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The Vinyl Detective goes punk in his fifth hilarious adventure.

Semi-retired god of rock guitar and local poseur Erik Make Loud has got himself a new girlfriend. Helene Hilditch - formerly known as Howlin' Hellbitch - of all-girl punk outfit Blue Tits is a mean guitarist, and someone is trying to kill her. With a rare pressing of their first album to find, the Vinyl Detecive and Nevada are soon called into to help, but this time the question is, who isn't a suspect? 

With a trail of grudges behind her, the list of people who could want Helene dead includes her ex-bandmates, their former producer turned record label mogul, the TV presenter who Helene got fired - even their old roadie could be in on it.

©2020 Andrew Cartmel (P)2020 W. F. Howes Ltd

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“Hilarious and thrilling.” (Ben Aaronovitch)

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Another winner from Andrew Cartmel.

I love these Vinyl Detective stories! Always entertaining, intriguing, and witty. As a crime novel addict, I appreciate a break from the usual and even obligatory post-mortem scene (some police detectives seem to have an unhealthy compulsion to attend post-mortem examinations) and, instead, follow the unnamed Vinyl Detective and his charming 'honey pie' Nevada in their dogged quests for rare vinyl records and upmarket secondhand fashion while simultaneously dodging danger and solving crime.

With 'Low Action' the author has delivered another sparkling installment in a series which just keeps getting better.

The narrator of the series was very well chosen indeed; he has the perfect voice for the age and style of the main protagonist, as well as a flair for envoicing (is that a word?) a wide array of other characters. I do wish he'd looked up how to pronounce Persephone for this book, though.

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  • Versel Rush
  • 04-10-2020

one of my favorite series

Great combination of excellent story telling and an engaging reader.

You do need to read the series in order.

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  • BJS
  • 12-08-2020

The best yet!

This series goes from strength to strength, and this latest book in the series is the best yet! The plot is complex and nuanced, with excitement, murder and mayhem never far away.
On a personal note, we learn more about the recurring main characters from previous books.
I particularly liked hearing the surprising back story of the gorgeous and talented Nirvada- which goes to explain how she acquired her unusual skill sets!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the reader did an excellent job of bringing the diverse characters to life; picking up the tempo to skillfully enhance the tension when needed!

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  • Sararara
  • 11-08-2020

Annual highlight

Despite the Vinyl Detective being a shamelessly pompous metropolitan, I do like these books.
Again, there is a really neat plot that nips along at a great pace and has a completely satisfying conclusion.
It’s entertaining even if you have limited affection for punk music, record miscellany or cats.
BUT someone should tell the narrator that Persephone is NOT pronounced percy-phone. Shudder.

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  • Claire T.
  • 09-08-2020

Can’t wait for the next one!

It’s so easy to slip back into this world. The characters are like old friends now. The plot line had my mind going on tangents. The antics had me roaring with laughter. The dry quips had me sniggering. The casual mention of Lady Tyburn had me imagining a collaboration with Peter and the Rivers. This then led me to laughing at the thought of Tinkler’s reaction to a genuine supernatural encounter.
The narrator is so well cast to these books. He portrays the female characters so well and doesn’t try to put on a girlie voice.
The only bad thing is that I binge listen instead of savouring the story. But even this has a plus point, in that when I listen again in a few weeks there’ll be a few gems that I missed the first time.

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  • Hannah
  • 08-08-2020

5 Stars all around.

I loved this book. Well done Andrew. Also the narration is brilliant and totally brings the story alive.
I can’t wait for the next instalment.

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  • Nick
  • 08-10-2020

Quite disappointing

I’ve listened to all the series and I was really looking forward to this one however it was a bit of let down. It was well read but the story wasn’t as good as previous ones. Not enough records in it really. May sound daft but he is the vinyl detective and previous stories really went into detail about records. Playing them, collecting them... not much of that here I’m afraid.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-08-2020

Brilliant

I Love this series, wish Andrew Cartmel would write more of these in a hurry!

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  • crochetdiva
  • 27-04-2021

A smooth running storyline

A very good story which was very well narrated. ivelistened to 5 of the books now, and I have not been disappointed

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  • Sally Whiteside
  • 21-04-2021

I hope there is more to come.

olive this series so much. it's one of my favourite audiobook series of all time. I am hoping Mr Cartmel has more lined up for these characters and I hope he keeps the narrator. thoroughly enjoyed.

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  • Shogiman
  • 13-04-2021

Really enjoyed, looking forward to next title...

Really psyched to find the Rivers of London Easter eggs in the book... :-)

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  • Mrs S Drake
  • 10-04-2021

Fantastic series.

I've listened to all in the series and they are great. Funny, heartwarming, loveable characters. Great storyline with just enough description. the narrator is great too, really brings it to life.

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