By William Ritter
"Sherlock Holmes crossed with Buffy the Vampire Slayer." —Chicago Tribune
Newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England, 1892, and short of a task, Abigail Rook meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a willing eye for the extraordinary—including the power to determine supernatural beings. Abigail has a present for noticing usual yet very important info, which makes her ideal for the placement of Jackaby's assistant. On her first day, Abigail unearths herself in the course of an exciting case: A serial killer is at the unfastened. The police are confident it's a normal villain, yet Jackaby is sure the foul deeds are the paintings of the type of creature whose very lifestyles the neighborhood authorities—with the exception of a good-looking younger detective named Charlie Cane—seem adamant to deny.
"The wealthy global of this debut calls for sequels." —Kirkus experiences, starred review
"We truthfully couldn't positioned it down." —Nerdist.com
"Toss jointly an alternative 19th-century New England urban, a powerful culture of Sherlockian pastiche, and one heavily grotesque hat, and this lighthearted and guaranteed debut emerges, all motion and quirk." —Publishers Weekly
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