Monday, May 23, 2016

Record Collector/Detective

The Vinyl Detective – Written in Dead Wax – Andrew Cartmel  (Titan Books)

The Persuaders taught us there’s a thin line between love and hate. I have always believed there is a thin line between collector and hoarder. And now I have come to believe there is a thin line between record collector and detective!

Being, what I have not so jokingly called myself, a recovering record collector, there was a natural affinity for me to be attracted to the first installment in Brit screenwriter and novelist Andrew Cartmel’s new mystery series featuring the Vinyl Detective, dubbed Written in Dead Wax.
He is a record collector and connoisseur of high end audiophile equipment and he tries to scrape by working the bins at charity shops, used record stores, the odd yard sale and wherever he might track down some hard to find vinyl that he can make a few bucks on, all the while adding to his already unwieldy collection. His business card used for attracting potential buyers labels him “The Vinyl Detective.”
One day a beautiful and mysterious women enters his life with a challenge to end all challenges; hunt down one of the rarest of the rare an in the process possibly solve a decades old mystery. Colorful and glorious characters abound as Cartmel serves up enough twist and turns to send even the strongest among to the chiropractor. This one delivers a first rate mystery that will keep you guessing ‘til the end, plus a dash of good humor, and even the record nerd gets the hot girl! Twice! Can’t wait for the next installment of the intrepid Vinyl Detective!

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