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An Emily Lime Mystery, Book 1
Narrated by: Colleen Prendergast
Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
Categories: Children, Ages 8-10
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Summary

Agatha Christie meets St Trinian's in this delightful new middle grade mystery series! 

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 librarian's assistant's assistant immediately upon arrival. 

But it turns out nothing is quite what you'd expect at St Rita's - you can't trust a padlock if the fourth graders are around, the floor has holes from cannonballs, the smell in the dining room is disgustingly foul and Daphne discovers the librarian doesn't really exist. 

But there is a librarian's assistant, Emily Lime. And she's really a crime-solving genius who's looking for a new assistant of her own. And book-smart 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....

©2018 Dave Shelton (P)2018 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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A school story with books as the focus.

Mystery and lots of genre staples, a feel of the modern and the nostalgic.

In the grand tradition of Blyton, Trebizon, even Harry Potter, the great 'school story' genre staples... we now have a mystery with the boarding school library at the heart of it (as Hermione herself would be proud).

I've read Shelton before and liked him, though this is wildly different. The first in a series, as Daphne arrives at her new school and 'interviews' to become the library assistant... acutally no, the library assistant's ASSISTANT. Her 'boss' is Emily Lime, a supremely bossy student in a rather unusual school, a little like a junior St Trinian's, where pupils get up to all sorts at all hours.

And it's into this setting that a mystery is mixed, one in which the smart Daphne will have to work with overbearing Emily.

I'd only just finished another 'children in a mystery' story (set in a hotel) when starting this, so they did feel a little interchangable at times, though I loved the fact that books and libraries were the solutions (as well as the clues) to the plots. Daphne is likeable, though didn't stand out particular, Emily Lime is more memorable and didn't annoy too much as I wondered about at the start.

Great school setting, a very unique establishment that I'd love to see more of, even from the perspectives of different students.

I listened to the Audible version of this, which moved along nicely and would be enjoyed by listeners around 9-12. It should keep their attention.

With thanks to Nudge Books for providing a sample copy.