Beastly Bones is the second novel in the Jackaby series by William Ritter. I’ve heard the books described as a cross between Sherlock Holmes, Doctor Who, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer and if you read them, you will see all those elements.
In this second book, paranormal investigator R. F. Jackaby and his assistant, Abigail Rook, find themselves at the site of unearthed dinosaur bones. Paleontology was Abigail’s father’s profession and an interest of her. Jackaby is uninterested until the site becomes connected to a series of unusual murders that Jackaby, Abigail, and Detective Charlie Barker set out to solve. Needless to say, there is much more going on at the dig site than first appears.
The book is still a fun adventure, but it lacked a little something that the first book had. Perhaps it is that Jackaby doesn’t seem quite so odd now in the second book or that this book seemed more grounded in reality than the first book.
I enjoyed the new character Hank, a master trapper. He reminds me somewhat of Hagrid from the Harry Potter novels. I hope he shows up in future stories.
I very much enjoyed the exploration of the dinosaur dig site and the rivalry between the two scientists. I recently read a book about the first discovery of dinosaur bones and there definitely was fighting between different scientific parties.
The book also sets up the next story and a character who could turn out to be Jackaby’s Moriarty or The Master.
Though it is considered a young adult novel, readers of any age who enjoy fantasy will enjoy Beastly Bones and want to read more.