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Ghosts and Gadgets - Marcus Sedgwick (book review) *contains spoilers*

Book: Ghosts and Gadgets
Author: Marcus Sedwick
Genre: Children's, Fantasy, Gothic
Published By: Orion
Published Year: 2009

My Review:
Having had the third book in this series of Raven Mysteries I decided to have a look at my local library for the first two books, unfortunately I couldn't see the first one but I did come across the second one which was Ghosts and Gadgets.

This is a great book in which is about servants who are working at the castle are dying due to seeing ghosts and although the family are running out of money they make a machine which will detect gold in order to try and find the hidden treasure within the castle. However, are the ghosts everything that they seem to be?

I loved that this book was told from the raven's point of view of the story and although the characters within the story were not able to understand him he was a valuable part of the story. I thought that the twist at the end of the story with the ghosts having had been accomplices of the ghost hunter who comes to the house was a great addition to the story as they tried to get the treasure for themselves. As well as having a real ghost which was an ancestor of the family and help to get rid of the man. Also having the book fill all the gaps within the story leaving no answers unanswered throughout the book which is something that is rare to find in books that I read.

I was glad to see that this story was one in a series that didn't mean you had to read the first book in order to understand what was happening and can be read as a stand alone book. I also thought that the artwork throughout the book was beautifully done by Pete Williamson and I thought that having the visuals as part of the book was a brilliant addition and one that helped create the look of all of the characters. The addition to a little bit of knowledge that was about the castle and the people from within the castle which wasn't part of the story at the chapter splits was good to give a little more insight to the characters.

I would highly recommend this book to those who are looking for a great mystery book for children and is a really easy read that you don't have to pay much attention to in order to follow easily. I would also highly recommend this book to those who are looking for a gothic book and one with amazing artwork throughout. Definitely a book I will read again!

My Rating: 5/5 

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