But for the Grace : DC Smith

  • by Peter Grainger
  • Narrated by Gildart Jackson
  • Series: DC Smith
  • 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"We are living in the departure lounge," said Ralph Greenwood, "and flights leave with monotonous regularity." So when another resident of the Rosemary House care home is found dead in her chair one Saturday evening in December, no one is very surprised - not until the results of a routine post-mortem reveal something extraordinary. Sergeant DC Smith and his team have to tread carefully as they investigate what took place, and Smith himself has to confront some difficult memories. Others, meanwhile, seem intent on getting him to leave the force altogether, while, despite his best efforts, his social life also becomes a little more complicated. To top it all, Kings Lake has been waiting weeks for the snow to fall, in a winter that seems as if it will never end.

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Quiet, Character-Driven SNF Mystery

Many readers who demand more action and gripping suspense in a mystery will find this series just okay, or even disappointing. Not much happens in this installment, even less than in the first volume. There are also some noticeable plot holes. A few story improbabilities are so absurd as to make anyone who's ever worked in a nursing home laugh out loud (doors that lock from inside the room so staff have to call a locksmith to go in and check on a resident who's become unresponsive? Door to entire facility is kept locked with a code key so no memory care residents can wander away--and yet we never see, much less meet, any resident with Alzheimer's/ advanced dementia? An old lady in a nursing home is found to have died under suspicious circumstances and the staff are told before the family that circumstances are suspicious? There's somehow no DOR (Director of Rehabilitation), no DON (Director of Nursing), no Recreation/Activities Coordinator, no head of Dietary? Medical records are not kept up to date, even though the facility is allegedly top-notch? NO ONE HAS EVER COMPLAINED ABOUT THE FOOD?). I know this story is set in England, but a skilled nursing facility (SNF) anywhere would have to have the same basic elements, and it didn't feel like the author had ever spent a day in one. Yet because the lead detective and the writing are both so intelligent, I'm somehow still moved to buy/listen to the next volume in the series. It's weirdly addictive. The quiet widower detective DC Smith and his young sidekick Chris Waters are growing on me. I'm pretty sure a late-in-life romance is about to develop between DC and author Jo, chronicler of serial murder cases. Plus, the gentle humor in the dialogue is appealing, and the narrator is soothing and perfect for the material. Grade: B+ or A-
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- Gretchen SLP

Story is Enthrallling, Imaginative and Unusual.

But for the Grace: A DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 2, by Peter Grainger and narrated Bb Gildart Jackson. Series: D. C. Smith, Book 2. You cannot want a better crime investigation series. Each book centers on an obtuse murder, with seemingly little factual guides to finding the perpetrator. So far the offender, leaves us in a moral dilemma about whether they should be punished for their acts or praised for their ethical virtues.

Do not let that opening description that these socially important statements of integrity make you believe the factual stories told are not capable of drawing you into the “who done it” and why! They are really great stories dealing with a crime and its solution. The stories are page turners and you will find it difficult to put down the book (or shut off the reading). The first novel in the series, An Accidental Death, dealt with why illegal drugs are used, persons who commit war crimes, and our innate prejudices of aliens who move into our societies. This second book is more focused on old age and the right to end one’s life. Euthanasia. Its theoretical arguments, for and against, are both demonstrated through plot developments and here and there concepts spoken by the characters in the plot. Engaging to say the least.

Our hero is a police officer past retirement but who stays on because he loves his work and he is very good at it. His cast of surrounding characters are all interesting. he stories are told in a soft cadence but once the book starts the rhythmic beat never stops. And therein Peter Grainger does his job masterfully.

Here we have a death in an old age home that turns out to be not a death by old age but rather heroin overdose. I know, sounds mundane. It is on the contrary imaginative and unusual.
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- J.B.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-11-2016
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio