The Delegates' Choice, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


Israel Armstrong, one of literature's most unlikely detectives, returns for more crime solving adventure in this hilarious third novel from the Mobile Library series.

Israel has been invited to attend the Mobile Meet in London, the annual mobile library convention, with his irascible companion Ted Carson.

Back in the UK, Israel is reunited with his family, and there is much eating of paprika chicken, baklava and the drinking of good coffee.

But within only twenty-four hours of their arrival, the mobile library has been nicked.

Who on earth would want to steal a thirty-year old rust-bucket of a van, and who can the two men turn to for assistance?

Can Mr and Mrs Krimholz, the parents of Israel's childhood rival Adam Krimholz, help them out?

Amidst all this mayhem, will Israel and Ted, one of literature's oddest oddball couples, ever make it to the Mobile Meet?

In this, his most puzzling, personal and problematic case yet, Israel has never had it so bad...neither has his library.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780007255344



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An extremely funny addition to the series that made me laugh out loud.

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This is the third in a series featuring a Jewish vegetarian librarian called Israel who works on a Northern Irish mobile library. I don't know if it's because I didn't read the first two or what, but I just did not get on with this book or its characters - I found them boring caricatures. The story meandered around a bit then abruptly stopped. Rather like a mobile library.

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The Mobile Library series of "mysteries" by Ian Sansom takes place in a surreal world where a vegetarian Jew named Israel Armstrong is lured to Northern ireland to be town librarian, only to learn upon arriving that the town library is a mobile books on wheels van. Israel's pseudo intellectual outlook and mock erudite body of knowledge put him at constant odds with the simple people of the town, who are more likely to know the color of a book than the author or title. Each of the books revolves around one central plot and a million little snapshots of Israel being a square peg in a round village. In this book, Israel is offered the opportunity to return to England for a Mobile Librarian's conference, but quickly stumbles into another mystery that he must solve to save his reputation and freedom. But honestly, the plot is incidental to Sansom's very funny characters and gift for dialogue. Having read Sansom's book reviews and articles on British websites for years, I am surprised that he writes books like these. As a book reviewer Sansom is quite tough, but these mysteries reveal an appreciation for the kaleidoscope of people that populate the world. Obviously being a tough reviewer doesn't mean he is a cold person.

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