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The Vinyl Detective plunges into the world of death metal in his sixth adventure. Expect laughs, LPs, cats and the return of fan favourites, Nevada, Tinkler, Stinky Stanmer and more.  

The Vinyl Detective goes Scandi noir in his sixth adventure. Disfigured corpse. Check. Grotesque snowman. Check. Headless animals. Check. But in fact the killer is taking their cue not from Scandi noir fiction but another popular Scandinavian export—death metal.

©2022 Andrew Cartmel (P)2022 W F Howes

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another enjoyable adventure

I'm a big fan of the series and this instalment does not disappoint, although it is perhaps becoming slightly formulaic. But if it works why not. I was disappointed with the narration Finlay Robertson has done a great job so far on this series but his reading is often annoyingly very slow. I listened to the book on a slightly increased speed which helped.

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All very disappointing

Sadly, music plays little part in this latest instalment, merely serving as an excuse to roll out lame goth/rock cliches.
The book could also do with a good edit as the story doesn’t really start until chapter 16 (almost half way through).
Their trip to Sweden involves copious swearing (for no apparent reason), numerous references to Scandi Noir books, and lots of smug jokes about sex workers and lesbians.
It’s unsubtle, disjointed and a huge disappointment after all the previous clever, witty adventures.

In addition, the narrator hams it up even more than usual, over-enunciating and speaking really slowly (slightly less annoying at x1.15).
And again, Persephone is NOT pronounced Percy-phone. Sigh.

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Wonderful!

Another fantastic book in the Vinyl Detective series. Fabulous characters that are so familiar to me now. Clever plot and very funny too. The narrator does a great job - really bringing the characters to life. Would highly recommend the whole series

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I guess every good series can run out of steam

I have thoroughly enjoyed the previous books in the series but wonder if Mr Cartmel has run out of ideas. There is precious little vinyl detection and the thrills are second rate and start way too late in the book. Much of the subtlety of the earlier storylines has completely disappeared to be replaced with foreshadowing so enormous the eventual punchlines/denouements are met with relief and eye-rolling rather than amusement or surprise. Tinkler, a minor annoyance at best in earlier books, now has significantly more page-time and dominates the early part of the book, making it a real endurance before you eventually get to the (reworked Christie) mystery. From his earlier works, this is a massive disappointment and with such a thin story, the convoluted prose, a quirky point in the previous books, simply grates.

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really rather good

basically a parody of a well known Agatha Christie novel with a death metal Scandinavian twist. best thing I have listened to this year

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Think that’s it…

Mildly enjoyed the series, but always found the Tinkler character irritating. In this book he becomes unbearable. Maybe because, as others have said, the story itself isn’t strong enough to compensate. Doubt I’ll read more.

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Disappointed 😞

I’ve loved all the previous novels in this series but like other reviewers found this one hard going. The narration is curiously stilted & much slower than before, I had to increase the speed to be able to listen.
The plot took ages to emerge, this added to the overall slowness & I ended up feeling irritated. Normally I binge listen to his books, not this one, I started not to care & struggled to get to the finish.
I will buy the next novel & hope for a return to form.

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Not my favourite. In fact, this is my least favourite in a series of utterly brilliant books. I am terribly disappointed. Not a good plot (barely related to vinyl), usual humour is lacking, Stinky was crowbarred in to little effect, and the narration (which is usually great), has an odd cadence and is gratingly slow.
However, having said all of that, I adore the books so much, that I will listen to every single new installment no matter how rubbish they get.

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Another great episode

I love the ongoing story behind this listen. The ot is unique, and the friendships are strong. All the characters are believable, and all have a place in the plot. As always, the final plot is a big surprise. Brilliantly performed.

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excellent

another excellent adventure with the gang!
you will not be disappointed!
can't wait for the next one.

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brilliant

loved it, great story! can we get a Rivers of London crossover or cameo please?