In my review of the first book in the Vinyl Detective series, I said I was looking forward to the second book. It's coming next month, but I got an ARC for review and read it right away. I liked it even more than the first one.
Once again there's a rare LP involved, but it turns out to be fairly easy to find. The object of David Quantick's search this time is the son of an iconic '60s singer, who hanged herself after her son disappeared. Valerian's brother hires Quantick to find the son. The brother is accompanied by Lucy Tegmark, who's planning to write the definitive biography of Valerian.
As any mystery reader knows, once you start digging into the past, you're going to run into people who have secrets that they'd rather keep hidden, and people are probably going to die. Sure enough all that happens, and along the way there are a lot of laughs, a lot of collecting lore (and this time paperback books figure in!), and . . . cats. The cats are great.
The Run-Out Groove is over 400 pages long, but Cartmell's style is so readable and his characters so much fun to visit that I ripped through it in record (no pun intended) time. Check it out.