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Carlos Serrano has never solved a mystery in his life. And he’s counting on you to solve his first one. On the morning of a big investigation that would save her failing detective agency, Carlos’s mom gets sick with a nasty flu. But Las Pistas Detective Agency can’t afford to lose this case, or they will close down for sure. That’s where Carlos—and you—come in. With the help Carlos Serrano has never solved a mystery in his life. And he’s counting on you to solve his first one. On the morning of a big investigation that would save her failing detective agency, Carlos’s mom gets sick with a nasty flu. But Las Pistas Detective Agency can’t afford to lose this case, or they will close down for sure. That’s where Carlos—and you—come in. With the help of his best friend Eliza and her wild little brother Frank, Carlos takes over the investigation. The mystery involves an eccentric local millionaire, who starts receiving death threats. It appears someone wants to get their hands on a buried fortune. However, their search for the culprit is complicated by tricky riddles, cagey suspects, hidden secrets, and dozens of impossible choices. They need your help! In this hilarious, interactive, and puzzle-filled adventure, YOU pick which suspects to interview, which questions to ask, and which clues to follow. Can you help Carlos and his friends figure out who’s sending the death threats, find a lost treasure, and save Las Pistas Detective Agency? Or will it be case closed? You pick the path, you crack the case!


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Carlos Serrano has never solved a mystery in his life. And he’s counting on you to solve his first one. On the morning of a big investigation that would save her failing detective agency, Carlos’s mom gets sick with a nasty flu. But Las Pistas Detective Agency can’t afford to lose this case, or they will close down for sure. That’s where Carlos—and you—come in. With the help Carlos Serrano has never solved a mystery in his life. And he’s counting on you to solve his first one. On the morning of a big investigation that would save her failing detective agency, Carlos’s mom gets sick with a nasty flu. But Las Pistas Detective Agency can’t afford to lose this case, or they will close down for sure. That’s where Carlos—and you—come in. With the help of his best friend Eliza and her wild little brother Frank, Carlos takes over the investigation. The mystery involves an eccentric local millionaire, who starts receiving death threats. It appears someone wants to get their hands on a buried fortune. However, their search for the culprit is complicated by tricky riddles, cagey suspects, hidden secrets, and dozens of impossible choices. They need your help! In this hilarious, interactive, and puzzle-filled adventure, YOU pick which suspects to interview, which questions to ask, and which clues to follow. Can you help Carlos and his friends figure out who’s sending the death threats, find a lost treasure, and save Las Pistas Detective Agency? Or will it be case closed? You pick the path, you crack the case!

30 review for Mystery in the Mansion

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mehsi

    Can you figure out the mystery or will you bump against a dead end? I just adore Choose-Your-Own-Adventures and so I couldn't resist this fun looking book promising tons of mystery. I first made a chart with the help of my fiance, and we had fun finding all the exits and listing them, and then came solving all the puzzles. Yep, there are puzzles and we both went to working on figuring them out. Some were easy, some a bit harder. For one we had to use the help, but the rest we were able to figure Can you figure out the mystery or will you bump against a dead end? I just adore Choose-Your-Own-Adventures and so I couldn't resist this fun looking book promising tons of mystery. I first made a chart with the help of my fiance, and we had fun finding all the exits and listing them, and then came solving all the puzzles. Yep, there are puzzles and we both went to working on figuring them out. Some were easy, some a bit harder. For one we had to use the help, but the rest we were able to figure out on our own. So, chart ready it was time to pick a route (there are 3 main ones) and get to reading. I know, some may think a chart is cheating, but I have noticed I get totally confuzzled when reading these kind of books and just tend to give up after finding one way. So charts it is! I love these books, but there are so many possible ways you get lost. In this one our MC, Carlos, takes on a big big case when his mom falls sick. Things have already been dicey at their home with not much money to spare and a job in danger of falling apart if they don't take this case. Luckily for Carlos' mom Carlos is eager to solve the mystery and he brings with him two friends Eliza and her little (slightly annoying) brother Frank. I first picked one route which mostly didn't involve much treasure hunting and was more about finding the culprit and then coming across the treasure. It was quite an exciting first route to pick and I had fun investigating with Carlos and his friends. Seeing what all the suspects were saying and what clues we could find. And then finding the ending, which of course means that the case is solved and that his mom's detective agency is saved. After that picking a second route, this one with more treasure clues and treasure hunting. I have to say out of the two I liked the second one much more. I love chasing after baddies but treasure hunting and finding clues? So much more fun. I still have one smallish route to follow, I will get to that one later, kind of curious to see what kind of things we will discover in there, oh my! And yes, I haven't read it yet, I know, but the outcome is the same for all the rounds, so it does get a tad boring after reading two out of three. I wasn't a big fan of Frank, but that is because I generally am not a fan of little brothers/sisters tagging along and not having a clue when to shut up. I get that he is a small kid, and he does act perfectly for his age, but still, I just can't stand them. Sorry. I love the friendship between Eliza and Carlos, they made quite the pair and I loved how, when Carlos finally told Eliza about what was going on in his home that she was there for him, and even started supporting him even more (and yes that was possible). Both of them had their strengths that helped them solve this case. I also liked that days could pass. We start at Day 1, but there is also days 2 and 3. The kids have to recover at times from all the things they discovered during the day. You had both good and bad endings. Of course, like any choose your adventure more bad than good ones. I have to say that while I did like some of the bad endings, some were just a bit too ridiculous for me (like the one with Antarctica) and didn't seem to fit the story. Then again, I do want to give thumbs up for being creative with them. You have to come up with something to fill those bad endings and I am sure it isn't easy given how many of them there are. All in all, a highly recommended mystery Choose-Your-Own-Adventure and I cannot wait for the next one to come out, I definitely need more of this. Oh, and if anyone wants the chart, let me know and I will put it up on my blog. <3 Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/

  2. 4 out of 5

    Josiah

    "Time is a fiend, children. It moves faster and faster the older you get." —Guinevere LeCavalier, Mystery in the Mansion, P. 86 When I first heard about Mystery in the Mansion, I was excited. A mainstream children's author writing a gamebook nearly four hundred pages long was almost unprecedented; what innovations would Lauren Magaziner introduce? Young Carlos Serrano is in a tight spot. The Las Pistas Detective Agency has seen a decline in fortune since the owner, Carlos's mother, bungled a big "Time is a fiend, children. It moves faster and faster the older you get." —Guinevere LeCavalier, Mystery in the Mansion, P. 86 When I first heard about Mystery in the Mansion, I was excited. A mainstream children's author writing a gamebook nearly four hundred pages long was almost unprecedented; what innovations would Lauren Magaziner introduce? Young Carlos Serrano is in a tight spot. The Las Pistas Detective Agency has seen a decline in fortune since the owner, Carlos's mother, bungled a big case half a year ago. No one hires her anymore, and the Serranos are in a financial crunch. So it's a godsend when Guinevere LeCavalier, an elderly woman from the posh River Woods neighborhood, contacts Las Pistas for help. She is receiving credible threats on her life, and wants the agency to put a stop to it. This could be the break Carlos's mother needs, but the morning she's scheduled to meet with Mrs. LeCavalier, Carlos's mother awakens with a debilitating cold. She asks him to call her associate detective, but Carlos knows Cole is busy with his own caseload. Carlos sneaks away to meet Mrs. LeCavalier and take the case himself, but does he have it in him to stare down mortal danger and reason through difficult clues like a real gumshoe? Carlos won't be alone as you guide him. His clever friend Eliza, who knows nothing of the Serranos' financial problems, joins the investigation, accompanied by her quirky six-year-old brother Frank. Not long after the trio arrives in River Woods, it's obvious this is no normal case. Guinevere LeCavalier is wildly eccentric; her married daughter, Ivy, has feuded with her for years, but is just now returning to the fold in hopes of reconciliation; ill-tempered Smythe, the butler, is suspiciously opposed to the young detectives exploring the sprawling LeCavalier home; and the neighbor, elderly Patty Schnozzleton, routinely spies on the estate from inside her own mansion. Add a greasy lawyer (Joe Maddock), a shifty landscaper (Otto Paternoster), and others weary of Mrs. LeCavalier's peculiar ways, and the pool of suspects is in no danger of drying up. With three hundred ninety pages of story, Carlos and friends have room to roam. Direct them to interrogate Smythe, Maddock, Ivy, or Guinevere LeCavalier, depending on what your instincts tell you. Which of the suspects are merely irritable, and who holds a grudge deep enough that they might resort to murder? The mansion is spectacular at first sight, but there's more beneath the surface: Mrs. LeCavalier's deceased husband designed it with secret corridors, rooms, and underground tunnels, often featuring built-in puzzles you must solve to gain entry. Mr. LeCavalier was quite a prankster; can you spot his jokes before Carlos gets played? Instead of investigating at the mansion, you could send the detectives to Patty Schnozzleton's house and probe her connection to the threats. A significant portion of the mystery involves her, and there are clues at her residence. Proceed logically, but hurry: if the case isn't solved to Mrs. LeCavalier's satisfaction, the Las Pistas Detective Agency will never regain its luster. Can Carlos, Eliza, and Frank deliver under pressure? Mystery in the Mansion may be too cliché, random, and silly for its own good, but there are things to like. The mansion's atmosphere is superb at times, though the feeling could have been more pervasive. I love that Lauren Magaziner put such creative energy into constructing a gamebook. The Case Closed series is loaded with potential, and I'm as excited for book two as I was for this one. I'd rate The Mystery in the Mansion one and a half stars, but it's enjoyable nonetheless. If you like long, complex gamebooks, this is right up your alley.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Michele Knott

    This is a book you'll book talk and it will need a waiting list for - with choices and mystery and action and puzzles everyone is going to want to read this one! This is a book you'll book talk and it will need a waiting list for - with choices and mystery and action and puzzles everyone is going to want to read this one!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Billie

    Mystery in the Mansion is the first in a series of pick your path and crack the case books. This is a choose-your-own adventure book for children ages 8 - 12. Carlos Serrano, his friend Eliza, and her little brother set out to solve a case for his mother's detective agency. The agency is failing and this is somewhat of a last resort to preserve their family's belongings. The reader will be challenged to uncover the answers. There are many choices and different endings. The reader that enjoys the Mystery in the Mansion is the first in a series of pick your path and crack the case books. This is a choose-your-own adventure book for children ages 8 - 12. Carlos Serrano, his friend Eliza, and her little brother set out to solve a case for his mother's detective agency. The agency is failing and this is somewhat of a last resort to preserve their family's belongings. The reader will be challenged to uncover the answers. There are many choices and different endings. The reader that enjoys the choose your own ending books will surely like this one. I received a complimentary advance reader's edition from Goodreads Giveaways for a review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Beth Loflin

    I received this book as an ARC to read and pass down to my middle school aged kids. What a great fun read. I had so much fun deciding which path to read. The fun of this book is if you have kids that may not want to read, the sections are short, there are a ton of options to chose and they direct the story. The story is really cute about 3 kids that are helping out the main characters mom that has the flu. She leads a detective agency and really needs this case, so her son and his friends take o I received this book as an ARC to read and pass down to my middle school aged kids. What a great fun read. I had so much fun deciding which path to read. The fun of this book is if you have kids that may not want to read, the sections are short, there are a ton of options to chose and they direct the story. The story is really cute about 3 kids that are helping out the main characters mom that has the flu. She leads a detective agency and really needs this case, so her son and his friends take over.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Anubhuti Mahanta

    This is a really good book, only I didn't have enough patience to choose different pathways and solve the case myself. But I'm glad that I began reading after my prolonged reading slump 😊 This is a really good book, only I didn't have enough patience to choose different pathways and solve the case myself. But I'm glad that I began reading after my prolonged reading slump 😊

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus Fairly interesting, and seems to have (it's hard to tell from the E ARC) a "choose-your-own-adventure" element to it. Detective books are a hard sell in my library, so I'm debating. Definitely take a look at it if this author is popular with your readers or detective mysteries without murders do well. On the rare occasion my readers want mysteries in mansions, I am tempted these days (June 2018) to fling John Bellairs at them so I can justify keeping all his titles! E ARC from Edelweiss Plus Fairly interesting, and seems to have (it's hard to tell from the E ARC) a "choose-your-own-adventure" element to it. Detective books are a hard sell in my library, so I'm debating. Definitely take a look at it if this author is popular with your readers or detective mysteries without murders do well. On the rare occasion my readers want mysteries in mansions, I am tempted these days (June 2018) to fling John Bellairs at them so I can justify keeping all his titles!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Briana

    Initial thoughts: I have mixed thoughts on this one. I enjoyed the story, and I enjoyed the writing. Magaziner's work has always been quirky, so connecting with it will always be a taste thing for readers, but I think I liked it even better in this, her fourth book, than in some of her previous work. There are crazy things like ball pits and gross dogs, but it was all fun quirky and not over-the-top or too "trying hard to be quirky," which is a vibe I sometimes get from other middle grade. So, as Initial thoughts: I have mixed thoughts on this one. I enjoyed the story, and I enjoyed the writing. Magaziner's work has always been quirky, so connecting with it will always be a taste thing for readers, but I think I liked it even better in this, her fourth book, than in some of her previous work. There are crazy things like ball pits and gross dogs, but it was all fun quirky and not over-the-top or too "trying hard to be quirky," which is a vibe I sometimes get from other middle grade. So, as a novel, this is possibly my favorite book by Magaziner yet. She just gets better and better. However, as a choose-your-own adventure, I'm not sure. At the beginning, it didn't seem to matter which path I chose because I had to cover all the choices anyway. Once the choices diverged, I think I finished the book and solved the mystery in like 10 minutes. From flipping around, it looks as if I could have taken a different path to solve the mystery...but I'm not sure I would find this interesting if, in either case, I have solved the mystery and the outcome isn't really different. Perhaps my reading is colored because I just read the adult choose-your-own-adventure romance, My Lady's Choosing, which has tons and tons of really very different paths and outcomes. Either way, I'm sure this is a book that will be a big hit with the target audience.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Linus

    I died in the book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    paperbackforest

    I liked it but my ending because it is a pick your own adventure story was so weird. I liked the mystery but the end and I didn’t even know if I had finished the book or not

  11. 4 out of 5

    Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)

    Case Closed is a fun little middle grade book that is a choose your own adventure mystery. You ask the questions and decide what to do and hope that you can figure it out and solve the crime.  Carlos has no clue how to solve a mystery but when his mother gets a really bad cold he decides to try and get to the bottom of one of her cases with the help of a couple friends. His mom owns a detective agency and she tells him to tell her partner to take the case but he is busy with his own case. Carlos Case Closed is a fun little middle grade book that is a choose your own adventure mystery. You ask the questions and decide what to do and hope that you can figure it out and solve the crime.  Carlos has no clue how to solve a mystery but when his mother gets a really bad cold he decides to try and get to the bottom of one of her cases with the help of a couple friends. His mom owns a detective agency and she tells him to tell her partner to take the case but he is busy with his own case. Carlos and his mom really need the money so they go to the mansion of a  eccentric local millionaire who tells them she has been receiving death threats.  You have several suspects as it could be her butler, or the neighbor next door or even her own daughter. There is also talk of a treasure so you must decide who to talk to, or which question to ask and hope you don't get a door slammed in your face. (happened to me once...lol) I thought this was fun as I have always liked these kind of stories and it being a mystery was even better. I did think it strange that the old lady didn't seem to think that much of three kids being sent to solve her case but then there wouldn't be a story...lol.  I think it will be cute for young readers who like mysteries. It has a few puzzles in it to solve to help you along the way.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lorie Barber

    What an interesting concept: a choose-your-path mystery that had me flipping around all over the book, with some puzzles to solve along the way to keep you moving. I can’t imagine who’s difficult this must have been to write, with the kids attempting so many well-thought out strategies and coming up short. Only downside: I wasn’t too fond of Eliza’s little brother - he seemed superfluous and a bit annoying. I kept rolling my eyes at him like Carlos did. Alas, I am not the demographic and the kid What an interesting concept: a choose-your-path mystery that had me flipping around all over the book, with some puzzles to solve along the way to keep you moving. I can’t imagine who’s difficult this must have been to write, with the kids attempting so many well-thought out strategies and coming up short. Only downside: I wasn’t too fond of Eliza’s little brother - he seemed superfluous and a bit annoying. I kept rolling my eyes at him like Carlos did. Alas, I am not the demographic and the kids will probably think he’s hilarious! Carlos’ family struggle and Eliza’s brains and loyalty are all things kids can relate to. A definite add to my classroom library for this uniquely-written mystery!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Cande

    what a mess. disappointing endings, boring mystery, and underdeveloped characters. this book had so much potential, but the writing really ruined it for me.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Cannon

    I thoroughly enjoyed Lauren Magaziner’s new middle grade mystery, Case Closed! Mystery at the Mansion. The book was clever and suspenseful, reminding me of a Nancy Drew computer game. I wanted to read possible ending in the choose-your-own novel, and I would like read the next book in the series. When Carlos’ mom comes down with the flu the morning her new case begins, this plucky tween decides it’s up to him to solve the case and save the Las Pistas detective agency. Together with his intelligen I thoroughly enjoyed Lauren Magaziner’s new middle grade mystery, Case Closed! Mystery at the Mansion. The book was clever and suspenseful, reminding me of a Nancy Drew computer game. I wanted to read possible ending in the choose-your-own novel, and I would like read the next book in the series. When Carlos’ mom comes down with the flu the morning her new case begins, this plucky tween decides it’s up to him to solve the case and save the Las Pistas detective agency. Together with his intelligent friend Eliza and her goofy little brother Frank, Carlos investigates who might be sending Guinevere LeCavalier death threats. The reader gets to choose where to look for clues, who to talk to, and what to do when the situation gets scary. Guinevere LeCavalier originally hired the Las Pistas when someone started setting up death threats in her expensive mansion, asking for her husband’s “secret treasure.” Mrs. LeCavalier is terrified for her life, and she is willing to meet the person’s demands, if only she knew where her clever husband hid the treasure. As the young team search for a lead, they discover that the case is more complicated—dangerous—than they previously thought. Guinevere is a snobby rich lady who has stepped on a few toes over the years, earning herself a lot of enemies. Her husband passed away recently, but left a fortune for his family to find, only giving them a few clues. The gang discovers that Mr. Cavalier has a son from a previous marriage, who Guinevere attempted to estrange from the family, and a daughter named Ivy, whom she left out of her will. Other possible suspects who have access to the mansion and may have set up the threats include Smythe, Guinevere’s distempered butler, and Otto, her nosy gardener. Mrs. LeCavalier has hired a suspicious-looking lawyer named Maddock, and a neighbor named Mrs. Schnozzleton spends all her time spying on the mansion. The kids learn that Mrs. Schnozzleton has declared herself Mrs. LeCavalier’s enemy since the two had a fight, and several of the other suspects have teamed up with the other millionaire. Readers must choose carefully as the characters are very easily offended, and the LeCavalier mansion has dangerous tunnels and trapdoors. One wrong move may persuade Guinevere to fire Carlos and his friends, or send the kids to their death. To find the treasure, the reader must solve a series of logical puzzles before the crook beats them to it. Snakes, crocodiles, and other carefully-set traps await. Magaziner tells this scary tale with humor and wit, so readers can expect to be glued to this book all night long!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    The concept of this book was so brilliant that I shouted aloud when I first read about it. A choose-your-own-adventure-type mystery? YES PLEASE. Mystery stories are inherently interactive, but this takes it to an entirely new level, because the book itself becomes a game. The plot is exciting, fast-paced and fun, with a host of intriguing characters and clues that keep readers going back again and again to explore new avenues and see the other places the story could lead. An added bonus is all t The concept of this book was so brilliant that I shouted aloud when I first read about it. A choose-your-own-adventure-type mystery? YES PLEASE. Mystery stories are inherently interactive, but this takes it to an entirely new level, because the book itself becomes a game. The plot is exciting, fast-paced and fun, with a host of intriguing characters and clues that keep readers going back again and again to explore new avenues and see the other places the story could lead. An added bonus is all the clever puzzles to complete along the way. For my own copy I worked in pencil so I could erase and preserve the fun, but if you're adding the book to your classroom library here's a pro-tip from a teacher friend: Make copies of any of the pencil-and-paper puzzles and include them in a folder along with the book. That way your students can work the puzzles without leaving any leftover hints on the pages. As an educator, I had so many ideas of how I could use this book in a classroom: mini-lessons on metacognitive reading strategies, math integration, pre-writing and organization, and even using CASE CLOSED as a mentor text for other types of projects. (Ex: If the class is studying the causes of the Revolutionary War, students could use this story structure to play out other possible historical outcomes had the founders made different choices.) This book is just such a fabulous springboard for thinking and learning. Innovative, fun, and deliciously clever, this is a surefire winner that will engage readers deeply and keep them coming back again and again. I cannot wait for Book 2!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Avery Elise

    This book has to have been one of the best "Choose Your Own Adventure" style books I have ever read. I love interactive books, and I am always searching for more. When I came across Mystery in the Mansion, I just knew I had to try it. This book exceded all of my expectations. I loved how it was full of twists and turns, and how each part you read brought a little more to the story. The puzzles had to have been my favorite part, though. They added something extra to the story. I also enjoyed the This book has to have been one of the best "Choose Your Own Adventure" style books I have ever read. I love interactive books, and I am always searching for more. When I came across Mystery in the Mansion, I just knew I had to try it. This book exceded all of my expectations. I loved how it was full of twists and turns, and how each part you read brought a little more to the story. The puzzles had to have been my favorite part, though. They added something extra to the story. I also enjoyed the length of this book. Most "Choose Your Own Adventure" books are short stories or novellas, but Mystery in the Mansion was a full 300+ page novel. Because of the length, there are so many different endings and paths. It was so fun trying out each choice and seeing where it led me. Overall, Mystery in the Mansion is an incredible book that will take you through a intriguing mystery you'll want to read again and again.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Linda Munro

    Yep, I read another Juvenile Fiction! Yep, I enj9oyed it! I wouldn’t read so many juvenile books if they made fun books like this for adults! Carlos Serrano may not be a Private Investigator, but his mother is! When a big investigation, necessary to keep his mother’s agency afloat arrives, his mother falls ill with a bad case of the flu. Carlos knows that his mother needs to solve this case and even though he has never solved a mystery in his life, he is about to attempt to do just that. Carlos c Yep, I read another Juvenile Fiction! Yep, I enj9oyed it! I wouldn’t read so many juvenile books if they made fun books like this for adults! Carlos Serrano may not be a Private Investigator, but his mother is! When a big investigation, necessary to keep his mother’s agency afloat arrives, his mother falls ill with a bad case of the flu. Carlos knows that his mother needs to solve this case and even though he has never solved a mystery in his life, he is about to attempt to do just that. Carlos cannot do this alone! He needs a little help so he enlist his best friend Eliza which means he also gets her wild child younger brother too. To be successful, Carlos needs one additional person to help, A READER. The mystery; an eccentric local millionaire who is receiving death threats; Carlos and crew must discover who is making the threats and why the threats are being made. Some things seem clear cut, but the reader must choose the correct direction to progress throughout the book; the wrong choice will end the book without solving the mystery. Of course, there are also riddles and puzzles to be solved and a strange cast of characters who may or may not be involved. I love interactive books, but I truly do not recall ever having read any such book during my youth!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    Kids will love being in control of this "pick your path" novel. Readers will enjoy solving the mystery of who is sending an eccentric millionaire, Guinevere LeCavalier, death threats with choices they have to make- which clues to follow, who to interview, and figuring out answers to clever puzzles. There are countless twists and turns and hilarious consequences. What I love most is that there are several different plot lines readers can follow to find the culprit and you want to read them all! A Kids will love being in control of this "pick your path" novel. Readers will enjoy solving the mystery of who is sending an eccentric millionaire, Guinevere LeCavalier, death threats with choices they have to make- which clues to follow, who to interview, and figuring out answers to clever puzzles. There are countless twists and turns and hilarious consequences. What I love most is that there are several different plot lines readers can follow to find the culprit and you want to read them all! As a teacher, I love how the character, Eliza, guides students through the puzzles, if needed. Rather than giving the child the answer, the author creatively narrates the thinking process of how to solve the puzzle. Case Closed takes Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library to the next level. The reader, not the characters in the book, solves the puzzles! This book is great for all students- kids that love to read, kids that love math and puzzles, kids that play interactive games, and even reluctant readers! Case Closed: Mystery in the Mansion makes reading FUN! I can't wait for book 2 and 3!!!!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Meg McGregor

    When I was teaching, I had a month long unit on the Choose Your Own Adventure series! I bought over 100 of the books, had created a Powerpoint Presentation about them and their importance in literature, and created a worksheet so that the students could map out their adventures. It was always fun for me to see how these books encouraged my 6th Graders to want to read more! I think this book is definitely going to encourage the reader to take many adventures! I had to read the story 8 times !! befo When I was teaching, I had a month long unit on the Choose Your Own Adventure series! I bought over 100 of the books, had created a Powerpoint Presentation about them and their importance in literature, and created a worksheet so that the students could map out their adventures. It was always fun for me to see how these books encouraged my 6th Graders to want to read more! I think this book is definitely going to encourage the reader to take many adventures! I had to read the story 8 times !! before I made it to the ending I preferred! We found out who the culprit was, saved an important person in the story, and saved "Mom's" detective agency! I don't know if I would make that good of a detective as I kept making wrong decisions! But that is how we learn! I admire the author's use of puzzles and word games throughout the book. I am embarrassed to say I had to ask for help with solving some of them! I look forward to reading more by this author!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Akhilesh

    I read the book Case Closed by Lauren Magaziner. In the book Carlos, Eliza who is Carlos’ best friend, and Eliza’s brother Frank are trying to solve the LeCavalier case. Carlos’ mom, the head of a detective agency, is sick and her partner is working on another case so the kids take it into their own hands. The group wanted to solve the LeCavalier case because the pay would be very high for Carlos’ mom, who was in debt. There were a lot of puzzles which were hard to solve on the way to the soluti I read the book Case Closed by Lauren Magaziner. In the book Carlos, Eliza who is Carlos’ best friend, and Eliza’s brother Frank are trying to solve the LeCavalier case. Carlos’ mom, the head of a detective agency, is sick and her partner is working on another case so the kids take it into their own hands. The group wanted to solve the LeCavalier case because the pay would be very high for Carlos’ mom, who was in debt. There were a lot of puzzles which were hard to solve on the way to the solution. The best part about the book was that it was a challenging mystery, and you don’t know who was the real criminal until the end. The only bad part was that it took a long time to get to the real solution. All in all, this book was very interesting and fun to read.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth S

    I think I read the whole thing. It is hard to be 100% sure with a choose-your-own-adventure style book. The choose-your-own part was very well done--not at all like the generic, short paperbacks from my youth. The story was so-so, characters quite bland. Frank, the younger brother, is the humor/randomizer of the group. It is fun to hear him come up with so many completely random things to say and do. But everything he says is shouted and has an exclamation point. And he is consistently weird and I think I read the whole thing. It is hard to be 100% sure with a choose-your-own-adventure style book. The choose-your-own part was very well done--not at all like the generic, short paperbacks from my youth. The story was so-so, characters quite bland. Frank, the younger brother, is the humor/randomizer of the group. It is fun to hear him come up with so many completely random things to say and do. But everything he says is shouted and has an exclamation point. And he is consistently weird and loud. Gets rather mundane. Be sure to devise a system for keeping track of where you've been and what different choices you might make next time.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Engel Dreizehn

    That was fun and one of the most sophisticated choose your own adventures I have ever read in a long time! Yes, you have kid detectives on the case who are aware they are in over their heads in a fiendish caper plus clues that guide the reader to somewhat "correct" choices and some clever puzzles (with a hint system of sorts). I admit I did get a "bad" ending on the first read then "time travel" back to previous crossroads to try another path + hopefully get a "good" ending. I'm surprised and de That was fun and one of the most sophisticated choose your own adventures I have ever read in a long time! Yes, you have kid detectives on the case who are aware they are in over their heads in a fiendish caper plus clues that guide the reader to somewhat "correct" choices and some clever puzzles (with a hint system of sorts). I admit I did get a "bad" ending on the first read then "time travel" back to previous crossroads to try another path + hopefully get a "good" ending. I'm surprised and delighted while flipping to specific pages that there are many possible paths and outcomes, so lots of re-read value.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Finn Driffill

    Mystery in the Mansion is a fun book where someone is threatening Guinevere LeCavelier's life, and Eliza, Frank, and Carlos have to find out who it is before they actually do those death threats. Every few pages there are choices you need to make as far as solving the mystery. You will be directed to a different page where the story continues, and if you make a poor choice, then "Case Closed." I kind of like it when Carlos' mom talks funny because she's sick. If you like mystery books, you'll pr Mystery in the Mansion is a fun book where someone is threatening Guinevere LeCavelier's life, and Eliza, Frank, and Carlos have to find out who it is before they actually do those death threats. Every few pages there are choices you need to make as far as solving the mystery. You will be directed to a different page where the story continues, and if you make a poor choice, then "Case Closed." I kind of like it when Carlos' mom talks funny because she's sick. If you like mystery books, you'll probably like this one. If you like choose-your-own-adventure, this is a good example of the genre.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Maddie WHALEY GON GETCHA

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Ok, so this was probably a thumbs down. Here is my reason. There are weird endings, like someone stuffing your mouth with peanut butter and marshmallows to keep you from talking, so they can drive you to an evil lair to be a servant. Also, no matter what you try, you usually end up in the same place, which is annoying. I usually like interactive stories. I did not like this one. Yah great author and stuff, but personally I think she should be a really little kids story writer. Like she does mwahaha Ok, so this was probably a thumbs down. Here is my reason. There are weird endings, like someone stuffing your mouth with peanut butter and marshmallows to keep you from talking, so they can drive you to an evil lair to be a servant. Also, no matter what you try, you usually end up in the same place, which is annoying. I usually like interactive stories. I did not like this one. Yah great author and stuff, but personally I think she should be a really little kids story writer. Like she does mwahahahahahaha in her book and this is for middle schoolers sooooo, yah I didn’t like this book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Krissy Neddo

    Hand out a bookmark when the kids check this one out! Holy cow did I lost my spot everytime I stopped reading. Had to flip through the book to find the last puzzle clue I remembered. :) I liked the puzzles and so will the kids who like our Breakout games. I was not motivated to read a different path after I finished the one I followed (successfully to a positive ending). Kids may want to especially if they keep hitting dead ends. I personally found Frank's antics over the top and annoying. Hand out a bookmark when the kids check this one out! Holy cow did I lost my spot everytime I stopped reading. Had to flip through the book to find the last puzzle clue I remembered. :) I liked the puzzles and so will the kids who like our Breakout games. I was not motivated to read a different path after I finished the one I followed (successfully to a positive ending). Kids may want to especially if they keep hitting dead ends. I personally found Frank's antics over the top and annoying.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Anwita

    Lauren Magaziner's books are all amazing. I love the choose your own path. Not since I was a child have I had this much fun reading a book! It is definitely a book that all kids will love as it puts the direction of the plot in the reader's hands. Solving the puzzles engages the readers and really gets them invested in the story's outcome. Each path has twists and turns that keep readers involved. Can't wait for book #2! So happy they made this a series. Lauren Magaziner's books are all amazing. I love the choose your own path. Not since I was a child have I had this much fun reading a book! It is definitely a book that all kids will love as it puts the direction of the plot in the reader's hands. Solving the puzzles engages the readers and really gets them invested in the story's outcome. Each path has twists and turns that keep readers involved. Can't wait for book #2! So happy they made this a series.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Krysta

    The author has a very unique sense of humor, which I don't share. Others, perhaps, may find it delightfully quirky. It's also worth noting that the book contains riddles and puzzles, some of which readers are supposed to write on. This isn't ideal for a library book, either for the library or for patrons. (Presumably children aren't going to photocopy the book just to solve a puzzle.) I'm not sure how the e-book version is supposed to work because of this. The author has a very unique sense of humor, which I don't share. Others, perhaps, may find it delightfully quirky. It's also worth noting that the book contains riddles and puzzles, some of which readers are supposed to write on. This isn't ideal for a library book, either for the library or for patrons. (Presumably children aren't going to photocopy the book just to solve a puzzle.) I'm not sure how the e-book version is supposed to work because of this.

  28. 5 out of 5

    exncgal

    My 8yo and I really enjoyed this! We did cheat a bit (checking for dead ends before committing to a course of action), but we liked the story and the puzzles. Well done! My only criticism is that the path we took to the solution skipped some of the puzzles... we would have liked to be able to do all of them, even just for fun after solving the case. (Unfortunately the book was due back to the library!)

  29. 5 out of 5

    Monica

    I read two different versions of this "pick your path" mystery. The first one ended so abruptly, and I was sad that I didn't get to solve the mystery or solve any puzzles! The second one took me on a little longer journey where I got to solve a puzzle and attempt to solve the mystery. I was so wrong, that I ruined the main characters life! Oops! LOL Anyways, it was a fun reminder of how much I loved "Choose Your Own Adventure" books as a kid. I'll read the next Case Closed, for sure! I read two different versions of this "pick your path" mystery. The first one ended so abruptly, and I was sad that I didn't get to solve the mystery or solve any puzzles! The second one took me on a little longer journey where I got to solve a puzzle and attempt to solve the mystery. I was so wrong, that I ruined the main characters life! Oops! LOL Anyways, it was a fun reminder of how much I loved "Choose Your Own Adventure" books as a kid. I'll read the next Case Closed, for sure!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nicolas Fitzgerald

    This book is really interesting. This wasn't the fun kids read I expected. It's a choose-your-own-adventure book. As I was reading, I wanted to see one of the cases closed. I flipped to a page, (view spoiler)[where Otto (the criminal who has been sending death threats) pushes Carlos off a bridge, where he plunges into the water and is eaten by an alligator. (hide spoiler)] Even though there were some scary cases closed, I still really liked this book, and I think you would too. This book is really interesting. This wasn't the fun kids read I expected. It's a choose-your-own-adventure book. As I was reading, I wanted to see one of the cases closed. I flipped to a page, (view spoiler)[where Otto (the criminal who has been sending death threats) pushes Carlos off a bridge, where he plunges into the water and is eaten by an alligator. (hide spoiler)] Even though there were some scary cases closed, I still really liked this book, and I think you would too.

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