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Mr. Dixon Disappears (Mobile Library Mystery #2)

3.27 of 5 stars 3.27  ·  rating details  ·  607 ratings  ·  114 reviews
Mr. Dixon a member of the Ulster Association of Magicians, has gone missing—along with one hundred thousand pounds in cash. Israel Armstrong, bighearted and overly inquisitive, should stick to delivering library books to out-of-the-way readers and not get involved in the investigation. But of course, he can't help himself—which costs him his job and earns him a place of di...more
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Published October 6th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published January 1st 2006)
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Bibliophile
The second of Ian Sansom's "Mobile Library" mysteries about the half-Jewish, half-Irish Israel Armstrong, the mobile librarian and fish completely out of water in the small Northern Irish town of Tumdrum. Like The Case of the Missing Books, this was a quick entertaining read, and I particularly enjoyed both Sansom's horrifying description of a bibliophile who feels that he may have erred in his lifelong devotion to books as quoted below.

"He had always believed that reading was good for you, that...more
Lsexton
I was hoping for more from book 2 of the Mobile Library Mystery series.

Israel is back, as incompetent as ever, and still living in a chicken coop on George's farm. This time he is being framed in the disappearance of local mogul, Mr. Dixon.

I think this book relied too heavily on the funky characters and Irish setting. There's not much interesting about the mystery. Is Israel being set up by the cops? Why? The evidence is so shaky, it's unbelievable, even for a spoof. The solution at the end that...more
Jen
I love love love this series, and I'm not even a mystery fan. The Mobile Library Mystery series is a spoof on sort of Agatha Christie novels. The narrator does little more than bumble around and fall in and out of trouble. Great, fun reads -- can't wait for the next one!

I reviewed this book for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Rachel
Well, it's really more of the same from Ian Sansom with this second book in the Mobile Library series. And for that, I love him! This book goes a bit deeper than the last, brings a few more of Israel's (and the rest of Tumdrum's) complications, flaws, and redeeming qualities to light. And despite the fact that Israel is still decidedly not Irish yet, you see the flavor of Tumdrum seeping into him a bit more each day, as though by osmosis. But Samson holds true to what worked so well in the first...more
Kerry
Odd, odd, odd. I thought this series sounded nice. A librarian who finds himself in precarious situations in Northern Ireland. However, the narrator is such an odd duck. Maybe I needed to start with the initial book to get the lay of the land and I may give it a shot because the plot is still appealing. I do really like the voices of the supporting characters and their tales which provide a juxtaposition to the main characters dullness. I just think the main character's voice is rather annoying....more
Tony Fisher
I gave this author another chance by reading this his second book in this series. I wish I had not. The plot was poor and lost any credibility when the main character of this series was arrested for the robbery and kidnap of a family store owner. There was no real evidence or reason for the police to do so, other than to show the unrealistic prejudice between the police and a recently arrived inept English/ Jewish librarian.

All the characters were made to look stupid and the book was full of on...more
Judy
This is the second in the Mobile Library Series and I'm official in love. Israel Armstrong is a 29 year old, bumbling, overweight, vegetarian, Jewish librarian who moved from London to a small town in Northern Ireland only to find out that the library has been closed and his job is to drive the bookmobile. While setting up a five panel exhibit in the Dixon and Pickering department store on the history of the store, the security guard comes to tell Israel that the store has been robbed and Mr. Di...more
Laura Rodd
I love reading the well crafted sentences of Ian Sansom. You may not become enamored with Israel Armstrong but you develop a healthy empathy for the big boob. Israel is in another pickle of a situation this time being a prime suspect for robbery, kidnapping and possible murder. Just when he was beginning to fit in somewhat now he thinks with nostalgia of Tumdrum ( its cold soaking rains are now seen as "refreshing", his shabby/barely habitable "home" in a former chicken coop suddenly signifies a...more
Bridget
I read the first book in this series a couple of years ago, and though it was amusing enough, I didn't go out of my way to find any others. When I came across this one, I thought well I'd give it a try. It was an enjoyable read.

London-born Israel Armstrong is still in the small Northern Ireland town where he is the librarian, and responsible for the mobile library (bookmobiles, in the U.S.). When this book begins, Israel is looking forward to putting up his display of the history of Dixon's Dep...more
BJ Rose
I wasn't all that crazy about the first book in this series, The Case of the Missing Books, but I liked the idea of the Mobile Library in a small village in Northern Ireland, so I gave the series a second chance and am glad I did.

Israel Armstrong is the librarian - a young, Jewish vegetarian "stuck in the middle of nowhere in the north of the north of Northern Ireland" and driving a beat-up and much-repaired mobile library. Other than living in a chicken coop, his biggest problem is trying to g...more
Ape
2007 bookcrossing:

Apparently the second in a book series of "heart-warming" mysteries, solved by librarian Israel Armstrong, who drives a mobile library in Northern Ireland.

This tale is about when Mr Dixon, who runs a big department store disappears, along with a lot of money. The police accuse Israel of being involved, so he's got to prove his innocence.

To be honest, I found this disappointing. I had realised that it wasn't a hardcore detective book, and it was going to be more on the eccentric...more
Starry
This series of novels by Ian Sansone tell of Israel Armstrong, an agonizingly self-questioning, almost-30-year-old London man who moves to a remote village in Northern Ireland. Israel lives in a not-yet-converted chicken coop on a farm (a home he doesn't really like) and drives the book mobile (a job he doesn't really like) and spends most of his time feeling out of place and introspective (ie, self-centered) and vaguely depressed, like everyone his age apparently feels these days.

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Ann
Well, this was silly, silly, silly, but just the sort of escapist fiction I needed this weekend. Israel Armstrong is a chubby, male, Jewish, vegetarian librarian from London, who drives the mobile library in a small town in the north of the north of Northern Ireland. His simple life takes a turn for the worse when Mr. Dixon, the owner of the local department store disappears and Israel is accused of kidnapping, or worse. Israel and local cab driver Ted (the Bear) Carson set out to prove Israel's...more
Nilo Di Stefano
Inizia in sordina , poi si scatena
Secondo atto del Bibliobus di Tundrum. Devo dire la verità , all'inizio sono rimasto interdetto perchè le prime venti pagine mi avevano dato la sensazione che l'autore avesse scritto il libro per forza e non perchè ne avesse una reale volontà. Poi è esploso il pandemonio. Come spesso accade con Samson la trama è tutta da scoprire via via che la storia scorre inesorabile fra le pagine del libro. La struttura è la stessa del primo volume e quindi c'è poco da dire...more
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April
A couple of years ago I read the first book in the Mobile Library Mystery series, and I thought I remembered it as a light, typical popcorn mystery. Either I remembered it wrong or this second outing is a serious letdown. First of all, to call this a mystery is a stretch. I knew immediately what had happened, and there are very few "crime solving" scenes in this book, probably because the outcome was so obvious. I'm not sure what this book is aiming for - a character study, a collection of odd p...more
Sheila
The continued adventures of mobile librarian Israel Armstrong, pretentious intellectual and all-around wet rag. Armstrong has managed to develop a bit of spunk since his first adventure (The Case of the Missing Books), but he still finds himself the hapless victim of circumstances beyond his control. Once again, this is a book that will probably appeal to those who love a good cozy, but - again - don't expect a bunch of dead bodies. The ending was a little ho-hum, but like the first one, most of...more
Juliana
The first book in the series was a light and humerus book with a lot of love. This book, though, did not have anything of the things I loved in the first book. The story is way too obvious and the characters arent as lively as in the first book. I really loved the character "Armstong" in the first book but in this one I didnt really care about him or the story.

There are some sentences that make you laugh but not enough of them and the story seems kind of lame. I dont know if this story is suppo...more
Terri
Funny British mystery novel. Good gimmick. The main character, who happens to solve the mysteries throughout this series (there are a few in 'The Mobile Library Mysteries') is a disgruntled English librarian who works on a mobile library in a small village in 'the north of the north of North Ireland'. He is a total jerk who is undeservedly snobby about his job, lodgings, and everything else to do with his current situation. But its funny in that he is a total ninny in his jerkiness, so he ends u...more
Ann
Israel Armstrong is back. He is still driving the mobile library in the town of Tumdrum in Northern Ireland. He is asked to set us a display at the local department store to show the history of the area. When he arrives to set up, he finds that the store has been robbed of thousands of dollars and the manager, Mr. Dixon, has disappeared. Israel is arrested when the police find him looking into the empty safe. He is jailed, suspended from his job and evicted from his chicken coop bedsit. Israel a...more
Farbror the Guru
Långt ifrån så hemsk som jag kunde befara. Varken humor- eller deckarinslaget tar för stor plats. Känslan som hos en lite mer lantlig och mindre ironisk Nick Hornby.
Terry
I do not typically pick up a novel while I am still reading another, however, there are several extenuating circumstances. I am a sucker for any novel that purports to be about books or reading (which one would assume "A Mobile Library Mystery" would be), this title was on request from another library and showed up sooner than I expected, and Great House definitely need some time off. It was showing hope by the requisite 100 pages, but at page 139, it is still not a "slam dunk". Mr. Dixon Disapp...more
Jane
A librarian as sleuth! I've been waiting for this. Add to this that it's set in Ireland and it was a sure hit for me.

Israel Armstrong lives in a chicken coop and operates a run down mobile library in Northern Ireland. Generally his biggest problem is getting people to return their library books. But then while setting up a five panel display on the history of the Dixon and Pickering Department Store it is discovered that the store has been robbed and Mr. Dixon is missing. Of course Israel is acc...more
Heather
Jul 28, 2007 Heather rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery lovers
This is the 2nd in the Mobile Library Mystery series. Israel has settled into his life as a Mobile Library driver and librarian in Northern Ireland. He's even made a couple of friends. But his friendships and new life are threatened when he's accused of kidnapping Mr. Dixon and stealing a week's worth of cash from the famous Dixon department store. Can he clear himself of suspicion before his girlfriend arrives? Will he be reinstated as the Mobile Librarian? Ted and other regulars are back to he...more
Joyce
This series is to recommend. Not just because I have a special place in my heart for mobile librarians (hello, SPL Mobile Services), although I do, but also for the witty dialogue, and the characters who prickle with personality & idiosyncrasies. Sansom weaves a mystery into a story that could easily stand alone as a funny, immigrant-in-another-land story. The plot is wispy, but the dialogue is certainly amusing. Readers who enjoy send-ups of crime novels, talk-radio hosts, city pomposities...more
Blaire
I had high hopes for this book when I began, but unfortunately it turned out not to be my cup of tea. I like books that are largely character-driven, but, by definition, a mystery requires a pretty strong plot. This book was extremely thin on plot. I didn't care for the protagonist either. Israel Armstrong is a completely hapless person who gets himself involved in some funny scenes in the beginning of the book. As I read further, the humor faded and I found myself wishing he would develop eithe...more
Shawn
As much as I remembered enjoying the first book I couldn't wait to dive into the next installment of this series. Unfortunately, a lot of the things that only slightly annoyed me before seem amplified here. As much as you love the main character for all of his faults, there comes a point where I simply cannot imagine he wouldn't grow, at least a little, as a person and start to figure things out on his own.

It's a light, goofy tale that can be read fairly quickly and I imagine I'll eventually wa...more
OneiroDancer
Recentemente ho imparato a non dare i voti ai libri subito dopo averli letti, ma stavolta penso di potermi sbilanciare...

Mr Dixon disappears, questo il titolo originale del romanzo, �� davvero un bel libro. Dietro una patina di umorismo e di pseudo-giallo cela un'inattesa profondit�� di argomenti: dal significato dell'essere lettori a quello di essere ebrei, dalla condizione dell'Irlanda al contrasto tra citt�� e campagna, e tanto altro.

Sicuramente prender�� anche gli altri due libri della tril

...more
Megan
I think this is a cozy mystery, but I'm a little fuzzy on the definition. Small town, low stakes (a kidnapping rather than the murder I usually read mysteries about) and a librarian as the sleuth. However, if this is an example of cozies, I think I'll stick with my murder mysteries from now on. There was nothing wrong with the book, I just didn't find it exciting. The reviews all say it's humorous, but I didn't find it to be that, either. I'm chalking that up to conflicting senses of humour. Oh...more
Adam Johnson
If I could give this 3.5 starts I would. I liked this book, but the ending was a little anti climatic. It was a mystery, but instead of the fun being in solving the mystery the fun of this book was more with getting to know the characters. There are a lot of fun people you meet in Tumdrum Ireland.

The only library in town in a mobile library. The librarian Israel gets involved in a disappearance and has to solve the mystery to clear his name.

FYI: Very limited in bad language and no sexual situa...more
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“Israel had always thought that growing up was simply something that happened to you: you grew taller, more dextrous, you acquired language, learned to feed yourself, developed intellectually, went to school, got a mortgage, had children, got fatter and tired and full of regrets, and that was it, you were grown up, you were an adult. There was more to it than that though, apparently - and it was something that women knew, and men did not.” 2 likes
“Everyone loved a good reader. And he'd always loved being a great reader - until recently. Maybe it was just part of getting older, or maybe it was being a librarian, or just being here, but lately he'd found he was becoming suspicious of his own love of books. All that reading - it had started to seem wrong, worthless almost, without purpose.” 1 likes
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