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ISBN13: 9780060822507
ISBN10: 0060822503
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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 the books? The rolling library's 15,000 volumes have mysteriously gone missing, and it's up to Israel to discover who would steal them...and why. And perhaps, after that, he will tackle other bizarre and perplexing local mysteries — like, where does one go to find a proper cappuccino and a decent newspaper?

Review:

"British author Sansom (The Impartial Recorder) launches a humorous new series set in Tumdrum, Northern Ireland, the small village that transplanted Londoner Israel Armstrong reluctantly makes his home. The nebbishy Jewish vegetarian shows up at the Tumdrum and District Public Library eager to assume his post as the new librarian, only to find the place boarded up and that it's his job to steward the beat-up mobile library instead. When he finally gets inside the library building, he discovers its 15,000 books are missing. Less astute than the detective characters in the novels he has devoured, Israel blunders through an investigation, making startling discoveries while suffering some hard knocks along the way. Israel's fish-out-of-water dilemmas and encounters with kooky locals will resonate with Alexander McCall Smith fans." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"British author Sansom (The Impartial Recorder) launches a humorous new series set in Tumdrum, Northern Ireland, the small village that transplanted Londoner Israel Armstrong reluctantly makes his home. The nebbishy Jewish vegetarian shows up at the Tumdrum and District Public Library eager to assume his post as the new librarian, only to find the place boarded up and that it's his job to steward the beat-up mobile library instead. When he finally gets inside the library building, he discovers its 15,000 books are missing. Less astute than the detective characters in the novels he has devoured, Israel blunders through an investigation, making startling discoveries while suffering some hard knocks along the way. Israel's fish-out-of-water dilemmas and encounters with kooky locals will resonate with Alexander McCall Smith fans. (Jan.) " Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"The plot here is an excuse for the scenes, but what scenes! Begging to be read aloud, they unfold with a rollicking blend of dry humor, slapstick, and sheer farce....Librarians have found themselves a new hero in Israel Armstrong." Booklist

Review:

"A buoyant series kickoff....Sansom writes with refreshing deftness and sharp wit." Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Ian Sansom is a regular contributor to The Guardian and the London Review of Books. He lives in Northern Ireland.

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jaimechm, September 20, 2011 (view all comments by jaimechm)
If I hadn't laughed out loud twice while reading this book, I probably would've only rated it a "one". I found the main character to be annoying overall and the majority of the dialogue and circumstances just not funny.

It's also clearly written to be the first of a series, which is fine, but because there are SO MANY open storylines at the end of the book, it was just an unsatisfying conclusion. Perhaps the other books in the series are better, I'm just not motivated to find out.
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Therese McClintock, August 1, 2010 (view all comments by Therese McClintock)
Israel Armstrong is a slightly pathetic character. That being said, he's also entirely loveable, unintentionally hilarious, and probably one of the most unusual and entertaining detectives I've read. The many characters Israel encounters each have their own quirks and habits, creating an exceptionally rich cast as well. The only complaint concerning this book is the meandering quality of the plot, taking time to hover over seemingly ambiguous details. Then again, I've also noticed that the people in Tumdrum have the exact same personalities; perhaps Sansom did this on purpose?
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enfanta, March 4, 2007 (view all comments by enfanta)
This book was tedious and exasperating. The main character is a dim-witted slob, the supporting characters were mean-spirited and boring and in the end, there was no mystery about the books. This might have made in interesting short story but as it stands, it's not worth anyone's time.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060822507
Author:
Sansom, Ian
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Author:
by Ian Sansom
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Librarians
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Theft.
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series:
Mobile Library Mysteries
Publication Date:
20070131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.00x5.32x.83 in. .57 lbs.

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Product details 352 pages HarperCollins Publishers - English 9780060822507 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "British author Sansom (The Impartial Recorder) launches a humorous new series set in Tumdrum, Northern Ireland, the small village that transplanted Londoner Israel Armstrong reluctantly makes his home. The nebbishy Jewish vegetarian shows up at the Tumdrum and District Public Library eager to assume his post as the new librarian, only to find the place boarded up and that it's his job to steward the beat-up mobile library instead. When he finally gets inside the library building, he discovers its 15,000 books are missing. Less astute than the detective characters in the novels he has devoured, Israel blunders through an investigation, making startling discoveries while suffering some hard knocks along the way. Israel's fish-out-of-water dilemmas and encounters with kooky locals will resonate with Alexander McCall Smith fans." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "British author Sansom (The Impartial Recorder) launches a humorous new series set in Tumdrum, Northern Ireland, the small village that transplanted Londoner Israel Armstrong reluctantly makes his home. The nebbishy Jewish vegetarian shows up at the Tumdrum and District Public Library eager to assume his post as the new librarian, only to find the place boarded up and that it's his job to steward the beat-up mobile library instead. When he finally gets inside the library building, he discovers its 15,000 books are missing. Less astute than the detective characters in the novels he has devoured, Israel blunders through an investigation, making startling discoveries while suffering some hard knocks along the way. Israel's fish-out-of-water dilemmas and encounters with kooky locals will resonate with Alexander McCall Smith fans. (Jan.) " Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "The plot here is an excuse for the scenes, but what scenes! Begging to be read aloud, they unfold with a rollicking blend of dry humor, slapstick, and sheer farce....Librarians have found themselves a new hero in Israel Armstrong."
"Review" by , "A buoyant series kickoff....Sansom writes with refreshing deftness and sharp wit."
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