The Stevie Bell Mysteries
Stevie Bell is a detective. Or, at least, she’s trying to be.
There are cold cases out there that need solving. And sure, she may be a sixteen year-old, and her parents may think her interest in murder is creepy and weird, and yes, maybe she tends to overstep the mark from time to time…
Murder, though. Stevie follows it around. Or does it follow her?
Starting with her adventures at the illustrious Ellingham Academy in the Truly Devious series, and continuing in the stand-alone mysteries The Box in the Woods and Nine Liars.
“Remember the first time reading Harry Potter and knowing it was something special? There’s that same sense of magic in the introduction of teen Sherlock-in-training Stevie Bell in Maureen Johnson’s series opener….Parallel mysteries unfold with cleverly written dialogue, page-turning brilliance and a young sleuth just as captivating as Hercule Poirot or Nancy Drew.” – USA Today, ⭐⭐⭐⭐ out of four stars
“ . . . deliciously atmospheric, with a sprawling cast of complex suspects/potential victims, surprising twists, and a dash of romance . . . . Johnson remains a master at combining jittery tension with sharp, laugh-out-loud observations.” – Publishers Weekly. ⭐ review
“Truly Devious is filled with twists and turns-plus Maureen Johnson is very, very funny.” – Harlan Coben
“A classic mystery that would make Dame Agatha proud.” -Kirkus 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
“Truly Devious” adds a modern flair to that delicious classic mystery novel-reading experience in which every passage seems rife with potential suspects and clues. – Chicago Tribune
“Fans of puzzles, boarding school stories, and true crime will tear through this book and love every minute.” -School Library Journal