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An Accidental Death Audiobook

An Accidental Death: A DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

The story opens with the apparently accidental drowning of a sixth form student in the Norfolk countryside. As a matter of routine, or so it seems, the case passes across the desk of Detective Sergeant Smith, recently returned to work after an internal investigation into another case that has led to tensions between officers at Kings Lake police headquarters. As an ex-DCI, Smith could have retired by now, and it is clear that some of his superiors wish that he would do so. The latest trainee detective to work with him is the son of a member of his former team, and together they begin to unravel the truth about what happened to Wayne Fletcher. As the investigation proceeds, it becomes clear that others are involved - some seem determined to prevent it, some seem to be taking too much interest. In the end, Smith operates alone, having stepped too far outside standard procedures to ask for support. He knows that his own life might be at risk but he has not calculated on the life of his young assistant also being put in danger.

©2013 Peter Grainger (P)2016 Tantor

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    Lulu 08-29-16
    Lulu 08-29-16

    I ignore genre labels. Some of my favorite books are outside my genre comfort zone. Listening to audiobooks is still reading. Not theater.

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    "An Accidental Read"

    Just happened on this first in a series and had no expectations when I started reading. A very satisfying read. The primary character, DC Smith is someone I am looking forward to getting to know better. While there is still a great deal of back story to fill in, this relatively short book introduces a complex hero who takes the form of a somewhat shabby, bumbling detective, well past his prime, whom everyone hopes will retire - immediately. I was very impressed with the character development, especially the use of the grown child of an ex-partner, someone Smith first knew as a very little boy, to illustrate just how long he has been around, yet how relevant he still is.

    And as usual my favorite aspect of this British police procedural suspense novel is that a wonderful mystery is presented and then solved with very little violence and with no guns. So many US mystery writers have replaced plot with gratuitous and graphic violence and endless gun battles that do nothing to move the story forward.

    I thought the narrator did an excellent job!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Maine_Yooper in the woods in Maine 10-02-16
    Maine_Yooper in the woods in Maine 10-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Enter the detective"
    Where does An Accidental Death rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the better ones, with a great story, nice changes in points of view, and a narrator who makes it all work well.


    What other book might you compare An Accidental Death to and why?

    The Armand Gamache novels by Louise Penney. Being American, I enjoy NOT reading about car chases, how big the gun is and how many rounds were fired. I want a character I can admire, and stories that could happen to someone.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Many good scenes, but the one that stands out to me at the moment is when Smith meets with the Superintendent and purposely misunderstands the "retirement" talk!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Smith remembering his late wife while deciding what music to listen to one evening.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read all the books out so far, and still wanted to get the audio version so I could enjoy the story again while commuting to work.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Customer 09-07-16
    Customer 09-07-16
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    "Excellent British Mystery"

    Peter Grainger is a wonderful writer. His primary character. Detective Sergeant DS Smith is an older, former Detective Chief Inspector who now works to solve cases rather than supervise. He is interesting, smart, multi-faceted, and his interactions with his subordinate team members provide a window into his character. He's honest and a gentleman, with a unique way of looking at crimes.

    I have actually read all 5 of Mr. Granger's books in this series. As with a number of other authors whose books I enjoy enough to read multiple times (Agatha Christie, PD James, Josephine Tey, Dick Francis, Jodi Taylor, Patricia Wentworth and others), I will buy his audiobooks as they become available and listen when I can't read. An excellent narrator makes for great company.

    Gildart Jackson is a good choice as narrator. As everyone knows, the narrator can ruin an excellent book but that won't happen here.

    For those who like classic British mysteries, I highly recommend this writer.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret 08-31-16
    Margaret 08-31-16
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    "Cozy mystery with great characters."

    I hope Audible gets more DC Smith books. He reminds me of Penny's Gamache series. Really enjoyable. In fact, I didn't want it to end. Narration was stellar.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dr. William J. Kass Albuquerque, NM USA 10-19-16
    Dr. William J. Kass Albuquerque, NM USA 10-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "More of this series, Please"
    Would you consider the audio edition of An Accidental Death to be better than the print version?

    I don't know.


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

    It kept me engaged and convinced me to order the second book before I'd finished the first.


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

    The performer is clear, distinguishes the characters well, and is generally unobtrusive.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Please acquire the other books in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marcheta 09-18-16
    Marcheta 09-18-16 Member Since 2007

    love audio books - Anglophile

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    "An enjoyable listen"

    I really enjoyed this book. The narrator was just right, and I loved DC Smith's dry sense of humour. I hope audible gets the rest of the books in this series. Nice change of pace.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Donna 09-09-16
    Donna 09-09-16
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    "yes, a 5"

    It's British, present day, police procedural, fine characters, unusual plot, surprise conclusion, intelligent and cohesive, violence free. There are more books in this series. I hope more find their way to the Audible holdins. Soon,

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    SophiaMarie 11-19-16
    SophiaMarie 11-19-16 Member Since 2009

    2004 Audible listener

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    "DC Smith is someone I can relate to"

    Thanks Peter Grainger for giving us a detective who has and uses the institutional memory that the younger bosses and bureaucrats no longer value. It's great to not be forced out of a job you're good at because of age.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Simon
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    8/27/16
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    "Plodding In Fine Style!"

    Well I have just spent a pleasant few hours in the company of the oddly-named DC “DC Smith”, an interesting choice of initials for a detective constable if ever there was one. This is Frost rebooted, a gumpy old curmudgeon but with more of a human side and a considerably beefier background. There is a young protégé to add to the mix and as crime fiction so often has it the usual mix of doubting senior officers, competitive colleagues and local characters.

    It would be wrong to write this one off as just another cliché though. The writing is clever and the characters are engaging. What this book also proves is that you can write a good crime novel without killing off half the local population and incorporating the worst of crimes. The central incident of this novel is an almost mundane seeming accidental drowning of a local teenager that is almost but not quite closed as just that rather than being properly investigated.

    The narration by Gildart Jackson seems to fit these character to a tee. It’s not the most energetic of performances but it does breathe genuine life into the lead character. The story itself does develop significantly from its humble beginnings and the mental leap to the end from the starting mundane incident is a big one. The back story of DC Smith is also gradually revealed and he does surprise us with being quite a bit more than just another old cantankerous detective on the verge of retirement.

    I liked it despite its brevity.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Voyager
    Telford, United Kingdom
    10/17/16
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    "Very Enjoyable"

    Just the sort of book I like. A bit of tension at times but with no graphical horror. A really good story that just flows and is clearly narrated. Can't be better than that!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Janrow
    11/28/16
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    "Absolutely brilliant enjoyed every minute"
    What made the experience of listening to An Accidental Death the most enjoyable?

    Both the storyline and the reader really made the characters come to life


    What other book might you compare An Accidental Death to, and why?

    it has a similar feel to the Bryant and may books just as good in a different way


    What about Gildart Jackson’s performance did you like?

    the way he portraited Smith


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Lots of laughs if you listen carefully


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended I have purchased the other 2 books

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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