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The Run-Out Groove

(The Vinyl Detective #2)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  919 ratings  ·  111 reviews
His first adventure consisted of the search for a rare record; his second the search for a lost child. Specifically the child of Valerian, lead singer of a great rock band of the 1960s, who hanged herself in mysterious circumstances after the boy's abduction.
Along the way, the Vinyl Detective finds himself marked for death, at the wrong end of a shotgun, and unknowingly
Paperback, 398 pages
Published May 9th 2017 by Titan Books (UK)
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Bill Lynas
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Andrew Cartmel's second adventure for The Vinyl Detective sees our hero searching for a rare record & a missing person. Cartmel's style is wonderfully easy to read & there are many moments when this novel just makes me smile again & again. The characters are as eccentric as ever, whether they are heroes or villains, & I eagerly await the next book in the series.
Nov 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Somewhere between a three and a four. I picked this up immediately after finishing the first and it’s not as good to be honest.

The story is confused at times, like trying to look at a scene in fog. It’s there, but at times it’s difficult to see where one piece begins and another ends.

Sometimes it’s possible to enjoy something for the wrong reasons. Familiarity being one this time.
Jun 07, 2017 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed Andrew Cartmel’s first VINYL DETECTIVE novel, WRITTEN IN DEAD WAX. It’s a geeky and blokey book which was lost in its own little world, and managed to be charming even as it was being preposterous. As there’s no doubting the fact that any story which sees the buying of second-hand records in charity shops launch a middle-aged vinyl collector into the middle of an international criminal conspiracy, is not trying to be social realism. Think Nick Hornby meets Ian Fleming and you ...more
Jan 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps 2.5 stars, but let's round up.

After loving the first story, my expectations were high for this one, but sadly not met. Only a couple of likeable characters here - including the driver Clean Head, who figures in one scene, but is otherwise scarce. Tinkler came off as self-centered to the point of narcissism at times.

Basically, it's repeated run-ins with various creepy characters from the 60s who had interaction with Valerian and the group. I'd have a hard time believing anyone could
Russell Guyver
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great follow up to the first novel. I love collecting so this novel series hits the right geekness in mt plus a cracking storyline. More please!

A real page turner with a real homely feel. Good twists and turns that set you guessing. More books please!

I just finished the second book in Andrew Cartmel’s the Vinyl Detective series, The Run-Out Groove. More high-end coffee, lurking assassins, hi-fi audio equipment, and fictional music nostalgia among other nicely placed cool stuff, how can I resist? Some books are just fun to read, this is one of them. I thoroughly enjoyed the first of the series. The second one picks right up where the first one ended and simply extends the roller coaster ride, adding new twists and turns. A lot of familiar
Lynsey Summers
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
The second in a trilogy, The Vinyl Detective - The Run-Out Groove, is another well written, laugh out loud (well, I did) confident offering from Andrew Cartmel.

Thrust back into the world of the Vinyl Detective (name of the character is, as yet, not revealed - which must be quite tricky for the author to work around!) I did wonder how similar the storyline would be to the first, given essentially at the beginning the protagonist was after another rare record. I need not have worried, it is vastly
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
The original book in the series Written in Dead Wax (The Vinyl Detective, #1) (my review) was a moderately amusing hipster murder mystery. I decided to give the author another chance. This was more of the same.

Cartmel is a crony of Ben Aaronovitch. Aaronovitch is an author I'm familiar with. Like the first book, I can detect his influence on this one. Although, its not as obvious in this book.

Prose was OK. Dialog was a bit better than descriptive prose. There less flippery in this story than
Richie Brown
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another page-turner from Mr Cartmel, an author wonderfully adept at happy coincidences.

This is easily as good as the first Vinyl Detective novel where we see the musical backdrop switch from obscure jazz to psychedelic rock.

All our favourites from the first novel are back: Nevada, Tinkler, Clean Head, Stinky Stanmer and those loveable cats Fanny and Turk.

The central mystery keeps you guessing throughout. I thought I'd cracked it several times, but didn't.

Just 12 months until our next
Sigridur Reynisdottir
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
The story itself is alright, good pace and intriguing, and if he could write a half decent female character I would probably give this book 3,5 stars rather than 2. Gorgeous young seemingly successful and capable women keep throwing themselves at the main character within seconds of meeting him, and he has to explain the most simplest of things to them, and his girlfriend Nevada - his 'Watson' if you like - seems to only be capable of flirting with and soothing people in order for the main ...more
Jan 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
I enjoyed the first book in the series, so was happy to see this. The Vinyl Detective is chasing down a missing child as well as a rare 45. This time he's searching through records from the psychedelic era. The characters are engaging, the plot was fun, and I enjoyed the writing.

In between reading the first and second vinyl detectives, I read the Peter Grant series by Ben Aaronovitch. The two are collaborating on the Peter grant graphic novels and worked together on Doctor Who. So if you like
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's definitely the sign of an excellent mystery novel that when you reread it a year an a half later it keeps you interested and on the edge of your seat as much as the first time. The first was flat-out fun while this one, about a dead rock star and her child's disappearance, is more poignant. But also fun!

Another extremely enjoyable mystery from Andrew Cartmel. Looking forward to the continuing adventures of The Vinyl Detective and his associates.
Woody Chandler
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I blew it! Not by design or commission, but by semi-forced omission. Y'see, I am a bit of book miser these days & unless it is a tome that I wish to add to my already bulging collection, I will go through my local library. It worked against me in this case as #2 came available before #1 & since I had no idea of when, if ever, #1 would be arriving, I began with #2. DO NOT DO THIS! Partway into #1, things began to fit together better & made more sense. Had I read them in order, this ...more
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-england
It's 20 years since rock singer Valerian killed herself and her young child disappeared. Now her brother, long estranged, has appeared with a woman who wants to write the book about Valerian, and who wants the Vinyl Detective and his companion Nevada to find the child. Failing that, perhaps he can find the record that is said to contain a hidden message about the mysterious happenings. Naturally, things go from bad to worse as they try to find someone--anyone--who can tell them about the singer ...more
I'm afraid I did not feel the love for this one, even after reading to almost halfway. While I enjoyed the first in this series I found this book had alot of filler and I found it slow going.
Elizabeth (NC)
Entertaining read. I thought the conclusion was a little rushed, but I will definitely get the next one. (and probably go back and read the first one)
Oliver Clarke
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another hugely enjoyable outing for the Vinyl Detective. Solid mystery, fun characters (old and new), and a story that keeps you turning the pages. Impossible to fault if you're after a light read.
Aug 24, 2018 rated it liked it
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Marie (UK)
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
I don't think this book really fulfilled its promise. It was an easy enough read but even towards the end i wanted to just be done with it. I think it introduced characters then forgot about them and suddenly thought oh we should bring so and so back into it. i just wanted more and i don't think i will bother with the next in the series.
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Vinyl Detective is back! Following on from book one (Written in Dead Wax) and for those new to this series The Vinyl Detective likes to ‘find’ long lost records on vinyl (remember those). But along the way he ends solving a crime or two and gets into some sticky situations. Now author and screenwriter Andrew Cartmel returns with The Run-Out Groove. (Titan Books).

In the second book we see The Vinyl Detective finding a rare album by the 1960’s rock band “Valerian” in a charity shop, this
Jun 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: on-my-kindle
After reading the first of these books I had been really looking forward to the sequel and while this is a good enough book in its own right in comparison to the first book it just doesn't have the same flow or a story that is as good. On the upside this is a solid enough story featuring characters that we already know and which are nicely fleshed out some more in this story. Nevada in particular becomes a far more central character in this book as weirdly enough does tinkler! Feels like a lot ...more
Jun 30, 2018 rated it liked it
This one took me a little by surprise. The first novel in the series, Written in Dead Wax was only occasionally humorous but very readable, and when I finished it I was more than a little disappointed that a relatively clever concept had been treated as a goof. This second novel is a marked improvement over the first. The story line is tighter, the mystery is more carefully thought out, and there is almost none of the squicky "dude brah gets to bang all the ladies" that almost defined Dead Wax ...more
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a great book! I really enjoyed the characters and the story, and all the information on classic rock albums, bands, etc. was the cherry on the sundae. Even after realizing I was reading the 2nd book in a series (which usually forces me to put down the book until I can read the first and any others - I'm a bit OCD about that), the characters and set-up were clear enough that I felt no need to drop this one and read the first book, well, first. This novel just pulled me along, turning pages ...more
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was so happy to see this on the library shelf! Another fun romp with the reluctant detective, the ever game, ever willing to pull on a clever cover story Nevada, strange and greedy Tinkler, enigmatic Clean Head, and of course the sweet kitties Turk and Fanny. In this episode, the Scooby gang is enticed by a near-mythical recording by a tragic dead 1960s female rock star. Searching not just for the record but for her lost (kidnapped? murdered?) child, they are drugged and almost killed, shot at ...more
May 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Overall I liked the book. The characters were developed further and the mystery was good and the solution made sense in hindsight. There was just one fly in the ointment: there are two scenes, and a couple of singular instances, that are so violently fat-phobic and ableist that I had to put down the book and fume about it. The language used is so violent and dehumanizing that I really considered just not finishing the book. One scene is so awful that I felt unclean just reading these words with ...more
Sandra Laurentino
I had an insanely good time reading this book! The first volume of this series promised a lot but I wasn't completely in awe but this second is much improved. The characters are so well fleshed out, the story is intriguing and entertaining, and the setting is great as usual. We find the characters we met in the previous book the titular Vinyl Detective (is it my impression or we never actually hear his name?), Nevada, Agatha a.k.a. Clean-Head, Tinkler, the two amazing cats Turk and Fanny, and ...more
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is so good! It’s positively delicious. I love the characters. They may be somewhat eccentric (most people are) but their humanity runs through. I believe in these people. I love the relationship between Nevada and the Vinyl detective- and that they have cats. So many writers seem to want their protagonists to be tortured and incapable of forming relationships - a bit of a cop out in my opinion.
The tale is gripping and exciting written with humour and perception.
Someone has written that
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
After the first Vinyl Detective mystery, I really looked forward to the next. This is just as funny and enjoyable as the first. The mystery is in first person POV, so we still do not know the name of the narrator. He seems to have settled down with his friends and cats, searching for rare vinyl records with his friend Tinkler, while girl friend Nevada goes after clothes in the charity shops. Clean Head, the taxi driver, turns out to obsessed over old Penguin paperbacks--a gal after my own heart. ...more
Steve Black
Not bad. I like the main characters and the dialogue between them, and the record collecting context, as with the first one, is interesting.
However it did drag on a little, and some supposedly dangerous attacks seemed to pass by with not much more than a raised eyebrow. Some of the characters were just too unrealistic, as were some of the events in the past that they were supposed to have experienced.
Overall I was left with the impression of a book that was quite entertaining yet somehow
James Bojaciuk
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've despaired of modern mystery series. Most available series have devolved into "crime," simply reciting horrific event events as detectives come in on the corners. There's no sense of cleverness, or, well, of mystery. They're often set-dressed with thin characters.

The Vinyl Detective pushes mystery and characters to the forefront. The characters remain well-developed, and all of them advance a bit. The mystery is also very good. A bit simpler than the last outing, but nonetheless enjoyable.

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