Senior year at Ellingham Academy for Stevie Bell isn’t going well. Her boyfriend, David, is studying in London. Her friends are obsessed with college applications. With the cold case of the century solved, Stevie is adrift. There is nothing to distract her from the questions pinging around her brain—questions about college, love, and life in general.
Relief comes when David invites Stevie and her friends to join him for study abroad, and his new friend Izzy introduces her to a double-murder cold case. In 1995, nine friends from Cambridge University went to a country house and played a drunken game of hide-and-seek. Two were found in the woodshed the next day, murdered with an ax.
The case was assumed to be a burglary gone wrong, but one of the remaining seven saw something she can’t explain. This was no break-in. Someone’s lying about what happened in the woodshed.
Seven suspects. Two murders. One killer still playing a deadly game.
Title: Nine Liars (Truly Devious, #5)
Author: Maureen Johnson
Publication Date: December 27, 2022
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller, Contemporary
True to the Truly Devious series, Maureen Johnson is back with another Stevie Bell mystery that will scratch the itch to read an Agatha Christie meets Clue mystery novel!
I love getting the gang back together, especially in a new environment and new country! Our old friends were reunited with some new friends and characters thrown in to keep everyone on their toes.
Similar to the Truly Devious series, we get a few jumps back in time to when the murders happened. We get to know this group of friends who are involved in the mystery from the 90s. It was fun to have such a character-based book with also a plot-heavy mystery.
This book even had a bit of a cliffhanger which makes me excited for another Stevie Bell mystery!! Team Bell all the way!
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed a gifted and advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Maureen Johnson is the #1 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 (now on Netflix), and several works in the Shadowhunter universe with Cassandra Clare. 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.