The Vinyl Detective: Written in Dead Wax
He is a record collector -a connoisseur of vinyl, hunting out rare and elusive LPs. His business card describes him as the "Vinyl Detective" and some people take this more literally than others. Like the beautiful, mysterious woman who wants to pay him a large sum of money to find a priceless lost recording on behalf of an extremely wealthy, yet shadowy, client. So begins...more
A very, very down-on-his-luck record fan is getting desperate. The estate boiler finally broke, so the choice is to pitch in for a new one or buy in-floor heating on his own. He suffers, but not as much as his twin cats, so when a mysterious, beautiful woman calls on him with a request to find a rare record, he takes the job, and then the subsequent job. You know, classic noir set up, only our hero the Vinyl Detective ...more
But.... I remember reading this as he wrote it and waiting impatiently for the next chapter to arrive. I recently reread it when I ligged my free copy off Andrew and found that it was even better read all the way through in one go. So - for what it's worth - I really liked it. So there.
Cartmel earns a few points for a truly original idea for a murder mystery, and his characters are better than two dimensional, so good on him. His background in editing and writing for TV shows to good effect as well. The scene setting details and flow of the story are enjoyable and make reading this frothy book feel more substantial than it would otherwise. The audiophile geek-out moments are spaced out nicely, and are minimally dull. So again, ...more
This is a debut mystery novel and it shows in some ways, in the sense that the book is written in two parts and there are two mysteries going on. They could have probably been condensed into one tighter story, and would have been more interesting and shorter.
The unnamed main character is fun, a record collector who made business cards one day in desperation, selling himself as the "vinyl detective." Magically people with money and power find these business cards and hire him to locate ...more
I bought this on the recommendation of Ben Aaronovitch. He included a bit of logrolling for it in the Afterward of Rivers of London: Body Work . That Cartmel is a crony of Aaronovitch is obvious from the beginning. They are similar style-wise, especially in the use of genre music and London geography edutainment . In addition, I found an almost identical snippet of prose in this book as found in The Hanging Tree. It regards the location of a London ...more
The plot is simple enough. The Vinyl ...more
Our un-named hero is slogging along from paycheck to paycheck (not enough money to heat his flat) selling rare records when he's made an offer to track down one the 1950's. So, off he goes on his quest, along with a "minder" from his new employer, Nevada. Unfortunately, there are ...more
Cartmel is best known for being script editor on Doctor Who during the Seventh Doctor's era, during that time Ben Aaronovitch (author of Rivers of London) wrote two stories.
The two ...more
I wasn’t expecting Chaucer or Shakespeare and I can’t believe anyone picking the book up would be. For a writer who had only bits and pisces before, this is a Rip-roaring jaunt. A good British comedy thriller. We need more of these. I’ve started the second, if you haven’t, I’d suggest you begin the first.
Nevada works for a businessman at a large company, both of which shall remain nameless, and has been tasked with recruiting our main character to find a rare jazz record from the ill-fated Hathor record label of the 1950's. ...more
How did it take this long for me to realize that the protagonist had no name? I just noticed that now, three months after reading the book, as I was flipping through the book to refresh my memory -- and then giving up and using the Internet to cheat. Other than the lack of name -- he's a very thoroughly drawn character, so much so that you don't notice little things like no one calling him by name.
I'd initially thought of the book as Rob ...more
Purchased at Powell's in Portland. As bookstores are one of my favorite things. And mystery books are my favorite books. And music is one of my favorite things. I'm always looking to add to my music collection. So a mystery book involving LP's? Yes.
And the lead character has and loves cats. Cats are another one of my favorite things.
I highly recommend this book if you love mysteries, music, records stores, and cats.
Book lovers often talk about how much they love the ...more
Then they was the main character. A cat guy. Sorry, it's not even like I hate cats but cat people are douchey. The femme fatal was ...more
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When I first came across this novel in the bookstore, I expected to like it. It sounded very British, and the recommendation from Ben Aaronovitch, author of the Rivers of London series - another favourite of mine, made it all sound very good. There was a single slight hesitation on my side though as I don't know the first thing about vinyl, and this being the Vinyl Detective, I wasn't sure this wouldn't bother my reading ...more
It's gripping. It's fantastic. And you should read it immediately! You will not regret it.
I loved the main character and most of the cast. The first half of the book was fantastic and would have garnered a five-star rating, unfortunately, the second half brought in a new female that i didn't care about and didn't offer any real surprises. I solved the case miles before our vinyl detective and his new ...more
But I couldn't.
I couldn't get enthused with any of the characters or interested in them.
Perservered because I hoped it would get better. It didn't.
The narrator of this story is an obsessive vinyl jazz collector, down on his luck financially (but aren't they all?). He's approached by a beautiful woman working for a secret client who wants him to find an ultra-rare record, the original of the final pressing of a small label. The ...more
For someone who isn't that into music, especially jazz and/or vinyl, I learned quite a bit. It was clear that Cartmel knows his stuff, and he does a ...more