Truly Devious

Truly Devious

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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. 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.'
Publisher: New York, NY :, Katherine Tegen Books,, [2018]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ♭2018
ISBN: 9780062338051
Characteristics: 420 pages :,map


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Soon after the elite, exclusive Elligham Academy was built on an isolated mountain in Vermont, one of its students was murdered and at the same time, the wealthy founder’s wife and daughter were kidnapped. The mystery was never solved, but a disturbing clue was left behind: a riddle signed “Truly, Devious”.
Eighty-one years later, Stevie Bell, a true-crime “junkie”, has been accepted as a student at the remote boarding school. Having read everything she can find about the crime, she has hopes of possibly being able to discover further clues on the campus. She also hopes to put her former “completely unexciting” life behind her at the academy and become the person she wants to be. But no one, Stevie included, has any suspicion that “Truly Devious” could – and would – strike again at Elligham Academy.
As well as the signature to the riddle, what’s also “devious” about this story? Well, neither crime is solved at the end, so readers will need to wait impatiently for the next book in the series.
The story switches deftly from the past (when the first murder and the kidnapping happened) to the present day.
With its many twists, turns and quirky characters, the novel is quite intriguing, and Stevie is a smart, likeable protagonist.
Maureen Johnson is also the author of the “Shades of London” series for teens.
** Recommended for ages 14 and up.
** Reviewed by Sally Hengeveld, librarian, Stratford Public Library.

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