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Truly Devious: A Mystery

Truly Devious: A Mystery

Scritto da Maureen Johnson

Narrato da Kate Rudd


Truly Devious: A Mystery

Scritto da Maureen Johnson

Narrato da Kate Rudd

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Jan 16, 2018
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9780062822000
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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.

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Informazioni sull'autore

Maureen Johnson is the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen YA novels, including 13 Little Blue Envelopes, The Name of the Star, Suite Scarlett, and Truly Devious. Visit her at MaureenJohnsonBooks.com, MaureenJohnsonBooks on Tumblr, or @MaureenJohnson on Twitter.

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  • (4/5)
    Stevie Bell loves mysteries and true crime. They fascinate her and help to calm her anxiety. So when she is admitted to Ellingham Academy, she knows exactly what she wants to do-solve the decades old mystery of Truly Devious, who kidnapped the founder's wife and daughter, leaving a taunting poem behind.But when death comes back to Ellingham, Stevie is faced with the fact that she may have to solve a very current and dangerous mystery as well.First things first-I love so much that the protagonist is a girl with anxiety, who also loves mysteries and true crime. It was so great to have a lead character in a story who I feel so much commonality with. Johnson really depicts aspects of anxiety so well, and glimpses into Stevie's mind ring so true.To add to this, this is a great story. The mystery is so suspenseful, and the characters feel like real people. Interestingly, the flashbacks to the original crime were actually a little less compelling to me than what was happening in the present day. As much as I want to know the solution to the original crime (and I really do), I felt so drawn in by the present day characters,The only downside to this book is that it looks like the second book in this trilogy isn't coming out until 2019, and I can't wait that long! If the rest of the trilogy is as strong as this first entry, those will be three books I will be needing to have on my bookcase.
  • (5/5)
    This was an excellent mystery whose only flaw was the cliffhanger ending. I want books two and three RIGHT NOW.Stevie Bell has been accepted at the Ellingham Academy in rural Vermont. The school was founded by a tycoon in the 1930s to provide a free education to students from a wide variety of backgrounds and with a wide variety of interests. Her housemates include and inventor, a novelist, an eccentric artist, an actor, and a character steeped in mystery. Stevie wants to solve mysteries and the one most on her mind is the kidnapping and disappearance of the school founder's wife and daughter in 1936. While the wife's body was found, the child's was not. Stevie has read all the books about the mystery. She has gathered thousands of pages of research including court transcripts, FBI interviews, and newspaper clippings. She is glad to be at the school and away from the parents who don't understand her and who support a political candidate she can't stand. The curriculum caters to her interests and she is kept busy with schoolwork and the day to day activities of a boarding school. Stevie is worried about the usual things: fitting in and making friends. Stevie also suffers from anxiety and takes medication to combat panic attacks. These things all fit in around her research.When Hayes, the actor, comes to her and asks for her help recreating the kidnapping, she pulls in Nate to do the writing while she provides the technical details. They gather together with other friends to produce a video. But then Hayes dies in one of the tunnels that riddle the school. Was it a tragic accident? Or is there a new murderer stalking Ellingham Academy?I loved the writing in this book. The story was descriptive, lyrical, and often sort of creepy. Stevie is a great character who sometimes gets so focused on crime solving that she neglects the people in her life. David was a fascinating character who provides quite a puzzle to Stevie even as they begin a tentative romance. Fans of mysteries, boarding schools, and romance will all enjoy this story and be eager to find out more when books two and three are available.
  • (4/5)
    When Stevie Bell, an amateur detective, begins her first year at a famous private school in Vermont, she sets a plan to solve the cold case involving the kidnapping of the founder's wife and daughter shortly after the school opened.
  • (4/5)
    Moving between mysteries of the past and present, this story revolves around present-day Stevie who has been accepted at a boarding school for the gifted because of her heightened interest in an unsolved crime that occurred there in 1936. Set in back country Vermont, the school was created by a wealthy businessman as a haven for gifted and creative teenagers. When the business man's wife and daughter disappeared, as well as a student, the anarchist who confessed to the crime was not a credible suspect. Fast forward to the present, and Stevie is determined to uncover what actually happened as part of her resolution to become an FBI agent. Her research is shortened when one of her classmates dies under suspicious circumstances, giving her a more immediate challenge. This books actually infuriated me with its abrupt, cliff-hanger ending, clearly leading to the next installment. Perhaps if I hadn't enjoyed the fast pace and suspense so much I wouldn't have minded the cheap trick of keeping the reader waiting for the next book. I'll now pass on that one to avoid being left in the lurch again.
  • (5/5)
    Good book. Agatha Christi she is not but thankfully neither is she Baldacci in that it is a first person murder and not a police story.
  • (5/5)
    It was very interesting and well written! Can’t wait for next book!
  • (5/5)
    I really enjoyed the atmosphere! I wish there was a little more of the past mentioned, as well as Dottie. But still thoroughly enjoyed this book.
  • (4/5)
    4.5 stars.

    A but of a slow burn, but once it picked up? It flew!

    I actually really liked David and Nate. Nate stole my heart a little when he asked Stevie to the dance as a friend to help her.

    The mystery weaving and interviews and that Steveie wants to be a detective and just all of, all of it, was SO DAMN GOOD.

    I wasn't expecting it to be as engaging as it was.

    I am going right into the sequel!
  • (4/5)
    I loved the first book. I really enjoyed it. If course it ended with a huge cliffhanger.
  • (4/5)
    This story was good! I loved the mystery and Stevie was a great main character. What I didn't like as much was the romance, it felt kind of forced to me. The ending was a little anti climactic and ended in a cliffhanger. It does make me want to read the next book pretty badly. I do like that the story wasn't forced into one book because it really does feel like it goes deep and that everything is connected.
  • (1/5)
    This wasn’t the mystery I signed up for. First of all, nothing got resolved (except the identity of Truly Devious if you want)... 1.5 stars because I loved the back and forth between present and past and having the past part be so inconclusive made me felt cheated. Nothing really happened until past the middle and then Stevie solved her own mystery in like 20% of the book and the Truly Devious basically in the last pages. The characters were not that deep for me to get invested in them... that’s why I was rooting for the mystery that was left unresolved and not satisfying at all.
  • (4/5)
    Without the very little amount of politics in this book I'd rate it 4.5 stars. Love the boarding school, the characters seem pretty well developed, the story is good. I would prefer chapter 1 and all the 1936 story line to have started later in the book , maybe with our heroine explaining why she came to the school. I still feel like chapter one isn't hugely important to the story line. Book 2 may fix that.
  • (4/5)
    4.5/5 STARS

    Really enjoyed this! Much more than I thought I would. I love crime/mystery novels and this one was a great young adult one.
    A little slow to start but that didn’t last long. Spent time going between the time of the Ellingham kidnapping and the present day when Stevie is at the school. And I’ll be honest, I’m not usually a fan of multi-time books, like switching between time periods but I really enjoyed it in this one. You got to see how the Truly Devious crime happened and what went down. We also got to see what the police and other authorities did in the aftermath; the arrests, trial and how Albert Ellingham felt during all of this.

    I really loved Stevie as a main character. She was smart and strong and was so sure of herself. She didn’t let it get to her when people said things about her passion for crime and mystery and that was so good the read. I loved the side characters too! Janelle – gorgeous and I adored her romance in the book and hope it gets more development in book 2. Nate – the little hermit with a good heart; he’s such a sweetie and I need to see more of him! I just want to see all the developments these characters will go through!
    I’m also all about the possible romance that may happen as the series continues. If Stevie ends up with who I want her to than I’m a keen bean!

    Just loved it. Great plot, great setting and such lovable characters. Need book two already! Can’t wait to get back with Stevie to find out who ‘Truly Devious’ is!
  • (3/5)
    A well written story with a fun premise and great narration. The story is kind of/kind of not split into two parts. We follow Stevie bell and the mystery of the present and also have chapters delving into the mysterious of the past, all focused around a boarding school for the elite (whether that be intelligence or wealth really depends on which character you feel like picking apart).

    I must say the idea of a second book seems fun (albeit maybe unnecessary as I feel this could have had a few additions to it and made a great one shot piece of work) and I’ll definitely pick it up BUT I feel the best parts of this story were regarding the past mystery/mysterious of the school and not the present with our protagonist.
  • (5/5)
    I'm not going to pretend that this is the world's next best novel, but I really enjoyed it. I like how it flipped back and forth between the 1930s and present day. I wasn't tracking that it is a series, so I didn't anticipate the "to be continued" ending. but I will pick up the next one and continue with the story.
  • (3/5)
    Well I honestly was not expecting a cliffhanger for some odd reason I thought this was going to be a seriea but with different mysteries to solve! While there are instances that are entertaining there are dull moments also, so who really is Truly Devious? Well I don't have a single inkling!
  • (4/5)
    If this is how murder misterys go, I need to read more of them.
  • (5/5)
    Brilliantly narrated and beautifully paced, this mystery has a twist: its protagonist LOVES a good mystery novel.

    I wanted to hang out with Stevie and her friends working everything out together, and when the cliffhanger ending arrived, I couldn’t believe I was already through the whole book!
  • (5/5)
    Holy crap, I loved this! I need the next book right now! Stevie is amazing and Maureen Johnson is a brilliant writer.
  • (3/5)
    What the hell is that ending?! All this waiting and literally nothin!
  • (4/5)
    The ending was maddening :) but I REALLY enjoyed this book ??
  • (4/5)
    Woah this was so good but I wish it had a less cliff hanger-ish ending!!!
  • (5/5)
    I LOVED IT. I DIDNT EXPECT TO, BUT I LOVED IT, AND I WANT A SEQUEL RIGHT NOW!!!!
  • (4/5)
    Very fun book. Easy listen, nice narrator, and just enough suspense.
  • (5/5)
    Super fun! Nancy drew goes to a non magic Hogwarts where murder and mysteries are abound. Brilliant, couldn't put it down!
  • (5/5)
    Talk about a cliff hanger.Yikes. I wasn't sure I was going to like this book because I'm not into teen mysteries, but this was quite good. Ellington Academy is a special school. It is for high school juniors and seniors and is free for those few people who get accepted. Stevie Bell got accepted because of her intense interest in the kidnapping and disappearance of the founder's wife, Iris, and his daughter, Alice, as well as a student from the first class, Dorothy. In trying to find a human interest aspect to the unsolved crime, another student is found dead in an excavated tunnel. Now Stevie has to solve to cases.Of course Maureen Johnson ended the first installment of the trilogy in a manner that nothing is solved and you NEED to, want to read on.The anticipation is there on a grand scale. I'll take time to read a book or two before moving on to installment two. But I'm anxious to find out who done it. I guess that won't happen, though, until the third book. Thank goodness it just got published.
  • (3/5)
    If mysteries, boarding schools, and a unique female main character float your boat then don’t miss Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson. The story flashes between a historical murder/disappearance at the school and the present-day group of students at Ellingham Academy. Stevie Bell, a true crime enthusiast, leads the way with her desire to solve the old murder while encountering problems of her own. Clearly written as the first book in a series Johnson introduces a lot of characters and ends with a cliffhanger, but the second book (The Vanishing Stair) will be available in January 2019 for those who don’t want to wait.
  • (5/5)
    Can I tell you that when I live a book I get like Yeo chapters from the end and then realize, noooo they can't finish this in teo chapters. Oh God No, this is a series. . .DAMN IT!!! I AM simultaneously excited but bummed that I have to wait. But I'm even more excited about these characters carrying on for a while !!
  • (4/5)
    Stevie is an armature sleuth investigating the 1936 murder/mystery of the Ellingham Academy up in the mountains of Vermont. Luckily, her interest and knowledge of said mystery gets her admittance into the school, making it much easier for her to try and solve the cold case. While working on the cold case, the death of a fellow student leads her on a more modern mystery hunt.This was an enjoyable story told both in flashbacks to the original murder and kidnapping from various points of view, and from Stevie's present day point of view. Although I felt that the characters are well described and all have their little quirks, I didn't really form any sort of sentimental attachment to the characters which is really the only problem I had with the book. Otherwise, it is a quick read, fairly fast paced and interesting. It was recommended in a review that I saw about the story that it is a good idea to have the second book on hand as this one leaves off on a doozy of a cliffhanger. I followed this advice and am already about halfway through book 2 (started it yesterday) and will agree with the recommendation for having it readily available.
  • (4/5)
    Really really enjoyed it. Cant wait to start the next book in the series