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  • The Hand on the Wall

  • Truly Devious, Book 3
  • Written by: Maureen Johnson
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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The Hand on the Wall

Written by: Maureen Johnson
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Publisher's Summary

New York Times and USA Today best seller!

New York Times best-selling 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 best-selling author Maureen Johnson expertly tangles her dual narrative threads and ignites an explosive end for all who’ve walked through Ellingham Academy. 

Praise for the Truly Devious series:

"Readers, hang tight: there’s one more round to come, and if the signs are right, it'll be to die for." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

"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 Book Review)

"Remember the first time reading Harry Potter and knowing it was special? There’s that same sense of magic in the introduction of teen Sherlock-in-training Stevie Bell." (USA Today, four stars)

"Be still, my Agatha-Christie-loving beating heart." (Bustle)

©2020 Maureen Johnson (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Cai
  • 22-01-20

Five stars, great bedside manner

Cold meds made it impossible to sit up and have my eyes open to read, so I absorbed Maureen's words through my ears. Like, in one shot. Five out of five Nyquil shots.

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  • Rebecca McNulty
  • 22-01-20

Perfection.

This is the perfect ending to a perfect series. Read it. Read it now. (Well, you know, listen to Kate Rudd read it to you, because she is also perfect.)

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  • Kate DiSanti
  • 12-02-20

Stevie Bell at Her Best

Totally satisfying and exciting conclusion! Fans will love Maureen Johnson's artistry and storytelling. The change of setting - Ellingham on the brink of a massive blizzard - also upped the tension and drama. Really great!

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  • Anthony collet
  • 12-02-20

yes wonderful

just when I thought I had it, there was a twist. great story and performance

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  • MissLiner
  • 08-02-20

Worth reading all three!

The characters, setting and plot are all cozy and endearing, wry and delightful. Mysteries are romantic, but the crimes that create them much less so, and these books reflect both of those realities. The narrator is very enjoyable to listen to, bringing enough personality to entertain without going too far into melodrama. Her tone is lovely. Enjoyed all three books immensely, finished the three in about a week!

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  • Jane
  • 04-02-20

very enjoyable

It kept my interest, it kept me thinking. for my first mystery novel I give it a thumbs up. plus I really enjoyed the reader Kate Rudd.

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  • Jose Francisco R. Maclang
  • 03-02-20

Great ending, so many final twists

Great conclusion of the series! All loose ends were concluded really well and it was a fun quick read!

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  • Mayar
  • 22-01-20

This was painful

This series could've had two books only and the story wouldn't have suffered. I hated this book so much, the main character Stevie is annoying her friendships and relationships with other characters feels forced. The entire book is just filler until you get to the end the aha moment which fell flat the build up to that moment was bad. I hate this book so much 8 hours I'll never get back.

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  • RyanK
  • 12-07-22

Satisfying ending

For those that are mad that the first two don't finish everything, this one wraps it all up. I'm sure people who are better at this stuff than me could see the ending coming but I sure didn't. Great series overall.

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  • Bri
  • 30-06-22

The Dessert Finale

A fantastic and delicious conclusion to the Ellingham case(s). The whole story was captivating and kept you guessing what happened and who did it. I really enjoyed this last book and the conclusion of this part of Stevie’s story as a young detective. I found this extremely exciting and super creative way to end the story. This part of the story and this third book explores not only more in depth about Alice Ellingham, but also the events that were happening within the present day. It is dangerous and deceptive. Stevie is. A great character and you will love rooting for her every step of the way. Twisty and super intriguing the entire read you’ll find yourself refusing to put it down. I have to be vague as to not spoil the fantastical turn of events, but I really think this is the sweet decadent dessert end cap of the trilogy. Quick read because it was so good.

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  • Hal
  • 24-01-22

A stunning finale

The final riveting chapter of the Truly Devious series and it was absolutely positively fab!!

My full review will be on my bookstagram blog @starlight_and_blooms and on Amazon and goodreads.

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  • Clare Wapshare
  • 09-07-21

A Genuinely Good Conclusion

This was a genuinely good conclusion to what has been a fantastic little murder mystery series.

I know there's another book, but this trilogy of the Truly Devious mystery was superb. Normally book 3 tends to fall flat when it comes to YA stories, not always, but more often than not it happens.

This book, however, was satisfying in the way it revealed its ending and made sure all loose ends were sorted.

A decent series from an author I initially never wanted to read again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-01-21

incredible!

it was amazing. I always believe I have solved the mystery until another piece of evidence is revealed. This book is thrilling, shocking and beautiful. truly my favourite