In most cases, the reviews are necessarily limited to those that were available to us ahead of publication. Book Description. Rating 4.7/5 from Reviews Authors. Reviews. Maureen Johnson. 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. Truly Devious // Review. Reader’s Advisory: “Truly, Devious” is on these Goodreads lists: Young Adult Crime/Murder Mysteries and Dark Academia. It was also once the setting for an infamous abduction and series of murders. The novel follows Stevie Bell, a crime aficionado who ambitiously decided that she wants to solve a cold case. Ellingham Academy is a famous private school in Vermont for the brightest thinkers, inventors, and artists. Ellingham Academy is the dream location for budding creatives, entrepreneurs, geniuses, and innovators. The only clue was a malicious, Dorothy Parker–style rhyme signed “Truly, Devious.” Although an innocent man was convicted of the kidnappings and the murder of Mrs. Ellingham (their daughter was never found), the crime was never truly solved. Become a member to write your own review. First Read: October 2019, Rating: 4 stars Second Read: November 2020, Rating: 4 stars This is the second instalment in the Truly Devious series. Review: Truly Devious. Read Truly Devious, Book 1 reviews from parents on Common Sense Media. Truly Devious makes a surprise return, and death revisits Ellingham Academy. There is a such a thing as a cliff hanger and another thing that is simply an incomplete story … I tore through this book faster than I have read a book in years. ‘Truly Devious’ book review. Rating 7: A tale of two stories: one of the past, which was excellent, and one of the future, which was more meh. The past has crawled out of its grave. Rating: 5 out of 5. But something strange is happening. The mystery of Hayes is solved, but the mystery of Truly Devious is solved most of the way and we are left hanging at the end of the book. It’s been almost three years since I’ve held a new Maureen Johnson book in my hands. January 10, 2021. Find “Truly, Devious” at your library using WorldCat! The first novel in the trilogy, Truly Devious, starts the mystery. 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. 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. This information about Truly Devious shown above was first featured in "The BookBrowse Review" - BookBrowse's membership magazine, and in our weekly "Publishing This Week" newsletter. I didn't feel a sense of completion.