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Summary

Sherlockian detective of the supernatural R. F. Jackaby and his intrepid assistant, Abigail Rook, search for their ghostly landlady Jenny Cavanaugh's murderer and fight their most fearsome foe yet in the highly anticipated third volume of this New York Times best-selling paranormal mystery series.

Jenny Cavanaugh, the ghostly landlord of 926 Augur Lane, has enlisted the services of her detective-agency tenants to solve a decade-old murder - her own. Abigail Rook and her eccentric employer, R. F. Jackaby, dive into the cold case, starting with a search for Jenny's fiancé, who went missing the night she died. But when a new gruesome murder closely mirrors the events of 10 years prior, Abigail and Jackaby realize that Jenny's case isn't so cold after all, and her killer may be far more dangerous than they suspected.

Fantasy and folklore mix with mad science as Abigail's race to unravel the mystery leads her across the cold cobblestones of 19th-century New England, down to the mythical underworld, and deep into her colleagues' grim histories to battle the most deadly foe she has ever faced.

©2016 William Ritter (P)2016 Recorded Books

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  • Paul Wright
  • 05-09-16

Sherlock Holmes crossed with Harry Dresden

The above heading may be an over simplification, but that's the best way to quickly describe the spirit of the Jackaby books by William Ritter. I've enjoyed each of the books in this series so far, but Ghostly Echoes expands the mythology of these stories in new and exciting ways. This seems like a turning point for the series and Ritter does a great job of expanding the scope of this world without sacrificing the character development that makes these stories great. This was not what I was expecting from this book (but in a good way). Instead of a "case of the week" story, we get a intriguing peek behind the curtain of the larger Jackaby world that Ritter has created. Lots of fun, with great characters to boot.
For me, narration can make or break an audiobook and they have found the perfect performer to narrate the adventures of Abigail Rook, R. F. Jackaby and friends. Highly recommend for fans of Conan Doyle and Jim Butcher. Can't wait for the next story.

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  • Lily
  • 28-04-18

Too much. So slow.

SLOW story. A lot of backstory, opinion, and superfluous description. Then suddenly, a bunch of action crammed in.
I love the series, but this book was hard to get through.

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  • Mark
  • 01-04-18

Love this series- excellent narration by Nicola Barber

William Ritter has penned a fun, mysterious series in his Jackaby novels, and I’ve become a fan. Jackaby is quirky and rude without meaning to be, but well-meaning and with hidden depths that eventually are revealed in stories as we walk the path with him, and the other primary character, Abagail Rook. Brave, strong, impetuously driven towards adventure, Abagail drives the serious, along with their other housemate, Jenny. Bottom line, you’ll enjoy these fun reads.

Nicola Barber is superb. I don’t write a lot of reviews, but when I come across the exceptional, sometimes it just seems necessary to give thanks. Lately, it seems as if publishers have come to realize that when they’ve found a truly great narrator, they should maintain consistency in a series and retain the invaluable narrator in addition to the author.

I can only name a handful of my favorite narrators without looking it up, but Ms Barber has captured my heart (& ears).

In my mind, the very best narrators inhabit each and every character as distinct &. separate entities, & with unique vocal traits. Sadly, the very best are the ones who fade into the mind’s background because the reading is not being done by “ Ms or Mr X” but because they become the characters so completely. Female or male, young, old, or alien/paranormal being, Ms Barber exemplifies the very best of her craft and is the prefect compliment to Mr Ritter’s compelling storylines throughout the Jackaby series. Well done to both Mr Ritter & Ms Barber!

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  • Randi
  • 16-01-18

Absolutely brilliant!!

I love everything about these books!! I love the adventure and the characters and each new plot and mystery. Some of the best books in my opinion.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-09-17

Beautiful narrative!!

One of the main reasons that I reached the third book in this series is the narrator, I didn't even bother with paper books anymore. She's very brilliant and brings life into each character. I might even buy different books that weren't on my list just because she's reading it.
There's alot going on in this story, and strong character growth, however I wasn't very impressed with the investigations and how everything unfolded. At one point it felt like a jumble of everything paranormal. I will still read(or rather listen to) the next book because we'll... You know why!

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  • Shannon Dee
  • 14-06-17

Little bit of Sherlock, little bit Supernatural

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Another winner from Ritter! Loved the characters and as always love the tone and feel of the world and it's characters! Exciting and funny at the same time!

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  • LisaLi
  • 07-03-17

Loved this one! And Nicola Barber is astonishing !

Excellent voicing of all the characters, wonderful retelling of the afterlife legends, hopeful and thrilling in a swashbuckling kind of way.

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  • Bunty
  • 06-03-17

GOOD.

Overall enjoy,able. The storyline is good and there lots of action and good dialogue. Nicolas Barber narrates/perform well and the characters were well portrayed. I hope there will more on Charlie's hdc and Abigail's romance though. I am looking forward to the next book on this series.

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  • samuel
  • 20-01-17

Loved it

Amazing! I ate up every last word until the end. FIVE OUT OF FIVE STARS!!!! :)

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  • Nellawel
  • 09-01-17

Another winner from William Ritter

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Nicola does a fantastic job with each character and their personalities whether it's with accents, gender, or emotions. I am very much looking forward to book 4.........