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 www.daveshelton.com or follow him on Twitter @DaveShelton.

Your Reviews

Ethan from Corpus Christi:

I think this book was good however it took me quite a while to get into but it got good from the middle onwards. It was about Daphne who moved school to St Rita's.

Ethan gave The Book Case: An Emily Lime Mystery 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Bone Talk by Candy Gourlay.

sofia from royds:

absolutely amazing . Even though mystery is my favorite genre . I especially liked this book .

sofia gave The Book Case: An Emily Lime Mystery 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Bone Talk by Candy Gourlay.

Hamza from Southfield Grange Trust:

This book is about Daphne who has to move schools. In her new school she wants to become an assistant librarian.

I think this book is good because Daphne's character is resilient and this is a good thing about her.

Hamza gave The Book Case: An Emily Lime Mystery 2 out of 5 and now plans to read Child I by Steve Tasane.

Rakia from Southfield Grange Trust:

Daphne has been sent to St Rita’s school for spirited girls but when she arrives it look nothing like she imagined. She becomes assistant assistant librarian to the assistant librarian, Emily Lime and soon she gets pulled into a world of crime and mystery. There has been a bank robbery in town and a break-in at the school, someone’s on the loose and she’s determined to find them. With the help of Emily and George (the only boy), she gets to the bottom of this twisting tale with some extraordinary results.

I think the book is good but, to be honest it wasn’t that interesting. I think it could have been written better and a bit more mystery included so that the reader can’t anticipate the next move of the characters, don’t make them so predictable. The author has given too much information about the characters at the start, it makes them and the plot less mysterious. I’m saying all of this assuming that the author wanted this to be a mystery book, if it was supposed to be a mystery I think it could be tweaked and changed so the book has a lot less foreshadowing, it’s been used too much.

Rakia gave The Book Case: An Emily Lime Mystery 2 out of 5 and now plans to read Below Zero by Dan Smith.

Rain from Southfield Grange Trust:

Daphne meets to Assistant Librarian of St. Rita's. One night someone broke into the library causing havoc. Books were lying messily on the floor and the school girl was badly hurt by the intruders. Emily Lime wants to find out who is behind the disorder.

The book was OK but it wasn't as exciting as the other books when it came to the mystery.

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

Samantha from Southfield Grange Trust:

This is the best book I have ever read because it was mystery and it was funny. I enjoyed the part with the food raid and the pictures of it.

Daphne is the Assistant Assistant Librarian which is really funny because there’s hardly any books in the library. Emily Lime, the Assistant Librarian was my favourite character because all she does is sit at her desk and read books.

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

LM from Manor CE Academy :

This book was quite comical, and had a good mystery storyline. I would say it has too many pictures for the age category it has been put in, but that is only my opinion. Lots of memorable characters, very detailed book. Lots going on, but not too many distractions from the main story. Didn’t get boring at any points and I quite enjoyed reading it, but may have been intended for slightly younger readers, but definitely still a good book all the same.

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

Jacob from corpus christi catholic college, Leeds:

Solid reading with a great ending - loved it.

Jacob gave The Book Case: An Emily Lime Mystery 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Bone Talk by Candy Gourlay.

Jemima from Abbey Grange Academy:

I really enjoyed the mystery aspect of this book, especially as it wasn’t really scary. I definitely recommend it!

Jemima gave The Book Case: An Emily Lime Mystery 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Below Zero by Dan Smith.

Annabel from Roundhay High:

I think it should be more about Emily Lime because it does say "An Emily Lime mystery". It's a good book for anyone who likes mysteries but it isn't as good as the famous Ruby Redfort series but then again who come make a better mystery series about a 13 year old girl?

Annabel gave The Book Case: An Emily Lime Mystery 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Below Zero by Dan Smith.

Shannon from Corpus Christi Catholic College:

I didn't really enjoy this book because its not the type of book I would like to read.

I would say a younger age group could read this and might enjoy it, it just wasn't that exciting to read for me.

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

ailsa from royds:

The book case is a relaxation book an you never know who was the 'baddy'. my favorite character was Marion because she is very welcoming and she never brags about her family being rich. I would recommend this book to 9's to 11's .

ailsa gave The Book Case: An Emily Lime Mystery 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Extinction Trials by S M Wilson.

Natalya from Prince Henry’s Grammar school :

I think this is a good book and I would recommend but the ending is a little rushed and I don’t know why George was in a all girl school. I loved how the cat kinda saved the day I think that’s the right way to show how cat can be helpful i liked how she always said one word when something happened but it annoyed me after a bit but I like spy related things but it was good overall and exiting.

Natalya gave The Book Case: An Emily Lime Mystery 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Bone Talk by Candy Gourlay.

Alexandra from Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School:

The Book Case is a book about a few librarians who solve a mystery of a bank theft. The book is heart pounding, exciting and mysterious. I enjoyed reading it and felt I could relate to the characters.

The genre of the book is fictional mystery and I think it is suitable for all ages. It is entertaining and conveys the excitement of boarding school. After reading the book, I was filled with anticipation for the next mystery. If I had to improve the book, I would describe what each individual girl was like so that there would be more suspects. This would increase the suspense.

Alexandra gave The Book Case: An Emily Lime Mystery 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Mud by Emily Thomas.

Sana from Southfield Grange Trust:

I like this book and I enjoyed reading it because it is a really interesting story and I also like the pictures that go with the story. But the thing I didn’t like was how it doesn’t explain who the characters are and it just goes straight into the details. I like stories to say what they are about before the story starts.

Sana gave The Book Case: An Emily Lime Mystery 2 out of 5 and now plans to read Below Zero by Dan Smith.

Anisa from Southfield Grange Trust:

I really enjoyed reading this spectacular book. It was fun, exciting and a serious mystery.

Daphne is the main character. She is cute, smart and loves to read books. She has to go to an “all girls” boarding school which is mostly for respectable girls like Daphne herself.

Daphne immediately takes the opportunity when she is asked, to be a librarian assistant as she absolutely loves books. However it’s not as easy as she thought because its unbearable to think about when fourth graders can get through some padlocks

Daphne soon discovers a new library assistant known as Emily Lime who is said to be a crime solving genius when you get to know her. They both go on a mission to solve a big mystery….

Anisa gave The Book Case: An Emily Lime Mystery 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Below Zero by Dan Smith.

Isabella from Royds School:

I don't usually read detective books, but I liked this one very much, as the girls' boarding school setting was reminiscent of Murder Most Unladylike. Also, I liked the illustrations and several parts of the book were very funny! However, there were not many suspects, which I think would have made the plot more interesting, and I would have liked to know more about day-to-day life at St Rita's. Still, I overall think that this is a great book and I can see why it was nominated!

Isabella gave The Book Case: An Emily Lime Mystery 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Extinction Trials by S M Wilson.

ruby from royds :

i thought this book was amazing it was always very intresting to read and i loved the pace . i was so excited to read the next chapter and i fell in love the charecter daphen .

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

Aya from Southfield Grange Trust:

This book is about an assistant librarian called Emily at St Rita’s school for spirited girls. Daphne is a new girl at the school and George is the only boy. They set out to investigate about a robbery.

I thought the story was interesting but it was a bit too long and goes into details from the first page, I prefer a description of the setting. I think that the pictures makes the story better.

Aya gave The Book Case: An Emily Lime Mystery 2 out of 5 and now plans to read Bone Talk by Candy Gourlay.

Amirah from Allerton Grange :

A brilliant novel to read! This book was very intriguing with all its plots and mysteries. However, for me,I think this book was quite childish and even though I enjoyed it I wouldn't read it again.

Amirah gave The Book Case: An Emily Lime Mystery 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Mud by Emily Thomas.

Daisy from Prince Henry’s Grammar School:

I really enjoyed reading The book case I found I couldn’t put the book down. I feel the book was well described and each character was likeable in their own way. The only thing I would advise is that the ending wasn’t as rushed I feel the most part of the book was well descriptive bu5 the ending flew by, I am also dying to know why George is in a all girls school; maybe you could do a sequel all about George and his journey to get to the school and the mystery of his background. Overall I really enjoyed this read and can’t wait to see more from you

Daisy gave The Book Case: An Emily Lime Mystery 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Mud by Emily Thomas.

Kyra from John Smeaton Academy:

The Book Case is an interesting book by Dave Shelton which talks about life at a run-down school. Clumsy George manages to give new student and 'assistant, assistant' librarian Daphne a (sort of) warm welcome. When she reaches the library, she is met by the bossy Emily Lime who is adamant to take charge when the head librarian, Mrs Crump, has to go away due to 'nerves'. Daphne has to adapt to the lifestyle of the girls at St Rita's with the help of Marion, the richest girl in the school, and some other very naughty school girls.

I really liked this book because it was full of adventure. The mystery throughout of the different events did not only keep the plot tense, it also lead onto many funny events. Definitely a must read.

Kyra gave The Book Case: An Emily Lime Mystery 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Bone Talk by Candy Gourlay.

Hong Jie from Leeds East Academy:

I think that this book is very interesting and it has a lot of mysterious plots and twists. I really liked the main character ,Daphne, because I think that she was a very positive and brave girl. I really liked the fact that it was illustrated because it could let me imagine what the imagery would be like in my mind. I would really recommend this book to teenagers who would love to read a book on adventures.

Hong Jie gave The Book Case: An Emily Lime Mystery 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Extinction Trials by S M Wilson.

Ruby from benton park:

I like this book because the characters personalities are interesting and george makes me laugh! It creates suspence when you dont know who the robber is!

Ruby gave The Book Case: An Emily Lime Mystery 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Extinction Trials by S M Wilson.

Mia from Allerton High School:

This book is very interesting because it leaves you on a cliffhanger and carries on on the following chapter. Also very exciting and adventurous.

Mia gave The Book Case: An Emily Lime Mystery 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Mud by Emily Thomas.

Jessica from Allerton high school:

The book case is very intriguing and mysterious. I absolutely love the plot as it is very adventurous and exciting. The main characters are Emily Lime, Daphne and George. Once I started reading I couldn't stop. I would definitely recommend this book.

Jessica gave The Book Case: An Emily Lime Mystery 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Bone Talk by Candy Gourlay.

Isabel from Allerton high school:

I enjoyed this book when reading it for the first time but would not read it again. It is an ok mystery but not very exciting and easy to predict. I personally would have preferred it if the characters talked in a modern manner instead of the old fashioned, posh way they did. I say that but did like the characters's personality especially Emily lime as it adds humour and interest to the story. A good book but not one for me.

Isabel gave The Book Case: An Emily Lime Mystery 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Mud by Emily Thomas.

Caitlin from Abbey grange academy:

It was very interesting and exciting with lots of plot twists. However, it was a bit childish for me.

Caitlin gave The Book Case: An Emily Lime Mystery 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Bone Talk by Candy Gourlay.

Naomi from Abbey Grange Academy :

It was quite a good book, and fairly engaging once I got going with it. A few puns here and there,but the overall feel of the book was a bit young for me. That could just be personal taste though.

Naomi gave The Book Case: An Emily Lime Mystery 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Child I by Steve Tasane.

Areeba from Southfield Grange Trust:

Daphne is setting off to St. Ritas an exclusive all-girls boarding school. The moment she takes a look at the building she knew it was not what she expected. There were crumbling walls and holes in the roof but the moment she steps in to the library it’s a whole other story she is amazed she feels like she is a different place she think that it’s not the same school.

After a serious of unfortunate events Daphne, Emily Lime and George (the only boy ) set out to crack the case with extraordinary results that are not at all what they expected

This story was written In third person I really enjoyed the beginning of the book, I thought it was exquisite but when I got further into the book I was confused but as I read it answered all my questions. It went into a lot of detail and I found that I couldn’t put it down I think the beginning could be improved. As a person who loves mystery it I think I was aimed at the right audience and was not babyish or too graphic.

After finishing the book my opinion has totally changed unfortunately I didn’t enjoy it as the ending seemed rushed, an unexpected ending which would have made it a lot better.

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

Lily-Rose from Allerton Grange School:

This is a really good book. It was light-hearted and funny. The pictures are totally brilliant. I'd like to see more of Daphne's adventures at St Rita's!

Lily-Rose gave The Book Case: An Emily Lime Mystery 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Below Zero by Dan Smith.

Kate from John Smeaton Academy:

The book case :an Emily Lime mystery was an amazing book filled with surprise and illegal events. All the characters had different personality’s and made the book interesting to read.

The book is about a girl called Daphne who has to move to St Rita’s school for spirited girls to be the assistant assistant librarian. She loves reading but when she got to her new school, she found out the job included more than just books.

Enily, Daphne and George (the only boy) make a great crime solving trio when the world needs them.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone who likes mystery.

My favourite character was George because I wondered how he ended up in a girls boarding school.

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

Ogonna from Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School:

I really enjoyed this book and once I started read couldn't stop. It was really intriguing and fun to read. I feel like this book has an unexpected turn because in the beginning Emily is just and assistant librarian and the next she is solving mysteries with Daphne and George. This book shows how you can have formal levels in conversations. I recommend this book for other kids who like mystery books and detective work.

Ogonna gave The Book Case: An Emily Lime Mystery 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Bone Talk by Candy Gourlay.

Shelly from Allerton high school:

In my opinion, this book is the best mystery book I have read and will always remain the best.At some parts of the book it is very full of suspense and mystery. In addition to this, the only problem with this outstanding book is that when you start you can never stop! I would rate it 4/5.

Shelly gave The Book Case: An Emily Lime Mystery 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Below Zero by Dan Smith.

Kate from John Smeaton Academy :

The Book Case: An Emily Lime Mystery is a exciting book with lots of mystery and surprises along the way.

When Daphne is forced to go to St Ritas School for spirited girls to be the assistant assistant librarian, she doesn't know the job will include more than just books. With food fun and even cats the illegal events from the past moths are solved with the help of the crime solving trio Emily, Daphne

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

Marek from St Marys:

I really like this book and this and the author because when I read you could see that there is a good essence of a mystery.

I would recommend this book to 8 - 16 because it is easy language to read and a teen book!

Thank you for reading my review and i hope this helps!

Bye

Marek gave The Book Case: An Emily Lime Mystery 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Bone Talk by Candy Gourlay.

Alfie from Corpus Christi:

I believe this book is a very good read and does a great job with capturing the essence of a good mystery. I enjoyed the characters and I never wanted to stop reading it. While I enjoyed this book a lot and is one of my favourites out of all the LBA books, I do have some minor problems with it that did bug me a bit while reading. Firstly I didn't really understand why some of the characters where at a school for girls with behaviour problems because they acted perfectly normal such as Emily Lime. Also I didn't really see any character development however I did enjoy the book.

Alfie gave The Book Case: An Emily Lime Mystery 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Bone Talk by Candy Gourlay.

Skye from John Smeaton Academy:

I really like this book because it is mysterious and most events at the beginning of the book come back at the end.

I would recommend this book to people that like mystery novels because there's illegal events that happen and the 3 librarians: Emily, Daphne and George(the only boy)work together and even do some acting just to find out information . My favourite part was When they were going around the school and it was all warn out and then Daphne walked into the library and the mood changed.

This book is about a girl named Daphne who went to ST. Ritas school for spirited girls and came an assistant assistant librarian and after she came an assistant assistant librarian the whole story fell into place with all the mysteries and occasionally in the book they used some past knowledge to help,

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

Mara from Benton Park:

I loved this book because at the minute, I am really into mystery genres, and this book suited my taste perfectly.

The Book Case: An Emily Lime Mystery is about a girl named Daphne, who is the new girl at St Rita's School for Girls. There, she becomes assistant assistant librarian and all the adventures spiral from there!

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mysteries, or for anyone who is looking for a change in the genre book that they're reading.

Mara gave The Book Case: An Emily Lime Mystery 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Bone Talk by Candy Gourlay.

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.

Jack from Corpus Christi Catholic College:

When i first saw the book i thought it looked quite good however, it didn't appeal to me as much as i thought it would. However I liked how the main characters were Librarians because it shows another side to them that people don;t really expect. Overall it was quite a good book.

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