Case Closed #3 (Paperback)

Haunting at the Hotel

By Lauren Magaziner

Katherine Tegen Books, 9780062676344, 512pp.

Publication Date: August 11, 2020

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (8/11/2020)

List Price: 7.99*
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Pick-your-own-path and puzzle-packed mystery collide in the third book in Lauren Magaziner’s hilarious and interactive middle grade series in which the reader must help Carlos and his friends hunt ghosts at a haunted hotel.

In this wildly entertaining adventure, YOU pick which suspects to interview, which questions to ask, and which clues to follow. You pick the path—you crack the case!

Carlos Serrano is now officially an apprentice detective at Las Pistas Detective Agency. He finally earned his mom’s trust, but his next case will be his most difficult one yet. Guests at a creepy mountain hotel are complaining of weird disturbances, threatening messages, and hair-raising howls!

Carlos, along with his best friend, Eliza, and her wacky little brother, Frank, arrive on the scene to investigate a . . . ghost? What secrets is this haunted hotel hiding? With tricky puzzles, ghoulish secrets, ectoplasmic enemies, and dozens of impossible choices, these junior detectives need your sleuthing skills!

Can you help Carlos and his friends unravel the mystery before it’s too late? Or will it be case closed?

About the Author

Lauren Magaziner is the author of Case Closed: Mystery in the Mansion, Wizardmatch, Pilfer Academy, and The Only Thing Worse Than Witches. She is originally from New Hope, Pennsylvania, and she currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she writes full-time. Lauren is also a secret undercover international detective—but don’t blow her cover. You can visit Lauren at

Praise For Case Closed #3: Haunting at the Hotel

“The ‘choose your own adventure’ format adds a fun twist, offering readers different options, like whom to interview, what to examine, and which clues to follow. An entertaining romp that will appeal to fans of humorous mysteries.”
— School Library Journal

PRAISE FOR LAUREN MAGAZINER: “Humorous and engaging.”
— ALA Booklist

★ “...readers will banish themselves from the ordinary world to finish this book in a flash.”
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“ …Lauren Magaziner fashions a rich and compelling alternative reality.”
Chicago Tribune

“The kids’ slowly forming friendship has real grace and authenticity...Eva Ibbotson fans will appreciate the quirky humor.”
— Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“ …hilarious, light-hearted debut would be a great read-aloud for middle grade classrooms.”
— Library Media Connection