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Truly Devious
Truly Devious: A Mystery | Maureen Johnson
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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Aloisi_tribe
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Finished this on audiobook today. I‘m so glad that I came back to it after bailing on it a few months ago. It was so good! Using this as part of the #scarathlon #scaryscavengerhunt for a book where a character dies. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

@Clwojick This book was so good, I immediately checked out part two, The Vanishing Stair, and started listening to it. Move this up on your TBR!

Clwojick Will do! i'm going to check to see if it's available on Cloud Library 1w
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STEVIE — all the feels ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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Aloisi_tribe
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Yet another one that I started before, bailed on after a few chapters, and came back to. I‘ve listened to a good chunk of this today and will probably finish it tonight. I‘m glad I gave this one a second chance! #scarathlon @Clwojick

Clwojick Woohoo! Can‘t wait to see how you feel about it once it‘s done. It‘s been on my TBR for a while. 3w
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mcipher
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Finally able to open my #cozyswap after a long day. @BethM Thank you SO MUCH! I‘m doing this I‘m two posts because one won‘t do it all justice. #Chloe is curious about the whole thing so she helped me set up the books. I love that two of these are ones you enjoyed, and I‘ve been dying for the other 2 -I can‘t wait to read them all!!

Leftcoastzen Such a cute kitty😻 1mo
mcipher @Leftcoastzen She‘s crazy - such a fun girl. 😊 1mo
booksandsympathy Hounded is fantastic. Kevin Hearne is local and I was introduced to his books by a former coworker who had him as an English teacher in highschool. He came into the store one day, but I was busy with another customer and not able to meet him. 😔 1mo
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mcipher @booksandsympathy Awww, too bad - maybe he‘ll come back another time! Excited to read it - the jacket blurb sounds awesome! 1mo
BethM I love The Delia James one as well- soooo good! 1mo
Avanders 📖🔪♥️ 4w
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JoyBlue
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I know that it looks like I haven't been reading for a few days. Crazy, right?! I *have* been reading; but, I've been in Washington DC doing annual Save the Children Action Network volunteer leadership training & advocating for kids with our legislators. It may take me a day or two to catch up my various reading logs.

I reread tagged book for virtual book club. Found a few new tidbits.

[Photo from Uber ride on the way back to the airport Tu pm.]

britt_brooke ♥️ 1mo
chaoticgoodhufflepuff Good luck! ❤️ 1mo
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gradcat This is exactly right—truth! 👍♥️ 1mo
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ashley_o13
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This should be an interesting book 📖🎃👻

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emmaturi
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This is the second book this week I have read about teenagers and murder. I am also reading another too at the moment! Anyway this is the first of a trilogy and I really enjoyed it. #crimenovels

Cathythoughts This sounds like a good series! Only is it YA ? I‘ll look up the first one 👍🏻 (edited) 2mo
Cathythoughts Oh it is the first one 🙈I need coffee 2mo
emmaturi The second is already out, called The Vanishing Star. I am tempted to get it now! @Cathythoughts 2mo
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Lovesbooks87 I really enjoyed this series. I have the last book already preordered. 2mo
Cathythoughts Guys is it YA ? @Lovesbooks87 2mo
Cathythoughts Thanks !! Oh dear 😬not a fan. But it does sound really good @Lovesbooks87 2mo
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lindsaykerr
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Stevie Bell is an amateur detective trying to solve the infamous murder that happened 80 years ago when her prestigious private school opened. It seems the killer is back so Stevie uses all her skills and knowledge to try and figure out what's happening. A bit slow to start but a very enjoyable first installment in this trilogy! Looking forward to the next two!
#booked2019 female detective
@Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

BarbaraTheBibliophage Nice review! 👊🏻📚♥️ 2mo
Cinfhen 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
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Book_ish
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I really enjoyed this one despite it being a bit slow in places. Now, even though I have begun another book, my mind is consumed with getting my hands on the second book in this series! Full Review here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2691113939?book_show_action=false&from_rev...

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BookishGamer87
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After reading the Shades of London series earlier this year and having a bit of a love/hate relationship with it, I was honestly scared to pick this series up. But, thankfully, I was pleasantly surprised! It feels like it was written by an entirely different person! Thank goodness.

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JoyBlue
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Ooh—I love/hate a cliffhanger!!!

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klbwriting
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I have never related to a main character so much in my life. Stevie was funny and flawed and loveable and unlikable. She was a real person and she makes this book so good. The mystery is solid and fun to guess about and I'm excited to see whats next. Only downside is the love interest and his story is eh and predictable

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klbwriting
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This book has some great lines to it. I particularly love this one.

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klbwriting
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The mentions of Pittsburgh and Monroeville will not end in this book and it makes me smile every time

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klbwriting
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Anyone else get insanely excited when their city is referenced? Like it doesn't have anything to do with the book setting but it was mentioned! Yay!

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TheSpineView I didn't realize but I can get two for one today on this prompt. #LetsTravelJuly @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620 3mo
OriginalCyn620 👌🏻💚💚💚 3mo
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And hit my goal! The weather being so hot and humid helped convince Watson we needed more inside time and snuggles. I finished 4 books and am half way through 2 new ones! I think I‘ll just read for a little bit longer.... #24in48 #readathon #dogsoflitsy

24in48 Great job, team! 3mo
AmyG 🎉🎉🎉 3mo
Soubhiville Yay!! 🎉🎊 3mo
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LibrarianRyan ⭐️💗👍 3mo
Megabooks Congratulations!! 🍾🍾💃🏻💃🏻😎😁👍🏻🥳👏🏻🎉📚 3mo
Simona 👏👏👏Congratulations❣️ 3mo
Eyelit Fabulous! 📚👏🎉 3mo
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prowlix
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Good morning! I started this late last night and really 💗 it so far! I don‘t read a lot of YA but Maureen Johnson might be adding to my TBR 🤷🏻‍♀️

I hit about 13.5 hrs yesterday with ~4 hrs being audio. I may be able to actually hit 24 🤞#24in48 #readathon

Soubhiville Good luck! 3mo
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OnePageAtATime
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I love that this is the dedication for this book 😍

Ncostell That‘s a great dedication! 3mo
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Jenken1998
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This was fun easy read. I don't read a lot of YA but i am glad i remembered i wanted to read it when i saw it on my library stacks. Stevie is selected to attend a private boarding school based on her talent of sleuthing. She plans to solve the decades old disappearance of the schools founding mistress and daughter. Then a current student is found dead and Stevie has another mystery to solve before this school keeps claiming victims. Fun 4 stars.

Slajaunie I love these books. 4mo
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DuskAngelReads
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Day 5's Post Challenge for Fantasy @JourneyAThon is Favourite Colour!

So, obviously my favourite colour is Blue! So here are some blue things!

Bookmark & Candle are from www.duskangelstore.com & the Ford Anglia is from a Geek Gear Wizardry Box!

#JourneyAThon #FantasyJourneyAThon #journeythestral

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JourneyAThon
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Day 5's Post Challenge is Favourite Colour!

So, obviously my favourite colour is Blue! So here are some blue things!

Bookmark & Candle are from www.duskangelstore.com & the Ford Anglia is from a Geek Gear Wizardry Box!

#JourneyAThon #FantasyJourneyAThon

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StopGo211
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Checked this out from the library and am nearly finished with it. Enjoyable and a mellow read. I‘m not sure if I‘m in for a trilogy here but I‘ll probably give the second book a chance.

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Lindsbooklover93
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Hi everyone! I did a reread of Truly Devious before I start the second book. I really enjoyed Truly Devious even the second time. #litsy #kindle #kindlefire #paperwhite #library #bookgeek

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Nate was a rain cloud, but he was her friendly rain cloud, and the world needs some rain.

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laceyannea
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Where her books were, she was. Get the books right and the rest will follow. Now she could address the rest of the room.

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laceyannea
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This reminds me of A Series of Unfortunate Events and I am living for it: “According to the legend, Albert Ellingham had come to the place purely by mistake while trying to get to Burlington to the yacht club. How you accidentally found yourself up the side of an uninhabited mountain in 1928 is unclear, but he had done it, and proclaimed the spot perfect.”

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“She had read many stories in which death was present as a character—a palpable force in the room. There was such a force in the room now, a silent visitor in the space.”

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I was left a little confuse after finishing this book. It left a lot of unanswered question but after reading and hearing other people thoughts I know why. This book did not wrap up anything that was going on to make you as the reader to pick up the 2nd book. I felt a little bored reading this book. Even though the pace was not so bad. I might pick up book 2 just to have some of questions answered.
3⭐⭐⭐

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For anyone who has ever dreamed of finding a body in a library. " -Dedication of Truly Devious

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livani
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Broke me out of my reading slump, and absolutely was everything I wanted! I fell in love, and entirely saw myself in Stevie. One of my favorites!

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It wasn‘t that anyone forgot about Hayes‘s death—the subject was constantly talked about—it was just something that had happened. It was a part of reality.

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biblioskye
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So excited to read this one! Been reading good reviews about this

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BooksAndTea97
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Do you like Sherlock Holmes and/or Hercules Poirot?
Do you like murder mysteries?
Do you like YA books?

If the answer is yes, then you need to pick this one up.
I really love it. Everything about it. The writing, the mystery, the characters... it's all really good.
Though if you love to binge read books, you might want to wait for the series to be complete, I believe it is a trilogy.

Also.. Gimme book 2!

Hestapleton I just finished Book 2 and I need Book 3 IMMEDIATELY. 7mo
BooksAndTea97 @Hestapleton that's why I need to stop myself from getting book two. I know I'll just want more. 7mo
BooksAndTea97 @Hestapleton also a question I need to ask out of curiosity. Did you have that TD poem/letter stuck in your head, or is it just me? 😂 7mo
Hestapleton @BooksAndTea97 I did! It lingers very creepily and I love it. 7mo
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In the 1930s, Ellingham, a rich tycoon, opens a free school for the gifted on a secluded mountain. Shortly thereafter, his wife and child are kidnapped and the case is never solved. Decades later, Stevie, and amateur sleuth, begins at school hoping to solve the crime, but there's more going on.
I really enjoyed this read and motored through it. It kept me interested and i appreciated the author touching on the MC's battle with her mental health.

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MellieAntoinette
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I like Nate. Nate‘s a solid investment. But then again, it‘s MoJo (would that the author and I were friends! I feel like I just gave her a nickname!). She‘s a slippery little writer. One minute, I got it 🤜🏻 we‘re good. The next, nope never had it. Just thought I did. What a lovely palate cleanser after The (equally brilliant) Priory of the Orange Tree. 4.25 solid ⭐️! Lost a little momentum around ch. 10, but she was back in the game by ch. 16.

RadicalReader Beautiful book cover 7mo
MellieAntoinette @RadicalReader 🙏 A surprisingly excellent book too! 7mo
Joanne1 Love your review. Stacked just for that. 7mo
MellieAntoinette @Joanne1 🥰🥰🥰🥰 7mo
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MellieAntoinette
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Wow! I wasn‘t expecting ... any ... of that. WTF just happened? How did it happened? Who‘s real in this mish mash of weird names, odd personalities and, quite frankly, truly devious set of secondary characters?

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“He had a smile like a hammock - just get in, go to sleep, forget your troubles and cares.”

Slajaunie Love this book! 7mo
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A fun and gripping read. Quirky interesting characters and a spooky eclectic background with hints of boarding school, 1930‘s prohibition, a little bit Gatsby and lots of YA charm. My only complaint was the cliffhanger ending - eased only by the immediate Kindle purchase of the sequel. A 4 stars out of 5 for me. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Hestapleton
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I started this book when I heard the author was a murderino, but I absolutely adore it so far! It‘s whimsical and mysterious and is giving me all the cozy feels that I got when I read Harry Potter for the first time.

lahousewyfe Such a fun read! 8mo
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“She had read many stories

in which death was present as a character

a palpable force in the room.

There was such a force in the room now,

a silent visitor in space.”

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Stevie is my soul sister.

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everfree7
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Great mystery! I‘m glad I should have the second book soon.

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everfree7
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I don‘t usually read YA, but the description sounds too good not to.

Lovesbooks87 It was really good! Enjoy! 8mo
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MallenNC
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Dual mysteries and boarding school are a winning combination. Glad I waited to read this until book 2 was out bc it ends on a cliffhanger.

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MallenNC
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Finishing Truly Devious while my cat watches season 3 of One Day at a Time. (We agree it is great!) #lazysunday

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erank58
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1. Just finished the tagged book and HATED it. So disappointed, but seems like everyone else loved it so don't let my opinion deter you from trying it!!!!
2. Sweet
3. Philomena & James, Theresa & Anthony
4. Free Willy
5. I wouldn't care, as long as long as there's good food 😋

Happy Friday!

@howjessreads #friyayintro

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marshallgal81
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Oh. My. Gosh.

Loved this one!!! Stevie is a modern day Nancy Drew and I‘m so here for it!!! Need the 2nd one ASAP!