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Secrets at the Chocolate Mansion

(A Maggie Brooklyn Mystery #3)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  154 ratings  ·  14 reviews
"Take your cookies elsewhere." That's what the note said in neat, block-like print, attached to a box of Girl Scout Cookies. Someone is out to sabotage the new sweet shop in the neighborhood, and Maggie Brooklyn is on the case. If only she weren't so freaked out herself lately. Maggie's new dogsitting gig has her and her twin brother Finn hanging out in what they fear may be a"Take ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 3rd 2013 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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Oct 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
As posted on Outside of a Dog:

Broadcast News is one of my favorite films of all time, and in it, Albert Brooks' character Aaron says something along the lines of 'the devil will convince us that we're all just salesmen'. I've always loved this speech (not the least because Brooks so beautifully delivers it), but because I could relate. I was a Girl Scout for many years. I sold cookies. Luckily for me, there wasn't an enormous amount of pressure to sell the most, and I got by. Now, as a librarian, I have k/>Broadcast
May 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Very interesting story. From reading this book, you could feel the tension, the haunted mansion vibes, ghosts, and the creepiness. This story revolves around a mystery of a threatening note on a box of girl scout cookies. Each time Maggie finds a clue, I become more and more excited, though most releavels I saw coming, but still equally enjoyable.
Nov 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
I would say this novel is pretty good but it is not enough to be called 'good'. Firstly, Leslie Margolis did not describe much about the characters and for me, as a reader it's a problem. It's like, I can't really play with my imagination because she didn't tell what the characters look like. The good thing is that the ending is not Predictable so I give this book 3 stars
Kristina Callender
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Maggie's mystery kept me guessing and interested, even as an adult I found her clever. Great plot and perspectives on the "haunted" converted mansion. I honestly this kids book was more fun to read than expected.
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Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book has a nice twist to the mystery. So fun and exciting that I did not want to stop reading!
Grace Sargeant
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Oct 10, 2014 rated it liked it
{originally posted on my blog: Ciao Bella}

Leslie Margolis’ novels have lately been a mixed bag for me. One Tough Chick was most definitely a miss, but the first few books in the Maggie Brooklyn series left me quite impressed! And so, I was willing to give her most recent novel, and the third Maggie Brooklyn mystery, a try. Going in with lower expectations, I’m enjoyed Secrets at the Chocolate Mansion, but that’s not to say it was perfect. With a few problems that were hard to overlook, this n
Ms. Yingling
Sep 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Maggie's friend Sonya and her mother have opened up a soda fountain in Brooklyn, but on opening day, there are lots of problems. Salt turns up in the pie, and a baseball goes through the window with a note stating "Take your cookies elsewhere!" Later, a critical shipment of chocolate chips goes missing. Maggie starts investigating, but there a lot of other things going on in her life. Her boyfriend Milo won't return her texts. She babysits the little boy who owns Nofarm, and thinks that he may b ...more
Dena (Batch of Books)
The Maggie Brooklyn Mystery series is a light and fun collection of books for middle grade readers. While nothing in the book is very heavy or dark, kids are treated to a mystery (or two) complete with clues, interrogations, and problem solving. Maggie is a sweet girl and she makes a wonderful heroine for this series.

This particular book is much like the others in the series in that we get to see a bit of Maggie's social life, a teensy bit of her school life, and quite a bit of her a
Jan 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Maggie's friend Sonya's mother just opened a fabulous old-fashioned soda shop called Sonya's Sweets, but when Maggie and her friends show up for the grand opening, everything is going wrong. Someone switched the salt and the sugar in the pie, the big stain glass window is broken, and an ominous note is found among the shards of glass. When orders go missing and the power goes out, it appears that someone is sabotaging the business. Can Maggie figure out what is going on before it is too late? ...more
Sep 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
Maggie thinks that her dream is coming true when one her best friend's Mom is opening a soda fountain. But when she and her twin are both going as they should be on Sonya's Sweets opening day. Maggie is confronted with the task of trying to find out who broke the stained glass sign of the shop as well as other smaller episodes that are sabotaging new store. Side plots include a ghost, dog walking babysitting. Margolis does a commendable job of developing each of the twin characters separately. T ...more
Clementine isn't your average Girl Scout. She is a sweet little girl who just wants to reach the world record for selling Girl Scout cookies. (In her words) She said she didn't mean to hurt anybody, she just wanted to reach the world record. She could've possibly if there wasn't a bakery one every corner. Not my favorite of the Maggie Brooklyn Mystery books but it's pretty good. Probably my second favorite. But I could never say Vanishing Acts was my least favorite, it sounds like I don't like i ...more
Apr 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Scary, sinister happenings explained by common sense and a little deductive reasoning. Possible a good book for a child who has lost someone close to them to read, as the end of the book is quite sweet.
Nov 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book just like the rest of the series!
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Leslie Margolis is author of numerous books for children, including the Maggie Brooklyn Mysteries and the Annabelle Unleashed series. Her novel, Boys Are Dogs, was turned into the Disney Channel movie Zapped, starring Zendaya. Leslie’s most recent books, If I Were You, We Are Party People and Ghosted, are published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Leslie lives in Los Angeles with her family. Her two ...more

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“Because the thing is, as Milo and my friends taught me, ghosts do exist. They don’t have to be the creepy monsters that cause nightmares or do harm. They can take the form of memories, of feelings, or of a hard-to-define presence. Or of something else that’s impossible to explain, but that’s totally okay—just because something can’t be explained doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.” 0 likes
“Don’t know.” Milo crumpled the schedule and tossed it in the trash. Then he bent down to pet a passing poodle that promptly bared his pointy white teeth and growled. “Sorry,” said the owner—a hipster in skinny jeans with a tattoo of a dragon on his neck and a bowler hat on his head. “He’s kind of a jerk sometimes. Don’t take it personally.” “I won’t,” Milo replied, standing up straight again. The jerky poodle reminded me of something, but I couldn’t remember what. Oh, wait—that’s it. Dog walking! “I’ve got to walk Nofarm this afternoon!” I said. “But it’s Saturday,” said Milo. “Don’t you take weekends off?” “Usually, but Nofarm’s family just moved, so they asked me for this special favor.” 0 likes
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