By Ian Sansom

Israel Armstrong is a passionate soul, lured to eire by way of the promise of a thrilling new occupation. unluckily, the activity that awaits him isn't really really what he had in brain. nonetheless, Israel isn't one to live on sadness, as he prepares to force a cellular library round a small, damp Irish city. finally, the surroundings is gorgeous, the folk are charming—but the place are the books? The rolling library's 15,000 volumes have mysteriously long gone lacking, and it's as much as Israel to find who could scouse borrow them . . . and why. and maybe, after that, he'll take on different weird and wonderful and confusing neighborhood mysteries—like, the place does one visit discover a right cappuccino and a good newspaper?

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My father was standing in the doorway where he'd been posted. I've heard him tell about it a hundred times; he was always telling it. He heard the shot fired and ran to the corner of the building and sent one glance at the site and saw what had happened - and don't tell me that in that short time someone could have come out of the building and run away, because they couldn't. ' he appealed to Inspector Block. 'No,' said Block. 'In that short time, anyone shooting, from the window where the gun was could hardly even have reached the top of the stairs.

May it please your lordship, members of the jury. Fifteen years ago, almost to this very day, the police The Scapegoat 23 were shown an anonymous letter which had been received by the famous stage magician, Mr Mysterioso. It was the first of a dozen or so, over the next six months. They were composed of words cut out from the national dailies, and enclosed in cheap envelopes,, varying in size and shape, posted from widely differing parts of the country. I may add here that no one concerned with the case appeared to have had the opportunity to post them, unless of course it was done for the sender by different persons.

I don't want to hear all this, I know what I know. Because of what he did, my father's life was ruined. I meant all those threats. ' said Mr Photoze, appealing to the rest of them with outflung arms and a tinkling of gold. 'Your father was never accused of anything,' said Inspector Block. 'He was dismissed - ' ' "Dismissed for negligence" - everyone knew what that meant. ' 'We are going to lift that suspicion,' said Mysterioso. 'That's what we're here for; we're going to clear the whole thing up.

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