Monday, September 21, 2015

[Review]: The Chess Queen Enigma by Colleen Gleason

Title: The Chess Queen Enigma
Author: Colleen Gleason
Series: Stoker & Holmes
Genre: Young Adult
Release Date: October 6, 2015

I received this book from Chronicle Books, in exchange for an honest review.

Summary:  Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes have reluctantly agreed to act as social chaperones and undercover bodyguards for Princess Lurelia of Betrovia, who has arrived in London to deliver a litter with the location of an ancient chess queen that's been missing for centuries.

But when the letter--which will heal a centuries-old rift between England and the Betrovians--is stolen out from under Evaline and Mina's watchful eyes, the two girls are forced into a high stakes race to ensure they find the chess queen before anyone else does. . . including their foes, the Ankh.

For the chess queen is not only a historic symbol of a woman's political power, but it has literal power as well--the queen will unlock the chessboard, revealing both treasures and ancient secrets the Ankh would kill to possess. It will take Mina's smarts and Evaline's strength to beat the thief and untangle this mystery before it's too late.

Thoughts: Mina & Evaline are given the task of entertaining and keeping an eye on Princess Lurelia of Betrovia. With vampires around and the Ankh still on the loose the girls will definitely have a lot on their hands.

Ms. Gleason has written an excellent addition to this series.  Mina Holmes was a bit more likable in this one. The last two books I really didn't like her at all. But towards the end of book three here, I started to like her more. I loved all the Queen Elizabeth/history bits that were part of the story. The Chess Queen Enigma is full of mystery and intrigue. Had a sweet ending, not so much of a cliffhanger, but I look forward to their next case.

4 Stars

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Stoker & Holmes:
The Clockwork Scarab
The Spiritglass Charade
The Chess Queen Enigma

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