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Ghosts and Gadgets - Raven Mysteries (The Raven Mysteries #2)

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  103 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Second title in Marcus Sedgwick's brand new series of quirky tales of mystery featuring Edgar the raven and the strange Otherhand family.
Hardcover, 261 pages
Published 2009 by Orion Children's Books
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May 07, 2013 Robert rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, gothic
Readers of Class War will get indignant when they read this book, because it is always the servants who die. Everyone else will be too busy chuckling at the antics of Edgar the Raven, Guardian of Castle Otherhand and the Otherhand Family itself.

In the second of the Raven mysteries, Edgar is pitted against a guh...guh...You Know What that is frightening people to death (see above.) It is not really as funny as the first Mystery, Flood and Fang, simply because the joke is now familiar, but it is s
Dec 25, 2009 Claire rated it it was amazing
Again, a very fun and quirky story, this time involving ghosts, with a gothic twist. I especially like the drawings, which compliment the story and add to the humour (especially the one of Edgar pretending to be a gargoyle haha). Also liked the toy Edgars (I'd buy one!) and the Ghost Hunting Machine :)
Apr 09, 2010 Sem rated it really liked it
Shelves: youth-fiction
This series is what all of those other 'humorous' children's novels are attempting to be (I name no names). If it gets any better, I'll run out of stars.

Is my beak wonky?
Jan 28, 2014 Franzi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Kürze:

+ schöne, wunderbar unterhaltsame, lustige Geschichte
+ eine Abenteuergeschichte
+ erzählt vom Familienraben Edgar
+ das Buch ist sehr schön illustriert

+ lovely, entertaining, funny,
+ fun adventure story
+ narrated by the family's raven Edgar
+ the book is beautifully illustrated


Dieses Buch ist das zweite in der Raven Mysteries Reihe und ich habe es gelesen ohne den Vorgänger zu kennen. Ich wusste nicht genau welches zuerst kam, als ich dir Bücher in die Bibliothek gesehen habe und
Apr 14, 2013 FantasyWereld rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kinderboeken
De oude raaf Edgar is Wachter van Kasteel Anderhand. En dat is nogal een taak, want er gebeurt altijd wel iets in het kasteel van de familie Anderhand. In het eerste deel van De Mysteries van de Raaf ging het om een griezelig kasteelbeest dat de boel op stelten zette en nu is de beurt aan een spuh-spuh-spook! De tienjarige Viltkruid is de eerste die hem ziet en hij weet nog net naar zijn grote zus Zonnewendy te rennen voordat hij met rechtovereind staand haar flauwvalt. Niet lang daarna vallen d ...more
Jun 09, 2015 Luna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uk-authors
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 befor
Oct 01, 2014 Zayneea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the Raven Mysteries series, and I am enjoying these Castle Otherhands mysteries.

" Whatever had become of Castle Otherhand? Ghosts! And gadgets! "

In this one the Otherhands Father Lord Valevine is searching for gold treasure to save their home, but Cudweed and Fellah (the son and monkey) see a ghost... Then many maids / house workers are dying of shock of seeing ghosts too... this results in Minty (the mother) bringing in a "Ghost Hunter" called Captin Spookini.

Nice fun
Once again is the clever Solstice and the raven Edgar who saved the family from supernatural things. One thing I had some difficulties to understand is that why is it always the maidens and servents who die? They just got frightened to death by fake ghost while Cudweed got frightened by a real ghost and survived. How is it possible? That logic is a bit weird isn't it?
So I think this mystery in "Ghosts and Gadgets" were just average, but as alwyas I enjoyed the illustrtions by Pete Williamson.
May 04, 2013 Adinda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kinderboeken
Meer van hetzelfde, maar ook meer verhaal en meer complexiteit: waar deel 1 nog een beetje abstract bleef met een mysterieus monster, is deel 2 wat spannender met een duidelijkere antagonist en meer intrige.

Raaf Edgar is nog even sarcastisch als in deel 1; de irritante aap Gozer is wat rustiger na een flink schrikmoment en bevindt zich wat meer op de achtergrond. Prima zo! ;-)
Dec 18, 2014 Natasha rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
This is the second book in the series, Cudweed claims to have seen a ghost but at first no one believes him. Then one by one the maids start dying of fright, so Edgar and Solstice set out to investigate.

I really love the drawings in these books, I think they really add something to the story.
May 28, 2014 Jane rated it it was amazing
Always witty and clever - fun to read and not dumbed down for kids.
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Marcus Sedgwick was born in Kent, England. Marcus is a British author and illustrator as well as a musician. He is the author of several books, including Witch Hill and The Book of Dead Days, both of which were nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award. The most recent of these nominations rekindled a fascination with Poe that has borne fruit here in (in The Restless Dead, 2007) the form of "The Hea ...more
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