Friday Meme’s ~Truly Devious

January 19, 2018 Memes 24

BMR,Friday's MemeSince there are a few Friday Meme’s that I want to participate in I have decided to post them all in one post.

book beginnings memeBook Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader. Take the first sentence of your current read and post it.

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.

I am currently reading this one and so far I am liking it okay but I hope it picks up soon. There seems to be a lot of setup since it’s kind of a long book at 432 pages. So we haven’t’ got to anything cool yet.

April 13, 1936, 6:00 pm

You Know I can’t let you leave… Fate Came for Dottie Epstein a year earlier, in the form of a call to the principal’s office.

Chapter 1

“The Moose is a Lie,” Stevie Bell Said.

Her mother turned to her, looking like she often looked -a bit tired, forced to engage in whatever Stevie was about to say out of parental obligation.

“What?” she said. Stevie pointed out the window of the coach.

“See that?” Stevie indicated a sign that simply read MOOSE. “We’ve passed five of those. That’s a lot of promises. Not one moose.


“They also promised falling rocks. Where are my falling rocks?”


The first part is from something that happened in 1936, a young girl gets murdered, at least that is what I am guessing. Since he said he can’t let her leave. The second part is from the first chapter and Stevie is a different sort of girl…lol. I can see her being very trying for her parents. Her father even says that she thinks she is Sherlock Holmes, she loves true crime. It’s the real reason she wanted to go to this school because of the murders that happened. Friday 56

The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda @ Freda’s Voice. It’s like Tuesday  Teaser but  you have a specific place in your read that you have to turn in your read (page 56 or 56%) to get your teaser.

The police kept Stevie about a half hour. The questions were exactly what Stevie expected. Run though the order of the day. Who went where and what time?

Hmmm, I wonder what has happened!

Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer.  Each week we are asked a question to answer so it reminds me a bit of FF and so I thought it made a good fit to my other Friday Memes.

When reading a mass paperback book, many people fold the cover back, as if they were reading a magazine. Doing this will eventually create creases in the spine. How do you feel about this common bookish habit?


It’s not something I would ever do and it makes me cringe when I see such a thing happen but I guess if it’s your book you can do what you want but don’t expect me to lend you a book. 🙂


24 Responses to “Friday Meme’s ~Truly Devious”

    • Stormi

      Um, I am not even sure what the show is that came from but I thought it went with this question…lol.

    • Stormi

      This is my first book by this author though she does have a series I want to try on my wishlist. 🙂

  1. Danielle

    Folding paperbacks? Are you crazy?! I mean, I used to dog-ear the pages of books to keep track of favorite parts and scenes, but who folds entire covers back? If it’s not a notebook or a journal with a swirly spine, then I don’t bother bending it back, that’s just torture lmao! Doing so will damage the book and hurt your soul at the same time. (I’m exaggerating, but you know it’s true lol!) But anyway, please don’t fold back paperback covers. Just buy the hardcover. It’s a little more expensive, but it’s worth the stress. Also, there’s always the Kindle.

    • Stormi

      Yeah, I just can’t see how anyone would want to fold back a cover on a paperback! 🙂

    • Stormi

      It’s starting to get better, so I have hopes. 🙂 It’s first in what I think might be a trilogy so therefore it’s taking a bit longer to pick up I think. Lots of descriptions of the school, etc.

  2. Bookworm Brandee

    I appreciate the quotes but of course I’m going to react to that question. *gasp* Seriously?!? People bend their book covers??? Yeah, I’m with you. Not something I could do and I wouldn’t want to lend a book to anyone who does it. But to each his own. 🙂

  3. Gilion Dumas

    I like the description of the book, but I don’t think I would enjoy a story with a teenager as the amateur sleuth. Thanks for sharing the opening on Book Beginnings. I don’t often get time to comment, but I am happy that you participate!

  4. RO

    When I was a kid, I was so excited to read that I’d fold pages and books back. There were also a few times I had to hide romance novels in school books. (lol) Now, I’m very careful with them. No more bending or creasing for me! (lol) Happy Saturday!

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