Lilah and I read this one together, not realizing it’s third in a trilogy, but we weren’t at all lost and very much enjoyed it. We were both ready to go back and read the first two (OUT THE REAR WINDOW and TO CATCH A GHOST).

Nerdy Charlie Hitchcock and former bully Tyler Yu work together to solve the disappearance of Abracadabra, the founder of the Hocus Pocus Hotel, but soon Tyler disappears during a mystifying magic trick! Charlie is convinced he can find a way to the hotel’s hidden thirteenth floor and solve the mysteries.

This is a fun read, and the diagrams explaining the magic tricks are a huge part of the appeal. Lilah is fascinated by magic tricks, so the explanations for how the illusions worked were loads of fun. Tyler and Charlie are a fun pair: very different, but working together as an excellent team. There’s plenty of suspense and mystery, and the resolution had us cheering. Highly recommend this middle-grade chapter book series.

Source disclosure: I received an e-galley of this title courtesy of the publisher.