But for the Grace : D. C. Smith

  • by Peter Grainger
  • Narrated by Gildart Jackson
  • Series: D. C. 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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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.

Great writing and wonderful narration

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Peter Grainger is a wonderful writer, Lots to think about, sensitive to mood and character, and wonderful images.


Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

No, I don't like to be on the edge of my seat. I like to be taken into the story and into the mind of the detective. And I like a leisurely read.


What does Gildart Jackson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Wonderful delineation of characters, lovely sense of mood and images. His knowledge of when to hurry it along and when to take his time is quite beautiful.


If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I don't like tag lines.


Any additional comments?

This book seems to end too many times, Grainger doesn't seem to want to let go of the story when it is over and he hasn't developed the romantic relationships enough to earn his ending.

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- Jane Brody

Book Details

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