Maureen Johnson

Truly Devious: A Mystery (Truly Devious 1)

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Ellingham Academy is a famous private school in Vermont. 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.”

In 1936, shortly after the school opened, Ellingham’s wife and daughter, Iris and Alice, were kidnapped. The only real clue was a mocking riddle listing method

of murder, signed with the frightening pseudonym “Truly, Devious.” It became one of the great crimes of American history. Something like that could never happen again, of course. . . .

Years later, 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.

Truly Devious is the first novel in a murder- mystery trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson.

Additional information

Format Paperback
ISBN-10 0062338056
ISBN-13 978-0062338051

1 review for Truly Devious: A Mystery (Truly Devious 1)

  1. TMG040402 (verified owner)

    For the packaging and timely delivery 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
    So why a chess board. I felt this book like a game of chess.
    1) Just like in a game of chess it takes time to set the pieces, the author took her time to set the place , setting and the characters ( chess pieces ).
    2) Just like chess has very different pieces with unique moves and speciality , so did the characters in this book. They were a lot of characters but you don’t get confused as each one is unique.
    3) And just like when a game starts , you can’t stop same you can’t stop reading this book when it starts ( won’t say wat for I want this to be a spoiler free review )
    4)And the reason why I gave it 4 stars was just like how a game of chess should be completed in one setting so should a murder mystery. Or else we get crazy

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