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by William Ritter | Read by Nicola Barber

In New England, 1892, Abigail Rook and her employer, Jackaby, investigate a pilfered antiquity, a ghost, a murder, feuding scientists, and dangerous supernatural creatures. Narrator Nicola Barber creates a large cast of distinctly identifiable characters as this second case reunites the pair with Abigail’s love interest, Officer Charlie Barker, who is a shape-shifter. Barber switches seamlessly from Miss Rook’s brisk, no-nonsense English accent to Charlie’s polite Romanian-accented speech. In showcasing Jackaby’s precise, undemonstrative speech, she accurately reflects the dispassionate character’s Holmesian personality. The pace is fast, matching the action and claiming the listener’s full attention. Campy humor is delivered smartly, like repartee at a party you have the good fortune to attend. Don’t miss it. L.T. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine