Genre: Gothic Fantasy
Synopsis: Join the wonderfully weird Otherhand family and their faithful guardian, Edgar the raven, and discover the dark secrets of Castle Otherhand.
The rumblings and wailings from the Lost South Wing can no longer be ignored, as one by one, members of the castle are being found frozen, ‘scared to death’. With mother, Minty, obsessing over her latest fad – sewing – and father, Valevine, busy experimenting with a machine to discover the Lost Otherhand treasure, it’s up to aspiring ghost-hunters Solstice and Cudweed to solve the mystery. But as usual, things don’t go quite as planned… It’s just as well Edgar is there to save the day!
200words (or less) review: Edgar is concerned his beak may be wonky. It’s a question that is vexing him more and more these days. It does not distract him from telling us one of the most frightful tales in Otherhand’s history, the one with the gah gah gah You-Know-What.
It’s been entirely too long since I’ve visited Otherland Castle. I’d forgotten how wonderfully bizarre and eccentric the place was. Edgar, well I never did forget him (how would that even be possible?) and Edgar remains just as brilliant a narrator as before.
What resides in the South Wing? Is it truly a You-Know-What or is there something else going on? After Cudweed’s initial hair-raising encounter with this apparition his sister Solstice is determined to find out, with Edgar’s help of course. It is a little concerning how quickly the Otherhand family ‘lose’ staff and how blasé they are about this matter.
Ghosts and Gadgets is a good sequel and I’m looking forward to the next in the series.