The Book Case: An Emily Lime Mystery
The Book Case is a hilarious mystery about a girl called Daphne who's been kicked out of her new school. When a letter arrives inviting her to study at St Rita's School for Spirited Girls, her parents jump at the opportunity. Even before she arrives there you know something is definitely off about the boarding school. To say the girls are 'spirited' is an understatement - more like outrageous and shocking. Here Daphne meets the loveable George (the only boy at the girls' school) and Assistant Librarian Emily Lime. Daphne is annoyed that she has to interview for the Assistant Assistant Librarian post which she assumed was hers but it seems the librarian is off sick and has left Emily Lime in charge. Strange things have been happening at St Rita's but more strange things are to occur. St Rita's is described so well it almost seems like I knew it like the back of my hand. The characters are distinct and definitely memorable.
Amatullah liked the characters in this book, especially clumsy George and Emily Lime who can be described as blunt. She did find the story a bit hard to follow in the middle when the children were investigating the bank robbing in town. But by the end of the story everything fell into place. This book was a challenge for her to read because of the length - she's used to reading much shorter books so I'm really proud she finished the book. As a long time fan of mysteries I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It made me laugh and smile at their misadventures and experiences, and I whizzed through the book in no time.
Dave Shelton has written a very intriguing mystery that will keep you guessing till the end. It was a delight meeting Emily Lime and we hope to read more about her soon. The drawings are great and complement the story well.