Every antique dealer is a bit of a detective, following clues to find the trophies that pay the rent, but when Lovejoy takes on the job of tracking down a pair of duelling pistols so rare that he's not even sure actually exist, he needs all the instincts of a detective to pick his way through an unsolved crime.
Along the way, he becomes convinced that the weapons do exist but that they have fallen into the hands of a vile murderer. Locating the ancient weapons seems like the least of his problems when Lovejoy then finds himself fighting for his life in a duel to the death!
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Not Ian McShane
Brilliant character, almost brilliant narration
Books like this one, with a larger-than-life central character, really benefit from the treatment of a good narrator. You just don't get as much from the page.
The Lovejoy series can't exactly be compared to anything else, they have such a distinct identity and style.
The ending, though a little tricksy on the first listen as it all happens quickly, is wonderfully set up and a great resolution to the book.
At first, I was disappointed. Michael Fenton Stevens does a good job but for me Christopher Kay is the absolute perfect narrator and I'll probably return to the older versions of the audiobooks as Kay's voice and delivery is unmatchable.
That said, Fenton Stevens won me over and also has his own appealing take on this brilliant character.