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The Vinyl Detective - Attack and Decay Paperback – 17 May 2022
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The Vinyl Detective plunges into the world of death metal in his sixth adventure. Expect laughs, LPs, cats and the return of fan favourites, Nevada, Tinkler, Stinky Stanmer and more.
It starts with a perfectly normal evening in, except for the corpse-faced gentleman dressed all in black, with a crow on his shoulder, staring into the house, of course. And the visit from Owyn Wynter, head of Whyte Ravyn Records, who needs the Detective's unique skills.
So begins an all-expenses-paid trip to Trollesko, Sweden for the Detective, Nevada, Tinkler and Agatha to track down a copy of the debut album from demonic metal legends, Storm Dream Troopers. Condemned by the church and banned on release, Attack and Decay is a legendary record.
But their trip to the homelands of Nordic noir is quickly thrust into a world of intrigue as the Detective closes in on the deal, the band unexpectedly converge on the peaceful town, And worse, their trip somehow coincides with a visit from Stinky Stanmer... Soon the bodies start piling up, and the Vinyl Detective is the only one who can solve the case.
PRAISE FOR THE VINYL DETECTIVE
"Hilarious and thrilling." -- Ben Aaronovitch, author of the Rivers of London series.
Cartmel has a gift for bringing you into his characters' world and making you want to stay there which simply makes this a joy to read. -- Blue Book Balloon Review
Cartmel is getting a great tune out of the characters... Will have you chuckling out loud. -- SFBook Review
Character is what Cartmel does well... An entertaining detective story with a slightly different vibe. -- The Dreamcage Review
An enthralling mystery with a wonderful gallery of grotesques." Ben Aaronovitch
"One of the most innovative concepts in crime fiction for many years. Once you are hooked into the world of the Vinyl Detective it is very difficult to leave." Nev Fountain
Like an old 45rpm record, this book crackles with brilliance." David Quantick
"This tale of crime, cats and rock & roll unfolds with an authentic sense of the music scene then and now - and a mystery that will keep you guessing." Stephen Gallagher
"An irresistible blend of murder, mystery and music... our protagonist seeks to find the rarest of records - and incidentally solve a murder, right a great historical injustice and, if he's very lucky, avoid dying in the process." Ben Aaronovitch, bestselling author of Rivers of London
"The Vinyl Detective is one of the sharpest and most original characters I've seen for a long time." David Quantick, Emmy Award-winning producer of VEEP
"Crime fiction as it should be, played loud through a valve amp and Quad speakers. No digital writing here, it's warm and rich. Every delicate pop and crackle adding character and flavour. Witty, charming and filled with exciting solos. Quite simply: groovy." Guy Adams, critically acclaimed author of The Clown Service
marvelously inventive and endlessly fascinating
This charming mystery feels as companionable as a leisurely afternoon trawling the vintage shops with a good friend.
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About the Author
Andrew Cartmel is a novelist and screenwriter. His work for television includes Midsomer Murders and Torchwood, and a legendary stint as Script Editor on Doctor Who. He has also written plays for the London Fringe, toured as a stand-up comedian, and is currently co-writing with Ben Aaronovitch a series of comics based on the bestselling Rivers of London books. He lives in London
- Publisher : Titan Books (17 May 2022)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 480 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1789098963
- ISBN-13 : 978-1789098969
- Dimensions : 12.95 x 2.97 x 19.76 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 50,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nevada seems to be the one who makes things happen. I don't know what the vinyl detective's name is, Agatha is a mystery to me. They always have enough money for coffee, wine, records and eating out.
I think I'll call him Brian Toogood for now. Brian was a shelter dog and Toogood is the second name of the lead singer of Shihad. Does anyone else know his name? Suggestions please -
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The latest book see's all the regular characters returning and the gang taking a trip to Sweden. The Vinyl Detective doesn't have to find the record this time just verify its quality. There's a lot of shopping, cooking, meeting some strange characters and drinking different types of coffee and for the first half of the book not a lot else. There's very little plot to speak of and actually it starts to feel like hanging out with friends whilst they have a good time in Sweden.
This isn't all bad as I like the writer's writing style, they're an interesting bunch of characters and its all lightly amusing. However, sometimes you feel the author just wants to show how clever he is or at least how much research he's done on obscure jazz records, crime fiction imprints or even films.
Much as I do enjoy the back and forth between the characters I do feel I've been here before in earlier books some of which where also light on plot.
It picks up a bit about half way through and while I'll probably buy the next one I won't pre-order. Its obviously a formula that works but I do hope the author shakes it up a bit for the next book. More plot, more action and less discussion about cakes. I do realise that's part of the attraction but I don't think its enough to sustain a series.
A final point and its one I don't normally worry about but I was surprised about the amount of swearing and bad language in the book. No objections per se but it felt quite jarring for a book that on the whole is quite positive with wry humour and lightness of touch
Sad to say, my overall feeling is one of disappointment. The first half of the book is great, and sets up an intriguing premise. But the second half falls rather flat by comparison - it all feels a bit rushed; things aren't really explained that well, and the denouement just feels as if the author had reached the right number of pages and it was now time to wrap things up. There's a lack of suspense - you just suddenly turn the page and are confronted with the identity of the murderer and a vague explanation of the motive, but none of it really hung together that well for me.
If you are a fan of the Vinyl Detective series, this one is still worth reading, but it is, for me, by far the weakest to date. (Oh, and a bit of kudos for the slightly clever Swedish names of a couple of the characters, which give away their role in the story if you translate them...)
You cannot help smiling as the Detective, Nevada, Agatha & Tinkler discover an ageing heavy metal band, a pizza restaurant with its own stripper & a crazy demonic crow. As if that isn't enough it's not long before there's a murder, & another murder, & another....well, you get the idea.
Andrew Cartmel's previous Vinyl Detective novels were a delight from start to finish & Attack and Decay is no exception. On of the best feel good reads of this (or indeed any) year!
The plot is OK, and I specifically liked the "insider knowledge" in that the newer re-released audiophile version wasn't as good as the original pressing (something that most vinyl bloggers post endlessly about).
And the entrapment of the killer was so obvious in its set up that a five year old child would have recognised it .
Overall I did enjoy the caper, but Mr.cartmel needs to up his game on the next book.