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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  • ????? ?

    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.First of all, if I think about it hard enough, my phys...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 be a lo...

  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • April

    That cliffhanger though....

  • megs_bookrack

    I'm in love with this book. First of all, that ending. I cannot express how happy I am that I actually put off reading this until now. The 2nd book is about to be released ((TOMORROW)) and I will be p...

  • Kristin Hackett (SuperSpaceChick)

    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...

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    I’ve tried this one on three separate occasions and it’s just not working for me. I think it’s just my fault and not the book’s; I’m not connecting and keep putting it down to read other thi...