the puzzler's mansionThe third installment in Eric Berlin’s The Puzzling World of Winston Breen series is the best yet. The Puzzler’s Mansion, follows 8th grader Winston, along with his two best friends, Mal and Jake, to the mansion of a famous musician for a weekend of, well, puzzles of course.

The Puzzler’s Mansion is rated a Buy It!

Along with a slew of guests (all rather well-developed characters), Winston steps into an old-fashioned Agatha Christie whodunit. When valuable items begin to go missing, everyone becomes a suspect, including Winston and his friends. In a mansion with a two-story library, a music room, and its own movie theater, Winston and his friends have to maneuver through hidden passages and garden mazes to make their way out of this one.

Like the two previous Winston Breen novels (The Puzzling World of Winston Breen, and The Potato Chip Puzzles, both of which you probably should read first), this book contains numerous puzzles and brain teasers throughout. Some require the use of a pencil and paper, while others just require a keen mind. This unique aspect of the series has always made reading time a bit more exciting. As always, all of the answers are in the back of the book, and you can print out all of the puzzles at http://www.winstonbreen.com should you not want to mark up the original text(which you certainly shouldn’t do, because you know your younger brother might want to read it some day).

Book Information:

  • Reading Level: Grade 4-5
  • Interest: Age 7-12
  • Pages: 225
  • Pictures: None, but there are one or two puzzles per chapter
  • Main Characters: Three 8th grade boys
  • Genre: Adventure, Mystery, Suspense, Puzzle (is puzzle a genre? it is now), Fiction