Friday, February 7, 2020

Friday Memes: The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson

Happy Friday everybody!
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December 15, 1932

The snow had been falling for hours, drifting past the windows, settling on the sill, forming little landscapes that mimicked the mountains in the distance.
Friday 56:
"Ellie was a friend of mine, and I think she came here..."

The guy said nothing.

"I was wondering if...I...I just wanted to find out..."

He stepped back and held open the door for her to come inside.
This week I am spotlighting The Hand of the Wall by Maureen Johnson. This is the much-anticipated finale of the Truly Devious trilogy. Here is the description from Amazon:
New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson delivers the witty and pulse-pounding conclusion to the Truly Devious series as Stevie Bell solves the mystery that has haunted Ellingham Academy for over 75 years.

Ellingham Academy must be cursed. Three people are now dead. One, a victim of either a prank gone wrong or a murder. Another, dead by misadventure. And now, an accident in Burlington has claimed another life. All three in the wrong place at the wrong time. All at the exact moment of Stevie’s greatest triumph . . .

She knows who Truly Devious is. She’s solved it. The greatest case of the century.

At least, she thinks she has. With this latest tragedy, it’s hard to concentrate on the past. Not only has someone died in town, but David disappeared of his own free will and is up to something. Stevie is sure that somehow—somehow—all these things connect. The three deaths in the present. The deaths in the past. The missing Alice Ellingham and the missing David Eastman. Somewhere in this place of riddles and puzzles there must be answers.

Then another accident occurs as a massive storm heads toward Vermont. This is too much for the parents and administrators. Ellingham Academy is evacuated. Obviously, it’s time for Stevie to do something stupid. It’s time to stay on the mountain and face the storm—and a murderer.

In the tantalizing finale to the Truly Devious trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson expertly tangles her dual narrative threads and ignites an explosive end for all who’ve walked through Ellingham Academy.


  1. This sounds really good. I can see it being made into a movie. I'd love for you and your readers to check out mine!

  2. I'm curious for more!! Happy weekend!

  3. I like the subtitle: A Very Devious Novel. Ha! I hope you are enjoying it. I like the Maureen Johnson books I've read. My quotes from Ordinary Hazards

  4. I like the cover; I hope you enjoy the book.


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