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The Lovejoy novels have always been a favourite, being full of murderous villains, crazy characters and the wholly original Lovejoy, who has his own perspective on all of them. Add to this the fascinating bits of antique lore with which Jonathan Gash peppers the plot, and it's easy to be a fan. The books are never boring and frequently very funny, especially if you remember that Lovejoy, the antiques "divvie" is a backsliding, thieving liar who always means well. Michael Fenton Stevens does a great job with the narration, and carries the cast of characters effortlessly. Many of the early books in the series are missing, which is a shame. I hope that they become available soon.
Lovejoy, whilst not quite on a par with Bertie Wooster, is a truly English comic hero. The world of shady dealers, fabulous antique finds and smoky cafs and pubs in pre-Political Correctness East Anglia will draw you in as Lovejoy becomes entangled in another antique mystery. Combining unapologetic laddishness with an erudite passion for genuine antiques Lovejoy is a believable lead in a cast of well drawn characters almost worthy of Dickens and Austen. Michael Fenton Stevens does a great job bringing the stories to life.
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