The Book Case: An Emily Lime Mystery

The Book Case: An Emily Lime Mystery

Dave Shelton,

The Book Case: An Emily Lime Mystery

David Fickling Books, 2018

ISBN 9781910200544

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Who Wrote It?

Born and raised in Leicester, Dave Shelton went to study illustration in Cambridge when he was 19 and has been there ever since. He is the creator of the comic strip Good Dog, Bad Dog, published in The DFC, The Guardian and The Phoenix, and collected in book form by David Fickling Books. His debut children’s novel, A Boy and a Bear in a Boat, won the 2013 Branford Boase Award and was shortlisted for the Carnegie medal and the Costa prize. It was also adapted for the stage, both in the UK and Germany. Dave’s next book was Thirteen Chairs, a collection of linked ghost stories. Dave continues to illustrate as well as write, and occasionally dabbles in cover design too. He likes cake, crosswords, comics and pens.

What's It About?

Daphne is off to St Rita’s, an exclusive girls’ boarding school. It sounds awfully respectable and Daphne herself is awfully respectable too. She loves to read and is delighted to be offered the chance to interview for the librarian’s assistant’s assistant immediately upon arrival. However, it turns out that nothing is quite what you’d expect at St Rita’s - you can’t trust a padlock if fourth graders are around, the floor has holes from cannonballs, the smell in the dining room is disgustingly foul and Daphne discovers that the librarian doesn’t really exist. But there is a librarian’s assistant – Emily Lime, who’s really a crime-solving genius looking for a new assistant of her own. Booksmart Daphne is just the girl for the job, because mystery and intrigue are about to strike St Rita’s and Emily Lime is going to need all the help she can get…

Fact File

Dave has been drawing and colouring in professionally since 1990 and, as yet, has not starved to death as a result.

Dave believes that there is no time of the day or night when it is inappropriate to take a bath or to eat breakfast.

Do not, under any circumstances, allow him to talk to you about pens!!!!

To find out more about Dave, visit his website at or follow him on Twitter @DaveShelton.

Your Reviews

Edith from Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School:

I found this book really fun and engaging and when I started reading it I could not put it down. I found the book humorous as well as an excellent detective story. I think that because it has different levels of formality and lots of different characters with different personalities,it really makes you want to read more. I would defiantly recommend this book to people of all ages.

Edith gave The Book Case: An Emily Lime Mystery 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Mud by Emily Thomas.

Beth from Leeds Libraries:

This was a cracking read - a great mystery story with brilliant twists and turns.

The storyline was intriguing, with enough red herrings and sub-plots to keep the reader guessing right until the end.

I loved the characters too - each one was distinct and interesting and added to the plot. It feels inspired by the best of Enid Blyton & Agatha Christie.

I'd love to read another story featuring Daphne and St. Rita's!

Beth gave The Book Case: An Emily Lime Mystery 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Child I by Steve Tasane.

Jack from Corpus Christi Catholic College:

The book was quite good but I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would. I liked the fact that the main characters were librarians.Its not the best book I have ever read but it is equally not the worst.

I also like how there is lots of twists in the book which aren't expected.

The book is worth a read and I will recommend it.

Overall, it was a good book to read and I enjoyed it.

Jack gave The Book Case: An Emily Lime Mystery 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Below Zero by Dan Smith.