Jonathan Gash - Page 1
The Ten Word Game
First British Edition Allison & Busby (2003) |
After stealing one of his own forgeries from the Marquis of Gotham, Lovejoy is on the run. With a bounty hunter hot on his trail, he makes his way to Southampton in the hope of fleeing the country. Lovejoy soon finds himself sailing away from the port in the Melissa, one of the world’s most luxurious cruise ships - not as a stowaway but as a legitimate passenger. It’s a stroke of luck and the wayward antiques dealer is all set to relax and enjoy the sights.
But his cruise turns out to be nothing like a holiday when Lovejoy discovers that his escape from the mainland has been masterminded by a group of criminals. And now they’ve got him on board they’re intent on using Lovejoy’s knowledge of fine art and antiques for their own gain. But exactly what they want him to do remains a mystery.
The theme of the cruise is `antiques’ and amongst the entertainment are guest lectures from well-known TV experts. When one of these personalities goes missing, Lovejoy is forced to take their place. But his talks, with their own unique style, end up ruffling the feathers of colleagues and passengers alike. As the ship moves into the Baltic and towards St Petersburg and the world-famous Hermitage Museum, an ally is murdered in broad daylight. Lovejoy can’t help wondering who amongst the motley crew aboard Melissa he can really trust - and what is to become of him when his part in the plan is done...
Praise for Jonathan Gash and the Lovejoy novels:
`Excellent writing, intellectual puzzlement of the highest order and gentle thrills ... if you have only sampled the roguish antiques dealer on television, it’s certainly worth trying the real thing’ Time Out
'Exceedingly witty, highly amusing narration and, above all, the information - always intriguing and sometimes arcane - on art, antiques and related subjects.' Evening Standard
'Lecherous, crooked, filthy but loveable… smashing.' The Times
'Lovejoy is definitely one of the happiest creations of recent crime fiction.' Oxford Mail
'Lovejoy, ingeniously dishonest Norfolk antique dealer, is nicely on form.' Listener
'As lively and ingenious as usual.' Times Literary Supplement
'Deviously plotted and brimming with the most delicious inside details about the antiques trade.' The New York times Book Review
'Sparkles with Gash's characteristic energy and wit' Publishers Weekly
`A positive tonic’ Literary Review
`Breathless ... a hectic read’ The Sunday Times
First British Edition Allison & Busby (2002) |
Dr Clare Burtonall is a hard working and conscientious Manchester-based doctor. But her private life is unconventional, to say the least. Her boyfriend. Bonn, is a male escort employed by an agency to fulfill the needs of bored, rich women. He is handsome, attentive and kind; in many ways the perfect partner. But a constant worry for Clare is whether she is special to him, or whether he just sees her as another client.
If that wasn’t enough, Clare’s job is fraught with danger. Working with the police and helping them investigate suspicious deaths, she is at constant risk. And when she is called to give her opinion on the death of a young Salford woman, Clare becomes further involved in the shocking, tragic workings of the Manchester underworld.
The fourth in a series featuring Clare and Bonn, Bone Dancing is the most unusual mystery you will read this year. Written with the same panache that characterises his world-famous Lovejoy novels, this is Jonathan Gash on top form.
Praise for the Claire Burtonall Novels
'Brilliantly successful... reminds you of Brighten Rock’ Sunday times
'Light years away from the Jovial roguery which has made his own but just as
distinctive' Literary Review
'A smashing new crime novel.' New York Times Book Review
'An exciting and readable crime novel from the creator of TV's Lovejoy.' Books Magazine
'Gash is on top form as he introduces Dr Glare Burtonall... Promises further entertainments to come.' Publishers Weekly
'A woman doctor and a streetwise gigolo make an offbeat pairing in a brilliant thriller.' Peterborough Evening Telegraph
'A smooth, sexy suspenser... The promised series is cause for rejoicing.' Kirkus Reviews
'Entertainment of the first rank' Publishers Weekly
Every Last Cent
Lovejoy is in serious trouble. It appears that a local lad known as Mortimer shares his extraordinary talent for distinguishing genuine antiques from fakes. Although
perhaps that's not as surprising - as it is rumoured that Mortimer is Lovejoy's son ...
With the local antiques traders up-in-arms, Lovejoy decides to use his gift of judgement to assemble as mass of antiques - with any luck he might be able to bargain
his way out. But when he persuades one of his favourite ladies, the sculptress Bernicka, to help him tragedy strikes. For he finds her dead, seemingly by suicide. Now Lovejoy is running scared.
Particularly when the death toll around him starts to mount .....
First British Edition Macmillan (2000) |
‘The pairs began to move, some string at their feet. Clare danced stiffly to the music. She had never really been any good, but she didn’t care. She was with Bonn.
At the Palais Rocco newly divorced Dr Clare Burtonall is taking dancing lessons with her young lover Bonn, hired from the Pleases Escort Agency. The vibrant dancehall is a world away from the dank, disused garage across town in which one Terence Dulworth is facing a terrifyingly brutal death.
Less than an hour’s walk across the city they were killing Dulsie.’
Or is it? For Dulworth, aka Dulsie, was a 'fixer' for important businessmen of the city, including the MP D'Lindsay and, more importantly, Clare's ex-husband Clifford. A fact not lost on Detective Inspector Hassell, leading the murder investigation. Added to this, Clare has recently set up a new medical practice unaware that her clandestine sponsor is none other than the Pleases Agency.
And it is certainly a dangerous time to be linked with them. For Dulsie's slaying and repeated death threats against Zen, one of Bonn's associates, have left the Agency on red alert. If Zen is also murdered, retribution will be swift ...
|Paperback - Pan (2000) |
A Rag, A Bone and A Hank of Hair
First British Edition Macmillan (1999) |
The 21st Lovejoy novel
'Colette was my friend for obvious reasons.. Arthur was my friend because he was always a gentleman.
Now he was dead - and Colette had vanished …'
Lovejoy is not a great fan of London - in fact he avoids it at all costs. But as an uncharacteristically generous favour to Dosh Callaghan, he agrees to go to the capital to find out who has been passing off fake gemstones.
In between trawling the famous antiques markets of Bermondsey, Camden Passage and Portobello for information, he decides to pay a visit to his old friends Colette and Arthur Goldhorn. But he is in for a dreadful surprise for the Goldhorns' King's Road shop, has been taken over by a wealthy German businessman called Dieter Gluck. As a result Arthur has died and Colette is living on the streets.
Lovejoy vows to avenge Arthur's death and restore Colette to her rightful place as the leading antiques dealer in Chelsea. Unfortunately, getting on the wrong side of Herr Gluck is a very dangerous game indeed.
But then it's just that kind of excitement that makes Lovejoy love London so much…
About The Author
Jonathan Gash is the author of the hugely successful Lovejoy novels, which were adapted into the long-running BBC TV series Lovejoy, starring Ian McShane.
Jonathan Gash is also a doctor specialising in tropical medicine and lectures worldwide on the subject. He is married with three daughters and four grandchildren and lists his hobbies as antiques and his family.
The Ten Word Game
(Allison & Busby,
(Allison & Busby,
Every Last Cent
Pbk Jul 02
A Rag, A Bone and A Hank of Hair
Pan Pbk Jun 00
Pan Pbk Oct 99
The Rich and the Profane
Pan Pbk May 99
Different Women Dancing
Pan Pbk 1998
The Possessions of a Lady
Lovejoy At Large Again: An Omnibus
Lovejoy: An Omnibus
The Sin Within Her Smile
The Vatican Rip
The Tartan Ringers
The Sleepers of Erin
The Judas Pair
The Grace in Older Women
The Gondola Scam
The Lies of Fair Ladies
Gold from Gemini
Lovejoy at Large: An Omnibus
The Grail Tree
The Very Last Gambado
Sin within Her Smile
Paid and Loving Eyes
The Great California Game
N.B. dates and publishers in dark red indicate British First Editions. Dates and publishers in black indicate recent reprints.