Summer Wrap Up

Jackaby (Jackaby #1) by William Ritter

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.
Well, this was fun! Historical mystery with a lot of folklore in it! Enjoyable characters and a well written plot. Also, I'm really glad that Baba Yaga was mentioned once, she's my favourite! :) I only wish there were more people in the world willing to listen to a fish.


Ronia, the Robber's Daughter by Astrid Lindgren 

Ronia, who lives with her father and his band of robbers in a castle in the woods, causes trouble when she befriends the son of a rival robber chieftain.

This was amazing! As a child, I loved the movie, but I never read the book. It's an amazing story about family, friendship and love. It's full of adventure, nature and magical beings. I really appreciate that Lindgren didn't shy away from discussing death in a book written primarily for children.


Murder on the Ballarat Train (Phryne Fisher #3) by Kerry Greenwood 

In Phryne's third adventure, Phryne is off to Ballarat for a week of fabulousness, but the sedate journey by train turns out to be far from the restful trip she was planning. What was planned as a restful country sojourn turns into the stuff of nightmares: a young girl who can't remember anything, rumours of vile white slavery, and the body of an old woman missing her emerald rings. And Phryne is at the centre, working through the clues to arrive at the incredible truth before another murder is committed. Fortunately, Phryne can still find a little time for a discreet dalliance and the delicious diversion of that rowing team of young men.

Phryne is a flapper and a lady detective. I love Phryne! These books are sometimes a bit over the top, but they are so enjoyable! Stephanie Daniel is a great narrator.


Seraphina (Seraphina #1) by Rachel Hartman 

Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty's anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high.

Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered—in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen's Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life.
This was absolutely amazing! Great story, believable characters, magnificent writing!


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