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Publisher's Summary

New York Times and Publishers Weekly best seller!

In New York Times best-selling 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 sayShe 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.

* Junior Library Guild Selection * Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best Books of 2019 * Hypable's Best Books of 2019 *

©2019 HarperCollins Publishers (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

“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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Don’t read this one yet!

Major cliffhanger. Continuation of book 1. Equally as good or better than book 1 BUT I wish I had waited until the full series is published before listening. There is no resolution. You are given some answers but even more questions. Then the book just stops! The end almost felt mid-chapter much less mid story.

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Enjoyable but no resolution

The story is good as was the first although I don’t care for the weird flat affect the narrator has chosen to depict an anxiety disorder. I just wish that there had been more movement in the story - the first was definitely better. This time there was obvious slowing down so as to get another book out of the series

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The Never Ending Series

You can skip Truly Devious since everything is repeated in The Vanishing Stair! You may be able to skip this book too. I’m betting the author tells everything again. When will this series end?

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This better have a sequel!

Good book but ending is terrible. I NEED to know more! When you become invested in the characters you cannot just end on that note.

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oh my word

How exactly am I supposed to wait for the next book? This one took us on a very wild ride and I don't want to get off! Kate Rudd is fantastic as a narrator, her performance brings the text to the next level.

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WAITING

For the next book - I agree with the reviewer who said not to start the series until all the books have been published.

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So much worse than first book

I read the first book and Immediately got second, because I loved Truly Devious. Very disappointed in this one.... The first book had a story - interesting plot - and was very dynamic. Of cause it also had elements of adolescent love story which was pretty boring, but it went with the plot nicely. Second book just drugged. There was little of the interesting story development - only last chapters delivered some progress. Mostly the second book is a boring relationships story between dusfunctional boy with good talent for abuse and gaslighting, and victim type girl, who's supposedly very smart when it comes to solving crimes, but in her own life is very gulluble and poor judge of character. Story is not over in this book, but I'm not buying next one - so not interested in bad angree dialogs of 15 year olds between attempts to have sex.

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Can't wait for the Next

I just listened to the first and then this book w/my 14 yo and we loved it but the cliffhanger is too much. We really need to wait to find out what happens? UGH....anyway, enjoyed the story very much. The Narrator was good--I did get used to her after a while but think this book could have done well with an ensemble group narrating as there are a lot of characters and many of the voices sounded the same.

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Now to wait...

A book series is the worst waiting game. I will have to re-listen before book three. I am excited to see what is in store for Stevie!!

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Bad narrator, decent mystery

I think I would have liked this book more if it weren’t for the narrator. Her male voices were just ridiculous and they all sounded exactly the same, like a jolly crazy person. Plus, her female character voices were all weird too, especially Janelle. The book was fine, I liked the 1930s part much more than the present day parts. I don’t care about any of the present day characters, the author didn’t make anyone very likable. I probably won’t be reading the next one when it comes out.

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  • 04-05-20

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I think that I found another Amazing Author I literally couldn’t stop listening to this series it’s only been two days and I’m already done with the second book and have the third book downloaded and ready for me to listen too the story line the characters the writing OMG the writing Maureen Johnson does this thing we’re she can go from writing in the point off view off the main character then switch to third person as narrator in the same paragraph with ease While making sure everything still makes perfect sense and Described in great detail she also makes you really understand the main character her thoughts and feelings. If you like Detective mystery novels or if you’re interested but don’t know where to start you should definitely pick this series up I also need to tip my hat off to Kate Rudd for her Performance she was wonderful she has a really nice voice.

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  • 07-20-19

Amazing story!

I love this series, the story is so gripping, love all the twists and turns

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  • 02-19-19

The cliffhanger has me in tears I need more

Absolutely amazing sequel a few points kind of dragged but oh my god I can’t believe I have to wait until next year for the next book 😭😭

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  • 07-08-19

amazing!

loved it. listened to it in one day! highly recommend. the narrator was amazing too