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Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson @maureenjohnson @katerudd #YoungAdult #Mystery #WhoDunnit

Truly Devious

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

🌟🌟🌟🌟 Riddle me This Stars

Synopsis

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.

Review

Look! A riddle! Time for fun!
Should we use a rope or gun?
Knives are sharp and gleam so pretty
Poison’s slow, which is a pity
Fire is festive, drowning’s slow
Hanging’s a ropy way to go
A broken head, a nasty fall
A car colliding with a wall
Bombs make a very jolly noise
Such ways to punish naughty boys!
What shall we use? We can’t decide.
Just like you cannot run or hide.
Ha ha.
Truly,
Devious

Well this little YA book was a lovely little surprise.

This is a good old fashioned murder mystery book, we read about the murder at the beginning of the story, this was in the past, in 1936, we are then jumped into present day.

This had a little bit of a Harry Potter vibe to it, not the magic part, but the MC is a girl called Stevie, she is a bit of a child genius in her field, and has been chosen to attend a very prestigious school, only 50 pupils are chosen every year to attend the school and she is super happy about this.

Her parents are very over protective and are not happy about it in the slightest and try their best to talk her out of it, but Stevie has no concerns about attending the school.

Stevie’s thing is Murder, whether that be Sherlock Holmes, or Agatha Christie, but her true passion is True Crime.

And this school is not only famous for the super talented kids that go there, no there was a really famous unsolved Murder in 1936 by the infamous murderer Truly Devious!

For Stevie this is like a dream come true, she has read so much about the Murder itself and the school, it’s like her perfect idea of wow!

Now being a YA book what would *usually* happen, is that someone would attend the school, and within 5 minutes solve a clue that the police have been scratching their heads over for the last 20 years, and then 20 minutes later solve the case!

Notice i said usually? Yep because that isn’t what happens, some stuff happens, other things kick off, someone may or may not have an attraction to someone else, someone else may or may not end up dead, and there are a few riddles to solve!

All in all i really enjoyed this one, I liked the way it flipped from 1936 and back to today every now and then, and will be patiently waiting for book 2 to come out on audio to find out what the heck is going on, and find out about that bloody Photo!!!!

🎧🎧 Expertly narrated by the fabulous Kate Rudd, she always gives a stellar performance and is narrator that I would not hesitate to listen to every time!

Get your puzzle heads on!

Vicci

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We are Berit and Vicci... two girls from different parts of the world who were brought together by Goodreads and a love of all things books 💕📚

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