Beastly Bones by William Ritter

Posted August 19, 2016 by love2dazzle in Reviews, Young Adult / 0 Comments

Beastly Bones by William RitterBeastly Bones by William Ritter
Series: Jackaby #2
Published by Algonquin Young Readers on September 22nd 2015
Pages: 296
Format: Audiobook, Hardcover
Source: Hardcover, My Own

“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.

“Beastly Bones” by William Ritter was a great sequel to “Jackaby.” In “Jackaby,” we were able to meet some fabulous characters. I am excited to get to visit these characters again.

What I didn’t like:

  • Not as much sleuthing
  • Relationship are under-developed

The Sleuthing:

Jackaby and Miss Rook didn’t do as much sleuthing as the first book. The mystery wasn’t as predictable as the first book either but their didn’t seem to be very many clues to follow up on this time around. I feel like the investigation itself was not very exciting.

Relationships are under-developed:

The relationships between each character are very under-developed. I feel like each relationship should have some form of improvement or depth. I want to see Jackaby and Miss Rook’s relationship grow. Maybe not romantically but as friends. It would have been nice to see Charlie and Miss Rook’s relationship become more romantic.

What I did like:

  • Writing
  • Characters
  • Plot

The Writing:

I love Ritter’s writing. the pace is great and it is light and lovely. The conversations are hilarious yet informative. The writing is very quirky and I think it fits the time period extremely well.


These group of characters are incredibly fun. I’ve fallen in love with them. Abby Rook has created her won little spot in my heart. i want this girl to succeed. She is really becoming her own. Rook’s character is growing and developing and I can’t wait to see how her future turns out. Jackaby is quirky and amazing. I love how peculiar he is. Sometimes Jackaby is hard to read but I feel like that is part of his great character. There were also some new characters int he story. I enjoyed all the characters a lot.


The plot is very entertaining. i was completely engrossed in the story. the plot was less predictable. There wasn’t much sleuthing, as I mentioned earlier but I reall liked that I wasn’t able to peg everything right away.

I jumped right back into Abigail and Jackaby’s lives. New murders take Jackaby and Abigail out to a farm. At this farm there is a dig site of bones that have been found. Miss Rook being a paleontologist is excited to go check out this dig. I love that I got to experience Abby’s excitement when it came to the fossils and bones.

Wrap Up:

I love that William Ritter has created a paranormal series that feature all different kind of creatures. I am in love with these characters and can’t get enough of them.


About love2dazzle

Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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