Review published on April 10, 2017.
This is a detective novel with a pleasant twist. It is a quietly amusing book with colourful characters who bring the story to life. The Vinyl Detective narrates the story and the reader learns his speciality is locating lost and forgotten records, on vinyl, obviously, not people. His adventures lead him, his girlfriend and various other acquaintances into the music world of the sixties, where they meet forgotten stars of the era.
The locations and situations are described so vividly I felt as though I was there with them. The reader gets caught up in the various twists and turns, with an unexpected ending. It makes a pleasant change to read a detective novel with music at its core.
The Vinyl Detective: The Run-Out Groove is ideal reading for a book group as it has plenty of angles to discuss, comparing each reader’s impressions. It is also good as a personal read; light-hearted, amusing and with enough twists and turns to surprise even the most ardent armchair sleuth.
I am an ardent fan of detective novels and this one certainly didn’t disappoint me. In fact, I feel the need to search out Andrew Cartmel’s first novel, Written in Dead Wax, and I eagerly await his next novel, Victory Disc, which is due out in 2018.
Lindsay Nichols 5/5
The Vinyl Detective: The Run-Out Groove by Andrew Cartmel
Titan Books 9781783297696 May 2017