Truly Devious

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
Maureen Johnson
Star Rating
Reviewer's Rating
Mar 31, 2023

Twisting and complex, Maureen Johnson’s “Truly Devious” is an extremely solid start to a new YA mystery series. Centered around the prestigious boarding school Ellingham Academy, the novel follows amateur detective Stevie Bell as she begins her first year at the school. Ellingham is notorious for a double kidnapping and a murder that occurred in the early twentieth century, and Stevie is determined to solve the case while studying there.
      While the novel is supported by its strong, relatable protagonist, Johnson also manages to portray compelling side characters in Stevie’s housemates. From Janelle, the energetic engineer, to Nate, the reserved and awkward writer, Johnson creates interesting and dynamic characters that fuel the story’s many aspects.
     I would give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars, due to its entertaining premise and execution but slightly slow middle.

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Alice Summers

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