Hanna Alkaf's 'Queen of the Tiles' unscrambles a murder mystery with Scrabble

Fans of 'They Wish They Were Us' and 'The Queen’s Gambit' will enjoy this story.

The young adult novel will be available in April (Photo: Simon & Schuster)

Malaysian author Hanna Alkaf — whose previous works include The Weight of Our Sky and The Girl and the Ghost — has published her latest novel, Queen of the Tiles. This young adult mystery follows Najwa Bakri, who thinks entering a Scrabble competition might distract her from the grief that has engulfed her since the death of her best friend, Trina Low. With Low, the Scrabble Queen, no longer around, the other competitors are fighting to claim the throne.

When cryptic messages begin appearing on Low’s inactive Instagram account, Najwa wonders if her friend had died under suspicious circumstances and perhaps a competitor could have been responsible. Will the truth come to light? Queen of the Tiles is a thrilling tale with both suspense and mystery.



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Fans of They Wish They Were Us and The Queen’s Gambit will enjoy this story, which brings together competitive Scrabble and a shocking murder mystery. Available for pre-order from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Indiebound, Queen of the Tiles can also be pre-ordered locally from Lit Books for 10% off and it comes with a signed bookplate and an exclusive enamel pin while stocks last. Lit Books’ offer is available until Jan 31.


Pre-order 'Queen of the Tiles' at Lit Books for RM55.70 here.


This article first appeared on Jan 10, 2022 in The Edge Malaysia.

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