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The Case of the Missing Books (Mobile Library Series #1)

The Case of the Missing Books (Mobile Library Series #1)

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by Ian Sansom

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Israel Armstrong is a passionate soul, lured to Ireland by the promise of an exciting new career. Alas, the job that awaits him is not quite what he had in mind. Still, Israel is not one to dwell on disappointment, as he prepares to drive a mobile library around a small, damp Irish town. After all, the scenery is lovely, the people are charming—but where are

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Case of the Missing Books (Mobile Library Series #1) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Israel Armstrong left London and his girlfriend Gloria for the Rathkletair Borough librarian position in Tumdrum, Northern Ireland. However, when he arrives at the small town, the Jewish vegetarian is stunned to find a sign on the door of the locked facility that announces the library is permanently closed. Deputy Head of Entertainment, Leisure, and Community Services Linda Wei imperiously explains to the mortified Israel that he remains under contract to them though he has no building to tender instead he will serve as the Outreach Support Officer of the modern Mobile Learning Centre in other words a distraught Israel will drive a bookmobile. Israel adapts to his new circumstance trying to improve the decrepit van while living on a nearby farm where he is attracted to the farmer¿s daughter George who sets him up in a locale where the chicken crap is the best smell. However, he soon has other problems when he catalogues the inventory only to find 15,000 books missing. He begins a quest based on the sleuths he has read to recover the lost tomes, but soon learns other libraries with buildings have purloined them even as he finds a second female to dally with reporter Veronica. --- THE CASE OF THE MISSING BOOKS is an amusing amateur sleuth tale starring a fish out of water struggling to adjust to his new environs as the hero finds everyone treats him like the dope in the ¿Rope-a-dope¿. The story line is fast-paced focusing on the escapades of the displaced London Jew whose senses are overwhelmed by excrement that he either steps in, falls in, or simply smells in. Ian Samson provides an amusing tale starring a seemingly out of place bibliophile whose lofty goal of bringing literature to a horde of eccentrics seems more difficult than building the Chunnel. --- Harriet Klausner
BookHobby More than 1 year ago
This is not a serious mystery. This is a light-hearted , funny , and very entertaining book. I loved this book ! The writing, the humor and the characters will keep you wanting more. I have already ordered the rest of the series to read.
Spidergal More than 1 year ago
This was a light, funny read and I learned a lot of new vocabulary words. The characters became like part of the family so I'm not looking forward to reading the next in the series. In my mind. Israel, the main character, is like the Lucy Ricardo of the Library world. Though there really is no Ethel to go with Lucy, the character Ted could be compared to Fred Murtz. Give the book a try - it's a hoot!
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