Here is the summary of the book:
“Miss Rook, I am not an occultist,” Jackaby said. “I have a gift that allows me to see truth where others see the illusion--and there are many illusions. All the world’s a stage, as they say, and I seem to have the only seat in the house with a view behind the curtain.”
Newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England, 1892, and in need of a job, Abigail Rook meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinary--including the ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail has a gift for noticing ordinary but important details, which makes her perfect for the position of Jackaby’s assistant. On her first day, Abigail finds herself in the midst of a thrilling case: A serial killer is on the loose. The police are convinced it’s an ordinary villain, but Jackaby is certain it’s a nonhuman creature, whose existence the police--with the exception of a handsome young detective named Charlie Cane--deny.
Doctor Who meets Sherlock in William Ritter’s debut novel, which features a detective of the paranormal as seen through the eyes of his adventurous and intelligent assistant in a tale brimming with cheeky humor and a dose of the macabre.
Enjoyably quirky and exhilaratingly adventurous. Jackaby marked as Doctor Who meets Sherlock, provides for mystery and murder tinged with the paranormal and the supernatural. R.F. Jackaby and his new assistant Abigail Rook form an unlikely pair of detectives where the first is the seer of the paranormal and the latter is as ordinary as her boss is extraordinary. Richly detailed and exotic in view, Jackaby spins his tale through the eyes of Miss Rook. in an astounding chronology of events.
While the culprit is rather easy to spot once we are faced with all the facts but it proved a fun adventure nonetheless. Jackaby is as awkward in company as he is proficient in his skills as a detective. While Abigail Rook on the other hand may have no sight to the supernatural world to call her own but she was brave quite bold in her own right and able to stand upto others when needed. Of course you can't discount the ghostly house mate, a rather temperamental frog and the assistant turned-duck amidst all of the paranormalia, set the tone of the tale perfectly. Well done Mr. Ritter.
"A must read for all the Doctor Who and Sherlock fans"