Mystery in the Mansion (Case Closed #1)

Mystery in the Mansion (Case Closed #1)

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 ...

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Title:Mystery in the Mansion (Case Closed #1)
Author:Lauren Magaziner
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Genres:Childrens
ISBN:0062676296
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:400 pages pages

Mystery in the Mansion (Case Closed #1) Reviews

  • Lorie Barber
    Jun 26, 2018
    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 strate...
  • Sarvenaz Tash
    Oct 01, 2018
    An absolute delight from start to finish...and start to finish and start to finish (because I failed the case several [hilarious] times and had to keep going back). If you know any middle grade readers who love mysteries and puzzles, as well as laughing, GET THEM THIS BOOK! ...
  • Elizabeth S
    Sep 12, 2018
    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 ...
  • Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
    May 09, 2018
    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 d...
  • Krissy Neddo
    Aug 22, 2018
    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...
  • Ms. Yingling
    Jun 09, 2018
    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...
  • Katie Lawrence
    Sep 06, 2018
    This was a lot of fun! I love the idea of a choose your own adventure detective story and all the puzzles too! Sometimes the results of choices didn?t make a lot of sense to me, which could be frustrating for some readers. Overall great fun though! I love the interactive element with...
  • Meredith
    Oct 21, 2018
    Not for me, but might work for my kids. I wish Frank had stayed home. ...
  • Lee Ann
    Oct 27, 2018
    The fact that my 8 yo son has not stopped reading this is testimony that for this age group it?s an amazing book. He finishes the case and then goes back and takes a different path. He cannot wait for the next one in the series. ...
  • Tori Samar
    Sep 05, 2018
    I think this book would be pretty enjoyable for its intended audience, and even a good choice for reluctant readers because of the "Choose Your Own Adventure" element. However, the writing is nothing spectacular. ...
  • Michele Knott
    Aug 19, 2018
    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! ...
  • Joseph Dubey
    Sep 21, 2018
    A very well written mystery for youngsters. The only thing I didn't like was the choose your own way thru the book. I hated flipping from the middle, to the end, to the beginning. Thank God for Frank.He was the best characterin the whole book. Wish it had been written like a regular my...
  • Briana
    Oct 14, 2018
    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 ...
  • Krysta
    Sep 26, 2018
    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...
  • Kat
    Dec 04, 2018
    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 e...
  • Lisa Lewis
    Apr 08, 2018
    Case Closed- Mystery in the Mansion took me back to books of my childhood- the Choose Your Own Adventure Books. I think children will enjoy the math and puzzles and have fun going back to make different choices. I must admit, it took it many tries to solve the mystery! ...
  • Sarah
    Aug 18, 2018
    I am so glad this author has brought back the "choose your own adventure" format. I predict this will be a popular choice with my third graders in the fall, and I am happy to see a second book is planned. ...
  • exncgal
    Oct 01, 2018
    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 ...
  • Alivia
    Aug 14, 2018
    Pretty solid, solvable puzzles from what I saw. I liked that your best friend could give you hints. The writing is meh though, and I don't know if it's because it's a Choose Your Own Adventure book or if the writer is simply meh. Either way, it was a fun puzzle book. ...
  • Roxanne
    Aug 06, 2018
    This is a Goodreads win review. This is the book I have read in a mystery where the reader picks their path to crack a case. So depending on what the reader picks to follow is turns into an adventure book. This is great for middle school kids or even a little younger. ...
  • Monica
    Nov 06, 2018
    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. ...
  • Terry Pearson
    Sep 06, 2018
    Thank you to the publisher for the free advanced readers copy. If I were a middle grader again, this is the sort of book I would be bringing home from the library. It?s fun because you get to pick and chose the adventure and it isn?t bogged down by lengthy chapters. I?ve ra...
  • Robin
    Sep 02, 2018
    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 cl...
  • Billie
    Jul 12, 2018
    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 ...
  • Rachel Cannon
    Oct 08, 2018
    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 i...
  • Tricia Maloney
    Aug 25, 2018
    This book reminded me of the "choose your own ending" books I read as a child (yes, I am an adult). I thought the book was well-crafted and had a lovely humorous twist. It took me several tries before I actually got to the end. ...
  • WHALE WHALEY GON GETCHA
    Sep 22, 2018
    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 ...
  • Beth Loflin
    Jul 22, 2018
    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 ...
  • Anwita
    Sep 06, 2018
    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 reader...
  • Skylar
    Nov 29, 2018
    PICK YOUR PATH CRACK THE CASE Reading this book was a lot of fun. Choosing my own path was a new experience for me. I enjoyed the book. What I liked was even the bad endings were fun. I became a dog. And then became evil. And then... I'll stop before I spoil too much. ...