The Mystery of Biltmore House
By: Carole Marsh
139 Pages (there are extras after the story)
In 1981, Carole Marsh (a real writer) took four real kids on a visit to the famous Biltmore House in Asheville, North Carolina. They went to learn about George W. Vanderbilt, the Victorian Era, O. Henry, and more. There was only one little problem... First one kid disappeared. Then another! Then, so did a priceless antique chess set! There was the creepy Halloween room, the very scary basement, the eerie attic, and all those gape-mouthed gargoyles. Oh yeah, and all that blood! And did I say that the kids got trapped in the mile-long heating system? Did I say ONE LITTLE problem?! How about LOTS of BIG problems! --bn.com
I LOVED this book!! It was so much fun to read! This is a good mystery for beginners. The way educational facts were blended into the story was phenomenal. This was the first book in a series that is going on almost 30 books (at the time of this copy's printing) and it's geared for children reading between 3-5 reading levels. With stories involving New York City, Chocolate Town, Disney World and sooo many more, there is something for everyone in this series.
The characters, both the main 4 and all the secondary ones, were fun to read. Uncle Ed is the security guard who befriends them. I thought he was aptly named, too. Stacy was the girl who's been to Biltmore House more times than she can count and wasn't happy to be going now since she had other plans. She was able to offer a lot of detail and authenticity to the book. You had the one spooky guest of the Writing Class who liked to dress up like Edgar Allen Poe. He felt the need to tell the children a bizarre and disgusting link between the house's original owners & Napoleon (I don't think it was true).
I'm looking forward to reading another book in this series, though I don't know which one it'll be. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.
Rating: Buy It