Author: William Ritter
First Lines: "Follow my lead, Miss Rook," Jackaby said, rapping on the ornately trimmed door to 1206 Campbell Street. Were my employer a standard private investigator, those might have been simple instructions, but in the time I've been his assistant, I've found very little about Jackaby to be standard. Following his lead tends to call for a somewhat flexible relationship with reality.
My thoughts: This is Ritter's second novel and Abigail Rook and her paranormally-sensitive employer, R.F. Jackaby, are off on another supernatural investigation: dinosaur bones have been stolen and two women have been murdered in a mysterious way that suggests vampires, but could be something else. In Gad's Valley, they team up with Charlie Cane to sleuth out the who and what behind these crimes. And it's a really fun read. I like the mystery behind the missing bones, the action and adventure, the very strange creatures they encounter, and the shy romance that's developing between Abigail and Charlie. And I really like Jackaby, who reminds me of Sherlock Holmes but with a supernatural flair. This novel is every bit as good as Ritter's first, Jackaby; I just hope he's going to write a third...and a fourth...and a fifth...