The Vinyl Detective: Written in Dead Wax is a groovy book

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The Vinyl Detective: Written in Dead Wax is a groovy book

Andrew Cartmel perfectly weaves mystery and music in the first book of his Vinyl Detective series capturing audiences around the world.

Andrew Cartmel perfectly weaves mystery and music in the first book of his Vinyl Detective series capturing audiences around the world.

Photo Credit: Kelly Branco

Andrew Cartmel perfectly weaves mystery and music in the first book of his Vinyl Detective series capturing audiences around the world.

Photo Credit: Kelly Branco

Photo Credit: Kelly Branco

Andrew Cartmel perfectly weaves mystery and music in the first book of his Vinyl Detective series capturing audiences around the world.

By: Kelly Branco, Art & Music Editor

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The Vinyl Detective: Written in Dead Wax is the first book in the Vinyl Detective Series by Andrew Cartmel. It received 3.96 out of 5 stars on goodreads.com.

Summary

This book is narrated by an unnamed narrator living in England behind an Abbey. He claims himself to be a “vinyl detective”, someone who can find rare vinyls. At least, that’s what his card says, the one he handed out one night when drunk years ago. He has a big collection of vinyls in his house along with his two cats Fanny and Turk. One day a woman named Nevada appears at his door step asking him to find a very rare and lost recording for her boss. So, with Nevada at his side, he goes to find this rare vinyl around England. He ends up bringing his friend Tinkler along for the ride and a taxi cab driver named Agatha.

Review

This book was amazing. I loved the plot seeing as there was lots of mystery and clues to go through to get through the final goal. The fact that Cartmel kept the narrator nameless, it adds to the vibe of the entire novel. I also really liked the characters and how unique they all are. Especially Nevada, she seems like a kick-butt angry woman but she can also be caring and kind, and fashion obsessed.

Fair warning to anyone reading this, I don’t think that Cartmel actually uses the names of real artists for these vinyls that he mentions. I get the feeling that some of these artists the narrator mentions are based on real people/bands. Another thing is that this book has some mature topics in it, such as drugs and sex so a younger child shouldn’t read this novel. This novel contains lots of terminology when it comes to vinyls but it doesn’t take away from the novel at all. I actually learned lots of interesting things about vinyls and how to handle them properly from this novel.

What makes me most amazed by this book is that Cartmel took something, a vinyl, and turned it into a whole adventure, incorporating the vinyl into his mystery. Not only was it just a stolen vinyl that needed to be found, but there were also more messages to the vinyl than what meets the eye and led to another mystery in the same book. Two mysteries in one!

This book has really short chapters but I like that, it makes you feel like you aren’t reading a slow book at all, I couldn’t put this book down. I read this book in an entire day.

Final Thoughts

For anyone wanting a mystery book to read this book is the pick for you. It incorporates music and mystery into one and makes for a killer story. I think everyone should keep this on their list to read.

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