By Ian Sansom
This is the second book in the Mobile Library detective series. I read the first, The Case of the Missing books about four years ago. It was a gift, and it proved to be hilarious and a nice easy read.
Mr Dixon Disappears continues the story of Israel Armstrong, Jewish, vegetarian, mobile libraian from London. Israel is still living and working in Tumdrum, on the north coast of Northern Ireland in County Antrim – something that he frequently laments. He misses his life in London. The coffee, the food, the cafes, the newspapers, and his girlfriend Gloria.
Yep. Israel is a pernickity whingebag. A lot of the humour is us as readers laughing at his foibles. Then again, some things that Israel experiences would “try” anybody. He lives in an ex-chicken coup for example, and exhasperating things do happen … like when Israel is falsly acused of kidnapping Mr Dixon.
Israel and his friend/colleague Ted, driver of the mobile library and part time taxi driver, spend much of this novel trying to prove Israel’s innocence.
I received the first book as a gift, and the rest were loaners. This of course goes along with my book “gifts and loans are great” theory.
If you want a good easy read, do read this series.