Truly, Devious by Maureen Johnson
Truly, Devious #1
Mystery Thriller YA
HarperCollins | January 16, 2018
Another wonderful surprise!
Truly, Devious was on that table at Barnes & Noble with all the buy one, get one half off books. I’ve never read anything by Maureen Johnson before, but she’s friends with John Green which automatically makes me think she’ll be a good writer. Plus, the book has a damn good synopsis.
I love a good mystery. I particularly like child/teen sleuth’s. My love of Mars Investigation, Nancy Drew case files, and Encyclopedia Brown left an impression, I guess. Truly, Devious was like Veronica Mars meets Nancy Drew, but with a brand new awkward and blunt main character. It even had a twist of romance. It was just a small one, but it was enough to make me excited for the next book.
Stevie was a smart heroine.
I loved not only her ability to deduce, but I loved the history of mystery writers and their connections to real history. I had no idea Sherlock Holmes was based on a real man, or that Agatha Christie solved a real life crime. It’s like, Castle come to life. Or, Murder She Wrote.
Then, there are also all the rest of the kids who go to Ellingham. I’m partial to Nick, but all of them were interesting and unique. I thought the cast was really well written, all of them. I thought their relationships were original. All in all, I felt like Truly, Devious was everything I expected it to be.
In fact, I’ve already purchased The Vanishing Stair, and I plan on starting it very soon.
Bring on all the teenage private eyes!