Faces in the Pool, A Lovejoy Mystery

Faces in the Pool, A Lovejoy Mystery

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Released from jail on condition that he join the elegant Laura Moon's speed-dating agency, a reluctant Lovejoy is finagled into a temporary marriage of convenience to help the millionaire divorcâee track down her dangerous former husband.

McMillan Palgrave
Lovejoy is released from jail on condition he join the elegant Laura Moon’s speed-dating agency. A divorced millionairess, she proposes a temporary marriage of convenience to help her hunt down her former husband.

Can Lovejoy do what is expected of him without getting killed?



Baker
& Taylor

Released from jail on condition that he join the elegant Laura Moon's speed-dating agency, a reluctant Lovejoy is finagled into a temporary marriage of convenience to help the millionaire divorcee track down her dangerous former husband. By the author of The Ten-Word Game. 10,000 first printing.
When Lovejoy is wrongfully imprisoned--again--he's offered a way out with a catch. In exchange for his freedom, he agrees to a marriage of convenience to divorced millionairess, Laura Moon, as a way to help her hunt down her former husband. Sensing murderous vengeance in the air, Lovejoy intends to abscond when he can, but instead goes along with it at the insistence of his apprentice, Lydia and his teenage son, Mortimer. Lovejoy is evasive, but the deaths of his old forger friend, Smethie, and transvestite Paltry compel him to concede.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2009
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780312384111
0312384114
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY GASH...J
Characteristics: 334 pages ; 22 cm

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GuyN
Sep 24, 2013

A fan of the BBC's Lovejoy antiques TV show, I thought I'd try the books by Gash. They are not the same. There is no twinkle in Tinker's eye, as he is just a minor rummy character. The lightness and humor are absent and in their place we have 5 killings, although the two by our hero can be said to be self defense and accidental. Lovejoy himself is darker, more cynical and definitely hates the police. He romps even more freely in beds with ladies so numerous that it is confusing. The plot and its ending I also found confusing. Nonetheless the slang terminology of the antiques world (and the criminal world around it) is prominently featured and the facts about antiques and fakes are real. Mordant observations about modern English life are obviously the author's. Those not wishing for an extension of the TV series may find the books more appealing than I did, especially with a strong yen for antiques and a taste for Britspeak.

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