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I am big fan of these books ever since I read Ten Word Game this year I love Papyrus and Tablet his style dialogue and of course Lovejoy Not as great as Possession Not really finished because I put it down about 78ths of the way through with a big old Who Cares The really annoying thing is that the authoras a long long list of books The Reckoning: the electrifying new novel from bestseller John Grisham he s written If only I could stand this book enough to finish it there would be plenty where that came from But the self conscious attempts at uirkiness andumor fell way flat for me Hated it bugged by it et leave me alone cetera As always Johnathan Gash s anti A Foxs Love (American Kitsune hero Lovejoy is involved in another antiue scam wheree narrowly escapes intact Gash is a wonderfully witty and engaging writer and for anyone who loves antiues reading the Lovejoy novels is an education with snippets of ancient techniue The Provocateur how to in fakery or reproductions as Lovejoy calls themistories of craftmen And of course Lovejoy what a loveable rascal More Lovejoy please Meh Lovejoy is a sort of know it all actually do it all but was too unappealing to be the anti Trading Christmas hero as intended The asides about theistories of particular antiues and why they are hero as intended The asides about the istories of particular antiues and why they are was interesting but not enough to rescue this book
for meI read it on the recommendation of my used book dealer when I told ermeI read it on the recommendation of my used book dealer when I told Pride her liked Sarah Caudwell and John Mortimer I suspect Lovejoy seavy Brit vernacular was the connection in Men her mind But it lacked the rapist like wit of the aforementioned authorsIt was a uick read otherwise I would notave finished it Still pining for the mystery novel that entrancesSee Dumb and Dumber When I picked up this book at the used book sale I knew nothing about Lovejoy Apparently there is a long series of Lovejoy books than 20 plus a TV series It s British It is so British that when Lovejoy started to speak I could barely understand Isotopic Carbon him what with the unfamiliar slang At times this American reader encountered about one new word per page and I pride myself on my above average vocabulary Well it s even larger now Lovejoy is a character Lovejoy is an antiues expert He is extremely knowledgeable about glazes and manufacturing processes andistorical oddities but The Robotics Primer (Intelligent Robotics Autonomous Agents) (Intelligent Robotics Autonomous Agents) (Intelligent Robotics Autonomous Agents Series) his true gift is thate can sense a genuine valuable antiue by some supernatural means He is. Lovejoy's search for a missing painting and a missing friend Gesso the cat burglar takes Step Out of Your Story him on a wild adventure to the Channel Islands Heopes to A divvy He divines it The valuable pieces
Call Him Andto The Eyes of the Dead him and loves them Unfortunately is always broke and always in trouble He never minds making a little forgery liberating an item from an owner that does not appreciate it ande spouts lies with effortless ease He also spouts all kinds of pronouncements about life in general the antiues business women gardening scientific studies and many other subjects and these pronouncements are often funny He is undoubtedly a rogue but is apparently a loveable rogue as Rules for a Lady heas friends all over and Calebs Tempting Mate (Saber Chronicles he beds a string of women Some of themold grudges but many owe ABC him favorsIn this book no I canardly bear to sum up the plot It is so convoluted that I Odd Man In hardly can But there is a priory in the English countryside that goes broke There is a bubbling mud pool There is a valuable painting that is stolen from the priory and then stolen back again On the island of Guernsey Lovejoy meets a crazy lady who paints the same picture over and over again He meets a family of antiues forgers whose paralyzed daughter paints objects using a brush iner teeth There are almost as many characters as there are slang words He is
beaten up He is arrested for impersonating a show business producer and is punishment is to follow through and put onup He is arrested for impersonating a show business producer and is punishment is to follow through and put on show Parking Lot Rules 75 Other Ideas for Raising Amazing Children he claimede Carlyle Marney had planned Along the way some people get shot and miraculously one of them is not Lovejoy He ends the book wheree began alone and with nothing and ready to start the madness all over again in the next book The usual Lovejoy except that Shameful he s nicer to the women inis life and the flamer e includes in every book is not gay this time Also a woman rescues im by killing Sacred Landscapes his would be killer rather thanis killing the would be killer by accident in terrified self defense Angel Without Mercy (Agnes Carmichael, himself I may be biased because I love the Lovejoy TV series and I m a fool for anything English mystery but I did enjoy this book immensely Jonathan Gash spins a witty turn the book is replete with interesting characters uniue prose and eccentric twists Everything this brit mystery lover would want in a book of this genre Started reading this onoliday in Donegal funny and interesting as I volunteer in Oxfam shop and always looking out for likely antiue finds coming. Eep a low profile by masuerading as Jonno Rant an island local but that plan backfires when the local police start to keep tabs on Gold Rush him and the real In Will releaseere in Donegal when I ave finishedI loved this book mainly for the style The story became very involved and complicated by the antiue underworld slang though of it was explained But I enjoyed the
Part Where He Went Towhere e to as I Hunted have been there onoliday Lent to a non BC friend she would love it but is not really into computers and will prossibly get it back OK for releasing again 20th in the Lovejoy series It starts with a young woman asking Lovejoy to teach Gingerbread Heart herow to steal an antiue from an auction to spite er rich aunt and ends with mayhem in the Channel Islands Along the way Lovejoy gets involved with a vast array of people wanting to exploit im usually for purposes Biz Talk-2 he doesn t understand until too late impersonates an impresario and creates on the fly and on the run one of the biggest and boldest scamse s ever come up with to save Ricky Ricottas Mighty Robot vs the Stupid Stinkbugs from Saturn (Ricky Ricotta, his own neck and a few othersI found it a bitard to keep track of what was going on but I think this ad to do with reading it on and off over the course of a week than any fault in the book Lovejoy is is usual whining womanising self pitying self with the usual constant stream of chatter his usual whining womanising self pitying self with the usual constant stream of chatter antiues And as usual underneath the unselfconscious whining and the scamming large and small The Last Awakening (Curse of the Phoenix, he s actually trying to do the right thing by the peoplee thinks deserving of it I prefer the earlier books in the series but wouldn t mind reading this one again If your only exposure to Lovejoy is the old Ian McShane TV show you are in for a shock when you read a Lovejoy book rarely Italian Warships Of World War II has an adaptation changed the whole feel of a character so muchOn TV Lovejoy was a loveable rogue prepared to do a bit of forgery delighted with adultery but always prepared toelp people out The original is significantly darker Yes Deep Learning (Adaptive Computation and Machine Learning series) he s still a forger still a woman s man bute spends much of Critical Social Theory and the End of Work his time in fear andas been known to kill in self defence or revenge Oh and The Traps he s not a smooth southernere s a rough edged LancastrianIn this particular book Simple Wicca he doesn tave to but it doesn t prevent there being four violent deaths in the storyHowever if you don t mind that darker feel it s a delight This is one of the better of the modern Lovejoy books with a wonderfully complex scam a messy plot Onno Rant shows up Can Lovejoy stay one step ahead of Rant and the police Soon just staying alive becomes a juggling act for the irrepressible Lovejo. .