This is a fun read for mystery lovers and those interested in magic and magicians. The Abracadabra Hotel, also known as the Hocus Pocus Hotel, was designed and built by magicians. One of them, Brack (short for Abracadabra), owns the hotel and lives in a home on the hotel's roof. When Brack goes missing, his young friends - Charlie Hitchcock, Tyler Yu, and Annie Solo, must search the hotel for clues to solve the mystery. Mixed into the plot are visiting magicians David Dragonstone and Theopolis, a new employee at the hotel named Cozette, forgotten statues, and secrets hidden in the hotel's blueprints.
The story is fast-paced and the full-page illustrations spaced throughout the book help bring it to life. The glamour of stage magicians and the intrigue of the missing hotel owner keep everything interesting. Readers of shorter mysteries like Cam Jansen or Jigsaw Jones will not be intimidated by the longer books in this series because the story goes by so quickly. There is a trailer available for the book.
I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley. It will be published March 1, 2014.