Every antique dealer is a bit of a detective, following clues to find the trophies that pay the rent, but when Lovejoy takes on the job of tracking down a pair of duelling pistols so rare that he's not even sure actually exist, he needs all the instincts of a detective to pick his way through an unsolved crime.
Along the way, he becomes convinced that the weapons do exist but that they have fallen into the hands of a vile murderer. Locating the ancient weapons seems like the least of his problems when Lovejoy then finds himself fighting for his life in a duel to the death!
©2013 Jonathan Gash (P)2013 Audible Ltd
Books like this one, with a larger-than-life central character, really benefit from the treatment of a good narrator. You just don't get as much from the page.
The Lovejoy series can't exactly be compared to anything else, they have such a distinct identity and style.
The ending, though a little tricksy on the first listen as it all happens quickly, is wonderfully set up and a great resolution to the book.
At first, I was disappointed. Michael Fenton Stevens does a good job but for me Christopher Kay is the absolute perfect narrator and I'll probably return to the older versions of the audiobooks as Kay's voice and delivery is unmatchable.
That said, Fenton Stevens won me over and also has his own appealing take on this brilliant character.
I have read several Lovejoy books in the dim and distant past, and have all the DVDs of the TV series as well.
I had forgotten just how different the TV version was from the book. Lovejoy is not a loveable rogue in the books so if you're expecting him to be like Ian McShane then you're in for a disappointment. The books are far darker, indeed right at the beginning of this one we have Lovejoy hitting a woman to shut her up, so do listen to the sample to see if the books appeal.
Once I'd got used to the change of style again, (especially the 'voices') I enjoyed listening to it, but if you like a cheeky chappie, then this might not be for you.
The love joy books always were a favourite so now enjoying listening to them in a whole new dimension
The reader captures the essence of lovejoy and brings the books to life so the stories are fresh and irresistible.
I will enjoy working my way through the stories again
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