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The Ten Word Game (Lovejoy #23)

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A mystery in the long-running series featuring the well-known antiques "divvy" and general bad boy, Lovejoy.

ebook, 288 pages
Published March 4th 2014 by Minotaur Books (first published January 12th 2003)
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Mira
Dec 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a Lovejoy novel but on a cruise skip..🛳
Roberta
Jan 31, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I've been reading the Lovejoy books since the first one in the series and that is probably why I'm disappointed with this one. The first ones were so great that this one doesn't compare. Also, because Lovejoy got shanghaied, Tinker wasn't in this book and I do love Tink.

As I was reading this book I kept thinking about the reviews I've seen for Lee Child's last book A Wanted Man with readers complaining that Reacher spent 3/4 of the book riding in a car. Well, that's how I felt about this book.
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Susan
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I guess the reason I like the Lovejoy series is the voice. It's first person and the man never shuts up - in a good way. Even when nothing's happening he's going on about antiques and frauds and scams and history and any other random facts that occur. I also like that he's a crook but he only uses it for good - he only cons the cons who deserve it. He himself never seems to gain by it, though and he's always on the run from creditors and tax collectors. He's got an enormous circle of craftsman/f ...more
Nicholas Whyte
http://nwhyte.livejournal.com/2043954.html[return][return]Another Lovejoy book, from the later end of the series, and operating very much to the formula of richly realised foreign setting (in this case a cruise ship going round the Baltic, with special attention to St Petersburg), with Lovejoy mixed p in a heist most of whose details are incomprehensible (and remain so) and his supernatural sense of detecting genuine antiques a key plot point. The harder edges of the character from the earlier b ...more
Alisonpaddock
I just started this one - bought a bunch of older books at the library sale. It has been a while since I "visited" with old friend Lovejoy. He has always been one of my favorite rascals. Can't wait to see how he is going to pull a fast one this time!
Irene B.
Sep 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lovejoy kidnapped and sent on an antiquing cruise to Russia. This one is very entertaining. Even though I am not into antiques myself, I do enjoy how the author sprinkles interesting stories about antiques and scams throughout his novels.
Jen
Aug 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved it. Makes me want to take a cruise. The ended summed up all a little too fast though.
Richard
Dec 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lovejoy fleeing on a cruise to Russia. Great antiques, ordinary story. The Amber Room again, only not as much fun as Twining's book.
Jeff Stanger
My least favorite of the Lovejoy series. Still worth the read if your a fan of the series, but be prepared to use a flowchart for all the characters involved.
Tiina
Jan 06, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like the other Lovejoy books that I've read, the story moves relatively slowly but with a lot of words and a lot of trivia. This was entertaining but there could have been more urgency.
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John Grant is an English crime writer, who writes under the pen name Jonathan Gash. He is the author of the Lovejoy series of novels. He wrote the novel The Incomer under the pen name Graham Gaunt.

Grant is a doctor by training and worked as a general practitioner and pathologist. He served in the British Army and attained the rank of Major in the Royal Army Medical Corps. He was head of bacteriolo
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