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When one of his cats accidentally discovers a rare Victory Disc, the Vinyl Detective and his girlfriend, Nevada, are whisked into the world of big band swing music and a mystery that began during the Second World War. 

Hired to track down the rest of the highly sought-after recordings of the Flare Path Orchestra, our hero will discover that the battles of the last world war aren’t over yet. And if all this sounds simple, it’s only because we haven’t mentioned drive-by shootings, murderous neo-Nazis, or that slight case of being buried alive....

©2018 Andrew Cartmel (P)2018 W. F. Howes Ltd

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  • GirlOnThePhone
  • 05-11-18

Excellent!!

love this series. this 3rd book does not disappoint. there's so much to these story's, the characters are so real, I always feel so drawn into the plot and as before await the next book with anticipation.

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  • Jo Protherough
  • 09-04-18

Another gripping thriller

Loved the book as i have loved the others. in case it's ever re-recorded, Bredon Hardwick is pronounced Breedon not Bread-on.

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  • jamied
  • 08-11-18

Disappointing narration

Great story well written and engaging just like the previous stories in this series but spoilt but this flat, unimaginative narration.

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  • Di
  • 07-24-18

Unusual again!

Really enjoyed the first book. So very pleased the second book held me in the same way. Some good links in the story all woven together in the end. The detective and his unusual assistants on the trail again. 👍

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  • Nana Chris
  • 06-05-18

Fun if a bit of a plod

I enjoy these stories as they are a different take on the usual detective fiction. I like the characters and the fact they come from the real world (mostly). This is a good story, well read but not a great one. However, I enjoyed it and will listen to the next one, although I think they may become a bit samey.

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  • L E Saull
  • 06-04-18

The Vinyl Detective just keeps getting better!

This outing has our nameless hero tracking down rare Swing recordings from World War II. There is less humour and rummaging in the secondhand retail outlets, more researching and a much darker secret to be found. Our favourite stoner Tinkler, seems to have sobered up and developed a tendency to whinge. Our hero, heroine and their fur babies have found some domestic equilibrium. Unfortunately there seems to less of our favourite Taxi driver. The plot is well paced and the Characters are well rounded and empathetic. I remember reading somewhere that this was only going to be a trilogy, but hope springs that Andrew Cartmel will bring us more tales from the Vinyl Vault!

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  • Craig M. Hanson
  • 05-26-18

Very Entertaining

A very entertaining listen with lots of intrigue, action & some nice twists. Hoping Volume 4 will be spinning along soon.

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  • Magenta
  • 05-22-18

The Vinyl Detective does it again

I'd been hesitant to listen to the second Vinyl Detective book in case it disappointed after the first; it didn't (in fact I think, if anything, it's even better) so I was even more hesitant to listen to the third one. I can hardly describe how delighted and relieved I was to find that once again, Andrew Cartmel has pulled off a corker.

A tight and well-crafted storyline, likeable characters, a number of laugh-out-loud moments, and although Fanny and Turq have somewhat less of a starring role in this volume, they are still the best cats in literature.

The narration is spot-on, too. This audiobook is a delight to the ear in all respects!

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  • Jane
  • 05-19-18

Best one yet

Great narration which is perfect for the pace of this story and the characters. Unusual plot which makes it interesting, and some great low key humour in the mix. Recommend a listen. Works as a stand alone, but might as well start with the first ones, also good!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-14-18

Interesting idea but

I loved the previous two books but I struggled to enjoy this one. It seems like a rush job that would have benefitted from a good editor.
Good central story but loooong episodes narrated by deliberately dull characters. And irritatingly smug and cutsie- enough with the anti-smoking and cat-loving tedium.