At the height of their success, the electric folk band Black Dog invited journalists to a desolate island for an infamous publicity stunt: the burning of a million dollars. But the stunt backfired and the band split up, increasing the value of their final album vastly. It’s this album that Tinkler’s got his eye on, and he hires none other than the Vinyl Detective and Nevada to hunt a copy down.
Narrowly avoiding a killing spree, negotiating deranged Black Dog fans, and being pursued by hack celebrity Stinky Stamner and his camera crew, the Vinyl Detective and Nevada discover that perhaps all was not as it seemed on the island—and that in the embers of that fire are clues to a motive for murder…
What I Thought:
Just in time for the release of the fifth book in the excellent Vinyl Detective series (5th August), I have read and reviewed book 4 – Flip Back – and it’s clear that this is a series that goes from strength to strength.
As with the other books in series, the premise is that the Vinyl Detective (we never find out his name) is asked to find a very rare record and his path to finding it leads to intrigue and near death.
This book was so easy to get lost in as the unassuming detective and girlfriend, Nevada, attempted to work around the ‘help’ offered by close friend Jordon Tinkler – it’s great to see Tinkler in a prominent role in this book, as he is a great character guided by drugs, music and his own libido!
The great thing about the series as a whole is that, although the records the detective is seeking are fictional, there is a lot of great, factual information about music and vinyl collecting and it clearly points to a love of the medium from the author. So much so, that you can now buy a vinyl LP of Andrew Cartmel’s favourite jazz tracks, plus a specially-commissioned piece related to the novels.
This novel travels from London to the fictional Halig Island, and intrigue builds as some people really don’t want this record to be found – from gunshots to near-drowning, there is no shortage of drama where the detective is concerned!
I just love this series! In some ways, I’m sad to catch up to the most recent release, as it makes it so much longer to wait for the next, but each is inventive, funny and – above all – a great start to your music education!
The Vinyl Detective: Flip Back is published by Titan Books.
Please note: I was sent a copy of this book for review. All opinions are, as ever, my own.