Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Review - Hocus Pocus Hotel: The Thirteenth Mystery

Hocus Pocus Hotel: The Thirteenth Mystery
By Michael Dahl
Illustrator: Lisa K. Weber
Publisher: Capstone Young Readers
Pub. Date: March 1, 2014
ISBN: 978-1434265098
Pages: 214


Arriving in bookstores earlier this month is the third and final book in the Hocus Pocus Hotel trilogy.  I enjoyed reading the first two books in the series, so I was eager to read third installment from author Michael Dahl.

Charlie Hitchcock is pulled out of class by his so-called friend, Tyler Yu, because the magician, Abracadabra, is missing. Abracadabra, or as his friends call him, Brack, is a famous magician that owns the Abracadabra Hotel, and occasionally he does have a habit of faking his death.

Tyler Yu, along with his parents, lives and works at the hotel. Though he isn't exactly friends with Charlie Hitchcock, they do get together to solve the strange mysteries hidden in the hotel. And once again Tyler needs Charlie's help in finding out what happened to Brack.

Along for adventure this time is the desk clerk, Annie Solo, and another employee, Cozette, both are part of the school-to-work program. The team must deal with a few other magicians and solve a few magic tricks, which will lead them to the mysterious 13th floor.

While I'm a little sad to learn this is the final book in the series, I enjoyed reading every exciting chapter. Author Michael Dahl knows how to write a fun novel for middle graders that has several twists and turns. I've never been into magic, but I did like the way the Charlie and his pals figured out the tricks in the book. Overall, Hocus Pocus Hotel: The Thirteenth Mystery is in an exciting mystery tale that both kids and adults will enjoy reading.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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