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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.
"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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Always enjoy the adventures of the roguish antiques dealer Lovejoy brazen with a good eye for the antiques and the ladies and adventure. a very enjoyable readPublished 15 months ago by Neil Morgan
I have enjoyed the Lovejoy television series since it was first televised and it is great to have these books now on my Kindle.Published on 19 Jan. 2014 by MRS
Good read and storyline easy to follow, as stated on my previous reviews of these books you have to totally forget Ian McShane's television portrayal of Lovejoy as the book's... Read morePublished on 9 Nov. 2013 by Ray V
Lovejoy never disappoints. Gash always spins a good yarn, although somehow the character of Lovejoy is always slightly different, though infinitely more interesting than the TV... Read morePublished on 26 Oct. 2013 by Goldenhart