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April 28, 2016

April 27, 2016

The vinyl detective isn't made of vinyl.  He's a picker, going to thrift stores and boot sales (the setting is England) and anywhere else that he might get lucky enough to find an LP that he can resell for big bucks.  One day a lovely young woman shows up at his door and asks him to help her find an American jazz LP that just might be the rarest in the world.  She's working for a mysterious employer who's offering an amazing sum for the finder.

If this sounds straightforward enough, rest assured that it's not.  Other people are looking for the LP, too, and they aren't nice.  People start to die.

So who wants this LP?  And why?  It's complicated, and it gets even more complicated as we go along.  Our narrator gets involved with not one but two lovely women, faces death, and . . . there are cats.

There are bits of this you may not buy completely, and you're probably going to be a little frustrated at the inability of the characters to figure out a really simple word puzzle, but Cartmel has a breezy style and plenty of humor, not to mention many details about recordings that I find fascinating.   I enjoyed this one, and I'm looking forward to the promised sequel.
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“Love Your Characters Before You Kill Them, and Other Strategies for Fledgling Crime Writers” (by Katia Lief) | SOMETHING IS GOING TO HAPPEN: Katia Lief’s most recent story for EQMM, “The Orchid Grower” (November 2015), was a finalist for the Short Mystery Fiction Society’s Derringer Award for best long story. The Brooklyn author has also been recognized for her novel-length fiction, with nominations for the Mary Higgins Clark Award and the RT Reviewers Choice Award. Her latest novel is The Money Kill (HarperCollins 2013). She shares her experience writing both short and long fiction with students at classes she teaches at The New School—online in the fall and in the classroom in the spring. In this post she provides a few important tips for aspiring writers.—Janet Hutchings
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Published on April 27, 2016 07:45
Oldest Viking Crucifix Uncovered in Denmark: The gorgeous pendant was unearthed in March by a hobbyist with a metal detector. Found in a field on the island of Funen, Denmark, the Viking jewelry piece may have been worn by a Viking woman, according to the Viking Museum at Ladby, where the pendant was on display.
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Published on April 27, 2016 07:30


J. Edward Leithead, Bronc Buckaroo, Avon, 1948

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