[Series Synopses] Truly Devious #1: Truly Devious

Friends, this one took forever to compile because there is just so much going on with this book. Clues, red herrings, still-unexplained weird happenings … I cut this post down as much as I could, hopefully preserving not just the broad strokes but also key details (as well as some that I just liked and may want to reference for another project). 

With the final book coming out next month, though, I knew I needed to get this done pronto. Hopefully some of you will find it helpful!


“Series Synopses” was created for those times when you’re ready to read the next book but can’t remember what happened previously, or forgot the characters involved, or need a quick reference for a derivative work, or anything else you want to use it for!

Hopefully obviously, herein lie SPOILERS.

Goodreads Synopsis

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.

Truly Devious series by Maureen Johnson

1) Truly Devious | Goodreads | My Review 

2) The Vanishing Stair | Goodreads 

3) The Hand in the Wall | Goodreads  

Table of Contents

Each item number corresponds with the page number where you can find that section.

  1. Overview
  2. Plot Summary & Content Warnings
  3. Cast of Characters
  4. Worldbuilding & Vocabulary
  5. Notable Quotes

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