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Murder and mystery at an elite US boarding school. A dark riddle to blast up your pulse/test your brainpower. Can you solve any puzzle or crack any code? Quick! Apply to Ellingham Academy. This famous Vermont school was founded by Albert Ellingham, an early 20th century tycoon. He built a magical haven of riddles, twisting pathways and gardens. But when the school opened, his wife and daughter were kidnapped. There was only one clue: a mocking riddle citing murder, signed “Truly, Devious”. Nobody has ever solved the notorious crime. Now first-year Stevie Bell is starting at the school, and she plans to finally solve it. But she hasn’t reckoned with a killing, and Truly Devious rising from the grave…

  • A razor-edge murder mystery by bestselling author Maureen Johnson
  • A Publishers Weekly Best Book and Junior Library Guild Selection
  • All the vintage joys of Agatha Christie woven into the modern day
  • Maureen is the author of The Bane Chronicles and Shades of London

“An intricately plotted, compulsively readable novel.” John Green

“A classic mystery that would make Dame Agatha proud.” Kirkus

“Fans of puzzles, boarding school stories, and true crime will tear through this book and love every minute.’ School Library Journal

*Please note this book contains mature content and language more suitable for older readers.

Product Details






Katherine Tegen Books

Date published

October 4th, 2018

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 4.9; Upper years; 14.0 points

Other details

  • 448 pages




Maureen Johnson

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