I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Case Closed: Mystery in the Mansion by Lauren Magaziner
Genres: Middle Grade, Mystery
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on August 14, 2018
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!
Here is what I thought
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.