Queen of The Tiles

Queen of  The Tiles
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April 19, 2022
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They Wish They Were Us meets The Queen’s Gambit in the world of competitive Scrabble when a teen girl is forced to investigate the mysterious death of her best friend a year after the fact when her Instagram comes back to life with cryptic posts and messages.

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When Najwa Bakri walks into her first Scrabble competition since her best friend’s death, it’s with the intention to heal and move on with her life. Perhaps it wasn’t the best idea to choose the very same competition where said best friend, Trina Low, died. It might be even though Najwa’s trying to change, she’s not ready to give up Trina just yet.

But the same can’t be said for all the other competitors. With Trina, the Scrabble Queen herself, gone, the throne is empty, and her friends are eager to be the next reigning champion. All’s fair in love and Scrabble, but all bets are off when Trina’s formerly inactive Instagram starts posting again, with cryptic messages suggesting that maybe Trina’s death wasn’t as straightforward as everyone thought. And maybe someone at the competition had something to do with it.

As secrets are revealed and the true colors of her friends are shown, it’s up to Najwa to find out who’s behind these mysterious posts—not just to save Trina’s memory, but to save herself.

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Scrabble with a murder to solve
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What I liked:
Murder Mystery, Mulsim rep, Malaysian rep, and scrabble competition. The sprinkling of vocabulary words with their definitions used to initiate an investigation into her best friend's murder over a year later is a unique way to draw people into a murder mystery. Set during a weekend Scrabble competition that will be decided who reigns overall, it brings all the potential murderers back to the original crime scene. I was intrigued from the first page to the last I devoured it in two days. It was that good.
Final Verdict:
If you like scrabble, unique character representation, foreign countries, and a murder to solve, this is the perfect combo. It was an ideal palate cleanser between books for me as it is not my go-to genre, and it was nice to have a different type of reading on the deck.
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