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Summary

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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A Defeat

The storyline is good but the attempt by the narrator to breathe life into the characters is poor and extremely naive. It would appear that 'Tinkler' has had a personality transplant since book one. From a lovable eccentric he has become a loud mouth ignorant moron with over prurient interests; his continual solecisms together with his juvenile gluttony make him a nauseating personality and a character who serves no useful purpose in the plot. He just isn't funny. As for many of the other characters, I'd like to know why the narrator makes them all sound like prototypes of a speak your weight machine dictating telegrams! This is a very disappointing book. The overall production and style has turned 'Victory Disc' into a defeat for the author.

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A book too far

I quite enjoyed the first book in this series, quirky and quite original. The second was much the same and this one, the third, brings nothing fresh. Juvenile humour and very basic style wears thin and I will not bother with any further offerings. A one trick pony, which when see a second time is not such a good trick and a third time we know exactly how the trick is done

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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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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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Don't bother

I've enjoyed the first two books, despite change of narrator, but I gave up on this one. It bears little resemblance to the characteristic, entertaining writing style of its predecessors. It's simply meandering and dull.

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Someone save the vinyl Detective!

I loved the first book in this series. I loved the crate digging and the little bits of info about searching for and collecting vinyl.
Each subsequent book has become less about that and increasingly dependent on a very average and in my opinion over extended story line. In all honesty I found this tale utterly boring which I am sad about as I had such high hopes after the first one. Will I read any more in the series? No, and I am not sure I will even manage to finish this one despite being 80% through it.

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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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Gets better and better

Each book in the series seems to be better then the last. Perhaps its the growth of the characters and our attachment to them as readers. The narrator seemed more confident and i could tell characters apart more easily. Worth a listen

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The third book gone bad

I quite enjoyed the first 2 books in this series. But this book just really didn't hit the mark. The plot line and characters were just too disconnected and convoluted. With this type of book, you can appreciate a well thought through plot line, but when it becomes apparent that the convoluted plot line is being forced down your throat at the expense of enjoyment of the book then the whole thing becomes more of a chore than an enjoyable experience.

One striking point to note in this "wading through treacle" book is the character of Tinkler, who seems to have gone through a Hollywood-style reboot. Or perhaps he's been abducted by aliens and replaced by an alien decoy. In any case, he's gone through a total personality transplant, acting completely differently to how he did in the previous books.

To sum it up in a phrase, this book lacks heart. The author really needs to take a step back, get a little less uptight about everything, and understand that what he's doing isn't clever or engaging. What is required is a little less planning the story on wall charts with arrows going all over the place, and a little more warmth.

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What happened to Tinkler?

This book wasn’t bad. A bit plodding at times but still not bad. However I would love to know what happened to the character of Tinkler. He was quite a pleasant character in the first book but has been getting progressively more obnoxious in each new book. Someone should let the author know that Tinkler isn’t charming or funny any more and there is just too much of him especially in this book. Get rid of him or reduce his presence. Please......