Title: Ghostly Echoes
Author: William Ritter
Series Status: 3rd book in the Jackaby Series
# of pages: 340
My rating: 5/5 stars
*note that this is not the first book in the series to the synopsis may contain spoilers*
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, Detective 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, and her killer may be far more dangerous than they suspected.
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.
Every time I dive into the amazing stories that Ritter has created I am always left amazed. His stories are always quirky and lighthearted but most importantly entertaining. I love reading this series because it’s always such a unique story that it’s hard to not be in love with them.
Starting with an obvious favorite being the characters. We have the ever stunning Abigail Rook who always makes me smile at just how strong and confident she is. Then, there is of course Jackaby who is quirky and odd but definitely a loveable guy. Finally, one of the sweetest ghosts that anyone could ever meet, Jenny. All of these combined with some others, (including a duck who was previously a man named Douglas) make the story incredible. The amount of development and growth progresses with each installation creates closer knit group of people and makes the story that much better.
This installations plot may have been my favorite because it introduced the lead up to what I’m only assuming will be a great concluding story. The focus that this story has packed into 340 pages seems like a lot looking back but managed to be well paced and not feel like it was overreaching in such a short series of pages. I loved that with this story we learn more backstory on a lot of the characters.
I think I’ve said this in every review for this series but I love Ritter’s writing style. It’s flowing and beautiful and he includes my favorite thing in each installation of making chapter 13 pointedly taken out by Mr. Jackaby. It creates such an amazing dynamic that is paired with Abigail’s line of work and makes this amazing story.
Overall I love this series and especially this installment in particular.