Feb 24, 2014

Early Reader Review -- Hocus Pocus Hotel: The Thirteenth Mystery by Michael Dahl

Hocus Pocus Hotel: The Thirteenth Mystery by Michael Dahl
Series: Hocus Pocus Hotel #3
Publisher: Capstone Publishing
Publication Date: March 1, 2014

Format: Ebook
Source: Netgalley and Capstone Publishing for review

Goodreads Synopsis:

Abracadabra, the founder of the Hocus Pocus Hotel has vanished! Charlie Hitchcock and Tyler Yu team up again to solve this mystery and find their friend. As the boys continue to search for clues, and as Annie Solo, a desk clerk at the hotel, helps them out, the last thing they expect happens. Tyler vanishes. But Charlie has reason to believe that a mysterious thirteenth floor exists in the old hotel...

For ages 9-12. Final book in the Hocus Pocus Hotel trilogy.

I received Hocus Pocus Hotel #1 back when I started blogging from the ArmChair BEA events and so when I saw #3 on Netgalley I wanted to read it even though I had skipped the second one. You and your kids will be happy to know that you can read this book without having read the second one in the series, however I would not recommend just grabbing this one as the first book.

Book three begins and the reader is whisked into a mystery to solve, Mr. Brack has gone missing. Charlie and Ty are determined to find out what happened to him but mysterious things keep happening as they progress in the case. 

Charlie is a clever, smart, and nerdy character, but very good at deduction and a a great person to have on your side in a good mystery. Ty is more of the brute but also wants to find clues as to what happened. In this story we also get some female characters, Annie and Cozette. Annie is a wonderful addition to the team and Cozette is new to the hotel and was more preoccupied with the famous magicians in the hotel than the mystery at hand. 

I think this series (what I have read of it at least) is wonderful. The books are on the shorter side, with pictures, and the chapters are short as well. I think any young reader would love to read these books. I would strongly recommend to younger boy readers, as the main characters are male and the magicians and mystery may enhance their reading experience.

Wonderful, fun read!


  1. I am curious if this author is related to Roald Dahl> It sounds like cute little series. I am going to remember it for my kids. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I too had this thought! Either way they are great books for kids!

  2. I was curious to see if this author is related to Roald Dahl too! I tried to Google it but didn't find anything.