Hello! I saw this book while scrolling through my library’s digital collection and really loved the cover. I thought it was intriguing from the blurb and decided to check it out.
Author: William Ritter
Rating: 3/5 stars
Mystery? The supernatural? A zany dude? Check, check and check. This book is a retelling of the classic Sherlock Holmes story, with a female Watson at Sherlock’s side. Sherlock is named Jackaby in this version and Watson is named Abigail, who has recently come to New England in order to escape her parents. She is met with the zany Jackaby on the street one day and finds out he is looking for an investigative assistant, a job which she jumps for because nowhere else in the new town is anyone hiring. Abigail had no idea what she was getting herself into.
This book was fun. I felt it was a fun read that kept me interested in reading more. I love the show Sherlock and I have read another Sherlock retelling in the past. I find mysteries to be a genre that I am usually not interested in but this book had such a cool mystery! The retelling part of this book was the fact that Jackaby is a seer and he can see paranormal and supernatural beings that commit some of the crimes he investigates. In this story, that is no different, and the two are on a hunt for a serial killer in their small town. The characters all have parallels to Sherlock Holmes, and Jackaby is an unofficial partner with the police. I thought Jackaby’s character was very entertaining. He acted very much like Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock portrayal and he was simply hilarious. His deductions were very calculated but sometimes he would just basically talk to himself because his thoughts were going a million miles a minute. He certainly was an interesting part of this story that complimented Abigial very well. She was intelligent and inquisitive, learning both about investigating and the paranormal while assisting Jackaby on the cases at hand.
I didn’t like that this book was a little scatterbrained for me and I really wanted to know more about the supernatural beings. They were touched on slightly but I wanted in-depth descriptions of them in relation to the case. I have to say the twist of the killer did keep me on the edge of my seat and I didn’t guess it until it actually happened in the book. I liked the idea of having paranormal beings being the killer and it was an interesting take on Sherlock. My rating reflects that I was pretty indifferent to the book but I would definitely read the second with how the first one ended.
I would recommend this book to fans of Sherlock or mysteries. It’s fresh and new and I even think that it has a little bit of Doctor Who elements in it, with the supernatural aspect of it.
Happy reading! ~ Taylor