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Truly Devious - Maureen Johnson
Truly Devious
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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... show more
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.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780062338051 (62338056)
Pages no: 432
Edition language: English
Series: Truly Devious (#1)
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Kaethe
Kaethe rated it
5.0 Truly Devious for Baker Street Irregulars
This is weird and why I consider my own ratings to be bunk: In June I picked this up read the first chapter and abandoned it. Just wasn't what I felt like reading. But it was on the list for Baker Street Irregulars, and I usually like Johnson, so...and I made it to the second chapter and then I was ...
Moonlight Snow
Moonlight Snow rated it
3.5 Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
Overall, I found this to be a bit of a mixed bag - I enjoyed the beginning, the second quarter dragged, and then it picked up again at about 52%. There was a lot of classic mystery name-checking, and especially Hercule Poirot and his leetle grey cells. The main character, Stevie, is a true crime ...
Mary's Books
Mary's Books rated it
4.0 Truly Devious
Ellingham Academy is set high on a mountain in Vermont. It is an exclusive, free school for those deemed to be the best. Every student is either a Junior or a Senior in their school and they are given all the core subjects for their grade, but others in the field of interest. Stevie is new to the sc...
An Un-Calibrated Centrifuge
An Un-Calibrated Centrifuge rated it
2.0 Truly Devious
Nope nope nope. 1. Why is Maureen Johnson starting a new series when I have been waiting on the last Shades of London book for years? 2. Why wasn't it at least better? To be fair, I did read the whole thing, but I wasn't happy about it. If a book has flat characters, it better have a good plot. If...
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