Jackaby / William Ritter.

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    • Publication Information:
      First edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: Newly arrived in 1892 New England, Abigail Rook becomes assistant to R.F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with the ability to see supernatural beings, and she helps him delve into a case of serial murder which, Jackaby is convinced, is due to a nonhuman creature.
    • ISBN:
      9781616203535 (hbk.)
      1616203536 (hbk.)
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    • ABNT:
      RITTER, R. W. Jackaby. [s. l.]: Algonquin, 2014. ISBN 9781616203535. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.434897. Acesso em: 9 dez. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Ritter RW. Jackaby. Algonquin; 2014. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.434897. Accessed December 9, 2019.
    • APA:
      Ritter, R. W. (2014). Jackaby. Algonquin. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.434897
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Ritter, R. William. 2014. Jackaby. Jackaby: Bk.1. Algonquin. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.434897.
    • Harvard:
      Ritter, R. W. (2014) Jackaby. Algonquin (Jackaby: bk.1). Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.434897 (Accessed: 9 December 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Ritter, RW 2014, Jackaby, Jackaby: bk.1, Algonquin, viewed 9 December 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Ritter, R.William. Jackaby. Algonquin, 2014. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.434897.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Ritter, R. William. Jackaby. Jackaby: Bk.1. Algonquin, 2014. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.434897.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Ritter RW. Jackaby [Internet]. Algonquin; 2014 [cited 2019 Dec 9]. (Jackaby: bk.1). Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.434897


Booklist Reviews 2014 September #1

In 1892, girls in their late teens from good English families don't wander the world, but Abigail Rook seeks adventure. She sails to New England and is hired on a trial basis by R. F. Jackaby, an investigator specializing in unexplained phenomena. Before long, she is deep in a murder investigation that includes a banshee, a shape-changer, and a malevolent goblin known as a red cap. Smooth writing and inventive but underutilized background touches (like Jackaby's pocket contents) characterize this supernatural riff on the typical Sherlockian murder mystery. Although the perpetrator is a red cap, a mythological creature whose life depends on keeping its hat soaked in fresh blood, the crime scenes are not garish, and occasional touches of humor lighten an otherwise earnest tone. For a lighter read-alike, try Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer's Sorcery and Cecilia (2004); for a darker tone, perhaps Philip Pullman's Sally Lockhart mysteries. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2015 Spring

In 1892 New Fiddleham, America, newly arrived young Englishwoman Abigail Rook crosses paths with the remarkable Mr. R. F. Jackaby. Jackaby is a detective, but his perceptive observations are of the paranormal variety, and Abigail jumps at the chance to work for him. Ritter's debut is a riveting mash-up of mystery and folklore, with vivid details and striking turns of phrase.

Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2014 #6

Abandoning university for an archaeological dig in the Carpathian Mountains -- which then fails -- Abigail Rook finds herself aboard a ship bound for America. Landing in the town of New Fiddleham in 1892, the young Englishwoman immediately crosses paths with the remarkable Mr. R. F. Jackaby, who, with a glance, discerns where she's traveled from. "Let me guess, you smelled salt water on my coat, and I've got some peculiar shade of clay caked on my dress…?" Abigail asks, assuming he's a Sherlock Holmes wannabe. Jackaby is, in fact, a detective, but his perceptive observations are of the paranormal variety: he notices her clothing is home to a Ukrainian domovyk (a house spirit) and a German Klabautermann (a sprite that aids sailors). Since Jackaby's former assistant is unavailable (he's currently a duck), Abigail jumps at the chance to work for him. Right away, they're hot on the heels of a murderer -- in the process encountering a banshee, a shape-shifter, and a redcap goblin. Ritter's debut is a riveting mash-up of mystery and folklore, with vivid details and striking turns of phrase. And Jackaby is an irresistible character. As his (ghost) housemate says, "That's Jackaby in a nutshell. Science and magic, beauty and bedlam, things that ought to be at odds -- they just don't follow the same rules when Jackaby's involved." tanya d. auge Copyright 2014 Horn Book Magazine.

PW Reviews 2014 June #5

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. In the best Doyle tradition, the first-person narrator is pragmatic yet naïve Abigail Rook, native of Britain and seeker of adventure. Thwarted in Ukraine, she catches ship for the U.S. and lands in New Fiddleham, penniless and with few employable skills. This matters not to R.F. Jackaby, the peculiar stranger with the awful hat, who is more interested in the kobold (household spirit) Abigail has unknowingly picked up on her travels. Jackaby is a detective in need of an unflappable assistant—literally, as his last one "is temporarily waterfowl." Abigail's keen eye for detail and complete ignorance of the paranormal make her observations invaluable to him, and she's soon caught up in the eccentric mayhem that is Jackaby's workaday world. Ritter is also capable of tenderness and pathos, as his description of a suffering banshee demonstrates, leaving room for development in any future cases Abigail may chronicle. Ages 12–up. Agent:Lucy Carson, Friedrich Agency. (Sept.)

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