Truly Devious

Truly Devious Review

Author Maureen Johnson weaves a tale of murder and mystery in the first book of a new series.

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.

Title:Truly Devious
Edition Language:English

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    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • 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 ...

  • Kassidy

    Um what?!?! I need book 2 right now. The end was such a teaser, things were just starting to come together. I need answers! Haha...

  • April

    That cliffhanger though....

  • Erin

    3.5 StarsI don't think I'm suppose to like this book. I mean I should like it and I did like it but I don't know why I liked it. The plot sounds great Stevie is a True Crime fanatic (something we shar...

  • Michael

    I didn't know this would have a sequel I AM SHOOK. With most books that switch back and forth between timelines, there is usually one I like more than the other. That wasn't the case here. Between pre...

  • Laura

    Schools may be famous for many things: academics, graduates, sports teams.They are not supposed to be famous for murders. Albert Ellingham created a school that knows no limits. He wanted learning to...

  • Beverly

    It took me a whole to warm up to this murder mystery, but the ending is so danged good I can't wait for the second in the trilogy. Why is everything a trilogy !!!??Teen super sleuth Stevie gets into t...

  • Stacee

    4.5 starsI am a huge true crime fan, so I was all over this story. Love love loved Stevie and this cast of characters. She’s smart and maybe a bit odd and socially awkward, but I loved being in her ...

  • Abbie (boneseasonofglass)

    Ughhhh cliffhangers are the worstI really enjoyed reading this, I have more questions than answers right now, and I need the next book ASAP pls I really loved the setting and Ellingham Academy and the...

  • Rincey

    3.5 stars. Was a solid 4 star book for me until that ending. Those last few pages will make it or break it for people ...