Truly Devious

Truly Devious


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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.

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.

Title:Truly Devious
Edition Language:English
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    Truly Devious Reviews

  • Emma Giordano

    I LOVED THIS BOOK. If you need a new YA mystery novel, this is the one for you! Truly Devious totally took me by surprise. I had no idea I would love this book as much as I did! Cw: murderI loved our ...

  • chai ?

    Me: *reads the last page and closes the book with a loud thump*Me, in a Buzzfeed Unsolved voice: with that in mind, let’s get into the THEORIES. [rolls huge chalkboard into the room]...

  • daph pink ?

    Truly devious:- ⭐⭐.15/5Vanishing stair :- ⭐.75/5 Read review here Hand on wall :- ⭐⭐.5/5 read review here *Spoiler alert*Yeah so oh boy, I just read this renowned, esteemed, honoured and ...

  • megs_bookrack

    Holy FREAKING cliffhanger!!!I am actually happy I put off reading Truly Devious for almost a year after it was released, because honestly, I don't think I could have waited for the sequel.Well played,...

  • jessica

    i swear, there is no better feeling in the world than getting to a big reveal in a murder mystery and being able to shout, ‘I KNEW IT!’maybe that makes the story too predictable and easy, but wow,...

  • emma

    hell yeah.rounding up to 4 (instead of down to 3) upon reread-------------THERE'S GOING TO BE A FOURTH BOOK??!i just picked this up for a reread on basically a whim and now i find out there's another ...

  • Melanie

    “A girl from Pittsburgh came to Ellingham Academy and she wanted to see a dead body. She got her wish.” Friends, you’d think a book that is centered around two different murders would...

  • Sofia

    This was my first YA murder mystery.I will definitely be reading more. Truly Devious follows a true-crime enthusiast and aspiring detective named Stevie who gets accepted into a mysterious school call...

  • Kai

    Love the story, hate the love interest.I read this book in a single day. Granted, I spent almost 7 hours on a train and had no evening plans so it was just me and the book and no one else for a whole ...

  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    Three a little disappointed but still determined enough to give a chance to the second book of trilogy stars. Firstly what I liked about this book:Curiosity didn’t kill the cat but intrigued a dog l...