Release date: Sept. 16, 2014




Algonguin Young Readers—2014

“Science and magic, beauty and bedlam, things that ought to be at odds—they just don’t follow the same rules when Jackaby’s involved.”

Newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England, 1892, and in need of a job, Abigail Rook meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinary–including the ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail has a gift for noticing ordinary but important details, which makes her perfect for the position of Jackaby’s assistant. On her first day, Abigail finds herself in the midst of a thrilling case: A serial killer is on the loose. The police are convinced it’s an ordinary villain, but Jackaby is certain it’s a nonhuman creature, whose existence the police–with the exception of a handsome young detective named Charlie Cane–deny.

Doctor Who meets Sherlock in William Ritter’s debut novel, which features a detective of the paranormal as seen through the eyes of his adventurous and intelligent assistant in a tale brimming with cheeky humor and a dose of the macabre.




Algonquin Young Readers—2015

“I’ve found very little about private detective R. F. Jackaby to be standard in the time I’ve known him. Working as his assistant tends to call for a somewhat flexible relationship with reality.”

In 1892, New Fiddleham, New England, things are never quite what they seem, especially when Abigail Rook and her eccentric employer R. F. Jackaby are called upon to investigate the supernatural.

First, a vicious species of shape-shifters disguise themselves as a litter of kittens, and a day later, their owner is found murdered with a single mysterious puncture wound. Then in nearby Gad’s Valley, now home to the exiled New Fiddleham police detective Charlie Cane, dinosaur bones from a recent dig mysteriously go missing, and an unidentifiable beast starts attacking animals and people, leaving their mangled bodies behind. Charlie calls on Abigail for help, and soon Abigail and Jackaby are on the hunt for a thief, a monster, and a murderer.




Algonquin Young Readers—2016

Jenny Cavanaugh was dead, and she wasn’t happy about it.

Jenny Cavanaugh, the ghostly lady of 926 Augur Lane, has enlisted the investigative services of her fellow residents to solve a decade-old murder—her own. Abigail Rook and her eccentric employer, Detective 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 ten 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 nineteenth-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.



Algonquin Young Readers—2017

“Miss Rook,” whispered Jackaby.

“Yes, Mr. Jackaby,” I whispered back.

“I think you ought to know. I’m about to do something very foolish.”

“I had a feeling you might, sir,” I said. “And I have a feeling I’m going to help.”

The fate of the world is in the hands of detective of the supernatural R. F. Jackaby and his intrepid assistant, Abigail Rook. An evil king is turning ancient tensions into modern strife, using a blend of magic and technology to push Earth and the Otherworld into a mortal competition. Jackaby and Abigail are caught in the middle as they continue to solve the daily mysteries of New Fiddleham, New England — like who’s created the rend between the worlds, how to close it, and why zombies are appearing around town. At the same time, the romance between Abigail and the shape-shifting police detective Charlie Cane deepens, and Jackaby’s resistance to his feelings for 926 Augur Lane’s ghostly lady, Jenny, begins to give way. Before the four can think about their own futures, they will have to defeat an evil that wants to destroy the future altogether.

The epic conclusion to the New York Times best-selling Jackaby series features sly humor and a quirky cast of unforgettable characters as they face off against their most dangerous, bone-chilling foe ever.


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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.




Algonquin Young Readers—2019

     “Hey, Tinn?” Cole whispered again. “If it is me—if I’m a—if you’re the real boy and I’m… not,” he took a breath. “Will you still be my brother?”

Tinn’s throat tightened. “Always.”

Cole nodded into the dark.

“Hey Cole,” Tinn began.

“Always,” said Cole.

Magic is fading from the Wild Wood. To renew it, goblins must perform an ancient ritual involving the rarest of their kind—a newborn changeling. But when the night arrives to trade a human baby for a goblin one, something goes terribly wrong. After laying the changeling in a human infant’s crib, the goblin Kull is briefly distracted. By the time he turns back, the changeling has already perfectly mimicked the human child. Too perfectly: Kull cannot tell them apart, so he leaves both babies behind.

Tinn and Cole are raised as human twins, neither knowing what secrets may be buried deep inside one of them. When they are thirteen years old, a mysterious message arrives, calling the brothers to be heroes and protectors of magic. The boys must leave their sleepy town and risk their lives in the Wild Wood, journeying through the Deep Dark to reach the goblin horde and uncover who they truly are.

In this first book in a new fantasy-adventure series, New York Times bestselling author William Ritter takes readers on a journey of monsters, magic, and discovery.


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Algonquin Young Readers—2020

The vines were gone. Not that the Queen had any interest in restoring the wretched plants, but it unnerved her that she could not have done so even if she tried. There was no spell to unravel. They had simply been dismissed from reality, and Fable didn’t seem to realize what she had done. The Queen closed her eyes and took a deep breath.

Beneath her, the earth trembled.

Human and goblin brothers Cole and Tinn are finding their way back to normal after their journey to the heart of the Oddmire. Normal, unfortunately, wants nothing to do with them. Fable, the daughter of the Queen of the Deep Dark, has her first true friends in the brothers. The Queen allows Fable to visit Tinn and Cole as long as she promises to stay quiet and out of sight—concealing herself and her magic from the townspeople of Endsborough.

But when the trio discovers that humans are destroying the Wild Wood and the lives of its creatures for their own dark purposes, Fable cannot stay quiet. As the unspoken truce between the people of Endsborough and the inhabitants of the Wild Wood crumbles, violence escalates, threatening war and bringing Fable’s mother closer to the fulfillment of a deadly prophecy that could leave Fable a most Unready Queen.

“The unique, inspiring characters are full of heart, and combined with the enchanting magic surrounding them have the makings of a fantastical classic. Perfect for fans of titles such as Harry Potter, Gregor the Overlander, and for lovers of fantasy titles.” —BOOKLIST (starred review)


63 responses to “BOOKS

  1. Miss Alexandrina

    This premise sounds brilliant! When does the book release?

  2. Irene

    Do you offer autographed pre orders? I’d love to get my hands on one!

  3. I absolutely love this book! I am hoping you become more active on goodreads so I can see when the next one is coming out! I’m in the process of writing my blog review of it despite my blog being new.

  4. Fabulous book! I blogged about it today. Please tell me there are more books about Jackaby and his assistant, Abigail Rook in progress.

  5. jo

    when’s the next installment coming out? i’m disappointed a bit that the female lead didn’t get too to more than i expected … but i’m holding out hope for the sequel. it’s just part of a bigger story, right?

  6. So excited there will be a sequel! I LOVED this story, just finished it! I hope there’s many more adventures still to come!

  7. marie

    What an absolute treasure this book is! It is always wonderful to find a talented writer! Thanks so much!

  8. Taylor

    When is the next book coming out I’m really looking forward to it.

  9. Oonagh

    Hey really enjoyed your book. I think just about everyone loves the twist with the banshee. I had to stay up and finish the book when I got to that part. I think i finally fell asleep at 1:30ish. Nice work on how the beginning scene is the opposite of the end scene, I admit I didn’t notice it until later. Darn, I have to wait until Sep. for Lockwood and now Jackaby too!

  10. Sarah

    Absolotely loved the series! Just finished Beastly Bones earlier today. When does the next one come out? I need to know what happens!

    You’re a very talented writer, and I love the concept. Jackaby reminded me so much of Doctor Who during seasons 2-4, and I cannot wait to see what other adventures him and Abigail get into.

  11. Anne Lawson

    I enjoyed both of your books very much! Is there any chance that you can hint about the next one, if there is to be one? (Although you obviously left it open for a third…) Can you give us a hint as to when it might come out?

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  13. Joe

    I love reading Jackaby and I’m on my third time reading it, but I guess I’m not that bright. I can’t catch the Allusions others have talked about such as the police officer Allan being named after Edger Allan Poe. What others examples is a simpleton like me missing?

    • You’re not simple! The allusions are barely there—really just me dipping into the existing genre whenever I needed a name. Most are little more than a passing mention of a fairly common name.

      Here are a few to keep your eyes out for: Arthur and O’Doyle are both used to reference Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Author of Sherlock Holmes). Allan is for EA Poe, as you said, and Officer Dupin is named for Poe’s detective character C. Auguste Dupin. There is mention of a nymph called Agatha and of a priest called Father Grafton for authors Agatha Christie and Sue Grafton, and the larger character Charlie Cane is a nod toward Charlie Chan. Mayor Spade and Inspector Marlowe are for pulp detectives Sam Spade and Phillip Marlowe. Their respective authors were referenced as well; Chandler’s Market, and its proprietor “Ray” are for Raymond Chandler, and the ill-tempered Hammett is a reference to Dashiell Hammett.

      Place names borrowed less from the detective genre and more from occult history with nods to Gad the Seer, Aleister Crowley, the Brahan Seer, Joseph Glanvill, etc.

      Thanks for reading!

  14. RED

    I just read JACKABY in one sitting (took me about 5 hours), and I have to say that I figured out both the “surprise” twists well before they were revealed. I got the “whodunit” right off, though it took longer to figure out the WHAT done it. Possibly, as an older reader (mid-thirties), I have more practice at it than your target audience. But my point here is that I STILL READ IT! All in one go. And I enjoyed every page. It made me laugh several times, in fact. So I have to conclude that if the mystery wasn’t holding me there, it was the characters themselves who were so fascinating. For which reason I have to say, Well done, sir. Very well done indeed.

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  17. Elissa

    I literally just finished your latest book Ghostly Echoes, and I decided I wanted to come check out your website to see what more you’ve done. The first thing I saw was your blog on the struggle to have a diverse literary field. I greatly appreciate the distinction between earned and deserved. I love your writing and your compassion, which is clearly shown in your Jackaby series, and I look forward to reading new stuff from you in the future!

  18. James Hoover

    What’s your copywrite date?

  19. General information on my site is (c) 2013-2016. All of my blog posts have a specific post date for a more accurate copyright dates for any particular post. (I don’t bother to add a (c) tag to every post because this is a fairly informal blog, and because the Berne Convention of 1989 made legal copyright automatic.)

  20. Kaitie

    I saw in a recent reply that there will be a fourth book in the Jackaby series. Will that be the last book or do you plan on writing more?

    • The fourth Jackaby title is set to be the last in the series. I do love these characters, and I may return to them some day, but the final installment brings closure to the grand story arc.

  21. Caroline

    I just want to tell you how much I love these books! I laugh so hard and I am so intrigued with the plots. I am so very excited about the fourth book but I have to say I am sad that it is supposed to be the last in the series! Jackaby and Abigail Rook have quickly become some of my all time favorite book characters. Thank you!

    • Thanks so much, Caroline! I have come to love these characters over the course of writing this series—and it warms my heart to hear that they’ve found a receptive reader. 🙂

  22. Callie

    I have been following these books since Jackaby first came out. I remember I got it for Christmas and stayed up so late it. I FINALLY got my hands on Ghostly Echos and we so happy with the story. These books never fail to keep me on the edge of my seat. Sad to hear that the fourth book will be the last but I’m excited to see what you do next

  23. Gage

    i have been reading all of your book and i LOVE THEM. And I was wondering when the fourth book will be coming out. I can not wait.

  24. Caroline

    I have to ask, is there a date, summary, or cover picture coming out soon? I can’t wait!

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  26. Jade

    Hello! I was wondering if your books are expected to be translate in french someday… They seem pretty cool and I’ve read really postive reviews, I’d love to read them!
    Have a nice day 🙂

    • Je suis désolé. J’aimerais une édition française – j’ai étudié le français à l’université – mais je ne sais pas. Je vais parler à mon éditeur. Merci pour votre intérêt!

  27. Donnie

    To Mr. Ritter,

    Your series was absolutely stunning. There are very few words that can describe how wonderfully your world was created, how detail oriented and how absolutely fantastic your stories were, and even these words now are paltry compared to how I feel. I could not put your books down at all and finished the four books and your novella The Map within five days.

    Your end to the series was beautiful and while I crave so much more of this series, I can accept this as an ending to the series as well.

    I only pray to see your name once again on another series in the times to come. As an avid reader and a woefully inept and scatterbrained author, (someday maybe, if I ever manage to focus and create a proper story line), I simply adore your style. You created so many vibrant characters, made inclusions to severe minority groups that I have never seen before, expressed concepts that could truly affect the younger generation and guide them to a peaceable and kinder potential lifestyle in the future, and made all of it so enjoyable and fantastical, so inviting, that one is compelled to read non stop and then begin all over again.

    Again, all I hope for is simply to hear one day that a new William Ritter book is about to be published. Keep that chin up and your sight open, good sir. I’ll bet you have a chipper and cheery aura all about you that manifests that wonderful writing style you have. A true gift.

    With the utmost respect and kindest of regards,


    • How exceedingly kind of you! I am delighted to hear that my stories found such an enthusiastic and receptive reader. Thank you so much for writing!

      I can only hope that my next project remotely lives up to this encouragement & praise.

      • Donnie

        I am absolutely certain it will, sir. I eagerly await the day for your next book. The praise is justly deserved and you should feel exceptionally proud of yourself.

        Kind regards,

  28. Your Jackaby series is absolutely stunning. These books are definitely one of the better book series I have read in a very long time, and I certainly read my share. I am a little bit sad to see the Jackaby series end with The Dire King. It was a spectacular conclusion that had us, the reader, on the edge of our seats till the very end. Leaving me heartbroken, and wanting more, but the last page certainly makes up for the heartrending death…(that I won’t spoil for any other readers reading my comment).

    I know that the series has come to an end, but know that Abigail is a Seer, is there any chance that we may see these characters in another story? I can’t imagine that the weird and fantastical life that is in New Fiddleham has just stopped. There must be other adventures for Abigail, Jackaby and the rest of the group. I know that if you continue writing I will no doubt keep reading about the magical world your characters inhabit.

    Thank you for creating such a beautiful universe,

    • Thanks so much! You’re very kind. I will absolutely miss writing about these characters. No closed doors… I may return to them someday, or perhaps visit some of the other inhabitants of New Fiddleham, but I am currently at work on another story with a whole new cast from not too far away. I do hope a few Jackaby fans might be willing to venture into the Deep Dark with me when that one’s done.

      • I know that I will venture forth with this new project of yours once it is completed. I can’t wait to see what you do next, and I’m sure it will be just as wonderful as Jackaby was. If you keep writing you will have at the very least this faithful reader.

  29. Kaylee

    In the book the dire king, in the end when [SPOILER] does jackaby turns into [SPOILER] or [SPOILER]?

  30. Abdol

    I just finished reading the series. I do have a pressing question. What was Jackaby real name? I’m keen to know.

    Thank for being a wonderful writer,

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  32. Stacie Boren

    I truly loved this series! But as a fan I must say we need a Rook series now! It can not be the end of these! It’s so so important! Keep writing these are great!

  33. Ivy

    The Jackaby series was actually one of my most favorite series’ I have ever read. I would love it soooooooo much if you would write another book
    (Or 2 or 3) about Abigail!!

    • Thanks so much for reading! I’m delighted you found such joy in the series. I might return to writing about Ms. Rook and her associates someday—I do miss them—but for now, that arc is complete. In the meantime, I have been getting to know and love a whole new cast of characters for my upcoming MG series, THE ODDMIRE. (It takes place in the JACKABY universe, so readers of both might catch a few familiar names.)

  34. Lily

    The Jackaby series touched my heart in a way in hasn’t been touched by a book in a long time. I read the first of the series a few years back, and though I wanted to continue, I forgot. I got them for Christmas about a year or so ago and the recent virus has given me time to read. I must start with just saying: WOW. I have never been a series person, but I genuinely think I need more. I need more of the beautifully written characters. I need to know if the end of the series was the happy ending I really hope it to be.
    Before reading all of these books, I had no clue what I was missing. It is such a fun world, and New Fiddleham is a city I am so happy to have felt like I was part of, if that makes sense. I was completely unprepared for the last book entirely. I really almost didn’t read it because I didn’t want it to end. Once starting on the series, I couldn’t stop though. I really really hope you pick up Abigail Rook’s story, but understand if you do it’ll all have to be in the right time. I have not had the chance to read The Map or The Oddmire series. I plan to as soon as I can. I just know I am genuinely not ready to give up reading Abigail Rook and her associates’ 😉 adventures. I will probably try to reread them soon just to enjoy to experience again. That’s what I’ll miss- the experiences, the chemistry (both friendship’s, like Abigail and Jackaby, and romantic relationship’s, like Charlie and Abigail or Jackaby and Jenny), and the adventure. I apologize for being all over the place, but I must say thank you. Thank you for dedicating your time to write these characters and the beautiful adventure (adventures?) they shared. I really hope to go on an adventure with them in the future, and can guarantee I am a fan to stay and will continue reading and enjoying your work.

    • Thank you so much for this beautiful message. I’m so happy that you found your way to New Fiddleham. I have been thoroughly immersed in writing about the nearby world of the Oddmire lately, but I miss Jackaby and Rook, and it makes me so happy to know they are still receiving enthusiastic visitors.

  35. Lily

    I have one really big question that has caused me to think a lot, why is the 13th chapter of each book omitted? I was curious as to if it had anything to do with Friday the 13th or something?

  36. There just happen to have been a few very sensitive pieces of information contained in those chapters that Mr. Jackaby did not feel were appropriate for public dissemination at this time. The number thirteen is purely coincidental, I’m sure.

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