Truly Devious (Truly Devious #1)

Truly Devious (Truly Devious #1)

Author Maureen Johnson weaves a tale of murder and mystery in the first book of a new series. 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 sa Author Maureen Johnson weaves a tale of murder and mystery in the first book of a new series. Ellingham Academy is a fa...

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  • Kristy
    Nov 21, 2017
    Stephanie "Stevie" Bell is very excited when she is accepted to Ellingham Academy, an elite private school in Vermont for free-thinking junior and senior high school students. Ellingham was founded by wealthy Albert Ellingham as a place where students can learn in their own ways, and w...
  • Rincey
    Jan 12, 2018
    3.5 stars. Was a solid 4 star book for me until that ending. Those last few pages will make it or break it for people ...
  • Eve
    Feb 01, 2018
    "She'd marked one of her boxes with stars, and she opened this one now. This box contained the bare necessities of her life?her mystery novels. These were loving arranged on the bookshelf in the order that she needed to see them...Sherlock Holmes on top with Wilke Collins, then Agath...
  • Shaun Hutchinson
    Feb 07, 2018
    I really enjoyed Truly Devious, but it wasn?t a complete story. There?s not a single story arc in this book that comes to a conclusion, and that?s frustrating as hell. The book simply ends mid plot. I should have known better because the same thing happened with the Shades of Lon...
  • Dayla
    Jan 06, 2018
    I received an advanced reader copy via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review WHAT DID I JUST READ?! How did that ending happen? Vague answers, hints at something conclusive, but left with almost...nothing? I?m so confused and kind of pissed off. What did I just read? Was I tr...
  • Jen Ryland
    Sep 24, 2017
    lol is this the longest synopsis ever???? UPDATED: I think they shortened the synopsis a little? I read this and there were definitely things I enjoyed, like the whole Ellingham mystique. But I'm sort of concerned about where things are going. And that reveal at the end was not ...
  • Sue (Hollywood News Source)
    Jan 18, 2018
    I've never really liked any of Johnson's previous books so I was a little unsure about Truly Devious. However, I wanted to like it because the premise is all about MURDER! and boarding school which are two of my favorite things. I anticipated the quirkiness of the characters and it...
  • Stacee
    Dec 11, 2017
    4.5 stars I am a huge true crime fan, so I was all over this story. Love love loved Stevie and this cast of characters. She?s smart and maybe a bit odd and socially awkward, but I loved being in her head. The rest of the cast is just as equally intriguing and I immediately did...
  • Michael
    Sep 25, 2017
    I didn't know this would have a sequel I AM SHOOK. With most books that switch back and forth between timelines, there is usually one I like more than the other. That wasn't the case here. Between present day and the past, we were presented TWO intriguing murder mysteries to solve. Tho...
  • Emma
    Feb 18, 2018
    I am too old for this book, so obviously I loved it! I have enjoyed many YA books, I have enjoyed many murder mysteries. But as far as I?m aware, YA murder mysteries are not a *thing*. Or they weren?t for me until I read this, anyway! This book was much better than it sounded. Whe...
  • Kassidy
    Jan 18, 2018
    Um what?!?! I need book 2 right now. The end was such a teaser, things were just starting to come together. I need answers! Haha ...
  • Lily
    Apr 02, 2018
    This book was intriguing. That cliffhanger, though? Not so much a cliff as a gentle slope. (rtc) * me: I don?t read books with sequels that I?ll have to wait more than a year for, do I look like I enjoy torturing myself? me [actually holds book #1 in my hands]: ? never m...
  • Kate Welsh
    Jun 09, 2017
    I shall not say anything SPECIFIC so early, but I LOVED THIS. I'm so glad Maureen is writing mysteries, as that is clearly her TRUE CALLING. ...
  • Katherine
    Mar 03, 2018
    "Murder is easy. As long as no one thinks it?s murder."- Agatha Christie Synopsis: A tycoon?s wife and daughter are kidnapped and killed, and a bright young student is killed at the boarding school he attends. Whodunnit? You sure as hell won?t find out with not one, but tw...
  • bran (brandonthebookaddict)
    Jan 09, 2018
    a YA mystery/thriller?? Hmmmmmm......we'll see... ...
  • Olivia (The Candid Cover)
    Dec 01, 2017
    4.5 Stars Going into Truly Devious, my expectations were pretty high, since it seemed like exactly my kind of book: boarding school thriller. I don?t have much experience with Maureen Johnson?s books, but after reading this one, I will definitely have to check them out. This boo...
  • Christian
    Mar 26, 2018
    !MISSING! The answers to the endless amount of questions I have after finishing this book. They were last seen I have no idea where. Any help is greatly appreciated and of utmost importance. RTC (unless it goes missing too.) ...
  • Alison
    Jan 29, 2018
    3.5 STARS I checked this out on a whim from Hoopla because I had an extra credit and the cover is so eye catching. Plus it's a YA murder mystery, which seems hard to find to me. You can definitely feel the Sherlock Holmes inspiration throughout this book. I really felt like I was in...
  • Peter Monn
    Jan 30, 2018
    Omg!!!!! So good. But the ending. Literally screaming out loud. My full review will be on my booktube channel at ...
  • Stephanie Anze
    Feb 07, 2018
    2.5 stars Stephanie (aka Stevie) Bell just been admitted to the prestigious Ellingham Academy. Ellingham is a different sort of school where tuition is free, learning is a game and everyone learns at their own pace. Being a true crime junkie, Stevie is set on solving the kidnapping ...
  • Emma Giordano
    Feb 03, 2018
    I LOVED THIS BOOK. If you need a new YA mystery novel, this is the one for you! Truly Devious totally took me by surprise. I had no idea I would love this book as much as I did! Cw: murder I loved our main character, Stevie. I wish this book existed in high school so that I co...
  • Laura
    Jun 30, 2016
    Schools may be famous for many things: academics, graduates, sports teams. They are not supposed to be famous for murders. Albert Ellingham created a school that knows no limits. He wanted learning to be a game for those who attended. Tuition is free and everyone learns at their ow...
  • Erin
    Mar 09, 2018
    3.5 Stars I don't think I'm suppose to like this book. I mean I should like it and I did like it but I don't know why I liked it. The plot sounds great Stevie is a True Crime fanatic (something we share in common) who's bookcase is filled with the great detective novels, such as...
  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    Dec 16, 2017
    ?There was something there. She could feel it under her skin. Stevie had no fears of the dead. The living, however, sometimes gave her the creeps.? I haven?t read a mystery in a while and I feel like this is a perfect one to make me crave more. We follow Stevie Bell, true cr...
  • Xavier (CharlesXplosion)
    Jan 31, 2018
    A well-written mystery that clearly has more to offer, but chooses to unwisely save it for its subsequent sequels. ...
  • April
    Feb 18, 2018
    That cliffhanger though. ...
  • elena
    Jan 31, 2018
  • Zoe Wilson
    Apr 02, 2018
    4.5/5 I loved this book! It was a bit slow to start, it took about 100 pages for me to really get into it, which is why it's not a 5-star book for me. If the rest of the series continues like this book after those first 100 pages, it'll be a 5-star trilogy for sure. I have such high...
  • Fuzaila
    Mar 06, 2018
    What the actual f*** was this??? ???? I wasted a whole night before an exam on this book which ended nowhere???? I'm pissed and I donot usually become pissed. ?? ---------------------- review to come if i survive my pissed-y state by passing my exam and gobbli...
  • Beverly
    Mar 10, 2018
    It took me a whole to warm up to this murder mystery, but the ending is so danged good I can't wait for the second in the trilogy. Why is everything a trilogy !!!?? Teen super sleuth Stevie gets into the elite Bellingham Academy on her letter alone which is about how much she wants ...