Dial Em for Murder by Marni Bates

51ihnmvaaal Dial Em for Murder by Marni Bates, Merit Press, (9781440595851), 2016


Rating:  1-5: 3

Genre: Mystery

What did you like about the book? This book wastes no time getting into the action.  Emmy is a quirky girl who writes romance novels in her spare time and, after the first scene we meet her in, is thrown into a weird situation of espionage. I’m all for action, suspense, and a very modern-day female narrator.   

Anything you didn’t like about it? The plot was a little hard to get/stay into.  Em is interesting, and definitely a fun lens for this story, but many of her interactions were a little over the top (see her interactions with the police).  Maybe this is due to her outlook as a narrator (she constantly has asides about new romance novel ideas) but it made suspension of disbelief a struggle.  I’m also not a fan of prep school YA novels, so that plot shift disappointed me a little.  

To whom would you recommend this book? Teens who want mystery novels or are looking for something a little over the top will like this.  Teens who enjoy romance may also like this.  

Who should buy this book? Librarians looking to add more quirky mystery books to their YA collection.  

Where would you shelve it? Mystery

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? I would say if you’re looking for a quick read, a mystery, or you are looking for an easy book club book, yes.  Otherwise, fit it in where there is time.  

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Christina Dufour, Thayer Public Library, Braintree MA

Date of review:  11/8/2016

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