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Splendidly energetic ... Gash gets better and better. (The Times )

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When Lovejoy witnesses a car crash that turns out to be a murder - with one of his oldest antique-dealer friends the victim - he sets out on a trail of revenge that leaves him pondering several bewildering questions.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 818 KB
  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Publisher: C & R Crime (21 Mar. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009ZRRIG8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #173,757 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 April 2013
Format: Paperback
John Grant, who penned the Lovejoy books under the name Jonathan Gash presents us here with Lovejoy's fourth adventure. I should point out that if you have never read any of the books before and only watched the tv series, the books are different.

It starts when Lovejoy sees a friend forced off the road and killed, whilst he is having one of his trysts. Lovejoy is of course soon on the case, risking his life on a dangerous mission for an antique that he never knew existed. If you decide to purchase this and think that you soon know who the killer is and are disappointed, then keep reading, the actual murder is not the mystery, the mystery is what was so valuable to lead to murder.

As Lovejoy faces one of his fears we find out something about his Army days and what he got up to. With adventure and excitement there is humour here too as Lovejoy has his usual entanglement with the ladies, and he also gives us some of his antiques tips. This is another enjoyable tale to get caught up in.
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Lovejoy is the original Essex Man . . . a ducker, a diver, and a divvie . . . that means someone with the magical gift of being able to divine the presence of true antiques. That's a great basis for a series of hero-in-peril novels in the Dick Francis mould. This is the fourth in the Lovejoy series - I've read a few previously and hearing that the TV series is to be reborn with more emphasis on the original source material, I thought I'd try another of the books. This is an enjoyable romp with all the same positives and negatives from previous readings. The positives are Lovejoy himself; the Essex-estuary setting (little villages full of big characters, boozy pubs, antiques shops and dealers) but more than anything, the little nuggets of antiques history and information (different in every book but here including locks, railway memorabilia and "treen") that stud the whole story. The negatives? Well this was written in a hurry in the pre-laptop era and could have done with a lot more crafting - many of the descriptions of action and situation may have made sense in the author's head, but they often don't to the reader. The biggest minus, though, is the apparent need for these stories to climax with some improbable maelstrom of danger, fisticuffs, blood, sweat and tears. That's a shame, because that approach detracts from a lot of the earlier cosy antiquey stuff. These are novels of two halves - great beginnings, but with boringly predictable, physical endings. So overall, lots to enjoy, less to love.
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"...and the antiques game is nothing but trouble. Beautiful, lovely trouble, all the bloody time."

"That was Leckie all over. Didn't care much about difficulties, knowledge, and education. He just knew his attitude would carry him through. Most times he'd been right. Like the time our platoon went into a high scrubland plateau where the tribes spoke a weird private language of clicks, hisses, and croaks. Within a week, he was our official translator, having absorbed the language by a sort of osmosis."

- Lovejoy, on how Leckie managed to jump into the antiques game

Lovejoy and Leckie ("Mr. Leckworth" only to official types) never had much in common. Lovejoy is scruffy, often shifty, and cursed with a knack for getting into trouble; Leckie was never at a loss and had a knack for fitting in anywhere, even the antique dealers of East Anglia. Nevertheless, as the story opens it's Leckie who's just been killed by thugs unknown and Lovejoy who, thanks to a terrifying expedition to blow up a railway tunnel during their time in the army, has been trusted by Leckie to carry on. But Lovejoy's only clue to what Leckie's been up to is that he was apparently killed for some worthless stuff auctioned off from a doctor's estate: a locked reproduction escritoire, a bag of medical instruments, and a privately printed book about local railway history written by the doctor himself.

As usual, the reader gets a number of little stories supplied along with the main plot; Lovejoy continually sizes up all the potential antiques he meets with fascinating little bits of commentary on how the genuine ones came to be made and how hard-working fakers simulate them.
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This is (Amazon) no.4 in the Lovejoy books. Readers may remember the TV series of the same name.
Lovejoy is a plausible rogue whose first love is for Antiques. his 2nd, 3rd, etc, is for women. Lovejoy it is who
tracks down the baddies. In the course of these stories he throws out facts and tips about various
antiques. With the help of Google and Wikipedia these all seem OK so the author is certainly into into his subject matter.
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First read this a looooong time ago, just before the tv series made it big in the uk. I remember being delighted by the books, and horrified at how frivolous and 'nice' they had made the tv episodes.

Basically, if you are expecting books that are like the tv then don't waste your money. This Lovejoy is altogether darker, harder, more compassionate and frankly, brilliant.
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