Book Review: Beastly Bones by William Ritter

Book Review: Beastly Bones by William Ritter


Beastly Bones (Jackaby #2) – William Ritter
“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.

I recently finished book Beastly Bones (Jackaby #2) by William Ritter. Has anyone else started this series? If not, I highly recommend it. They are about a quirky paranormal detective, Jackaby, and his bright assistant, Abigail. It’s got a major Sherlock vibe going on, but with a paranormal twist.

I throughly enjoyed the first book in the series and I found the second book, Beastly Bones, to be a charming read as well. The story was not as intriguing to me as the first, but I still enjoyed it.

While the first book was incredibly imaginative, I found the sequel to be predictable. The characters truly carried this one. Abigail, Jackaby and co were entertaining enough on their own to forgive what the plot lacked.  The two main characters are the perfect match, Ritter does an amazing job developing their (non-romantic) chemistry

The book, unlike the first, centered more around Abigail than Jackaby. We see her come into her own and take charge more in this installment. I’m excited to see how her storyline progresses in the upcoming books.

All in all, I’d recommend reading Beastly Bones. While the mystery plot was weaker than it was in Jackaby, the characters are just as lovable and the book was still an enjoyable read. Besides, the storyline for the third book was established at the end of book 2 and it sounds rather exciting. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing how things pan out.


  • Jackaby is on my TBR list. I’m hoping to get to it some times this summer. I’m a big Sherlock Holmes fan and I like the fact that the two leads are non-romantic. Sometimes the whole will they or won’t they shtick grows old.

    • I agree. There doesn’t have to be an attraction between EVERY male and female lead. I read “A Study in Charlotte” (which is a play on Sherlock Holmes) recently and it had a female Sherlock and a male Watson. What do you know… there was chemistry. I still don’t know how I feel about that lol

  • oh good to hear you enjoyed this! i haven’t read it yet, but i definitely didn’t hate jackaby so i’ll have to add it to my list.

  • I will have to add this book to my reading list! Your blog is amazing!

    Isabel x