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Vanishing Stair
Vanishing Stair | Maureen Johnson
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In New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson's second novel in the Truly Devious series, there are more twists and turns than Stevie Bell can imagine. No answer is given freely, and someone will pay for the truth with their life. The Truly Devious case--an unsolved kidnapping and triple murder that rocked Ellingham Academy in 1936--has consumed Stevie for years. It's the very reason she came to the academy. But then her classmate was murdered, and her parents quickly pull her out of school. For her safety, they say. She must move past this obsession with crime.Stevie's willing to do anything to get back to Ellingham, be back with her friends, and solve the Truly Devious case. Even if it means making a deal with the despicable Senator Edward King. And when Stevie finally returns, she also returns to David: the guy she kissed, and the guy who lied about his identity--Edward King's son.But larger issues are at play. Where did the murderer hide? What's the meaning of the riddle Albert Ellingham left behind? And what, exactly, is at stake in the Truly Devious affair? The Ellingham case isn't just a piece of history--it's a live wire into the present. Praise for Book One: "The Agatha Christie-like ecosystem pairs with lacerating contemporary wit, and alternating past and present scenes makes for a multilayered, modern detective story." --New York Times Book Review"Remember the first time reading Harry Potter and knowing it was special? There's that same sense of magic in the introduction of teen Sherlock-in-training Stevie Bell." --USA Today (four stars)"Be still, my Agatha-Christie-loving beating heart." --Bustle
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JoyBlue
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October reading recap: 15 books finished (not including bailed: 4)

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*4-star reads (in order of reading)*

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2), J.K. Rowling **** (reread)

The Vanishing Stair (Truly Devious #2), Maureen Johnson ****

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*honorable mention (3+)*

The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83¼ Years Old (Hendrik Groen #1), Hendrik Groen

Magpie Murders (Magpie Murders #1), Anthony Horowitz

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Aloisi_tribe
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The sequel to Truly Devious. I liked this one better than the first and can‘t wait for part three to come out in the spring! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#scarathlon #teamslaughter @Clwojick

MidnightBookGirl Such a fun series! 1mo
ofclumsywords Really glad to hear the second was better. Maureen Johnson is one of my favorite authors but I wasn‘t a fan of Truly Devious at all! 1mo
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Susanita
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OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚😊 1mo
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bookshapedheart
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I cannot wait for the third installment. I loved the roaring 20s murder mystery meets modern teen drama. The past and present intertwine creatively. Full of quirky and interesting characters set at a beautiful and intriguing boarding school. Johnson has made me wish I could attend this school as much as I want to attend Hogwarts even with all the murders.

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JoyBlue
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Again, with the cliffhanger ending!!!! When the third book comes out, I'm buying it right away. No more jealousy because my bookish friends read it weeks ago. No more waiting for this mystery chick! 😉

ladym30 Love the duck!❤️ 1mo
JoyBlue @ladym30 It cracks me up! I think this came from the kick-off of this year's summer reading program at our library [time flies so fast, it's hard to keep up with what happened when]. My husband let me pick his duck, too, so I have the science fiction duck, too. Its hat is a spaceship. 😂 1mo
ladym30 @JoyBlue What a great idea from the library. Please post the science fiction duck some time. I would love to see it😍 1mo
JoyBlue @ladym30 I will try to remember! 1mo
ladym30 @JoyBlue Thanks!💕 1mo
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BooksAndTea97
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I'm just wishing for book three right now.. I like.. i.. speachless.. Gimme.
It's better than book one. A lot. Though I still dislike the characters but am in love with the mystery. Odd combination.

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Missusb
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#currentlyreading #holidayreading it‘s my last book. But as we only have two days left, it should be ok. Love Maureen Johnson‘s contemporary mystery stories. Plus mum‘s #minatureroses 💐💐

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BookishGamer87
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I enjoyed this one a lot more than the first book. I was so completely engrossed in the mystery and my heart is racing and I just need to know!

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Book_ish
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OMFG YOU CAN‘T JUST END IT LIKE THAT!! Are you kidding me?!?!?

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ btw

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Book_ish
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After finishing up Truly Devious I was itching to get my hands on this one. Been reading for most of the day ❤️❤️

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ShelfRighteous
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I need the final book in this series right now. The pace of is somewhat slow for the entire book, except for the last 30 minutes of the audiobook where you are hit with intense revelations and shocking news and obviously a deadly cliffhanger. This was more enjoyable than the first book and if you love wild unexpected twists you're in for a treat.

lahousewyfe YES! When I last checked it wasn't even available for preorder. Argh!!! 3mo
lahousewyfe Wait! I just checked again and it's scheduled for release in January. Preorder success! 3mo
ShelfRighteous @lahousewyfe Yaas! I have pledged not to read unfinished series now because the wait literally kills😒 3mo
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Jenken1998
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Great sequel. Enjoyed as much as the first book. Son (15) and i listened to this driving to and from practice. Both are dying bc book 3 is not out until January 2020.😳 This picks right up from book 1 in the dual timeline murder mysteries surrounding a private school and some very smart kids. Enough background that you could read as a stand alone but why would you want to do that. Book 1 is also excellent

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bookishbartender92
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In life, the murderer is anyone. The reasons, the methods, the circumstances-the paths to becoming a murderer are as numerous as the stars. Understanding this is the first step to finding a murderer. You have to shut down the voices in your mind that say, “it has to be this person.” Murderers aren‘t a type. They‘re anyone.

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bookishbartender92
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“The moose is a lie.”

Okay Stevie, great thing to point out 😒

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hwheaties
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Maureen Johnson and her cliffhangers, I SWEAR they kill me.

B.Reader Want to read...better or worse than the first? 5mo
hwheaties @B.Reader Better? The same? I loved them both. This was definitely fast-paced!! 5mo
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hwheaties
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Current fiction read.

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mandi1082
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I liked this book better then the first book. The pacing was better. We new the character and information on the school. I'm glad that I found out that there will be a book 3 after I finished reading this one.
4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Cammy1
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I am really enjoying this series! I do wish I had discovered it a few years in the future when all the books have been published because the cliffhangers are killer and the waits have been so long! I‘m thoroughly enjoying the mysteries in this series, I‘m so much looking forward to the next book being published.

MallenNC I‘m looking forward to the next one too! I didn‘t read the first one until book two was out. 5mo
Cammy1 @MallenNC that‘s good timing, you didn‘t have to wait so long between books! This wait for book three is going to be so long! 5mo
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vkois88
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I am LOVING this series!! Between the complex characters and relationships, the mystery of it all... not to mention those cliff hangers 😮😮😮 I'm so glad it came on my radar and I decided to give it a chance. 4🌟

erzascarletbookgasm Is this the second book? 5mo
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SincerelyWinona
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🙋🏻‍♀️ if you feel personally victimized by Maureen Johnson.

Reading the sequel to Truly Devious at Starbucks on my Saturday and I guiltily feel like a candle eater.

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livani
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When I got to the conclusion, I was squealing! I love these books!!!!

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everfree7
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Enjoyed the first one better but still a good cliffhanger

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everfree7
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Trying to finish this before my vacation so I can bring some other books. This one is going much slower than the first book.

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Airykah13
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Second book in the series and I should have known it would end on a cliffhanger 😫😫

🌟🌟🌟🌟

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everfree7
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Been waiting for many weeks for this one!

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tonyahoswalt
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Ugh, these books with these cliffhangers! Trying to kill me me! I need book 3 now!

Slajaunie Yep 7mo
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Bkwrm7
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Johnson is really leaning into the cliff hangers with this series, but she did a good job of including enough of the details from the first book (which I read a year ago when it came out) that I wasn't lost so hopefully that will be true of the third book as well. Fun, angsty mystery with much more to uncover.

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tonyahoswalt
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Finally working my way through all my library books. Enjoying this one so far. I do love Maureen Johnson though, so not surprised!

#catsoflitsy #yareads #librarybooks

Erofan 😻😻😻 7mo
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ferskner
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I can't get enough of this series! I need book 3 to be here RIGHT NOW. If you like true crime, mysteries, or boarding schools in fiction, you will adore this.

#litsyatoz @BookishMarginalia #pop19 #bookfeaturinganamateurdetective

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affyfe
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Hated that this one also ended on a cliff hanger...but a nice quick read otherwise!

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lahousewyfe
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A second riveting mystery in the Truly Devious series. Another book is on the way, but I can barely wait! This adventure gets better as each book progresses.

Slajaunie Loved it! 8mo
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Hestapleton
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Hi I immediately need book 3. That is all. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Slajaunie I need it as well! 8mo
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TheBookkeepersApprentice
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Doing the rainbow stack challenge over at Instagram and learning I apparently have more red books and items than I originally realized! Anyone else participating?

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Nicreads
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Hungrily devoured to fill the void left by finishing Truly Devious. Also enjoyed with the same quirky fun and slight spookiness. So many answers but even more questions - I had to google to be reassured that a third book is expected!!! But when ? - cos I need it now. Another 4 out of 5 stars for me ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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MidnightBookGirl
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#LitsyLove

1. Reading! It's the only hobby I keep up with.
2. Mystery/ Thrillers is my go to genre, but I'm a fan of almost any genre.
3. 1 dog (Pages) and 2 cats (Hanna and Alabama).
4. Yes... although I probably need to do a little cleanup, but I'm not currently doing any exchanges.
5. Coffee mugs and Funko Pop and Halloween stuff.
6. Nope!

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Gibbiousmoon03
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THAT WAS SO GOOD... I NEED BOOK #3!

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Nitpickyabouttrains
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I really liked the first in this series and this one picked up right where it left off. There were many mysteries left unsolved and this one got to a few of them.

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Slajaunie
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I finally finished it! It was amazing! I am home sick today so had time to read. I leave on my cruise tomorrow so I hope I feel better!

cobwebmoth Hope you feel better and enjoy your cruise! 9mo
TheSpineView I love cruises. Just hope you feel better! Travel safe and enjoy! 9mo
Velvetfur Oh no, sorry to hear you're sick! It's good that you have the cruise to look forward to though, I hope you're better for it 😊 9mo
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MidnightBookGirl
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I love Maureen Johnson for many reasons, but this solidifies my ride or die loyalty.
#murderino #myfavoritemurder #SSDGM #mfm

AmyG 🙌🏻 9mo
Clare-Dragonfly Ummmm, I hope this is an ARC. 😅 9mo
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Stewpugs
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Keep reading

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susanw
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Best dedication ever! Stay Sexy, Don‘t Get Murdered!!! #myfavoritemurder

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SassyPants617
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Excited for this one 🤓 I loved the first book 🤗

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MuddyPuddle
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I remember being extremely frustrated after finishing the first book because it left everything so incredibly up in the air. I think I feel even more frustrated at the end of this second installment! Decent mystery, especially since it‘s YA and a good YA mystery is a bit unusual. A year to wait before the sequel comes out, the final in the series, when the entire mystery BETTER BE wrapped up, lol!!

MuddyPuddle This was my 1000th book read since I started on Goodreads! 9mo
Megabooks Congratulations! 🍾 9mo
Stephaniereads1 Congratulations 9mo
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Well-ReadNeck
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I loved Truly Devious, the first book in this series and this one held up!!! But, now I cannot wait for book three!!!

Slajaunie Ended on a cliffhanger! I am currently reading it but my daughter told me. 9mo
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Slajaunie
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My babies! Top left is Rex then Linus. Bottom left is Moose with his squirrel and the my old gray girl Coco. 💚💙💚💙🐾

wanderinglynn Aw! Too much cuteness! 💜💜💜 9mo
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SassenachTheBookWizard
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How dare you! You just made the list!
Damn you Maureen Johnson! Damn you!
Gimme book 3 now please

I'm even more confused than I was before and the things I needed answered at the end of book 1 no longer matter! I need all my book 2 questions answered now!

CatAndKindle I‘m right there with you. The wait for book 3 is going to be unbearable x 9mo
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Well-ReadNeck
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#TBRTuesday

Choosing from among these books this week. A couple of holdovers from last week that I didn‘t get to. I‘m sure there will be a few of those again next time, too.

rwmg The Great Passage is on my virtual TBR shelf as well 9mo
Well-ReadNeck @kathedron @rwmg Started The Great Passage on audiobook today and it‘s 💯 so far!!! 9mo
Lcsmcat I‘ll add my vote too: 9mo
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SassenachTheBookWizard
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Oh! My body is not ready!

SoSheTries I have the first one to read this week! 9mo
Gillyreads Planning to pick these up for my sister‘s birthday. Loved the first one! 9mo
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Slajaunie
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Next up! I was told it ends on a cliffhanger though. 😕

TheBookkeepersApprentice I can‘t wait to read this! 9mo
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MallenNC
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The second book in this series answered some questions from the first book's cliffhanger but dangled more for book three. I really like Stevie, and the mix of present and past storylines.

vkois88 I really need to read these... I see so many people praise them 9mo
MallenNC @vkois88 They're good! The first one ends in a frustrating way but the second one ended better, while leaving more for book 3. 9mo
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