Monday, April 10, 2017

The Vinyl Detective: The Run-Out Groove -- Andrew Cartmell

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.

7 comments:

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

I read the first one on your say-so, and will undoubtedly read the new one too.

Rick Robinson said...

Curse you, Crider, now I ha e to spend more money on a book. But I liked the first one, so OF COURSE I'll have to read this one.

Art Scott said...

This series is not the first look at a detective working the collectible vinyl scene. Jonathan Valin's 1993 The Music Lovers was a pioneer exploration of that world. Valin was very much into high end audio and rare LPs, and in fact he left detective fiction soon after that book, and became editor of The Absolute Sound, where he now reigns as grand pooh-bah of the High End Audio scene.

George said...

I have a copy of this new VINYL DETECTIVE novel, but I want to read the first book first. Sounds great! Art's right about Jonathan Valin's THE MUSIC LOVERS. Worth checking out.

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

I quit reading the Valin series before this one came out, so will have to look for it.

Kevin R. Tipple said...

Local library system has the first book in this series, so I just placed a hold on a copy. As always, thank you for the reading suggestions.

Debbi said...

With a name like "The Vinyl Detective", I'll have to give this one a look! :)