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The Winterhouse Mysteries

(Winterhouse #3)

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4.07  ·  Rating details ·  648 ratings  ·  87 reviews
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 thr
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Hardcover, 384 pages
Published December 31st 2019 by Henry Holt & Company
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Ben Guterson Absolutely! The book is targeted at readers in the 8-12 range, so a ten-year-old should find the book just right, I hope!
Ben Guterson Sorry I missed this question--just catching up now! I'm not planning a fourth book in the Winterhouse series--my hope is that THE WINTERHOUSE MYSTERIE…moreSorry I missed this question--just catching up now! I'm not planning a fourth book in the Winterhouse series--my hope is that THE WINTERHOUSE MYSTERIES is a satisfying conclusion to the set! I do have more books coming, though. Here is the announcement from Publisher's Weekly this past September (and I'm very much looking forward to the release of these two books):

"Christy Ottaviano at Christy Ottaviano Books/Macmillan has acquired World Rights to two new middle grade novels by Ben Guterson, Edgar Award-Nominated creator of the WINTERHOUSE trilogy. The first, THE VISTA POINT EINSTEINS, is a suspenseful mystery featuring a grieving family eager to start fresh by relocating to a remote bed-and-breakfast, pitched as Summerlost meets Front Desk and scheduled for 2021. THE HIDDEN WORKSHOP OF JAVIER PRESTON, scheduled for 2022, is an atmospheric mystery layered with art, puzzles, friendship, and family in the vein of Chasing Vermeer and Book Scavenger. Rena Rossner at the Deborah Harris Agency negotiated the deal."(less)

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✦BookishlyRichie✦
Apr 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm so happy to have finished this awesome trilogy. It's a little sad to say goodbye to these characters, but these three books were so much fun to read. I will say that this final installment was a little lackluster, but in the end it worked itself out and was a great conclusion to Elizabeth's story. Highly recommend this trilogy if you're looking for a something thrilling and magical. :) ...more
Sarah Booth
Aug 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5. This is probably best read than listened to die to the visual puzzle involved.
This is the third book of the Winter House Series. Is it a trilogy? Anyway it's a great series and I'm sure kids will love it as it's not even too bad for adults.
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Kateryna
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
This series started so good, yet, for some reason, the author chose to basically rehash the same plot over and over again. Why bring back a villian that's already been defeated twice? Why not create a new mystery 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. I loved the first book, the second and third books were a real let down for me. ...more
Danie ☔☕
Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is def one my fav MG series!
Lisa Blouch
Absolutely LOVE this trilogy...what a terrific ending! (At least I think it is the end...)
Samantha
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
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.
Ms. Yingling
Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
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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
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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, an ...more
Shella
May 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've really enjoyed this trilogy- perfect to hit the sweet spot for upper elementary early middle school. I loved the great word choices, fun puzzles, fascinating word play, fabulous and memorable setting. I wish I could visit Winterhouse. I do think the 2nd book was weaker than the first and last. What I liked best in this last book is the strong theme of not returning hatred for hatred and resisting evil. This is a great series for Harry Potter fans and those that like magic (even though much ...more
Stacy Wolfe
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Darla
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
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.
Brenda
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Mary Drover
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
What a wonderful conclusion! I fell in love with Guterson’s delightful Winterhouse trilogy this year, and though I’m endlessly sad to see it over, it was such a beautiful ending that I’m so happy to have come to this end. Everything was wrapped up so nicely, and the character arcs were just astounding. I was surprised by how Gracella’s story came to an end, but also pleasantly surprised by the actual end. It was not at all what I was expecting, but, in the end, it was just right, both as a whole ...more
j o a n n a
Actual rating 2.5. A fun mystery but bogged down with a repetitive plot. I did like the character growth we saw in Elizabeth though. So good. Would definitely recommend to middle grade readers.
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
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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
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Jennifer Hill
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 wanderin ...more
Rena
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: series
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 refer ...more
Bexa
Jun 17, 2020 rated it liked it
While I was glad for the happy ending, I was a little disappointed that this was yet another story dealing with Gracella. It felt that there really wasn't a plot to this one, just another excuse to introduce more puzzles. Don't get me wrong, I loved the puzzles, but there wasn't a real development of Elizabeth's character, and she treated Freddy poorly in this one, and we're supposed to just go, oh, well, she was being manipulated so it's okay. I want more stories of Winterhouse, I do, I just do ...more
Almira
Aug 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Elizabeth has now become a full time resident of Winterhouse, spring has arrived, and all SHOULD be well with the world as she knows it, or should it?

Once again Elizabeth and Freddy are drawn into an other worldly mystery. Guests are behaving in most unusual ways, Elizabeth's powers are being drawn in thrilling, yet highly frightening ways. Tremors begin shaking the foundations of Winterhouse, Gracella Winters can be heard, by Elizabeth, crying for help, but wait, Gracella is supposed to be dead
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Leigh
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
The final book of this series is well written. While I was somewhat disappointed with the second book, this one lived up to all the elements that made the first book a great read. This book crosses many genres making it appealing to a diverse group of readers. If you do read this book, please keep in mind that it is written for upper elementary/middle school readers. I have to admit I was sad when I finished this book - felt like of I was checking out of Winterhouse and saying goodbye forever... ...more
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 an
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Laurel Jean
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
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.
Sherrie
Dec 16, 2020 rated it liked it
We read all the books in the series for our Mother Daughter Book Club and I enjoyed them all but I feel this is the weakest. It didn’t have a well fleshed out plot and the characters seemed much more one dimensional than in previous volumes. I enjoyed it but feel that the other books held my interest more.
Isabel
Jan 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Lisa D
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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!
Brian Aubert
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
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.
Gary Stothers
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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.
Scott Garrison
Mar 26, 2020 rated it liked it
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. ...more
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