"After almost twenty years of doing business on the dodgy side of the trade, Lovejoy is still a love and the joy he brings to his work is undiminished," said a recent review in The New York Times. In his twenty-first caper, mystery fans' favorite antiques dealer faces his biggest challenge ever: not just solving a murder, but also deciphering the knotty mysteries of father"After almost twenty years of doing business on the dodgy side of the trade, Lovejoy is still a love and the joy he brings to his work is undiminished," said a recent review in The New York Times. In his twenty-first caper, mystery fans' favorite antiques dealer faces his biggest challenge ever: not just solving a murder, but also deciphering the knotty mysteries of fatherhood.In order to find out who's been passing off phony gemstones, Lovejoy needs to trawl the London markets. In between Camden Passage and Portobello, he pays a visit to his old friends Colette and Arthur Goldhorn, but he is in for a dreadful surprise--the Goldhorn's King's Road shop has been taken over by one Dieter Gluck, a handsome and elegant thug with bad breath. Thanks to him, Colette is on the street, her husband mysteriously dead and her fifteen-year-old son Mortimer's life at risk.... He's a handsome lad, too, with a familiar face and a genius for sensing genuine articles from fake.Lovejoy sets out to save the day, but getting on the wrong side of Herr Gluck turns out to be a very dangerous game indeed. Chock full of irresistible antiques lore and deliciously tricky tactics, A Rag, a Bone and a Hank of Hair brings a lively new dimension to a tried-and-true series....
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A Rag, Bone and Hank of Hair Reviews
http://nwhyte.livejournal.com/2080503.html[return][return]For someone who claims over and over that he hates London, Lovejoy spends a lot of time there in this novel, which has all the rambles of the later books in the series (only three more after this, including The Ten Word Game and Faces in the Pool). At least, however, there is a core plot - with admittedly an awful lot of distraction - in which an even randier than usual Lovejoy attempts to wreak justice on those who have hounded a former lover, caused the death of her husband and threatened their son. (Whose son? Hmm.) There are some lovely Lydia moments as well - she is the most entertaining of the semi-regular characters in these books, and will get an unexpected twist in her tale in a couple of books' time - and the usual incredible detail about antiques and other issues (such as the precise distinction between a padparadsha and a tsavorite). I don't think this is a gateway book for non-Lovejoy fans, but it's an entertaining book for those of us who are.
I read the whole thing. I didn't like the main character or almost any of his friends or enemies. The dialogue, the way the dialogue was presented, and the plot were difficult or impossible to follow. The minor character I did like got what he deserved, but the rest was a mess I wish I hadn't bothered to read, and I'm wondering why on earth I got this from inter-library loan in the first place. Ah, well. With most of the books I don't "get," I feel dumb, but with this one I was just annoyed, as though it were made to be especially pretentious or obtuse.
I hadn't read any of this series for years (not that fond of the Lovejoy character), but this one stands on its own. I enjoyed the antiques lore and the London setting--Spitalfields, Bermondsey, Portobello, Dulwich--he really gets around in this one.
I've enjoyed all of the Jonathan Gash books.
A good book, but marked as 3 because it is just my type of story. May be worth more if you are into this type of theme.