After promising Charlie Gimbert that he will refinish a sideboard for a lady friend by the weekend, Lovejoy allows the appropriately named Bible Joe, an eccentric Welsh antiques dealer, to browse Charlotte's antique shop. Although the Scripture-quoting Joe has an impeccable reputation for honesty, he inexplicitly steals a priceless ancient Celtic cross that she found hidden inside a cupboard she bought from a sale in Wales, a cross that may be part of a famous set of twelve. Because Joe comes from the same village as the cupboard, Lovejoy and Charlotte are off in hot pursuit to Wales. They discover that the remaining eleven crucifixes may be hidden in a coastal druidical cave with Arthurian ties that later served as a church during the Middle Ages, but they are not alone in their quest. An enigmatic group of "historians" who dress as monks have bought up the entire village, which will soon become a ghost town. Meanwhile Tink and Beth do whatever they can to convince an anxious Gimpert... Written by
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