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The Case of the Missing Books
The Case of the Missing Books: A Mobile Library Mystery | Ian Sansom
19 posts | 19 read | 33 to read
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 charmingbut 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 mysterieslike, where does one go to find a proper cappuccino and a decent newspaper?
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GatheringBooks
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@scripturient this is what appears when i follow up the tracking number from dhl germany. It says “it will be transported” so not sure whether it has already left and whether it is here now. 😭😭😭 #ScreamsByMail

scripturient I get the same message and it usually means that they put it on the plane. Just checked regular postal running times to the AE and it says 12 to 14 business days. We‘d still be within limits then but it should get there soon now. 2mo
GatheringBooks @scripturient praying hard and crossing my fingers 🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼💕🧚🏼‍♀️📚📚📚 2mo
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BookNAround
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Day 2 of #7covers7days #covercrush Seven covers I love, no explanations.

Anyone who hasn‘t played and wants to, please play along.

Megabooks Love this! 3mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz Oh wow! Love the cover! 3mo
Ruthiella I would buy that for the cover alone!😍 3mo
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders Great cover!! 3mo
Well-ReadNeck Awesome! 3mo
LeahBergen Love this cover! 3mo
batsy Nice one 👌🏽 3mo
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Thndrstd
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Pickpick

Israel Armstrong, Jewish vegetarian librarian, accepts a job in a small Irish town, but he quickly realizes it's not what he expected. The library is closed, they expect him to run a mobile library, and all the books are missing. A fish out of water story with a clash of cultures and expectations, at times very funny and amusing.

Cinfhen Sounds fun 10mo
gradcat This does sound good! ❤️ 10mo
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Reagan
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I‘m trying to finish both The Guttenberg Bible and How to be Famous this weekend. I‘ve never done a readathon before and this was a last minute decision. If I come close to 12 hours I will be delighted. Let the reading (late start) commence! I‘ve attached a cute photo of me and my niece because I am in bed, it‘s dark and my book would be in shadows.

#24in48 @24in48

PurpleyPumpkin Welcome and enjoy! I‘ve never reached the 24 hour mark, but I love trying. 👍🏽 10mo
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Bookworm-Bobbie
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This is my #shelfiesatueday for #readingresolutions @Jess7 it‘s a day late..oops. It‘s needs a tidy. 😕

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whimsy
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Then we have a pop-up library where we can drop books and pick up new ones. No new acquisition from me but I put down A Separate Peace by John Knowles, We are Completely Besides Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler, Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff, Mood Indigo by Boris Vian and The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland by Catherynne Valente. Could have sold these but couldn't be bothered to. The library doubles as a seating space.

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drokka
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For the first time in ages all the buses arrived on time, so I arrived at the vet's more than an hour early. She kept the critter and sent me off to go have a tea. I bought pastries instead because I completely forgot to pack a book! 😳🙄

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azulaco
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Look, Littens! Returning from a weekend family visit to San Antonio, found this kiosk in the airport. Charging station + free e-books, from San Antonio Public Library. 👍🏻

Kaye Wow, what a handy dandy gadget ! 2y
SilversReviews Nice!! 2y
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MatchlessMarie
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Thank you @collegecatlady for your #letsgetcozy package! I‘ve been wanting to read more books about books. 😍 I already got to try out the Thai Lily candle this morning and it‘s lovely! And thanks @cobwebmoth for putting this together and introducing me to the cozy genre. 🍁

mabell The candles scents sound really neat! 2y
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kate_reads
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This cover though 😍

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kate_reads
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I love my job, but this week-long work Retreat is seriously cutting into my reading time 😩

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BookGoGo
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Another great new #bookgogo in the shop, Overdue. It is a beautiful contrast lining and is nice and squishy. http://etsy.me/2u2CqYa

ChasingOm Cute! 2y
LitLogophile Love it! 2y
Texreader Gorgeous!! 2y
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Texreader Would you resend email where I can pay for cover number two? I didn't seem to get it. Kamonsen@ aoldotcom. 2y
BookGoGo @Texreader I sent you a message through Etsy - will send you an email 😊 2y
Texreader @bookgogo Thanks! My tote loved its trip to England! ❤️ 2y
tammysue Ooh I like this!💛 2y
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gossamerchild
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Uh, what? What a weird thing to think...🤔🤔 #currentlyreading

LaraReads Hmmm...what in the world does that mean?! 🤔 2y
Megabooks Weird 2y
gossamerchild What, vegetarians don't like dogs because they eat meat? That's what I got out of it. 2y
8little_paws That makes no sense. How was this not edited out? 2y
gossamerchild Maybe it was supposed to be funny? Also, that's on page 4 so I should probably reserve my judgement for a little longer 😉 2y
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gossamerchild
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I really like that @ReadDogBooks chooses backlist title for our subscription boxes. I see so many of the new releases as part of my job, so I like getting books I may have missed. Thank you!

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Panpan

I think this was trying to be a cozy mystery but it failed with unfriendly characters, cold damp weather and an unhappy protagonist. The story tried too hard to be funny with misunderstandings of the Irish dialect. Skip it.

Setting Ireland...hence Limerick Day. (I know it's a stretch. Haha. )
#limerickday #maybookflowers

NataliePatalie Womp womp. 3y
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AMVP
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#catchingup on #marchintoreading day 28 - #crazycovers

Was befuddled when, at a charity sale, I came across this book that seemingly had no title information. Turns out it's called The Mindfield Years, and I needn't have felt embarrassed, as @Litsy hasn't heard of it either (hence my delay).

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Panpan

This story took me far too long to read. And after slogging my way through it, it was to be let down by the ending! 😔

⭐⭐ My review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1883553925

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Libby1
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#booktober
#sleuth
#NorthernIreland

Israel Armstrong is a Jewish vegetarian Londoner who has been transplanted to the wilds of Northern Ireland to run a Mobile Library Van. And solve mysteries.

Hilarity ensues.

This is a quirky, funny, odd, delightful little series. Give it a go!

charl08 Love this series. Are you reading the author's new 'County guides' mysteries? 3y
Libby1 Hi, @charl08! I've read the first in the series based in Norfolk. I love his humour. Have you read them yet? 3y
RusskayaChica That plot sounds amazing! 3y
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Libby1 @RusskayaChica - it's such a weird little series in the best possible way. 3y
charl08 @Libby1 yes - 2 in Devon and 3 in Westmorland. 3 my favourite so far. 3y
Libby1 @charl08 - ooh! Happy days. I'll have to look for them. 3y
Suzze I only read the first one, I'll have to look for the others. 3y
Libby1 @Suzze - I think I've read this whole series so far. As Sansom is an English author based in Northern Ireland (where I now live) I tend to find them in the library. 3y
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