WRITTEN IN DEAD WAX, Andrew Cartmel’s debut novel and first in the VINYL DETECTIVE series is published today by Titan Books.
The Vinyl Detective is a a hunter of rare and elusive LPs. When a mysterious woman wants to pay a large sum of money to find a priceless lost recording — on behalf of an extremely wealthy (and very shady) client — the Vinyl Detective accepts, given that he’s nearly run out of cat treats.
Little does he know that he is about to embark on a dangerous and painful odyssey in search of the most rare jazz record of them all. He will be swindled, deceived, hoodwinked, beaten up, ripped-off, almost killed (more than once) and have his heart broken (more than once), while uncovering clues of pivotal importance in exposing a web of international financial chicanery — not to mention solving the mystery of a murder that took place half a century ago.
About the author
Andrew Cartmel is a novelist, playwright & screenwriter who had a legendary stint as Script Editor on DOCTOR WHO. His stage play UNDER THE EAGLE was hailed by Time Out London as ‘bitingly funny’. He is co-writing the first of a series of graphic novels called BODY WORKS, together with Ben Aaronovitch, based on Ben’s best-selling RIVERS OF LONDON books.
Praise for WRITTEN IN DEAD WAX
‘This charming mystery feels as companionable as a leisurely afternoon trawling the vintage shops with a good friend.’ – Kirkus Reviews
‘A joy to read. Suspenseful, thrilling and above all, very funny.’ – Ben Aaronovitch
‘…Marvellously inventive and endlessly fascinating.’ – Publisher’s Weekly