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The Puzzler's Mansion

(The Puzzling World of Winston Breen #3)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  421 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Winston Breen is back in another puzzle-filled mystery!

Puzzle fanatic Winston Breen and his best friends receive a once-in-a-lifetime invitation--to a weekend of riddles, games and puzzles at a fabulous mansion! Famous musician Richard Overton is giving away valuable prizes and Winston is ready to win. But the ultimate weekend becomes the ultimate mystery when prizes star
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published May 10th 2012 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great book for puzzle maniacs and mystery solvers that are wanted to help solves puzzles with Winston and his friends in a Millionaire Manshion
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: check-for-next
This series was really good! I loved that it combined mysteries with puzzles. I wish there were more books!
Jan 16, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked the puzzles and story, but I kind of feel like it went a bit too fast... the first book was the best, the second was okay, and this was still worth the read, but I don't know, it just wasn't as good as the first. Still an amazing(ly funny) read!
Jun 20, 2017 rated it liked it
A little over the top here, with the crazy prizes and mansion of the millionaire pianist, but the plot is fun.
Middle schooler and puzzle-lover Winston Breen is beyond excited when he and his best friends are invited to a weekend puzzle party, hosted at the mansion of famous pianist, Richard Overton. But when Overton’s valuables start going missing, Winston finds himself in the middle of a real-life puzzle, one he must solve before it’s too late.

I enjoyed this book. It’s kind of funny, because I recently read Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, and the titles have some striking similarities – definitel
Sep 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children, mystery
Passionate puzzler Winston Breen is wondering if he should give up on puzzles; they're distracting him from his school studies and from opportunities in the real world. Then his friend Mr. Penrose invites Winston and his friends Jake and Mal to a weekend hosted by Mr. Penrose's friend Richard Overton, a world-famous pianist. Mr. Overton lives in a mansion and loves puzzles; he throws elaborate puzzle-weekends for his famous friends, and this time invites their families and friends to join them. ...more
Nov 06, 2012 rated it liked it
a. Realistic Fiction

b. 247 pgs.

c. The Puzzler's Mansion is about a boy named Winston who loves solving puzzles. He sees puzzles in everything, from pizza to wrapping paper. In this book his friend, Mr. Penrose, gets a invitation
from a friend of his. This friend loves solving puzzles too and sets up this weekend of puzzles for some of his friends. Mr. Penrose invites Winston, Jake, and Mal to come with him. Once he gets there he has a lot of fun solving puzzles, but then someone starts stealing
Shaeley Santiago
Sep 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: puzzlers
Winston & his friends are invited for a weekend puzzle event at the house of a famous piano player, Richard Overton, who happens to be friends with Mr. Penrose. When a thief keeps stealing things, the guys realize they have even more to solve than just some puzzles.

Winston struggles with whether or not he's spending too much time on puzzles. Mr. Overton gives him some great advice, "The people who tell you to close out the world are wrong. Whatever your passion is - even if you're great at
Feb 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
One book you should read is The Puzzling World of Winston Breen by Eric Berlin. The genre of the book is mystery because of all the things you have to solve and at the end you see all the answers and see what you got right or wrong. The main character is of course Winston Breen. The setting of the book is Winston’s house and other places.

The main conflict is to find what the wooden puzzles mean. This conflict can make the book very interesting because of trying to solve all the puzzles. A scene
Mar 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jv-fiction, mystery
I hope I'm not alone when I confess that I don't actually sit and figure out the puzzles... I mean, some of them are easy enough that I can just by glancing, but usually I'm so caught up in the story, I don't even -care- about a puzzle. That aside, I love the Winston Breen books. Winston and his friends are likeable and a joy to learn about. This novel was interesting because Winston takes a step back and seems to realize how much puzzles have overtaken his a point where he almost cons ...more
Vivian Xia
I actually really liked this book! At first, I picked it up as a quick and fun read but this book is more than just a fun read. I really liked the puzzles that were included in the book because the author let the reader's solve them too. I also really liked the plot but I wish the author would have explained why Richard was giving out all his precious items. Who would give away heirlooms and items worth millions? I also really liked the plot twist in the end, but of course I can't reveal that!

Okay, so this book was far from grand. It has the story and plot, of course, but the writing was always, seemingly, a step off. It always felt like there was something missing. The author explains countless trivial things, that are completely irrelevant to the story. It is definitely a good story idea, with lots of potential, but Berlin hasn't exactly released the full-fledged power of that potential.

I'm really just being generous with 3 stars. If push came to shove, I'd probably only give 2 st
Nelda Brangwin
Jun 05, 2014 rated it liked it
As said in many reviews, this is an excellent book for readers who like THE WESTING GAME. Although this isn’t the first book in the series, it takes no time to be involved in this story. Winston Breen and his buddies, Mal and Jake are invited to attend a puzzle weekend along with Mr. Breen at the estate of a famous musician. When prizes start disappearing, the secretary is blamed but there’s more to the story. Because there are so many word puzzles in the book this is not a good choice to read o ...more
Aug 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2012
I was really excited to discover a third Winston Breen book at my local library. Winston is a lover of puzzles and the author effectively incorporates puzzles for the reader to solve while still crafting a "who done it" style story that keeps the readers interest whether you are into puzzles or not. In this installment, Winston and his buddies score an invite to a puzzle weekend at the mansion of a favorite musician. In addition to solving the puzzles presented by the musician, Winston must also ...more
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Week 13 (cont.)
Jan 22: 20 min
Jan 23: 20 min
Jan 24: 15 min
Jan 25: 15 min

Week 14:
Jan 27: 15 min
Jan 28: 25 min
Jan 29: 20 min
Jan 30: 20 min
Jan 31: 10 min

Week 15:
Feb 2: 20 min
Feb 4: 20 min
Feb 5: 20 min
Feb 6: 20 min
Feb 7: 10 min

Week 16
Feb 10: 25 min
Feb 11: 20 min
Feb 12: 15 min
Feb 13: 10 min
Feb 14: 20 min

Week 17
Feb 24: 20 min
Feb 25: 20 min
Feb 26: 10 min
Feb 27: 20 min
Feb 28: 20 min

Week 18
March 2: 20 min
March 3: 20 min
(continued on next book)
Let me be honest. I've read all three books in this series not just so I can recommend them to young reders, but because I enjoy them. Three friends who solve mysteries together and love all kinds of puzzles- what's not to like? The adventures remind of every series I loved as a kid and the puzzles are a huge bonus. Puzzles important to the story are solved immediately but there are plenty of extra puzzles (answers in back) for you to enjoy later.
Jun 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
A solid entry into the Puzzling World of Winston Breen series, packed full of new puzzles for those that love them. This time Winston, Mal, and Jake are invited to a famous pianist's mansion for a weekend of puzzles. Due to a variety of events, Winston begins to question his puzzle-solving obsession. While it can stand alone, I recommend reading the other two in the series first.
Mar 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Winston gets invited to a weekend of puzzles and fun, at a rich musician's mansion when things don't quite go as planned. Things start to go missing, and Winston and his friends find themselves in a little bit of a dangerous predicament. The puzzles remain fun, but I was quickly frustrated how the littler kids in the story (though quite rambunctious) were almost exclusively called "the brats."
Nov 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Winston and his friends get invited to a weekend full of puzzles at a famous musician's mansion. They end up having to solve a mystery along with their word games when the prizes start to disappear. I love this series. I love all of the word games and puzzles that you can solve, or not, as you see fit.
Apr 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
I read this with my eight year old daughter. It was a lot of fun. The story line was engaging. There was mystery, intrigue, good character development, and a lot of puzzles to solve together. It is a book written for a younger audience, but I really enjoyed it, as did my daughter.
Glynis Wray
Jan 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens

Interesting, but not fabulous. I can picture a few of my 4th & 5th graders trying tomsolve the puzzles, but most will just skip right over them,
Oct 21, 2012 added it
You will never expect what happens.
Sep 07, 2012 rated it liked it
This was a good book to read aloud with my boys. They enjoyed working on the puzzles and seemed to enjoy the plot as well.
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Awesome! Some of the puzzles were tricky and some were really challenging that my mom couldn't figure out! We read this together, my mom and I, and I can't wait to read the next one.
Sep 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Sharla Desy
Jun 15, 2014 rated it liked it
I enjoyed solving the puzzles as I read the book. The story line itself seemed mildly implausible to me, but then this is a book meant for 4th to 6th graders.
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book. The puzzles were fun trying to solve and my dad could not put it down. It is definently is worth the read. This is a good book for all ages and good for both boys and girls.
Jun 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put the book down for too long. Would definitely recommend for middle schoolers.
Aug 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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