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Danger, intrigue, and the power of family combine in this fast-paced conclusion to the Winterhouse middle grade trilogy. Its springtime at Winterhouse and Elizabeth is settling into the joyful chaos of her new home. But it isnt long before she and Freddy are drawn into an ominous new mystery. Guests at the hotel start behaving oddly, and Elizabeths powers manifest in Danger, intrigue, and the power of family combine in this fast-paced conclusion to the Winterhouse middle grade trilogy. It’s springtime at Winterhouse and Elizabeth is settling into the joyful chaos of her new home. But it isn’t long before she and Freddy are drawn into an ominous new mystery. Guests at the hotel start behaving oddly, and Elizabeth’s powers manifest in thrilling—sometimes frightening—new ways. As unnatural tremors shake the foundations of Winterhouse, Elizabeth hears cries for help from Gracella Winters, a villain she’d thought dead and gone for good. Elizabeth’s discovery of a rare book containing secrets of an ancient ritual leads to a tragic realization: someone at the hotel is trying to help Gracella rise again. Can Elizabeth and Freddy banish these threats and protect the future of Winterhouse once and for all?


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Danger, intrigue, and the power of family combine in this fast-paced conclusion to the Winterhouse middle grade trilogy. Its springtime at Winterhouse and Elizabeth is settling into the joyful chaos of her new home. But it isnt long before she and Freddy are drawn into an ominous new mystery. Guests at the hotel start behaving oddly, and Elizabeths powers manifest in Danger, intrigue, and the power of family combine in this fast-paced conclusion to the Winterhouse middle grade trilogy. It’s springtime at Winterhouse and Elizabeth is settling into the joyful chaos of her new home. But it isn’t long before she and Freddy are drawn into an ominous new mystery. Guests at the hotel start behaving oddly, and Elizabeth’s powers manifest in thrilling—sometimes frightening—new ways. As unnatural tremors shake the foundations of Winterhouse, Elizabeth hears cries for help from Gracella Winters, a villain she’d thought dead and gone for good. Elizabeth’s discovery of a rare book containing secrets of an ancient ritual leads to a tragic realization: someone at the hotel is trying to help Gracella rise again. Can Elizabeth and Freddy banish these threats and protect the future of Winterhouse once and for all?

30 review for The Winterhouse Mysteries

  1. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    I really enjoyed this series as a whole. This book took awhile to get into the plot a little drawn out. Included more word puzzles which was fun. Good overcomes the evil. Would read the series again.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Blouch

    Absolutely LOVE this trilogy...what a terrific ending! (At least I think it is the end...)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Elizabeth is firmly ensconced in her new home after Winterhouse and The Secrets of Winterhouse. Spring is coming, and there are some guests at the hotel working on an enormous puzzle. Hyrum pops his head in from time to time, and there are several instances that rumble the house-- Norbridge contributes them to "thundersnow", but Elizabeth is suspicious. Elana is still in very poor health, her age having been greatly advanced by the evil Gracella. Freddy finds out E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Elizabeth is firmly ensconced in her new home after Winterhouse and The Secrets of Winterhouse. Spring is coming, and there are some guests at the hotel working on an enormous puzzle. Hyrum pops his head in from time to time, and there are several instances that rumble the house-- Norbridge contributes them to "thundersnow", but Elizabeth is suspicious. Elana is still in very poor health, her age having been greatly advanced by the evil Gracella. Freddy finds out that the author Damien Crowley wrote about something called the Dredforth Method that could bring back Gracella, but the book in which he wrote about it has gone missing. Luckily, Freddy visits, and the two are able to work through some mysteries in order to help Elana. Strengths: This is a fantastic series for young readers who want something "harder"; the mystery is very well developed and complex, with threads weaving in and odd in a very clever fashion. My synopsis is short because I am NOT a reader who has great comprehension, and while the mystery was fun to read, it was hard for me to remember the details! The reason that I love these books is the description of the house, the relationships between the characters, and the delightful page illustrations. The description of Elizabeth's room alone was enough to make me want to purchase this! This has been a favorite with students who like Milford's Greenglass House, Wood's The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, and Funaro's newer Watch Hollow series. Weaknesses: Both Freddy's parents and Elizabeth's aunt and uncle are given moments of sympathy, which seemed odd. Perhaps Gracella is villain enough? Also, I am personally not a fan of puzzle and riddles, and all of these books have a lot of those, which is good for readers who ARE fans. What I really think: Definitely purchasing. This book seemed like it wrapped up the series nicely, but I'm not sure whether it is over or not. Three and five book series are my favorites, since students seem more apt to pick up the entire series when they are that length, which means that the books wear evenly, and I don't feel like I wasted the taxpayers' money on book eight!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kim Tyo-Dickerson

    There is an unsettling, unstoppable big bad at the center of this atmospheric series, and the last book doesn't disappoint when the foundations of the opulent Winterhouse hotel literally begin to shake and a red haze emerges on the landscape where malevolent Gracella Falls has been entombed, neither dead nor alive. The Falls family, owners of Winterhouse, have many dark secrets and broken hearts in its storied past and now it is up to Elizabeth, newly discovered heir to the Winterhouse hotel, There is an unsettling, unstoppable big bad at the center of this atmospheric series, and the last book doesn't disappoint when the foundations of the opulent Winterhouse hotel literally begin to shake and a red haze emerges on the landscape where malevolent Gracella Falls has been entombed, neither dead nor alive. The Falls family, owners of Winterhouse, have many dark secrets and broken hearts in its storied past and now it is up to Elizabeth, newly discovered heir to the Winterhouse hotel, and her inventive friend Freddy to unravel the last hidden piece of the puzzle, find a cure for their friend Alana who had her young life drained from her in the last book and is now bedridden as an elderly woman, and stop Gracella from returning to destroy Winterhouse once and for all. The Winterhouse library, reading, and research play key roles again in decoding the many clues left in the hotel by notorious visitors and eccentric family members who dabbled in the dark arts. There are archives, diaries, paintings, secret compartments, newly discovered letters, rare editions of long out of print books, and encrypted clues all over the hotel, many that have remained unsolved for years and which Elizabeth's grandfather, Norbridge, and the Winterhouse librarian, Leona, have not been able, or willing?, to solve. Elizabeth and Freddy's love of all word play, anagrams and palindromes in particular, set the stage for the final confrontation between Elizabeth and those that would like to destroy Winterhouse and the Falls family forever. One of the great pleasures in reading this series is that that books are illustrated throughout by Chloe Bristol, with moody intermissions in the story, double-page spreads punctuating major revelations, and a funky, Edward Gorey-esque vibe to the characters' angular faces and bodies, large expressive hands and elegant fingers, with flat interior and exterior settings that accentuate the gothic themes. The hardcovers are particularly lovely, with the dust jacket's cozy interior menaced by Gracella in profile with glowing red eyes and the two windows cut out and peeking out onto a snowy expanse in front of the hotel where Norbridge and Alana stand, vulnerable, outside the hotel.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Stacy Wolfe

    Its really difficult for a writer to be consistent throughout a trilogy. Ben Guterson did. He came through. The atmosphere, the style, characterization, and the plot pacing. They were great. Elizabeth Somers once again is everything a bookish young reader would want in a heroine, and I loved that she was constantly referring to books that she loved...it helped me to create a reading list for my own very bookish, very Elizabeth-like, child. The series wraps up nicely and the puzzles in this book It’s really difficult for a writer to be consistent throughout a trilogy. Ben Guterson did. He came through. The atmosphere, the style, characterization, and the plot pacing. They were great. Elizabeth Somers once again is everything a bookish young reader would want in a heroine, and I loved that she was constantly referring to books that she loved...it helped me to create a reading list for my own very bookish, very Elizabeth-like, child. The series wraps up nicely and the puzzles in this book were super fun. Bravo.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Darla

    Neatly wraps up the three-book series. Far from predictable. Filled with word puzzles, surprises, and the quirky Winterhouse in the vein of the first two books. When I finished Book 2, I was concerned that the series was going in a direction that was too dark/paranormal for the kids who fell in love with the first book. In this third book, there is not doubt that redemption and grace play a much larger role. Come back to Winterhouse one more time. You won't be sorry.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    The finale to the Winterhouse Trilogy did not disappoint and was almost as fun as the first one! Elizabeth and Freddy have grown up within these walls and have discovered far more than mischief and mysteries and mayhem, but also a lasting friendship. These books are creative and original and full of heart for middle-graders and adults alike.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    I really liked this series! It wasn't what I was expecting, but I still enjoyed it. I liked the characters and loved the setting of a hotel. This one had a good mystery and it wrapped up the series nicely.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jaime Sanborn

    Riley Sweth Granger, longtime friend of the original Winterhouse proprietor, was a man who loved riddles and mysteries. Damien Crowley, beloved author of spooky tales, was a man whose interest in magic was as dark as his stories. So what impact could these two men from generations past have on the Winterhouse of today? The answer is in the words they left behind. Unlike the last two Winterhouse stories, this tale takes place near Easter time. Freddy Knox and his parents decide to visit Elizabeth Riley Sweth Granger, longtime friend of the original Winterhouse proprietor, was a man who loved riddles and mysteries. Damien Crowley, beloved author of spooky tales, was a man whose interest in magic was as dark as his stories. So what impact could these two men from generations past have on the Winterhouse of today? The answer is in the words they left behind. Unlike the last two Winterhouse stories, this tale takes place near Easter time. Freddy Knox and his parents decide to visit Elizabeth and Norbert over the Spring Break. The Rajputs and The Wellingtons also come along for a puzzle-filled Easter Holiday. Elizabeth is looking forward to a NORMAL week of fun and friends with NO MYSTERIES. However, when the earth begins to rumble and Elizabeth starts to see a red spectral haze when she gets "the feeling," her hopes for normalcy are dashed. Could this be Gracella's doing? How could Gracella possibly be causing trouble from her underground tomb? The answer may lie in old magic and riddles. Can our two wordsmith protagonists solve The Winterhouse Mysteries in time to save the hotel from dark forces? Enjoy this final book in The Winterhouse Trilogy Ages 10+

  10. 4 out of 5

    RumBelle

    I feel as if this series has so much wonderful potential, yet, for some reason, Guterson chose to basically rehash the same plot points over and over again. It was a real let down. Things that were interesting: The sub-plots surrounding the mine, and Damien Crowley, were interesting. Also, having the 35,000 piece puzzle just be more than a jigsaw puzzle was fascinating. That was an item that appeared in all the books, and as a reader you just thought it was a diversion for the guests. To have it I feel as if this series has so much wonderful potential, yet, for some reason, Guterson chose to basically rehash the same plot points over and over again. It was a real let down. Things that were interesting: The sub-plots surrounding the mine, and Damien Crowley, were interesting. Also, having the 35,000 piece puzzle just be more than a jigsaw puzzle was fascinating. That was an item that appeared in all the books, and as a reader you just thought it was a diversion for the guests. To have it be more was intriguing. Things that fell short: The ending, yet again, was much the same as the other two books. Change a few words, adjust the setting, but it was essentially the same ending again. To me, this just seems so lazy. Each book could have stood on its own with a different mystery, a different big puzzle to solve instead of rehashing the same ideas over and over. I loved the first book, the second and third books had moments that were good, but, in my view, the endings were sloppy and lazy and a real let down as a reader.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Hill

    Elizabeth is settling into her home and it is nearing Easter. As she finishes up school for break and prepares for Freddy coming to visit with his parents more strange things happen. There is a rumbling in the hotel that is about like a small earthquake, a red flag keeps showing up tied to a tree near the old mine (where Gracella is trapped), and there keeps being a red mist in places. Elizabeth is so worried about Gracella returning and then people she knows are acting strange. Lena is Elizabeth is settling into her home and it is nearing Easter. As she finishes up school for break and prepares for Freddy coming to visit with his parents more strange things happen. There is a rumbling in the hotel that is about like a small earthquake, a red flag keeps showing up tied to a tree near the old mine (where Gracella is trapped), and there keeps being a red mist in places. Elizabeth is so worried about Gracella returning and then people she knows are acting strange. Lena is wandering the hotel and keeps turning up at Gracella's old room, the two men are bent on finishing the huge puzzle and Elizabeth doesn't know who she can trust. LOVE this one... I also love that Ben puts in titles of other middle school books. Great to find a new read ;)

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rena

    4.5 stars rounded up to 5. While nothing can compare to the unexpected originality and charm of the first book this was an overall unique and memorable trilogy. The second book was somewhat of a dud, but the series reached a strong conclusion in its finale. The reader was presented with a multitude of suspected villains including the supposed heroine herself. The Winterhouse books always feel slightly off-kilter and old fashioned; almost as if they took place in a time of yore despite some 4.5 stars rounded up to 5. While nothing can compare to the unexpected originality and charm of the first book this was an overall unique and memorable trilogy. The second book was somewhat of a dud, but the series reached a strong conclusion in its finale. The reader was presented with a multitude of suspected villains including the supposed heroine herself. The Winterhouse books always feel slightly off-kilter and old fashioned; almost as if they took place in a time of yore despite some references to the internet, cell phone, and texting. A few faults: would it really be still so winter-like at Winterhouse during Easter? Can you even imagine Winterhouse in the summer? Elizabeth was pictured as so angry looking in many of the illustrations.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Laurel Jean

    This entire series has been full of mystery, magic and secret codes and I loved all of it. This final book dives a little more into the magic and mystery that is the Winterhouse hotel and its founders. It brought together all elements that were touched upon through out the series and as an adult reader there were still elements that I found surprising and truly unique.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Sammis

    The Winterhouse Mysteries by Ben Guterson and Chloe Bristol is the conclusion of the Winterhouse series. Elizabeth has settled into a happy routine at her new home. She's excited to hear Freddy will be here for Easter, as will the two men who have been working on the puzzle. But her powers are acting up and some of the guests are acting strange too. Elizabeth suspects Gracella Winters is trying one last time to come back from the dead. There is one last item that can grant that wish. Elizabeth The Winterhouse Mysteries by Ben Guterson and Chloe Bristol is the conclusion of the Winterhouse series. Elizabeth has settled into a happy routine at her new home. She's excited to hear Freddy will be here for Easter, as will the two men who have been working on the puzzle. But her powers are acting up and some of the guests are acting strange too. Elizabeth suspects Gracella Winters is trying one last time to come back from the dead. There is one last item that can grant that wish. Elizabeth and Freddy want to find that item and stop Gracella from using it. 33CC99 - family uhoria labyrinth http://pussreboots.com/blog/2020/comm...

  15. 5 out of 5

    Brian Aubert

    Love the word puzzles. Appreciate that the trilogys conclusion seemed planned from the start. Fun trilogy for nerds. Love the Winterhouse Hotel as a setting. Probably read this one too fast to see how the next puzzle would be solved and how it would end. Love the word puzzles. Appreciate that the trilogy’s conclusion seemed planned from the start. Fun trilogy for nerds. Love the Winterhouse Hotel as a setting. Probably read this one too fast to see how the next puzzle would be solved and how it would end.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lisa D

    Loved it! One of the best series ever! Loved the characters! What a great mystery! Hoping for a fourth book! Such a charming series that was kind of like a puzzle! Very well written! Highly recommended!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Scott Garrison

    Another rehash of the same plot points...I want to give this book a higher rating, but I just couldn't get passed the fact that Guterson basically used the same formula in each book and just switched out characters for new characters.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Gary Stothers

    A great end to a fantastic series. At least, it feels like the end however there are many threads that could be pulled into a new storyline! Loved the wordplay and fun backstories that created a loveable cast of characters.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    All the comfortable characters we've come to know in this series. I was so impressed with Elizabeth's final wish.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Andréa

    Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Annarella

    I loved, loved, loved it. It's a brilliant and entertaining read and I loved every moment. Strongly recommended. Many thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for this ARC, all opinions are mine.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    Ben Guterson is a writing genius. This is the perfect middle grade series.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    The ending was excellent.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    I loved this series! Full of fun, adventure, mysteryand who wouldnt want to stay at Winterhouse. I think I fell in love with the setting more than anything else. I so hope theres more to come. I loved this series! Full of fun, adventure, mystery—and who wouldn’t want to stay at Winterhouse. I think I fell in love with the setting more than anything else. I so hope there’s more to come.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jill Williams

    Im heartbroken that this is only a trilogy. 😭 The literary references, puzzles, magic, evil, and amazing comfy setting made this one of my favorite series to escape in. I’m heartbroken that this is only a trilogy. 😭 The literary references, puzzles, magic, evil, and amazing comfy setting made this one of my favorite series to escape in.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Claire L

    So sad that this series is coming to an end!

  27. 4 out of 5

    ~ izzy lightwood (lesbianloverofbooks) ~

    Great conclusion! Little known series, but so many elements that I love-mystery, friendships, Magic, amazing setting

  28. 4 out of 5

    Bethany Vaughn

    I loved this book, and thought it wrapped up the series perfectly.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Leia

    All the love for wordplay. Light on plot.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Hailey

    After the last book, I had been hoping that this installment in the series would explore new topics and go on new adventures. Unfortunately, the plot was just too similar to the other books in the series and made me lose interest overall.

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