The case of the missing books

by Sansom, Ian,

Format: Print Book 2006
Availability: Available at 6 Libraries 6 of 8 copies
Available (6)
Location Collection Call #
Brentwood Library Mystery MYSTERY Sansom
Location  Brentwood Library
Collection  Mystery
Call Number  MYSTERY Sansom
Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale Mystery M San
Location  Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale
Collection  Mystery
Call Number  M San
Carnegie Library of McKeesport Fiction F SAN
Location  Carnegie Library of McKeesport
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  F SAN
Crafton Public Library Adult - Fiction F SANSOM 2006 CRAFTON 2/07
Location  Crafton Public Library
Collection  Adult - Fiction
Call Number  F SANSOM 2006 CRAFTON 2/07
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Fiction SANSOM Ian
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  SANSOM Ian
Northland Public Library Mystery FIC SANSOM MYS
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Mystery
Unavailable (2)
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ACLA Mobile Library Services Fiction Collection IN TRANSIT
Location  ACLA Mobile Library Services
Collection  Fiction Collection
CLP - Main Library First Floor - Fiction Stacks CHECKED OUT
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  First Floor - Fiction Stacks

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?

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In a field crowded with unlikely sleuths, Israel Armstrong--chubby, nervous, clumsy, headache prone, underachieving--stands out. Jewish and vegetarian, he stands out even more when he accepts a job in Tumdrum, Northern Ireland, where it's assumed that, if he's not Protestant, he must be Catholic. Hired to be a librarian, he arrives to find his library closed and his position retitled Outreach Support Officer --driver of the decrepit mobile library. Worse, the books he's supposed to fill it with have disappeared. Worse yet, his new boss will accept his resignation only if he finds the missing books first. Between Israel's inept sleuthing and the general unhelpfulness of the locals, it looks as if he'll be in Tumdrum a long, long time. 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 that is nonetheless anchored by a strong sense of place and a sobering sense of the place's troubled history. Librarians have found themselves a new hero in Israel Armstrong, who, despite his unheroic demeanor, is a champion against bullshit and bureaucracy in the service of books. --Keir Graff Copyright 2006 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly 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. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Series Sansom, Ian. Mobile library series.
#1 - The Case of the missing books
#2 - Mr. Dixon disappears
#3 - The Book stops here
#4 - The Bad book affair
Subjects Jews -- Ireland -- Fiction.
Librarians -- Ireland -- Fiction.
Traveling libraries -- Ireland -- Fiction.
Theft -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Harper,2006
Edition 1st U.S. ed.
Language English
Description 336 pages ; 21 cm.
ISBN 9780060822507
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