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Maisy and the Mystery Manor (The Maisy Files) (Volume 3) Paperback – October 15, 2015
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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Elizabeth Woodrum has created another exciting Maisy adventure that will appeal to young readers and young sleuths. She has written a story with real-life characters and seemingly real situations. Maisy is a very loveable character, as is her friend Veronica. The descriptive passages help lead the reader through the mystery, and the private peeks into Maisy's sleuthing file notes help the reader relate to the young detective and how her mind works. By adding a second mystery to the first, the author creates more drama and excitement, allowing the reader to actually feel the fear of the young detectives, because, yes, even though the young detectives are clever and can solve mysteries, they are still young and do demonstrate fear in different, unusual situations.
This is an exciting read and will certainly be appreciated by young readers, even those who don't aspire to be detectives. The main character, Maisy, is definitely more realistic than Nancy Drew and the situations more interesting. A great read and an excellent middle grade mystery novel.
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Well, you put on your branch new trench-coat, don your trademark fedora, and proceed to show everyone around you just why you're the coolest, smartest nine-year-old detective today.
I have read all three stories in Elizabeth Woodrum's Maisy Files, and I've loved them all. How can anyone not love Maisy, the stalwart preteen with a keen intellect that's matched only by her love for cherry lollipops.
In this installment, Maisy's parents have treated her to a family mystery weekend at a spooky old house in the middle of nowhere, where she and her friend Veronica must solve a scripted mystery before a host of other kids who also want to test their mettle. But in addition to the expected, Maisy turns up clues that are decidedly unexpected, a mystery that lies beneath the one she came to solve - one that may indicate that their mystery house is actually haunted!
As usual, Ms. Woodrum's writing style is engaging and smart, allowing Maisy to solve problems on her own without being handed the answers by grown-ups. Maisy is charming, and adorable, and a definite role model for girls her age. So if you love MG mysteries or have kids that do, for Pete's sake, pick up any or all of Maisy's adventures! You'll be glad you did!
In all, this series is a lot of fun. It's well written and developed and Maisy is such an awesome character that girls can aspire to be like. My son is eagerly hoping we see more mysteries being solved by her, though he did say he wanted to see a boy helping her out ;) Lol.
We have a new narrator for this edition and I have to say that I prefer her than the other one. Amy Rubinate did a more natural performance and we enjoyed listening to this more.
But that isn't the only mystery of this house. There's something odd going on and Maisy is going to figure out what. She's a persistent one for sure.
This was my favorite of the three. I am well aware that I'm not the target audience for this series - I'm too old - but I can't wait to read them to my niece. Any kid would immediately be drawn to Maisy and her earnest desire to find the truth. There's something so sweet in these books that makes me glad I gave them a chance.
But, of course, this wasn’t a real case like the missing mice or the stolen money. But kids would enjoy the mystery.