Raymond Chandler meets Nick Hornby in this clever noir romp through hipster Brooklyn as a mysterious mix tape puts a young amateur sleuth on the hunt for a killer—and for the truths hidden within her own heart.
To listen to someone else's mix tapes is a huge breach of trust.
But KitKat was dead…and curiosity got the better of me.
When a mix tape destined for her friend KitKat accidentally arrives in Jett Bennett’s mailbox, she doesn’t think twice about it—even in the age of iTunes and Spotify, the hipster residents of the Barter Street district of Brooklyn are in a constant competition to see who can be the most retro.
But when Jett finds KitKat dead on her kitchen floor, Jett suspects the tape might be more than just a quirky collection of lovelorn ballads. And when KitKat’s boyfriend Bronco is arrested for her murder, Jett and her best friend Sid set out to discover the real killer on an epic urban quest through strip joints and record stores, vegan bakeries and basement nightclubs. But the further into KitKat’s past she goes, the more she discovers about her own left-behind love life—and the mysterious man whose song she still clings to….
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About the Author
Libby Cudmore worked at video stores, bookstores, and temp agencies before settling down in upstate New York to write. Her short stories have appeared in PANK, The Stoneslide Corrective, The Big Click, and Big Lucks. The Big Rewind is her first novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
An outstanding debut. Whenever a mystery novel features an amateur sleuth, it's important for that amateur to have a good reason for taking up the case. In her debut novel THE BIG REWIND, Libby Cudmore does an excellent job of creating a believable situation where the main character, twenty-something Jett Bennett, ends up trying to solve the murder of her neighbor Kit Kat. Add in a mysterious package meant for Kit Kat that was mistakenly delivered to Jett, the arrest of Kit Kat's boyfriend (whom Jett and most of Kit Kat's friends believe to be innocent) and a missing piece of Kit Kat's jewelry, and this tale is off and running. Set in a part of Brooklyn that alternates between a nurturing community and a hipster stereotype mocked by many of the characters, THE BIG REWIND really pulls you in.
This debut novel is a good one, astonishing because of the narrative control and precision of the story. It is so well done it seems almost breezy, but don’t be deceived- it runs deep, despite the seemingly surface appearance of modern music and culture. It hits the right notes and never veers into caricature or excess, rather atypical for a first novel. The author has a deft touch, and woven through the whole is the soundtrack that serves as the rhythm of the loves of the characters. We see a snapshot of a world and what matters to the denizens of that microcosm. Nice echoes of established writers like Nick Hornby and Tama Janowitz, and special credit for giving proper due to the immortal Warren Zevon. The book does what a good book is supposed to do: entertain us and make us care about the characters. Author Libby Cudmore not only pulls it off, but makes it look deceptively easy. And oh, yes, there’s a mystery at the heart of it. If this is just the first book from this author, stay tuned for a budding major talent.
I was excited to have the opportunity to read an ARC of this book. It is a debut novel and I was pleased to get the chance to be introduced to a new author's work. The Big Rewind starts out with a lot of sassy banter and unique description. That really helped to give me the feel of Jett's little piece of New York hipster paradise. It also made it a tad difficult to acclimate to the story, but once I got used to the writing style, it was smooth flowing and I felt as if I were there with Jett and company. There are many layers to this story and I had to pay really good attention to the revolving-door of characters because they are introduced and revisited at a fast pace. As Jett starts to put the pieces of the puzzle together, things really started to heat up and I found it difficult to put the book down. Each layer takes her deeper and deeper into the mystery of KitKat's murder. Everything about the conclusion of this book felt right. I enjoyed it thoroughly and look forward for more from Libby Cudmore. I will definitely be finding and listening to much of the music mentioned in the book. I'm sure that listening to the music will fully complete my reading experience.