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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
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About Maureen Johnson
Maureen Johnson is the bestselling author of several novels, including 13 Little Blue Envelopes, the Truly Devious series, the Suite Scarlett series, and the Shades of London series. She has also written collaborative works such as Let It Snow with John Green and Lauren Myracle and the Bane Chronicles with Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan. Maureen lives in New York and online on Twitter @maureenjohnson or at maureenjohnsonbooks.com.
Other books by Maureen Johnson
Ghosts of the Shadow MarketCassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson and Kelly Link and Robin Wasserman
Life Inside My MindJessica Burkhart and Maureen Johnson and Robison Wells and Lauren Oliver and Jennifer L. Armentrout and Amy Reed and Aprilynne Pike and Rachel M. Wilson and Dan Wells and Amber Benson and E. Kristin Anderson and Sarah Fine and Kelly Fiore-Stultz and Ellen Hopkins and Scott Neumyer and Crissa-Jean Chappell and Francesca Lia Block and Tara Kelly and Kimberly McCreight and Megan Kelley Hall and Hannah Moskowitz and Karen Mahoney and Tom Pollock and Cyn Balog and Melissa Marr and Wendy Toliver and Cindy L. Rodriguez and Candace Ganger and Sara Zarr and Cynthia Hand and Francisco X. Stork and Jessica Burkhart
Tales from the Shadowhunter AcademyCassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson and Robin Wasserman
The Bane ChroniclesCassandra Clare and Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson
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