Does something “bong” in your chest when you see an antique or terrific collectible?
If you love antiques and all things old, you might enjoy Jonathan Gash’s famous “Lovejoy” series of mysteries. The books, about 24 in all, were made into a British TV series in the late 1980s and early 1990s. (Personally, I liked the books so much better than the series.)
In Lovejoy’s world, all antiques dealers are charlatans who try to pass off fake antiques to customers, and cheerfully rip each other off as well. Lovejoy himself isn’t above actually “making” his own antiques now and then. And he’s also a “divvy” – someone with an almost supernatural ability to spot the real thing – ergo the “bong.” In each novel, he and his friends get caught up in solving a murder – while hanging out at the pub and fighting each other for the best deals along the way.
Gash’s books are wonderful mysteries, with action as well as a dash of rollicking fun — plus tons of inside information about antiques of all kinds.
The “Chicago Sun-Times” called Lovejoy “one of the most likeable rogues in mystery history.”
If you like mysteries, I think you’ll love Lovejoy too!