Discover The Raven Mysteries

Raven-logodaughterOut on 6th October is Diamonds and Doom, the brand new book in the quirky series by Marcus Sedgwick called The Raven Mysteries.

Click here to find out more about the new book!

The series recently won the Blue Peter Award for Fun Book with Pictures and so in case you haven’t come across them before, we thought we’d let you know what they’re all about.

The Raven Mysteries follows Edgar the Raven and his hard work trying to look after the hapless, hopeless, but ultimately harmless Otherhand family.

Below we’ve included brief descriptions of all the books out now, to give you a taste of what life is like with the Otherhand family!
If you want to find out any more information about the Goth-Froth world of The Raven Mysteries, visit the official website here!

And click here if you want to buy any of the books in the series!

Flood and Fang

flood-fangEdgar is alarmed when he sees a nasty looking black tail slinking under the castle walls. But his warnings to the inhabitants of the castle go unheeded: Lord Valevine Otherhand is too busy trying to invent the unthinkable and discover the unknowable; his wife, Minty, is too absorbed in her latest obsession – baking; and ten-year-old Cudweed is running riot with his infernal pet monkey.

Only Solstice, the black-haired, poetry-writing Otherhand daughter, seems to pay any attention. As the lower storeys of the castle begin mysteriously to flood, and kitchen maids continue to go missing, the family come ever closer to the owner of the black tail…

Ghosts and Gadgets

ghosts-gadgetsThe 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!

Lunatics and Luck


Join the wonderfully weird Otherhand family and their faithful guardian, Edgar the raven, and discover the dark secrets of Castle Otherhand.

Solstice and Cudweed are appalled to find their father has appointed a new school master. But things get even worse when the grumpy, viciously mean teacher actually arrives.

The Otherhand children are sure there’s something more to him than meets the eye – the trouble is, who will believe them? No one it seems. Except, perhaps, Edgar.

Vampires and Volts

vampires-voltsIt’s Halloween and the Otherhands are putting on the Great Halloween Ball at Otherhand Castle. Minty is all a-fluster. Solstice is busy spraying fake cobwebs everywhere. Valevine is in charge of disorganising everyone’s carefully laid plans, and Cudweed seems hungrier than ever and oddly preoccupied with ‘fresh brains’.

In fact when Silas, Valevine’s long lost brother and black sheep of the family, turns up with Samantha and the party is in full swing the Otherhands would be well-advised to check out their guests. It’s not long before wily Edgar works out that there’s a preponderance of vampires and not all of them have false teeth. Just when he’s about to solve the latest mystery at Otherhand Castle, the lights go out…

Magic and Mayhem

magic-mayA trip to the circus has far-reaching consequences for the Otherhands when Fellah goes missing. Before long the Castle is plagued by a duck, a suspect fortune teller, and several cartloads of lethal cabbages.

The family is preoccupied: Valevine is busy inventing a cabbage-counting machine; Minty is waiting to hear the secrets of the universe; and Solstice has discovered that Cudweed is concealing three hundred and forty-two rabbits in his bedroom.

When chaos strikes and thieves infiltrate the Castle, it falls to Edgar to extract his family from a very fluffy predicament.

The Otherhands