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Publisher's Note:

Daphne is off to an exclusive girls' boarding school, where she'll be given a brand-new start after her expulsion. But St. Rita's school for girls is not your ordinary school. And these are certainly not ordinary girls. As it turns out, nothing is quite what you'd expect at St. Rita's. But then she meets Emily Lime, a crime-solving genius, who's looking for a new library assistant. And the book…

The Book Case

by Dave Shelton

Overall Book Review:

The Book Case (An Emily Lime Mystery) is a straightforward mystery perfect for those graduating from chapter books.  The pacing is brisk and humorous drawings are sprinkled throughout.  The time and setting are a bit vague, but appear to be in England sometime in the 1950’s or 1960’s, giving the book a retro feel.  There is a hefty dose of humor and some slapstick comedy, which will even make adults smile.

One mystery that wasn’t solved is that this book is labeled “An Emily Lime Mystery”.  Emily is one of the three main characters, but her role seems secondary to the characters Daphne and George.  Frankly, George is quite a resourceful fellow and he deserves more credit than he gets!

This book was pleasantly charming, unpretentious, and a quick read.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by David Fickling Press


Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  1 religious exclamation; 1 mild obscenity; 1 anatomical term.

Violence/Gore:  Characters fall and are knocked unconscious upon a few occasions; fierce cat attacks people upon occasion (comical); fierce cat leaves dead mice, etc. mention of blood; report of a person knocked unconscious with injuries; character feels something drip on their face and later wonders if it was blood; report of damaged property; many confessions to misdemeanor crimes; slap; report of death in a wrestling match (unconfirmed); verbal threats; character trips; bike crash; character forcibly thrown from moving train by conductor; extended chase scene where adult pursues children, involving throwing, tripping, grabbing, falling, tackling, cat-scratching, etc. resulting in injuries (e.g. sprained ankles, broken nose, cuts, scratches, bruises, bumps, mention of blood); old person tackled by police.

Sex/Nudity:  None

Mature Subject Matter:

Theft; juvenile delinquency; kidnapping; arson; fraud.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Report of a gin distillery in the basement of a school for girls; a teacher, who is also a nun, is a chain smoker; a student bribes a teacher for information with cigarettes (humorous).

Overall Book Rating
Profanity/Language
Rating:
3
10
Violence/Gore
Rating:
2
10
Sex/Nudity
Rating:
0
10

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About the Reviewer

An accountant and CPA by profession, I found myself a book reviewer for Squeaky Clean Reads by happenstance. When the opportunity came to transform that website into Compass Book Ratings, I was excited to seize it and meld my business background with my love of books. As the mother of three teenage sons, I have read a large number of children and young adult books and I believe that there is great value in a content review service. As much as we would love to read everything our children read, there just isn’t enough time. I also appreciate being able to select books for myself that are really worth my precious and limited reading time. I believe there is a book out there for everyone–they just have to find it!