves as a litter of kittens, and a day later their owner is found murdered with a single mysterious puncture wound. Then, in nearby Gad's Valley, now home to the exiled New Fiddleham police detective Charlie Cane, dinosaur bones from a recent dig mysteriously go missing, and an unidentifiable beast starts attacking animals and people, leaving their mangled bodies behind. Charlie calls on Abigail for help, and soon Abigail and Jackaby are on the hunt for a thief, a monster, and a murderer.

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Critic Reviews

"Ritter's debut skillfully blends science with the supernatual and balances whimsy with violence." ( Kirkus Reviews)
"Toss together an alternate 19th-century New England city, a strong tradition of Sherlockian pastiche, and one seriously ugly hat, and this lighthearted and assured debut emerges, all action and quirk." ( Publishers Weekly)
"A riveting mash-up of mystery and folklore, with vivid details and striking turns of phrase. And Jackaby is an irresistible character." ( The Horn Book Magazine)

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  • LCNanny
  • 07-06-16

Enjoyable, but the first book is better

If you could sum up Beastly Bones in three words, what would they be?

Different, imaginative, and supernatural

If you’ve listened to books by William Ritter before, how does this one compare?

I listened to the first book in this series and was wowed with the new take on the supernatural, great characters that I hadn't "read" before and all around solid read. I don't know what I feel is off in this book. It's again got several threads or plot lines going on that come together well, not the suspense that the first book has, but still a great twist that was unexpected and new. So I am not sure why it fell a little flat. I am giving the story 3 stars because I don't think I'll listen to it again, but I am looking forward to the third book (that's the why for the overall 4 star rating) and better understanding jenny.

Did Nicola Barber do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes, but her voice at this point seems immature, or just not grown up enough.

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  • Kiana
  • 10-04-16

Jackaby is back

Nicola Barber did a fantastic job as always. Her voices are all fantastic. I never have a problem differentiating between charcters. William Ritter wrote another killer book. There are a couple of subplots, but it all meshed so well I didn't even care. And that ending!Holy cow! Who is the man dressed in black? How did our favorite ghost Jenny die? How are they connected?!? I can't wait till the third book.

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  • Jody Swink
  • 29-03-16

Can't wait for the next!

I wasn't quite sure what I was getting into with the first Jackaby. But by the time I finished Beastly Bones... I love it. A great blend of serious and silly. I enjoy the character relationships. And appreciated all the love advice.
Clever & cute.

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  • wookie's mom
  • 28-12-15

You Can't Beat a Jackaby Novel

Another awesome book written by a wonderful author! It had wonderful twists and turns and mystery and who did it, really? I can hardly wait for the next book in the series!

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  • Ijw
  • 02-10-15

Too many dead

I liked the first book and expected to like this one. The plot is interesting, has new novel mysterious creatures, and some new characters added that I liked. The fact that our heroine gets to make contributions in her area of expertise (paleontology) was welcome. But the body count has turned me off. Along with the death toll, the writing is still rather amateurish. When the monster was revealed, and the carnage escalated, I could not stick to the end to see how it will be tamed/eliminated.

Reading a book is a pact between the author and the reader. The reader places trust in the author to write an interesting and entertaining story without committing excesses that the reader does not expect/stomach. This book exceeded my personal boundaries.

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  • Nellawel
  • 05-01-17

Nice sequel to Jackaby.

I really like this book. Nicola did a marvelous job. I can't wait to read book 3 Ghostly echoes.

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  • Seth Adam Smith
  • 07-11-19

Devoured This Book!

I’m quickly becoming a super fan of this series. It took me a little while to get through the first book, but once I did, I immediately wanted to return to the supernatural world created by William Ritter. A delightful read!

I’m equally captivated by Nicola Barber’s narration. I’m very picky when it comes to narrators of fiction and Nicola is among the best! Well done!

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  • Garden Womble
  • 04-09-19

I just love this series!

I'm reluctant to move on to the next book because I don't want this series to end! I really enjoy the whole concept, the magical elements, and the personalities of Jackaby and Miss Rook! Jenny is intriguing, and then the duck, well, who doesn't love a duck?! Although these aren't classified as "cozy mysteries," they still fall into that realm for me because they're not overly gory or unnecessarily gruesome. The mysteries are wonderful though, and there are good twists and turns to keep my interest.

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  • Gaylie
  • 13-07-19

outstanding book

another great adventure with Jackaby and Abigail. leading to the end of this wonderful series

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  • Anonymous
  • 18-09-18

A Great Second Book in the Jackaby Series

My teen was assigned the first book, Jackaby, to read and he loved it. Needing something different to listen to, I bought the Audible and am now a 71 year old Jackaby fan, and I'm not a big fantasy fan in general. Nicola Barber's narration was wonderful and brought all the Jacoby books alive. I've now purchased all the other Jackaby books and stories.