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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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  • Richard
  • 10-29-18

Hmmmm, maybe lost me, this one.

This third instalment feels like it is suffering the “difficult second album” syndrome. And this review is lacking sufficient words.

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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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  • D Smith
  • 11-21-18

Great Story

Another great story from Andrew Cartmel in the Vinyl Detective series. The narrator, Finlay Robertson does a brilliant job with all the voices, as always. The characters are well defined, believable and the story intriguing right to the very end. I have listened to all in this series and I look forward to the next one.

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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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  • 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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  • B.W
  • 10-19-18

The Vinyl Vigilante

I enjoyed this series for the most part but only after I made some mental adjustments to my expectations. First there is a far greater demand on the suspension of disbelief than normally required by a book outside the Fantasy and SciFi genre. In fact if you read these as fantasy books with out the magic or as Doctor Who without the Doctor then it’s easier to just enjoy them for what they are. They also use a lot of TV style false drama to drive story - lots of sitcom misunderstanding and false drama along the way that kind of get in the way of the real mystery and drama. If you get past all the. Then they are enjoyable in the way a quirky TV show might be.