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Truly Devious: A Mystery

Hardcover - 16 January 2018
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New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson weaves a delicate tale of murder and mystery in the first book of a striking new series, perfect for fans of Agatha Christie and E. Lockhart.

Ellingham Academy is a famous private school in Vermont for the brightest thinkers, inventors, and artists. It was founded by Albert Ellingham, an early twentieth century tycoon, who wanted to make a wonderful place full of riddles, twisting pathways, and gardens. "A place," he said, "where learning is a game."

Shortly after the school opened, his wife and daughter were kidnapped. The only real clue was a mocking riddle listing methods of murder, signed with the frightening pseudonym "Truly, Devious." It became one of the great unsolved crimes of American history.

True-crime aficionado Stevie Bell is set to begin her first year at Ellingham Academy, and she has an ambitious plan: She will solve this cold case. That is, she will solve the case when she gets a grip on her demanding new school life and her housemates: the inventor, the novelist, the actor, the artist, and the jokester.

But something strange is happening. Truly Devious makes a surprise return, and death revisits Ellingham Academy. The past has crawled out of its grave. Someone has gotten away with murder.

The two interwoven mysteries of this first book in the Truly Devious series dovetail brilliantly, and Stevie Bell will continue her relentless quest for the murderers in books two and three.

Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2018 * Junior Library Guild Selection * 2019 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Nomination * 2019 ALA's Best Fiction for Young Adults Nomination * Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books 2018 * Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Young Adult Fiction 2018 * 2018 Nerdy Book Club Young Adult Winner * Seventeen Best YA Book of 2018 * Lincoln Award Nominee * 2020-2021 South Carolina Book Awards Nominee * 2020 Pennsylvania Young Readers' Choice Award Winner

Customer Reviews

1 customer reviews Between 3−4 stars rating, 08 February 2018
Detective story in an exceptional school
By: Stella Wenny

3.5 stars.I mostly love this book and enjoyed it a lot, I love the concept of the school so much, and love being intrigued by the mystery on the past and present. Buuuut, at first the characters just seem too many and it's always hard for me to remember all of them, much less know which chracter should I remember more because they will be important to the story. Buut, I... See More

was frowning deeply when there's this romance that I didn't expect at all. I think that's because there are too many characters that I didn't pay much attention to both characters interaction before. And I can't relate to Stevie's thought about how suddenly she wants him so bad? Idk.Other thing that bugged me the most is two cases in this book are still unsolved! Almost and kinda but not quite. I mean I understand that they want to make it a series, but usually detective series always solve the main case on that book right? At least solve one case? And then add another case on the next book? I don't feel like we should be left hanging on a detective book? Also, I would have forgotten every clues and details about the cases by the time the sequel came out!

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