Today is the last day that I’ll be gushing about the Jackaby series. I already posted my reviews for Jackaby and Beastly Bones. I loved Beastly Bones so much that I didn’t even wait two minutes after finishing before snatching up Ghostly Echoes and diving in.
Keep reading to learn more about the book, download a free Jackaby story, and see what I thought of the latest book in the series.
Ghostly Echoes (Jackaby #3) by William Ritter
Age range: 12-18 | Series: Jackaby (Book 3) |Hardcover: 352 pages |Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers (August 23, 2016)
About Ghostly Echoes
“Tread lightly, Miss Rook,” warned Mr. Jackaby. “It would not do to push Miss Cavanaugh too far or too fast.”
Jenny Cavanaugh, the ghostly lady of 926 Augur Lane, has enlisted the investigative services of her fellow residents to solve a decade-old murder–her own. Abigail Rook and her eccentric employer, R. F. Jackaby, dive into the cold case, starting with a search for Jenny’s fiancé, who went missing the night she died. But when a new, gruesome murder closely mirrors the events of ten years prior, Abigail and Jackaby realize that Jenny’s case isn’t so cold after all.
Fantasy and folklore mix with mad science as Abigail’s race to unravel the mystery leads her across the cold cobblestones of nineteenth-century New England, down to the mythical underworld, and deep into her colleagues’ grim histories to battle the most deadly foe she has ever faced.
Ghostly Echoes, the third installment in the New York Times bestselling Jackaby series, features its much-loved quirky, courageous characters and sly humor in the scariest and most exciting volume yet.
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Abigail hopes that her birthday will slip by unnoticed and uncelebrated, but her employer, detective of the supernatural R. F. Jackaby, has other plans. Using magical party crackers that teleport the pair to unknown destinations in time and space and a cryptic map that may lead to a forgotten treasure, Jackaby intends to give Abigail what he considers to be the best gift of all–adventure.
Abigail and Jackaby must tame an enormous (and carnivorous) rabbit, defend a castle, and master a dirigible if they want to find the treasure and get back to New Fiddleham alive.
My Thoughts on Ghostly Echoes
This is the third book in the Jackaby series and we start to see the overarching plot for the series. The previous books are part of the big picture, but not in such an obvious way. Abigail and Jackaby start looking into the cold case of their house ghost Jenny’s murder. They find more questions than answers, and those questions lead them on a goose chase all over New Fiddleham and even to another realm.
Ghostly Echoes does not have the same amount of humor in it that Jackaby and Beastly Bones had, but it’s less gory as well. While people still die, but the detectives don’t spend a lot of time examining dead bodies. At the same time, things have gotten more serious and the stakes are higher.
One of the things I like about this series is that the books have stayed true to the original concept. While things have become more intense, the basic idea hasn’t changed much. I read this entire series all the way through without stopping. Everything appealed to me — the humor, the adventure, and even the grisly nature of the books. I could easily read three or four more books in this series without losing interest. Ghostly Echoes ends with a mild cliffhanger, so I know it’s not the last book in the series. I sincerely hope there are several more books.
Content: Mild cursing and fantasy violence.
Source: I received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. This did not affect my review in any way.
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