A priceless, antique silver firefly cage, the Reverse Gadroon, leads the irrepressible Lovejoy into an involvement with two intriguing women.
Antiques specialist and dealer (just a teeny bit shonky!)Lovejoy is left guardian of his friend Drummers' donkey when Drummers' hideously battered body is discovered in the dunes surrounding the salt marshes near the Essex coast.He is shown a curious firefly cage by an aggressive woman who claims that it had belonged to her deceased uncle and needed Lovejoys'help to open it, revealing a small hollow in its base. Lovejoy finally comes to realise that it is a model of the small WW2 naval fort which had stood guard at the entrance to the marshes during the war but was now deserted. He risks life and limb to get out to the fort which is several miles out to sea, and discovers the hiding place to be a repository for stolen antiques. It's an interesting story, full of country humour and good detail about antiques and the business.