The Case Of The Vanished Sea Dragon by Gareth P. Jones

The Case Of The Vanished Sea Dragon

Written by Gareth P. Jones
Part of the The Dragon Detective Agency Series

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This detective series has become wonderfully addictive so if your children have yet to experience it then do take a serious look and dip into one of the extracts. This, likes its predecessors is brilliantly plotted, suspenseful, fast-paced and just what’s needed to captivate young readers. Earlier titles include The Case of the Missing Cats and The Case of the Wayward Professor. The publisher has gone so far as to say Raymond Chandler for young readers. Wow.


The Case Of The Vanished Sea Dragon by Gareth P. Jones

When Detective Dirk Dilly gets a surprise visit from a Sea Dragon in need of his sleuthing skills, at first he dismisses the case. After all, dragons are extremely high risk and they rarely pay well. But soon Dirk is stuck - from his horny head to the tip of his scaly tail - right in the thick of a mystery full of unexpected danger.


'Its pace, suspense and light touch will captivate eager readers.'

'An entertaining adventure.'

About the Author

Gareth P. Jones

Gareth first started writing when he was very young but it wasn’t until he was in his early twenties that he completed his first novel. Having had it universally rejected, he wrote a novel for children called Who Killed Charlie Twig, which received an equally unimpressed reception and remains rightly unpublished to this day.
Some years passed during which Gareth met his future wife, Lisa and began a career in TV. Working on shows such as 'The Big Breakfast' and 'Richard & Judy', he became side-tracked from his book writing ambitions until one day he found himself having lunch at the offices of Bloomsbury. He mentioned the unpublished book to a nice lady called Sarah, who politely suggested that he should send in the first three chapters for her to look at. Gareth returned home and excitedly told his wife this news, who gently explained that the book he had written actually wasn’t very good, but reminded him that he had recently begun work on a much better idea. This turned out to be good advice.

In 2007 Bloomsbury published the first of four books in the series The Dragon Detective Agency and have since published The Thornthwaite Inheritance, Space Crime Conspiracy and The Considine Curse. Gareth has also written a shorter story, Perry’s 5, published by Barrington Stoke and a series of books called Ninja Meerkats, published by Stripes.

The Case of the Missing Cats was nominated for the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize. The Thornthwaite Inheritance has won the Hounslow Junior Book Award, the Calderdale Book Award, Leicester Children’s Book Award, Sefton Super Reads, Doncaster Book Award, Rotherham Children’s Book Award and Fantastic Book Award, Lancaster.

Gareth now divides his time between writing books, producing TV programmes, spending time with his wife and son, Herbie, and playing the slightly ludicrous number of stringed instruments in his front room.

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240 pages


Gareth P. Jones
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Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Publication date

4th February 2008




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