TRULY DEVIOUS takes readers on the hunt to solve a decades-old mystery!
Mysteries and mayhem collide in Maureen Johnson‘s Truly Devious, a new thriller coming early next year.
Ellingham Academy has always been a strange and foreboding place. Not only was it built as a puzzle of sorts, it’s home to one of the most mysterious disappearances of all time. When Stevie Bell takes a spot at the prestigious academy, she also makes it her mission to find out what happened to Albert Ellingham’s wife and daughter. However, her search may be the reason why the killer has seemingly returned to campus.
Stevie breaks down the Ellingham family tragedy and her hunt for answers in the new book trailer for Truly Devious, which you can check out at the top of the post.
Truly Devious hits shelves on January 16, 2018. You can preorder it now via Amazon.
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.