Monday, January 27, 2020

Blog Tour + Interview + Giveaway - The Hand on the Wall (Truly Devious, #3) by Maureen Johnson

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The Hand on the Wall (Truly Devious, #3) by Maureen Johnson
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: January 21st 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller


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.

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What was your favourite thing about writing The Hand on the Wall?

Doing the kind of classic detective mystery story that I always loved to read.

Did you do any research for The Hand on the Wall or the series in general?

Quite a lot! Certainly for the 1930s sections. I bought vintage Vermont maps and postcards and had them hanging in my office. I also had to spend a lot of time doing some fairly creepy research to pull off the murders in books one and two. I still get mail from The Journal of Forensic Sciences

Do you have a favourite character in The Hand on the Wall? 

Possibly Nate, the writer always panicking about writing his sequel. I might relate to that. Maybe.

Why did you decide to do a dual timeline throughout the series?

 It was always a part of the idea. I wanted to have someone trying to solve a cold case, so it was natural to me that we would see the original case and the present-day attempts to solve it. That way the readers got a chance to try to crack two mysteries.

What are you most proud of about the Truly Devious series?
The way it all ties up. It was like doing a word problem for four years. I got everything to add up!

About the Author


Maureen Johnson is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of several YA novels, including 13 Little Blue Envelopes, Suite Scarlett, The Name of the Star, and Truly Devious. She has also done collaborative works, such as Let It Snow (with John Green and Lauren Myracle), and The Bane Chronicles (with Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan). Her work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Buzzfeed, and The Guardian, and she has also served as a scriptwriter for EA Games. She has an MFA in Writing from Columbia University and lives in New York City.

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