Nov 15, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly blog post by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights releases we're eagerly awaiting.

New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson weaves a delicate tale of murder and mystery in the first book of a striking new series, perfect for fans of Agatha Christie and E. Lockhart.
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. 

The two interwoven mysteries of this first book in the Truly Devious series dovetail brilliantly, and Stevie Bell will continue her relentless quest for the murderers in books two and three.

Sooooo excited for a new book by Maureen! Though I would've loved a finale to The Shadow Cabinet, I will happily accept a new book entirely! Seems longer than nearly 3 years since her last book!

TITLE: Truly Devious
AUTHOR: Maureen Johnson
PUBLISHER: HarperCollins
GENRE: Mystery YA
RELEASE DATE: January 16, 2018


  1. YAAASSSS! Johnson is a my kind of twisted, and add that to a prep school setting and multiple mysteries, and I am all kinds of excited.

  2. I've not heard of Maureen Johnson before, but if this book is for the fans of Agatha Christie, count me in. A private school & mysteries? So exciting!!!

    Happy readings! ;)
    Tânia @MyLovelySecret

  3. Oooh! This sounds really intense! Great pick!

    Here’s my WoW!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  4. Not heard of this, but I'm really into mysteries. Will have to check it out.

  5. The tile alone makes me want this. Sounds like something I would love to read. Hope you enjoy it.
    sherry @ fundinmental

  6. I think I just saw this one one EW or Netgalley (I forget).

  7. I've heard of this author a lot but I actually haven't read anything by her. I hope you love the book once it's out :D

  8. This sounds like a gripping read.

  9. Oooh this is a new one for me, I hope you wind up loving it!!!

  10. Oooohhhhh I've seen this one before somewhere and it sounded quite interesting. Thanks for bringing it back! :D

  11. I've never heard of this one. Huh. I haven't read very many, if any, Maureen Johnson books, but I might look into this one a little more. :)

  12. This is a new one to me, but I hope you'll enjoy it! :)

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

  13. This one is new to me! I think I've heard of the author though. I hope you enjoy this book when you get the chance to read it!

    Have a wonderful week, Jessica. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  14. This one sounds so good and I know people love this author. Great pick!

  15. I haven't read many books by Maureen Johnson! I think only one a couple years ago. I'll have to read some more of her. I hope you enjoy this one Jessica! Thanks for visiting my WoW earlier. :)


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