Truly Devious

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 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

Publisher: New York, NY : Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062338051
0062338056
Branch Call Number: YA JOHNSON
Characteristics: 420 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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3. Boarding schools + multiple timelines + MURDER.

"Ellingham Academy is a famous private school in Vermont for the brightest thinkers, inventors, and artists. 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 ... Read More »

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LPL_CentennialC Feb 26, 2018

Calling all true crime lovers! Were you on the edge of your seat for Serial? Have you devoured every adaptation of Sherlock? Then Truly Devious should be your next read. Folks, I couldn't put this one down!

Aspiring teen detective & true crime nerd Stevie Bell finds herself attending Ellin... Read More »


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LPL_CentennialC Feb 26, 2018

Calling all true crime lovers! Were you on the edge of your seat for Serial? Have you devoured every adaptation of Sherlock? Then Truly Devious should be your next read. Folks, I couldn't put this one down!

Aspiring teen detective & true crime nerd Stevie Bell finds herself attending Ellingham Academy, a school known its academic rigor and for the mysterious murders that occurred in the 1930s. Told in alternating perspectives between Stevie’s own investigation and witness testimony from the 30s, this story will keep you hooked. Stevie is an intensely likable character--I fell in love with Stevie’s drive to solve the mystery and her practical-yet-awkward personality. This book has a little bit of everything, and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves mysteries, puzzles, and intrepid heroines!

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