Jonathan Gash - The Lies of Fair Ladies - Little, Brown Book Group

The Lies of Fair Ladies

By Jonathan Gash

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A Lovejoy novel

Lovejoy has a new apprentice - the lovely, scatty and seriously rich Mrs Luna Carstairs. For Luna, Lovejoy is more than willing to give of his expertise in antiques, auctions and other, more intimate subjects.

But just as things look to be getting rosy, a series of murders occur and the supply of antiques dries up. Behind it all lurks the threatening shadow of Miss R - a 'dollop broker', or harbourer of stolen booty - an evil genius who deals only with women.

Trailing behind him an abandoned mistress and an assortment of police officers, Lovejoy must keep one step ahead of the law as he puzzles out the intricacies of his most complicated and potentially fatal case so far.

Praise for Jonathan Gash:

'Irrepressible... bounteous entertainment' Sunday Times

'Lovejoy is up to his old tricks again... compelling stuff' Today

'Unabashedly amoral, witty and crammed with treasures of every sort... Pure, unadulterated Lovejoy' Publishers Weekly

Biographical Notes

JONATHAN GASH is the pen name of John Grant, who also wrote under the name of Graham Gaunt. Born in 1933 in Bolton, Lancashire, Grant trained as a doctor and worked as both a GP and a pathologist. He also served in the Royal Army Medical Corps, where he rose to the rank of Major, and was head of bacteriology at the University of London's School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. His first Lovejoy novel, The Judas Pair, won the Crime Writers' Association prestigious John Creasey award in 1977. Grant lives in Colchester, Essex.

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  • ISBN: 9781472119537
  • Publication date: 09 Nov 2017
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  • Imprint: Constable
An exuberant mixture of antique fakery, lechery and murder — The Times
The wisest and wildest antiques dealer of them all — Literary Review
A sparkling new start for the old faker. The background is brilliantly described. Look forward to Lovejoy's next stop — Mail on Sunday
Collector's tips, ramshackle amours, outright thuggery and broad mirth — Sunday Times
A real virtuoso performance... a riotous success — Birmingham Post
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I don't much like working for clients. It means that I have to follow someone else's instructions, and I've never been too good at that. When those instructions came from a spirit guide at a seance, I just had to laugh. Well, you would, wouldn't you? The rather attractive young woman whose husband the spook had said I should help her to fine took me on a quest that turned into a trail of lucrative antiques deals, spoiled only when the police came plodding in and I found myself up to my neck in forgeries and murders. Situation normal, really. Then the killer turned his attentions to me, just as the spirit had said he would, and I certainly wasn't laughing an more.

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You know things are going badly when you've been stabbed, hospitalized and arrested for a crime that, not only did you not commit, you actively attempted to prevent. Top that off with a pending appearance in court before a judge whose wife you know rather better than he does, and you start to think that visiting an ancient Irish tomb with a gang of ruthless villains sounds like a perfectly reasonable thing to do. All you have to do is to make sure that you don't end up joining the ancient Irish tomb's ancient Irish inhabitants. Nothing's ever that simple, though, is it? Not in my world, anyway. Women have a tendency to confuse matters and when you're dealing with a deranged scarecrow poet and an eastern European hit man whom you know for a fact has never been further east than Billericay in his entire life, things are confusing enough, don't you think?

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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!

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Gold from Gemini

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Lovejoy discovers how the lure of gold brings out the worst kind of treasure seeker when, broke as usual and earning a crust as an unlikely babysitter, he stumbles across the diaries of a painter that appear to point to the whereabouts of a fabled hoard of Roman gold coins. Lovejoy is tempted to dismiss the whole thing as a hoax, but vile threats and violent intimidation have a way of changing his mind. He sets out to unravel the clues in the diaries, with some particularly nasty characters dogging his every move.

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Spend Game

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The Grail Tree

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Lovejoy has heard of more nutters who have claimed to be in possession of the one, true Holy Grail than he has had hot dinners. He's not too impressed with the eccentric clergyman making the latest claim - especially when the good vicar turns out to be one of the finest forgers Lovejoy has ever met. But when the vicar and his lady companion end up dead it becomes clear that someone else is after the old man's artefact. To solve the mystery and protect a precious piece of history, Lovejoy puts his life on the line and acquires a surprising new partner...

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