When Lovejoy agrees to fit out for Tinker's old army friend Linden Walker's new pub he buys a houseload of furniture of former prison officer George Palmer. Unfortunately it turns out to be stolen and to make things worse the victims turn up at the pub's opening night and recognise it,causing Lovejoy to go on the run to clear his name. He does also discover that Tinker lied to him about being an officer in the army when he was in fact a corporal.
Lovejoy agrees to help Madeline Gilbert,a once famous film star fallen on hard times,to sell her valuables but she is burgled by an armed French gang who have crossed the Channel after killing a gendarme. Lovejoy has an alibi - auctioneer Melanie Ford - but he wonders if she has been coerced into tipping off the villains. Before the gang is caught Tinker puts himself in danger by boarding a boat belonging to Lovejoy's chief suspect,a respected army major.
Having bought a collection of erotic prints by Fuseli from teen-aged Khadija, Lovejoy joins his his ex-wife Susan for the speech day at their daughter's school where Lovejoy recognises Khadija as a pupil. She has stolen the pictures from the school as an act of revenge on headmistress Miss Hemmingway for her treatment of her older sister when she was a pupil but is being duped by a blackmailer out to gain money from discrediting Khadija's family to whom she has passed on the collection. Lovejoy sets out to retrieve it in the knowledge that success means that Miss ...
Having agreed to furnish Ralph Peagram's daughter Amanda's new house after her marriage to philandering Roger Hall,Lovejoy attends the wedding and overhears Ralph and Roger argue. Soon after the reception Roger disappears and Lovejoy discovers his corpse in a suit of armour though when the police arrive it is nowhere to be find. At Amanda's request Lovejoy sets out to solve the mystery,which has its roots in an incident of accidental death and blackmail dating back a quarter of a century.
When brash upstart financier Joe Gruber offers to buy land from Lady Jane's husband to create a wildlife sanctuary both Jane and Lovejoy are suspicious of his motives and discover that he has not been exactly honest over his motives. At the same time Lovejoy finds himself in the middle when both Gruber and his dizzy wife Lily admit to having,independently of each other,pawned her pearls when they were short of cash and both engage him to get them back.