Titan Books
(May 2016)



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Andrew Cartmel

Written in Dead Wax

He is a record collector — a connoisseur of vinyl, hunting out rare and elusive LPs. His business card describes him as the “Vinyl Detective” and some people take this more literally than others.

Like the beautiful, mysterious woman who wants to pay him a large sum of money to find a priceless lost recording — on behalf of an extremely wealthy (and rather sinister) shadowy client.

Given that he's just about to run out of cat biscuits, this gets our hero's full attention. So begins a painful and dangerous odyssey in search of the rarest jazz record of them all

Andrew Cartmel is a novelist, playwright and screenwriter. His work for BBC television includes a legendary three year stint as the Script Editor on DOCTOR WHO. He has also been commissioned to write scripts for MIDSOMER MURDERS, DARK KNIGHT and TORCHWOOD. He has toured as a stand-up comedian and his stage play UNDER THE EAGLE was hailed by Time Out London as ‘bitingly funny'.

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8. May 2017, Review
A quirky mystery of violent death and rare records.

The Sunday Times

8. May 2017, Review
Cartmel has produced a memorable cast of characters and a likeable hero and thankfully it looks as if he will be featuring in more adventures in the next few years.

Sunday Mail (Glasgow)

8. May 2017, Review
A splendid, at times deliberately ludicrous, caper novel which whips along at a speed more like 78 than 33 rpm.

Crime Time

8. May 2017, Review
A sharp, amusing and compulsively readable detective yarn packed with witty asides dealing with everyone from Sun Ra to Elvis Presley.

London Jazz News

8. May 2017, Review
marvelously inventive and endlessly fascinating

Publishers Weekly

8. May 2017, Quote
An irresistible blend of murder, mystery and music... our protagonist seeks to find the rarest of records and incidentally solve a murder, right a great historical injustice and, if he's very lucky, avoid dying in the process. -- Ben Aaronovitch, bestsell


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