Review and summary: The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma

Title:  The Mysterious Benedict Society

Author:  Trenton Lee Stewart

Publisher:  MT Books

Genre:  Fiction



This is the second book in The Mysterious Benedict Society series. So I don’t have you wondering what is going on I’ll give you a quick summary of the first book. Four children, Reynie Muldoon (Perumal, as he was adopted at the end), Kate Wetherall, Constance Contraire, and George “Sticky” Washington come together after a series of mind bending tests that prove them all to be clever and resourceful in a team run by Mr. Benedict, a genius who plans to stop the evil Mr. Ledroptha Curtain (who was later revealed to be Mr. Benedict’s long-lost twin) from taking over the world with his mind-controlling machine (otherwise known as the Whisperer). They participate in his institute to spy on and stop Mr. Curtain from doing this egregious deed. They succeed after many grueling tasks and obstacles are thrown their way but Mr. Curtain escapes. They have not heard of him since…

In this book the children must face an even more pertinent task. There was a scavenger hunt laid out for them but Mr. Benedict was abducted by his evil twin along with one of his assistants (known only to the children as Number 2). They must sabotage Mr. Curtain’s act of holding Mr. Benedict ransom for a strange plant that for the meantime is only known by them. The children’s only hope of finding their mentor is to go on the crazy scavenger hunt that he has laid out for them. After many misgivings, bluffs, and searching of debris, they finally find the first clue. Little do they know that their scavenger hunt would take them overseas. They meet many people with gusto and some with pessimistic personalities. They come across Mr. Curtain’s evil swarm of Ten Men who have a very sophisticated jargon. Yet they do not waver from their task. At the end they land on an uninhabited island and find the plant that Mr. Curtain has been looking for has disappeared like an ember in the ocean. They succeed once again and when they get back home and are reunited with their families.

I read the sneak peek for the next book and it seems like it will be very good. This book is a Lemony Snicket – style writing and is very welcoming to anyone. It’s an awesome book for reading under the covers (sorry mom) and will give anyone thrills. It’s a mystery and an adventure rolled into one. Stewart did a flawless execution of writing this book and I love it almost as much as the Potter books. (And that’s really saying something, by the way). There are no things that I could dream of being improved upon except it being an even larger book. For those of you who would like to read the first book, the title is simply The Mysterious Benedict Society.  There are also extras to the series, such as The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict and an activity book (that is far ahead of coloring pages and connect the dots). The third book is The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma. I can’t wait to read it.


Posted by: Fred Reads



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2 responses to “Review and summary: The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma

  1. Thanks for the review Fred. You’re “Sorry Mom” in this review made me giggle. 🙂

    I am glad that you enjoy this series. I will have to check it out sometime.

    I haven’t read the Lemony Snicket books. Can you describe to me what about the writing is similar to the the Mysterious Benedict Society?

  2. Fred Reads

    Well, you get a feeling of mystery and really feel the characters. I guess it’s not exactly like Lemony Snicket, I suppose, but it’s pretty close. This series and the series from Lemony Snicket that I read have lots of kid power where the bad guys underestimate them by miles. Lemony Snicket is, oh, how do I say it, kind of sad in his writing. You can sense the emotion that he had when he was writing it. I have an idea why he’s so sad but I’m not going to tell you directly. If you want to know, check out the dedication (particularly the twelfth book’s) in any of the “A Series of Unfortunate Events” series (the series I own and have read).

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