All Abigail Rook wants is to live the life of adventure her father instilled in her. When she leaves Europe to come to America in 1892, she finds more than she could have imagined….
Nearly penniless and without a place to stay, Abigail sets foot into the city of New Fiddleham hoping work is plentiful but finding nothing except the oddest man she’s ever met. People tell her he’s a sham, others say he has a gift, still others won’t even say his name…Jackaby. Abigail tends to believe what they say when her first encounter with him involves him seeing all sorts of fairy creatures hiding within the folds of her skirt. With what little money she has, she finds a room for the night hoping the next day will prove more fruitful.
When she wakes up, the day proves just as dismal as her entrance, with little to no job offers available until Abigail notices an ad for an assistant for an investigative service. Immediately going to the address all she can hope is that the job isn’t filled. When Abigail rings the bell of the odd house she’s standing in front of, Jackaby appears on the other side. It's explained to her he can solve mysteries and crimes using not only the power of deductive reasoning, but also his skills at detecting creatures from ghosts to trolls to banshees and more. Both of them are uncertain about the other (Is he off his rocker? Can she handle the duties involved with the job?) but a murder of dire concern needs his utmost attention, and Abigail follows along, hoping to impress her potential employer.
At the scene of the murder, Jackaby realizes this isn’t just a murder, but one involving a dangerous creature others cannot detect. Clues left behind are important, but more important are the auras Jackaby sees, leading him further down the dark and dangerous path to find the creature who is craving new victims and the reason behind it. Along with a young police officer named Charlie, who hides a secret of his own, the trio begins this supernatural investigation that could lead to their untimely demise. All isn’t what it seems and Abigail learns not only more about Jackaby and his peculiarities, but also something about herself as well.
Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
Ripper by Stefan Petrucha