The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma (Book Three)

Aug 02

This is the third in a series of four books:

  1. The Mysterious Benedict Society (Review)
  2. The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey (Review)
  3. The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma (Review)
  4. The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict (Review)

The Mysterious Benedict Society and The Prisoner’s Dilemma is the third of four books by Trenton Lee Stewart. The first book review on The Mysterious Benedict Society is here — you should really read that review first, it has all the details of the characters involved and terms involved, this series has a lot of back stories which may make this review make less sense without the first one. (The other reviews you can see next to each one above).


New characters introduced in this book:

    • Ms. Plugg — Another guard posted by the government. She likes the children and is dedicated to her job. She is a tough, stocky guard who had an oddly large and rectangular head “rather like a cinder block”. She remembers people’s names by giving them relevant nicknames in her head by their attributes or behaviors. She is loyal and steadfast in her duties.
    • Mr. Covett S. Gaines – The newly appointed head of a new committee specifically gathered to deal with “all matters concerning the Whisperer.”
    • Hertz — A new ten man…or at least new to us. He enjoys doing crossword puzzles with his gold pen, and is apparently afraid to touch the Whisperer. Described as swarthy and slight, with a birdlike face.

In the third book of the series, The Mysterious Benedict Society and The Prisoner’s Dilemma, the children and their families live at Mr. Benedict’s house. The children are enjoying how close they are to one another and to their families but are fast growing bored. Of course, it doesn’t take long for the excitement to begin. The Whisperer is being protected and Mr. Benedict is continuing to use it to undo all the damage done by his evil twin brother, Ledroptha Curtain. And Mr. Curtain is chomping at the bit to get his masterpiece back. He will go to any lengths to do so. He devises a devious plan to distract the children and Mr. Benedict but I won’t give any details here. It is a very clever plan and it hits Mr. Benedict and the children very hard, particularly little Miss Constance Contraire, and off she goes, sneaking past all the security leaving everyone in a tail spin. With Constance missing and security breaches, you can only imagine the chaos that ensues!

Together, the children uses their talents to find Constance and then the whole of lot of them come together to keep the Whisperer from Mr. Curtain and save the world from mind sweeping (wiping a person’s brain completely or partially)! We learn a lot in this final Mysterious Benedict book. Many secrets are revealed! =)

You must read The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma!

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