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The Winterhouse Mysteries: Winterhouse, Book 3

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Last spooky vacation at Winterhouse is well worth the visit.

Book Ben Guterson Mystery 2019
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This delightful, puzzle-filled, and slightly spooky mystery series finale does what all books set in fantastic places do: makes you sad to leave, even if the ending satisfies. And the ending does satisfy, though The Winterhouse Mysteries tries to tie up every loose end a little too neatly. It's hard not to be jealous of Elizabeth for getting to live at a hotel in her own room, with a massive library down the hall, a candy factory downstairs, and unique entertainment in the dining hall every night. Kids will want to look up Tuvan throat singing and what a lithophone sounds like. They will also enjoy solving more word puzzles with Elizabeth and her friend, Freddy.

The mystery builds well, thanks to a big cast of quirky characters who could all be involved in trying to help the resident vengeful ghost. Lots of little things add up: a missing book, rumblings in the dining room, and a parrot who knows just when to shout the ghost's name to give you the willies. And why on earth did Elizabeth steal that puzzle piece? All is revealed in the end. It's hard to say good-bye to Winterhouse and its mysteries, but it was a magical vacation while it lasted.

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