Flood and Fang

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Edgar the Raven, guardian of Otherhand Castle rules the roost in this six-book series of quirky tales of mystery, with a touch of goth-froth.

Edgar 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...
In this first book, the peril comes from a flooded castle and a prowling scaly monster. Edgar is grumpy, self-important and extremely good company, and the family is as mad a bunch as you could hope to meet in a fantastical castle (including the delightful Solstice who says "Gasp!" a lot, and her brother Cudweed's disagreeable monkey).
The Independent
Flood and Fang is as funny and twisted as the members of the Otherhand family themselves... You'll laugh when you read this book - a lot.