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Does The Grail Exist?
on 11 April 2013
This is the third Lovejoy novel by John Grant writing under the name Jonathan Gash and first published in 1979. If you have never read any of the Lovejoy novels before and only watched the tv series then I feel it only fair to point out that there are differences between the two.
It starts when Lovejoy comes across a beautifully forged sword, and when he meets the maker he is told that the man owns the Holy Grail. Of course legends abound about the Grail and it is unlikely to be real, but Lovejoy agrees to value the item.
Of course for Lovejoy the fates step in his way, what with the Grail owner mysteriously dying. And so, once again Lovejoy is once more caught up in a case that entails murder. With the man's death, and an antique shop done over the police are breathing down Lovejoy's neck and he has to go all out to solve the case.
With his own life in danger, woman trouble and a new trainee Lovejoy is still able to take time out to give us his advice on antiques in his usual down to earth style. I should point out that despite the title and the story centering around the supposed Holy Grail this isn't mystical or New Age, as you read you will see why the actual object is valuable, whatever its origins. This is an entertaining read with mystery, adventure and humour, but the question has to be asked, will Lovejoy ever set eyes upon the supposed Grail?