Title: The Map: A Jackaby Story
Author: William Ritter
Publisher: Algonquin Books
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Abigail hopes that her birthday will slip by unnoticed and uncelebrated, but her employer, detective of the supernatural R. F. Jackaby, has other plans. Using magical party crackers that teleport the pair to unknown destinations in time and space and a cryptic map that may lead to a forgotten treasure, Jackaby intends to give Abigail what he considers to be the best gift of all–adventure.
Abigail and Jackaby must tame an enormous (and carnivorous) rabbit, defend a castle, and master a dirigible if they want to find the treasure and get back to New Fiddleham alive. (Source: Goodreads)
This Jackaby novella follows Abigail and her employer as they go on a birthday adventure. I thought this was cute and sweet, but found the tone a little out of place when compared to the original novel. I don’t think it would even provide a Jackaby fix for anyone who was waiting further sequels to the series as it felt so out of place to me.
Nonetheless, this novella is cute. We get to see Jackaby and Abigail interacting in a much less formal situation than previously. We see a great relationship between them. The problem for me was that there was too much magic in this instead of just the supernatural we were used to. Like…Jackaby does magic in this and it felt very out of place.
I think this is cute but you should just hold out for Beastly Bones and not get your hopes up with this one.