19. The Run-Out Groove, by Andrew Cartmel

The difficult second novel?

I have returned to the Vinyl Detective series for the second instalment.  In this one our hero investigates the mysteries surrounding death of Valerian, a 1960s rock singer who died – as the best deceased rock stars do – age 27.  Twists and turns, danger from unknown adversaries, a lot like the first book, as is to be expected.

I found this less satisfying than the first novel, Written In Dead Wax, for two reasons. First, there is no longer any mystery about Nevada: she is now the girlfriend, and does nothing particularly surprising. Second, the ending is totally rushed.

So, 4 out of 10.

That said, I have read good things about the third in the series, so I shall probably come back to that one. Let’s hope it doesn’t disappoint.

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