Malamander by Thomas Taylor

Malamander is the first of an exciting new series of adventures set in the faded grandeur of an old English seaside town. Eerie-on-Sea has a grand hotel, a quirky bookshop, a resident batty beachcomber, a rusty old pier, a terrifying sea monster straight out of Scooby-Doo, and a tangled mystery waiting to be solved.

Herbert Lemon, Lost-and-Founder at the Grand Nautilus Hotel, knows that returning lost things to their rightful owners is not easy – especially when the lost thing is not a thing at all, but a girl. No one knows what happened to Violet Parma’s parents twelve years ago, and when she engages Herbie to help her find them, the pair discover that their disappearance might have something to do with the legendary sea-monster, the Malamander.

Thomas Taylor's characters are vividly drawn and immensely likeable, and one just can't wait to find out what's next in store...for Eerie-on-Sea