The Book Stops Here: A Mobile Library Mystery (The Mobile Library Mystery Series)

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Disgruntled, disheveled, fish-out-of-water mobile librarian Israel Armstrong is finally going home to London, rattling along with his irascible companion Ted Carson in their rust bucket book van en route to the Mobile Meet. The annual library convention gives Israel the opportunity to catch up with his family, eat paprika chicken and baklava, and drink good coffee. But they've barely found parking when the unimaginable occurs: their library-on-wheels is stolen!

Who on earth would want to take a thirty-year-old traveling disaster with the words "The Book Stops Here" painted across the back? Israel and Ted are determined to find out. But their search is leading them on a very twisty trail through the countryside in pursuit of a suspicious convoy of New Age travelers. And the hunt is raising numerous troubling questions—such as where exactly is Israel's high-flying girlfriend, Gloria? And is Ted really making a move on Israel's widowed mother?

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Ian Sansom is a frequent contributor and critic for The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The London Review of Books, and The Spectator and a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4. He is the author of nine books including Paper: An Elegy, and the Mobile Library Series.

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After more than six months as the mobile librarian of Tumdrum, Northern Ireland, Israel Armstrong yearns to return to London and civilization. He’ll resign to get there, too—until an all-expenses-paid business trip, to a conference of mobile librarians, saves him the trouble. Accompanied by colleague and comic foil Ted Carson, Israel goes home and finds that everything has changed—or maybe he has—except, perhaps, his mother. We criticized Sansom’s last outing (Mr. Dixon Disappears, 2007) for its lack of plotting chops; in retrospect, the problem may have been that he tried to make too much of a mystery out of it. Here, crime takes a backseat to the characters, and the problem is solved. The sleuthing—in search of Ted’s beloved, disappeared van—doesn’t start until halfway through the book, leaving plenty of room for hilarious scenes where nothing much happens. And watching the aggressively mild-mannered Israel try to find himself between the stifling rurality of Tumdrum and the soulless horror of London sprawl is entertainment enough. --Keir Graff

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