It’s a bold move to claim that your book is Doctor Who meets Sherlock. If you’re going to call out two of the biggest names in nerdy-Anglophile culture, you’d better have the goods. Luckily, it seems that first-time author William Ritter does.
Abigail Rook is a girl looking for adventure. Before even arriving in the tiny New England town of New Fiddleham, she had run away from home to join an archaeological dig in the Ukraine, then skipped off to Germany before sailing across the Atlantic. And yes, it’s 1892.
Abigail quickly finds herself a job as an assistant to R.F. Jackaby – an investigator who takes on cases with a supernatural twist. Much like Sherlock Holmes, Jackaby is often lost in his own head (Abigail is hired for her knack of noticing the mundane yet important things about a crime scene). Aside from one young detective who recognizes that things are a little hinky, Jackaby is barely tolerated by police but has a backlog of grateful clients.
While Jackaby displays very clear Sherlock tendencies, Abigail is definitely filling the Doctor Who companion role. And without question, she is very much a Rose Tyler. She’s a bit sassy, quite clever and resourceful, and has that same willingness to jump right into things.
This is a quick read with a fun paranormal mystery – perfect for this time of year. I can’t wait to see Abigail and Jackaby’s next adventure!