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Narrated by: Finlay Robertson
Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

It’s all Tinkler’s fault. If it weren’t for his obsession with the 1970s band Black Dog, none of this would have happened. 

The members of Black Dog performed an infamous publicity stunt on Halig Island: they burned a million dollars on an enormous bonfire. But the stunt backfired, splitting the band for good and increasing the value of their final, recalled album tenfold. 

The Vinyl Detective and Nevada accept the challenge to hunt a copy down for Tinkler but soon realize that the search is going to be their most dangerous yet. Narrowly avoiding a killing spree, negotiating deranged fans and being pursued by hack celebrity Stinky Stamner, they discover that perhaps all was not as it seemed on Halig Island - and that in the embers of that fire are clues of a motive for murder....

The fourth book in the hilarious and enthralling Vinyl Detective mystery series.

©2019 Andrew Cartmel (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

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  • Garth
  • 06-17-19

A charming, fun read with twists aplenty

The next instalment of a really excellent series. The characters are engaging the plot is clever and fun. The series provides a new take on the detective genre (no knowledge of records required). I can’t recommend it highly enough.

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  • Sararara
  • 06-09-19

I love a good baddy

Possibly the best episode so far with a great scene featuring a washing machine, genuinely tense near death experience and brilliantly twisted baddy.
Love the island location and sad to discover that it’s not a real place as I think I want to move there.

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  • Nana Chris
  • 07-18-19

Great and original

I am enjoying this series very much. I absolutely love the characters who become more real and padded with each story. Keep up the good work.

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  • Nick
  • 07-17-19

Spot on yet again

If you are like me then after the opening nooks I was so invested in the characters by now and this novel doesn't disappoint. The humor and camaraderie are still there and in bucketfuls.
The story is the same kind of thing as the last one which in normal circumstances would be deeply annoying and formulaic. Somehow Andrew Catmell manages it with aplomb as only truly gifted writers can - with Agatha Christie or Bernard Cornwall you basically get the same story every time, but it doesn't matter, they'd just work.
The narrator is the perfect choice and my sense of disappointment reaching the end was, yet again,huge because I now have to wait for the next one and somehow be patient!

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  • comp lit
  • 07-14-19

Another excellent read

Super narration as always and a very clever plot. Very enjoyable - if you’ve liked the series so far, you will like this. Equally, you can start here with no previous knowledge.

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  • Alternative Perspective
  • 07-13-19

OK, but keep to the formula of the first two...

I enjoyed the first two in the series very much...... This one became a little comic book and farcical . Stick to the vinyl seeking and less of the bizarre scenario's. Keep it slightly more realistic and less fantastical, get the balance back Andrew... Humour is your strength, writing is brilliant, just temper the imagination......

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  • L E Saull
  • 07-03-19

Another Vinyl classic

Our nameless Hero returns again to track down yet another rare record, this time for Tinker. Our Hero finds himself and his companions in danger of the island of Helig, the chosen getaway for the disbanded Black Dog a folk/rock band from the late 60’s early 70’s, famous for burning a Million Dollars. Will he find a copy of rare flip back version of Wisht or die trying.

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  • J Whitfield
  • 07-01-19

Welcome back

Story was occasionaly exciting and fast paced however the book as a whole was unfortunately very average.
The characters are good but the story just petered out towards the end.
I will still continue with the series but
It left me disappointed.

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  • Magenta
  • 06-28-19

The best yet - and that's no mean achievement

I felt I had to put finger to keyboard, even though I can really only echo what other reviewers have said about this latest addition to a thoroughly enjoyable series. Entire shoals of red herrings made me feel as if I were being swept along by ocean currents in rapidly-changing directions!

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  • Dee Murray
  • 06-27-19

They keep getting better

My husband and I have listened to all of Andrew Cartmel's books about the Vinyl Detective and this one is the best so far. We both hope there are more to come. Well written and well read.