Beastly Bones

Beastly Bones

Book - 2015
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When dinosaur bones from a recent dig mysteriously go missing, and an unidentifiable beast starts attacking animals and people, leaving their mangled bodies behind, Abigail and her eccentric employer R. F. Jackaby, investigators of the supernatural in 1892 New England, find themselves hunting for a thief, a monster, and a murderer.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Young Readers, 2015
Characteristics: 295 pages ; 22 cm
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781616203542


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Aug 09, 2018

So it may help to read the first one in order to grasp a bit of understanding of the character relationships and the overall plot (there’s a main one underneath the layers here)

***Possible spoilers here you’ve been warned***

I loved the first one, really liked the characters and Jackaby’s quirkiness. With this one though, it’s a different type of case, albeit still with a supernatural/fantastical element but it felt like you were reading an Indiana Jones type of adventure. Which is all right and it made things different and interesting but I was looking forward to something a little more darker and spookier.

However, the adventure aspect with the missing bones was still well written and enjoyable to read. It took more of a comedic tone and I enjoyed the fighting between Lamb and Horner over the bones while poor Charlie seems to be always stuck in the middle of each argument. Abigail really shined in this one with her passion of dinosaur bones, she was in her element and showed how much she loved doing the job despite the obstacles she had because of her father and society. She really stepped up and developed a lot in this book.

And yes! She breaks the tension with Charlie!!! Finally! It was all throughout the novel until she finally took matters into her own hands. I like them both together. They seem to complement each other well enough even though it seems she has a much more determined and strong minded temperament whereas Charlie is more mellow and laid back. Well maybe Abigail will slowly bring him out of his shell?

What I enjoyed the most about this plot is there’s an even deeper and darker story underneath and this was just a diversion. That pale man is creepy and I hope it gets explored more in the next book as it features Jenny’s story too. This was a fun read but I’ll be happier going onto much darker things in the story.

CMLReads_Kristin Jan 28, 2017

An excellent second installment in this series. Great for fans of mysterious beasts and where to find them!

kirstd31 Aug 08, 2016

I was disappointed that this book was not has good as the first one. The problem was that Jackaby and Abigail did not investigate together. Abigail was too busy looking for dinosaur bones and listening to the archaeologists argue. I am hoping the next book is better.

Jan 21, 2016

Less dark and intense than the first book, and doesn't carry the same momentum, but still an enjoyable read and I'll be looking forward to the next in the series.

Sep 22, 2015

In a deft mix of mystery, humour, and historical fantasy, William Ritter follows up on Jackaby with another supernatural whodunit set in New Fiddleham and its environs.

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Sep 22, 2015

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Supernatural violence

Sep 22, 2015

Violence: Murder


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Sep 22, 2015

“Give me some credit. You don’t get far in my game with your eyes closed. I get it—who doesn’t like a man in uniform? But trust me, men are never worth it. Behind every great man is a woman who gave up on greatness and tied herself into an apron. Romance is for saps, Abbie. You’re sharp and you’ve got pluck. Don’t waste it.”


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