Book Review: THE SECRET JOURNAL OF ICHABOD CRANE by Alex Irvine

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Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Released: September 16, 2014
Source: Review copy from the publisher
Rating: ★★★★


In “Sleepy Hollow,” a supernatural twist on Washington Irving’s classic short story, Ichabod Crane has been pulled two-and-a-half centuries through time to find that he and detective Abbie Mills are humanity’s last hope in the war against evil. Passionate, intelligent, and wryly funny, Crane has always used journals to collect thoughts and documents that may prove useful later, and The Secret Journal of Ichabod Crane offers an unprecedented look at the battle also raging inside his fascinating mind.

On the pages within, Crane shares new memories of the American Revolution; more amusing reflections on modern-day phenomena, from the Internet to Election Day; and private thoughts about Abbie, Katrina, and others. He also includes hidden case files; secret Freemason puzzles; selections from George Washington’s mysterious Bible; and photos, letters, and drawings he has collected along the way. Filled with detail about past battles and vanquished monsters, as well as clues about those he and Abbie have yet to face, this journal is not just the ultimate repository for fans, but the key to Sleepy Hollow’s future—and the world’s.


THE SECRET JOURNAL OF ICHABOD CRANE was a fun read and a great refresher for the first season of the television show, Sleepy Hollow. Written in diary form, the book follows the episodes closely, while sometimes giving more details or background information about what was happening.

The character of Ichabod Crane in Sleepy Hollow is very smart and clever with a wonderfully dry sense of humor, and I thought the author of this book captured his essence perfectly. It was interesting to hear his inner thoughts about the craziness he’s been sucked into, not just the epic battle against evil, but also the weird modern world he has to live in. His journal includes curious maps, documents, drawings, and such, which were fun to study up close.

This is an enjoyable and well-written book for Sleepy Hollow fans, and I’m hoping that more of Crane’s journals are released.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through the Blogging For Books program in exchange for an honest review.

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7 thoughts on “Book Review: THE SECRET JOURNAL OF ICHABOD CRANE by Alex Irvine

  1. I know it’s cheesy, but I love when shows do things like this where the ties make sense. Castle has his “novels,” General Hospital had “Robin’s Diary”…..stuff like that. Maybe it’s cheesy, but I love it.

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