By Thomas Taylor

Herbie and Violet's thrilling fourth Eerie-on-Sea mystery features an old enemy, a legendary robot and a creepy old waxworks gallery...

When Herbie and Violet's arch-enemy Sebastian Eels turns up in Eerie-on-Sea, seemingly back from the dead, it can only spell bad news. The town may welcome his entrepreneurial scheme to resurrect Festergrimm's Waxworks, a dusty and defunct old gallery of spooky characters from Eerie legend, but Herbie and Violet are suspicious of his motives. And when they learn the legend of Ludo Festergrimm the clockmaker, creator of a vast mechanical robot that wrought havoc in the wrong hands, they KNOW they're on the right track. But how can they get the residents of Eerie-on-Sea to believe them?

Categories: Fiction

For readers aged: 9+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781529502121
  • Published: 01 Sep 2022
  • Price: £7.99
  • Size: 198 x 129 mm
  • Pages: 320

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Customer reviews


'Taylor's magical touch makes you believe the impossible.'

'This is a fantastic and legendary series bringing Eerie on Sea’s best legends to life and keeping the reader completely enthralled and engaged! The series goes from strength to strength and I cannot wait for Mermedusa!' myshelvesarefull.com

'This fantastically realised setting and the charm of Herbie, Violet and the other characters that inhabit it always draw me in as a reader and always leave me wanting more. Festergrimm is no exception. The new location is granted to spook adults and children alike, the threat feels real, the villain is perfect (chilling, clever and steeped in arrogance) and the story moves at a brisk, exhilarating pace. This is a brilliant series of books for children aged 9 and above to read independently or to be read aloud. I can’t wait for the next one!' Always Stepping Into the Page

'[...]A must-read for fans of the books so far and perfect for readers aged nine to ninety-nine, if you have not as yet read Malamander you need to rectify that situation immediately.' NetGalley

'Everything’s we’ve come to love and look forward to in the Eerie-on-Sea adventures is packed in the pages and will delight its fans young and old. It’s a fast paced adventure, full of some wonderful twists and turns and some great edge of the seat moments.' NetGalley

'Another roaring adventure on Eerie on Sea, with elements of The iron man' NetGalley

'Let me tell you, there’s something so gripping and OMG I HAVE TO READ THIS ENTIRE BOOK RIGHT NOW about this series. Festergrimm is a glorious mix of big iron monsters, familiar villainous faces and legend that just had me from the get go.' NetGalley

'It's great to be back in Eerie-on-Sea and Thomas Taylor certainly does not disappoint with his creepy tale of waxworks and clockwork robots! 5 out of 5 stars.' NetGalley

'This is the greatest Eerie-on-Sea adventure to date and while the story ends there is still more to come from this robotic waxwork spectacular. This is a book that older primary children will love and parents and teachers will enjoy reading to their kids too as it is interesting and captivating.' NetGalley

'Festergrimm combines adventure, darkness, peril and humour in just the right amounts to create a gripping read, and now I'm just desperate to read the final book in the series.' NetGalley

'We really cannot praise these books highly enough. Herbie and Violet are total heroes in our book and in these books.' NetGalley

'Thomas Taylor does it again. I raced through this book as it was such a joy to be back in the company of Herbie & Violet & all the inhabitants of Eerie-on-sea; goodies & baddies alike. This is another wonderful fast-paced adventure in which clues are dropped like breadcrumbs & innocent comments become profound as the mystery unfolds. I am already longing for the next book!' NetGalley

'Thomas Taylor has most definitely done it again! Festergrimm is every bit a masterpiece of creative writing as the preceding three adventures, actually more so.' NetGalley

'Absolutely loved my visit to Eerie-on-Sea as always. [...] I always recommend Malamander to our pupils and the series just keeps getting better and better!' NetGalley

'Book no.4 in the series - and they just keep getting better! [...] I must warn readers that there are scenes, not just of biscuit dunking, but of fruit cake dunking. I know, very upsetting. I am so looking forward to seeing how this twisty turny series unfolds with book 5 next year.' NetGalley

'Just adore the adventures that they get up and so amazing to see their friendship growing and changing. Can't wait to see what happens next!' NeyGalley

'This series just keeps getting better and better and i absolutely love it.' NetGalley

'The delightful duo of Herbie Lemon and Violet Parma are back in this thrilling Frankenstein – King Kong – Madame Tussauds gone wrong mash-up. My family adores this series but Festergrimm just might be our favourite (keeping a special place in our hearts for the original, Malamander.) This story is laugh-out loud funny (I’m planning to adopt the “Nopevember” mindset right from September), lightning-paced and packed full of old friends. [...] I can’t wait to add a copy of this brilliant book to our collection!' NetGalley

'This is my absolute favourite Middle Grade series. For me it has everything; gripping mysteries, just the right level of threat and such a well developed location and characters that each visit feels like returning to old friends at a much-loved childhood holiday destination.' NetGalley

'A visit to Eerie on Sea is like putting on your slippers, wrapping yourself in a throw & snuggling up in your favourite reading spot with a heart warming cuppa.' NetGalley

'Does Thomas Taylor ever disappoint? His latest adventure in Eerie-on-Sea is another joy to read. Striking the perfect balance of fear, mystery and entertainment, the latest instalment, Festergrimm, is sure to be a huge hit with fans of the series.' NetGalley

'Another cracking adventure for Herbie and Violet in the mystery town of Eerie-On-Sea. Another mystery to solve with all of our favourite characters back once more. I can't wait for the next in the series.' NetGalley

'[…] I think Festergrimm is my favourite visit to Eerie-on-Sea yet. It’s a madcap and often gruesome adventure and while the word dastardly is certainly not misplaced it is also incredibly funny.' NetGalley

'Thomas Taylor doesn't disappoint with yet another addition to the 'Eerie-on-sea'' series. I love joining Herbie and Violet on their adventures and this one was just as exciting as the last.' NetGalley

'Shadowghast may have taken this series to the next level, and Festergrimm grabs this momentum and continues running with it. Taylor’s prose is, again, atmospheric and engaging. […] I highly recommend this series to fantasy lovers of all ages! Especially those who enjoyed A Series Of Unfortunate Events, and/or Professor Layton’s Games!' KBB Book Reviews

'In my opinion, this is the best book so far in the Eerie-on-Sea series. It’s a good creepy story with the way you are never quite sure if the waxworks move or not, which makes it suspenseful. I enjoyed the way the twists are unexpected most of all.' Books Up Norrth

'A new story from Thomas Taylor always causes a ripple of excitement. They always have a dark side, with just enough thrills and chills for a young reader to enjoy, rather than be scared to death. This story draws together some of the threads from the previous books and then adds another layer of mystery and a new place and monster to contend with. [...] Even older children, who read Malamander a few years ago, will be happy to go back and read the next instalment. You feel as if you might really stumble upon Eerie and that all the strange goings-on are entirely likely in such a place.' ReadingZone

'This is my favourite trip to Eerie-on-Sea so far! Full of all the familiar faces fans of the series have come to know and love, Festergrimm is told with all the humour and charm of the previous books - and yet has a slightly different edge to it somehow.' ReadingZone

'I am a massive fan of this series, so I was predisposed to like this book. It certainly did not disappoint. […] I can’t wait to be beside the Eerie-on-Sea again soon!' Toppsta

'I really liked this book, it was a page-turner.' Toppsta

'This book contains all the usual humor and play on words that can be enjoyed by all age groups. There is plenty of fun and adventure which leads into, what will be the next book.' Toppsta

'A must-read for fans of the books so far and perfect for readers aged nine to ninety-nine, if you have not as yet read Malamander you need to rectify that situation immediately.' Toppsta

'This story does feel even more epic than usual and certainly is a more open, dramatic ending than previous stories. Roll on Mermedusa.' Check 'Em Out Books

'Featured in 'five books in your favourite series' for the Week Junior' the Week Junior

'This is a fantastic and legendary story, bringing Eerie-On-Sea’s best legends to life and enthralling the reader.' Just Imagine

'Exciting set-piece chases, both terrifying and slapstick […] Herbie is as self-deprecating as ever and Violet as ready for adventure as she ever was.' The School Librarian

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