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Publisher's Summary

After solving the case of Truly Devious, Stevie Bell investigates her first mystery outside of Ellingham Academy in this spine-chilling and hilarious stand-alone mystery from New York Times best-selling author Maureen Johnson.

Amateur sleuth Stevie Bell needs a good murder. After catching a killer at her high school, she’s back at home for a normal (that means boring) summer.

But then she gets a message from the owner of Sunny Pines, formerly known as Camp Wonder Falls - the site of the notorious unsolved case, the Box in the Woods Murders. Back in 1978, four camp counselors were killed in the woods outside of the town of Barlow Corners, their bodies left in a gruesome display. The new owner offers Stevie an invitation: Come to the camp and help him work on a true crime podcast about the case.

Stevie agrees, as long as she can bring along her friends from Ellingham Academy. Nothing sounds better than a summer spent together, investigating old murders.

But something evil still lurks in Barlow Corners. When Stevie opens the lid on this long-dormant case, she gets much more than she bargained for. The Box in the Woods will make room for more victims. This time, Stevie may not make it out alive.

* Cosmopolitan Best YA Books of 2021 * People Magazine Best Books of Summer 2021*

©2021 Maureen Johnson (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Awesome!!

It keeps you focused on the murder, but in the best way. Kept me guessing!

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  • Marvin R.
  • 2021-06-16

Maureen Johnson does it again

Truly devious was one of my favorite ya crime mystery and being able to follow Stevie while she solves this one was amazing. The ending was so unexpected and the story just takes fo a ride. Ladies and gents, we have our modern Nancy drew. Hope you write more of Stevie Maureen!

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  • Jessica
  • 2021-06-22

Underwhelming

I’ve loved this series since book 1 but this one was a letdown in both plot and character development.

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  • Anna Crowe
  • 2021-08-15

Fun and clever YA mystery.

I guffawed a few times and was compelled to finish all. Loved Stevie in the Truly Devious series ( finished the books in a week), and this felt like a perfect dessert.

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  • Emily Pancoast
  • 2021-07-31

Another great mystery

So good! I loved the first three books and was worried that the change in scenery might make the story less interesting. On the contrary, the new crime and cast of characters, along with the twists and turns, made the book fascinating. Great performance again.

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  • Michael
  • 2021-07-28

Utterly Enjoyable

Couldn't stop listening until it was over, a great stand alone mystery in the Truly Devious franchise, highly recommend!

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  • Glen
  • 2021-07-26

This series is great!

I've really enjoyed all the books in this series. The author does a good job of keeping you guessing about what's going to happen next. I look forward to the next one.

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  • Steve Alcorn
  • 2021-07-18

Even better than the first trilogy

This is one of the best mysteries I’ve listened to. All the clues were there, and some seemed obvious, but I couldn’t put it together until the end, just as a mystery should be. It’s also a great YA novel that takes advantage of all the wonderful characters from the first books.

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  • BookNerd
  • 2021-06-24

Stand alone follow up to a great series

I loved the Truly Devious series and was really excited to read this follow up story. The Box In The Woods and Maureen Johnson did not disappoint! While there are many of the same characters, the setting of this book is different as well as the mystery, meaning that if you haven’t read the Truly Devious series, there absolutely no reason you can’t start with this book (although I’d really suggest you do read Truly Devious, just for the pure enjoyment of it).

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  • B. Smith
  • 2021-06-21

Great story

Love Maureen Johnson and her story's I hope she writes more in this series soon!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2021-06-16

Exactly what I needed!

I love this series! It's witty and funny and twisty and - let us not forget - murdery, and it's exactly what I needed to get me through a hot and horrible couple of days. Kate Rudd is pitch perfect with her nuance and inflection. I didn't have a single one of those moments where you wince and have to say the thing with the right inflection because you just heard it done the wrong way and it makes your brain itch. with Kate, there's none of that. All hail Kate!

I sincerely hope we get more of Stevie and her Scooby gang!