The Puzzling World of Winston Breen; The Potato Chip Puzzles; The Puzzler’s Mansion
by Eric Berlin
Overall: 4 out of 5 stars
I read the first book in this series a while ago and then was fishing around for something new to read and discovered it had two sequels! I love puzzles, and I love that these books are not only filled with puzzles but have an actual cohesive story to tie them together, which is also a puzzle/mystery. I like Winston, and his friends Mal and Jake, and that he can make new friends. His interactions with his younger sister, Katie, seems realistic (except she’s almost always the villain in their fights, while he’s more or less blameless). I like that he makes friends with the puzzle-shop owner in town, who plays an important role not only in the plot of the third book (it’s his friend who owns the mansion) but also provides the ever-necessary third-party adult perspective that would be so great for all kids to have.