14 October 2009

Short Review: The Judas Pair by Jonathan Gash

Do you remember the television series Lovejoy, starring Ian McShane? Did you know that the show was based on a mystery series by Jonathan Gash? The Judas Pair is the first in that series. Antiques dealer Lovejoy hears rumors that an infamous set of dueling pistols has been found. He's confident that the supposedly cursed guns don't exist. After a couple of murders, Lovejoy isn't so so sure. Can he solve the mystery before he's the next victim?

The book was a bit of shock at first because the Lovejoy of the novels is a real cad, fairly sleazy, and much less charming than the Lovejoy of the television show. On the other hand, the mystery is good, Gash offers lots of great information about antiques, and Lovejoy begins to grow on you. I gave this book a B rating and went on to read a few more in the series.

I listened to the unabridged audio edition read by Christopher Key. He was great at bringing out the better side of Lovejoy, but I missed Ian McShane's voice.

The cover is from the 1987 Viking Penguin edition.

The Judas Pair at an Indie

Reading at the Beach is the host for this meme: Each week she invites us to spotlight a book whose title begins with the featured letter. This week it's J.


Nise' 10/14/09, 7:56 AM  

I learned something new today. I did not know the show was based on a book.

Kristen 10/14/09, 9:22 AM  

It's always interesting to see what they changed in the translation from one medium to another, isn't it?

My J book is here.

Snowbell 10/14/09, 9:41 AM  

I love a good mystery! And as I've never saw the show I probably wouldn't mind Lovejoy's sleazy personality :)
Here's mine

Sandy Nawrot 10/14/09, 9:57 AM  

I've never heard of the show or the books. My head is in a hole sometimes. I have found that sleazy characters can get under my skin. There is always a twisted kind of charm...

carolsnotebook 10/14/09, 10:07 AM  

This one sounds good, although I'd never heard of the show or book.

Margot at Joyfully Retired 10/14/09, 10:31 AM  

Too bad the show didn't stick with the characteristics of the main character. Maybe it would have lasted longer.

kaye 10/14/09, 10:58 AM  

I've never heard of these books but they sound good. thanks for stopping by today.

Shore Debris 10/14/09, 11:09 AM  

Hmmm, I didn't know this was based on a book either!

Sherrie 10/14/09, 11:28 AM  

Have never seen the t.v. show or read the book. I'll have to check this one out. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day!

Just Books

Vicki 10/14/09, 11:33 AM  

I've never heard of the book or show. It sounds good though!

Thanks for playing!

Cathy 10/14/09, 11:56 AM  

I have a friend who read the first book and refused to read any of the others because Lovejoy slaps his girlfriend around in one scene. Knowing that, it's easy to see why Lovejoy was cleaned up a bit for TV. The TV Lovejoy irked me, and I didn't care for his treatment of women in the books, but his love of antiques was what I really enjoyed. He made old things come to life when he spoke of them.

me again 10/14/09, 3:16 PM  

I admit I've not heard of the show, but this sounds like a good read!

bermudaonion 10/14/09, 4:01 PM  

If you read more of the series, it must have been good.

Amy 10/14/09, 5:37 PM  

I really enjoy mysteries but it's interesting that the Lovejoy of the book is so different from the Lovejoy of the TV show. I'm surprised they turned it into a TV show since the main character's personality had to be changed. I'm glad that the mystery's good and makes the book worthwhile. I'm definitely intrigued and I don't mind a cad in a book but I think I'll look through this book before reading it. Thanks for the interesting review!

Alice Teh 10/14/09, 9:34 PM  

I'm totally new to this series. It sounds good, though!

Dawn @ sheIsTooFondOfBooks 10/14/09, 9:46 PM  

Is it a cozy mystery series or more rough and tumble? (I don't remember the tv show)

Veens 10/15/09, 4:22 AM  

I am totally not reading this small feature on your blog.. oh MY! my wishlist is growing with every post!

Although I have not seen this series... this series does sounds good!

Julie P. 10/15/09, 8:07 AM  

Never heard of tv show or book, but love Ian McShane!

stacybuckeye 10/16/09, 10:59 PM  

I've never seen the tv show, but I always like the beginning of a series.

Robin of My Two Blessings 10/17/09, 12:05 PM  

Me again. I'm catching up finally. I haven't heard of Lovejoy and will have to check it out. Thanks.

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