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When a worker goes missing from a North Sea gas platform, there seem to be just two possible explanations - it was a tragic accident or a suicide. It does not take Smith and his detectives long, however, to discover that James Bell led a double life back onshore in Kings Lake, a life complicated enough to make him at least one dangerous enemy. Before the case can be unraveled, Smith must get a new team working together; Waters and Murray are still there, but one of Wilson's men is transferred to him, and the female detective constable from Longmarsh poses some unexpected problems for her new sergeant. Together they begin to investigate the links between the companies and the people that bring ashore the oil and gas, and they also find themselves caught up in the seamier side of life that exists beneath Lake's everyday comings and goings. Jo Evison begins to delve more deeply into the story of the Andretti murders, and Smith himself has to face the fact that he might no longer be considered fit for duty.
©2015 Peter Grainger (P)2016 Tantor
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By Katie on 02-10-17

An unexpected, very good series

I am always on the lookout for British Crime Mysteries, so I bought the first of this series because it was the daily deal last week. So glad I did! I went on to read all three books. This has a very Midsommer Murders feel about it. The older inspector, Smith, is very likable and the supporting characters are intriguing. The stories appear predictable but there is always a nice twist toward the end of the book that makes it well worth reading. If you're looking for a good British detective series without the true crime gore, this is highly recommended.

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By J.B. on 02-08-17

In Praise of a Truly Great Literary Work

Luck and Judgement: A DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 3, by Peter Grainger, narrated by Gildart Jackson. This is an enthralling detective story, or set of stories if you consider the series of as continuing tale of sixty-year-old plus cop doing what he can to continue being what he has always been: a uniquely superior investigative sleuth.

The books’ central theme is how to maintain the “joie de vivre” of life as one ages, and how to maintain oneself as relevant. It is a losing battle but lose can be ameliorated if we appreciate . . . life’s subtle rewards. The book is a compendium of those contemplations at the same time as it provides a thrilling search into what is likely a murder.

Is this book any good. well, I stumbled upon the first book of the series, “An Accidental Death,” on the daily deal just as I had decided to read for the second time in my life War and Peace by Tolstoy. One of my favorite books of leaning. After not being able to put the first of the D.C. Smiths series down, I went through all three editions of the series in quick succession. Not until I read through these unique and enjoyable texts, did Tolstoy come back into my vision.

In my earlier reviews of the preceding books in the series I explained there is always a philosophical bend to the story. The happenings are intriguing but they are metaphors for thinking about what makes life tick and what are our opportunities to get value from out life experiences and finally, how to consider those opportunities to give meaning to even the simplest of lives. One such discombobulation occurs in Luck and Judgment when our hero, D.C. Smith has an opportunity to consider whether a sixth sense is sometimes available to us as humans. His conclusion is that such does not exist, rather it is a compilation of life experiences that are archived and applied against forthcoming occurrences. Of course Grainger expressed himself more poetically than I explained his work here. There must be two hundred of such considerations as the very good and involving detective story is told and unfolds. It’s like taking a rational acid trip.

The plot involves a roustabout who goes missing on a gas platform in the North Sea. Eventually, his presumed accidental death, morphs into a murder story. The deceased is an awful person and the suspected murderer’s although not admirable persons, become unfortunate soles. Then there is the mistreated wife and daughter of the deceased roustabout. Their mistreatment is heartbreaking. So read the book for the full essence. Its Great!

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By Seafr on 01-06-18

Really enjoyable

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

If they liked the same books as me yes I would. Good old fashioned detective story. It is refreshing to have a detective without any hangups and a sense of humour, and that humour runs through the book with the other characters as well.

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Enjoyable and well written. the narrator is perfect and all the characters are easily identifiable.

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