The Run-Out Groove by Andrew Cartmel

The Run-Out Groove

His first adventure consisted of the search for a rare record; his second the search for a lost child. Specifically the child of Valerian, lead singer of a great rock band of the 1960s, who hanged herself in mysterious circumstances after the boy's abduction. Along the way, the Vinyl Detective finds himself marked for death, at the wrong end of a shotgun, and unknowingly d...

Title:The Run-Out Groove
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ISBN:1783297697
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:320 pages

The Run-Out Groove Reviews

  • Gordon
    Jun 13, 2017

    After reading the first of these books I had been really looking forward to the sequel and while this is a good enough book in its own right in comparison to the first book it just doesn't have the same flow or a story that is as good. On the upside this is a solid enough story featuring characters that we already know and which are nicely fleshed out some more in this story. Nevada in particular becomes a far more central character in this book as weirdly enough does tinkler! Feels like a lot o

    After reading the first of these books I had been really looking forward to the sequel and while this is a good enough book in its own right in comparison to the first book it just doesn't have the same flow or a story that is as good. On the upside this is a solid enough story featuring characters that we already know and which are nicely fleshed out some more in this story. Nevada in particular becomes a far more central character in this book as weirdly enough does tinkler! Feels like a lot of the main premise of this sequel was to create more of a core team dynamic which is maybe why the story suffers a bit never quite flowing as well as the first book.

    However the characters all develop nicely, the group dynamic does introduce some great dialogue that made me laugh out loud and the central premise of detective work involving records is very much present if not quite as strong as it was in the first book. There is significantly less digging in crates in this book and much more mystery solving.

    Cats there is a lot about cats in this book! I'm not sure the focus on the cats worked too well.

    I am sure I will be back for book 3 but I might wait for some reviews first just to be on the safe side.

    Not a bad sequel but enough doubts about it to make me want to consider book 3 rather than just simply pre-order it.

  • Richie Brown
    May 14, 2017

    Another page-turner from Mr Cartmel, an author wonderfully adept at happy coincidences.

    This is easily as good as the first Vinyl Detective novel where we see the musical backdrop switch from obscure jazz to psychedelic rock.

    All our favourites from the first novel are back: Nevada, Tinkler, Clean Head, Stinky Stanmer and those loveable cats Fanny and Turk.

    The central mystery keeps you guessing throughout. I thought I'd cracked it several times, but didn't.

    Just 12 months until our next instalment

    Another page-turner from Mr Cartmel, an author wonderfully adept at happy coincidences.

    This is easily as good as the first Vinyl Detective novel where we see the musical backdrop switch from obscure jazz to psychedelic rock.

    All our favourites from the first novel are back: Nevada, Tinkler, Clean Head, Stinky Stanmer and those loveable cats Fanny and Turk.

    The central mystery keeps you guessing throughout. I thought I'd cracked it several times, but didn't.

    Just 12 months until our next instalment...

  • Lynsey Summers
    May 11, 2017

    The second in a trilogy, The Vinyl Detective - The Run-Out Groove, is another well written, laugh out loud (well, I did) confident offering from Andrew Cartmel.

    Thrust back into the world of the Vinyl Detective (name of the character is, as yet, not revealed - which must be quite tricky for the author to work around!) I did wonder how similar the storyline would be to the first, given essentially at the beginning the protagonist was after another rare record.  I need not have worried, it is vastl

    The second in a trilogy, The Vinyl Detective - The Run-Out Groove, is another well written, laugh out loud (well, I did) confident offering from Andrew Cartmel.

    Thrust back into the world of the Vinyl Detective (name of the character is, as yet, not revealed - which must be quite tricky for the author to work around!) I did wonder how similar the storyline would be to the first, given essentially at the beginning the protagonist was after another rare record.  I need not have worried, it is vastly different and again, despite the humour running throughout it is actually a serious plot.

    Packed with another set of punchy characters, I was glad to see the return of some others, namely Nevada, Tinkler, Stinky and Fanny and Turk (the cats) and to travel around the rocker scene of past era's in the search for the truth about wild child Valerian.  We are given a colourful history of the women in question via people who were close to the singer, and discover some uncomfortable truths about her family along the way.

    Of course, when the truth is somewhat misty, it is usually so for a reason and the Vinyl Detective and Co quickly discover there is someone that wishes for it to remain that way.  Not quite sure if they are in 'Paranoia Heights' after their last dramatic escapade, the gang must try and determine who they can trust, if anyone.

    Although it didn't have me quite as 'on the edge of my seat' as book number one, I did thoroughly enjoy book number two and would again highly recommend it.  I also learned what, exactly, a Run-Out Groove is.

  • Bill Lynas
    May 15, 2017

    Andrew Cartmel's second adventure for The Vinyl Detective sees our hero searching for a rare record & a missing person. Cartmel's style is wonderfully easy to read & there are many moments when this novel just makes me smile again & again. The characters are as eccentric as ever, whether they are heroes or villains, & I eagerly await the next book in the series.

  • Russell Guyver
    May 24, 2017

    A real page turner with a real homely feel. Good twists and turns that set you guessing. More books please!

  • Thelastwordreview
    Jun 04, 2017

    The Vinyl Detective is back! Following on from book one (Written in Dead Wax) and for those new to this series The Vinyl Detective likes to ‘find’ long lost records on vinyl (remember those). But along the way he ends solving a crime or two and gets into some sticky situations. Now author and screenwriter Andrew Cartmel returns with The Run-Out Groove. (Titan Books).

    In the second book we see The Vinyl Detective finding a rare album by the 1960’s rock band “Valerian” in a charity shop, this start

    The Vinyl Detective is back! Following on from book one (Written in Dead Wax) and for those new to this series The Vinyl Detective likes to ‘find’ long lost records on vinyl (remember those). But along the way he ends solving a crime or two and gets into some sticky situations. Now author and screenwriter Andrew Cartmel returns with The Run-Out Groove. (Titan Books).

    In the second book we see The Vinyl Detective finding a rare album by the 1960’s rock band “Valerian” in a charity shop, this starts a chain of events which our intrepid ‘detective’ can solve with a little help from his friends and not forgetting the cats.

    This time around he starts to look into the tragic singer and her son who disappeared and the feuding family members that have not come to terms with the singer’s death all those years ago a case not resolved never gives closure to those left behind. But someone is out to make sure that they never get to the truth as to what really happened. I really enjoyed the Vinyl Detective and his girlfriend Nevada and together they set about trying to solve the case, prepare for all sorts of shenanigans and the story is light and amusing at times and if you enjoy a pleasant detective story set to a backdrop of a maze of London streets, then this is for you. There is enough in the story with plenty of twists and turns and the odd blind alley to keep you entertained. This is really different to the usual detective stories and I found I was really hooked on the story. The settings are so well described that I felt I was almost there with them as they set about trying to solve the mystery. A wonderfully crafted Mystery.

    Thank you to Lydia Gittins for the advanced review copy.

  • F.R.
    Jun 07, 2017

    I really enjoyed Andrew Cartmel’s first VINYL DETECTIVE novel, WRITTEN IN DEAD WAX. It’s a geeky and blokey book which was lost in its own little world, and managed to be charming even as it was being preposterous. As there’s no doubting the fact that any story which sees the buying of second-hand records in charity shops launch a middle-aged vinyl collector into the middle of an international criminal conspiracy, is not trying to be social realism. Think Nick Hornby meets Ian Fleming and you wo

    I really enjoyed Andrew Cartmel’s first VINYL DETECTIVE novel, WRITTEN IN DEAD WAX. It’s a geeky and blokey book which was lost in its own little world, and managed to be charming even as it was being preposterous. As there’s no doubting the fact that any story which sees the buying of second-hand records in charity shops launch a middle-aged vinyl collector into the middle of an international criminal conspiracy, is not trying to be social realism. Think Nick Hornby meets Ian Fleming and you won’t be far off the mark.

    The second in the series is much the same, but somehow less so.

    Once again, the hunting of old records leads to the unravelling of age old crimes, murder attempts, theft and the kind of spy/crime hijinks you wouldn’t think would be wrought by old vinyl. Maybe it’s the second novel syndrome, as there is obviously going to be less surprise this time round – but the jokes didn’t seem as sharp in this book, the plot contrivances required lashings of coincidence and the character motivation felt at times baffling. It’s a novel I enjoyed, but one can’t help thinking it would have been so much better with another draft.

    This time around it’s not jazz which forms the backdrop to the mystery, but psychedelic rock of the late 1960s. There’s a bit of Pink Floyd/Syd Barret here, there’s a bit of Janis Joplin. For me, it’s a fascinating period and so I was happy reading through and spotting the references and nodding in a smug ‘aren’t I clever’ way. Although, as a man getting more comfortably ensconced in middle age by the day, it’s clearly aimed directly at me and my ilk.

    In short, there’s a lot here I like, I just wish I liked it more.

  • Oliver Clarke
    Jun 25, 2017

    Another hugely enjoyable outing for the Vinyl Detective. Solid mystery, fun characters (old and new), and a story that keeps you turning the pages. Impossible to fault if you're after a light read.


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