Friday, September 18, 2015

Book review - Beastly Bones

Note: Beastly Bones is a sequel. See my review of the first book, Jackaby, here.
Title: Beastly Bones
Author: William Ritter
Genre: fantasy/mystery
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A most excellent sequel
Summary: Abigail Rook and her employer, the enigmatic Jackaby, set out to investigate the origin of a litter of shape-shifting kittens. Before long their investigation is complicated by mysterious murders that look like accidents, a missing fossil, and violent attacks from an unidentified monster. It will take both of their strengths, as well as the help of old and new friends alike, to solve this mystery.

My opinion: It is hard to believe this is only Ritter's second novel. The plot is cohesive and the characters well-developed. It's atmospheric while keeping the plot moving. Unlike some sequels, this doesn't suffer from any level of sophomore slump. It has it's own, complete and compelling plot while also setting up a larger conspiracy based plot to be played out in future volumes. And it amazes me how Ritter incorporates a wide variety of mythical creatures in a real world, historic setting. If you are a fan of Sherlock or Doctor Who (especially if you like both) check out the Jackaby series.

More information: Beastly Bones releases September 22.
Advanced Reader Copy provided by NetGalley.

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