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Peter Grainger

Although I've always been a reader, I must admit that I first got into crime novels via television series such as Morse and Frost. It seemed odd at first, reading about characters that I had only watched before, and I found that I didn't always agree with what the producers and scriptwriters had done - but then I probably am one of life's disagree-ers.

Having independently published three novels on Amazon's Kindle, I decided that my next project could be a crime novel of my own. In some ways it was easier to write than my general fiction, the conventions of the genre making some decisions straightforward, but I still spent a lot of time developing the characters in 'An Accidental Death'; to me, character comes before everything else in fiction. The subsequent novels develop the original characters as well as adding plenty of new ones.

I think that Smith himself is a recognisable individual. He is old-fashioned in some ways and has a sense that he has been left behind as the police force is modernised. He makes mistakes, too. And yet his wealth of experience and the understanding of people that stems from that experience mean that he is still able to pursue the wrongdoers intuitively, when more conventional methods fail. He is far from the first fictional detective to have these qualities, of course - there is nothing new under the sun. In the end, though, I grew to like him enough to perhaps give him some more case to solve soon.

The other three novels? I published them under a different name. They are not crime fiction at all but as several readers have said that they would like to take a look, I will now list them here: 'Afon', 'The Rink' and 'Asher' by Robert Partridge. Under the same name, you can also find a set of short stories called 'Paris and Other Love Stories' Sorry but my author page won't let me post direct links.

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    • A Private Investigation: A DC Smith Investigation

    • DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 8
    • By: Peter Grainger
    • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
    • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1

    When 14-year-old Zoe Johnson doesn't come home on a Monday night in early December, the alarm bells in Kings Lake Central police station do not ring straight away - after all, she's from the Dockmills, one of the toughest estates in the town....

    Regular price: $20.99

    • But for the Grace

    • A DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 2
    • By: Peter Grainger
    • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
    • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 960
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 904
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 904

    When another resident of the Rosemary House care home is found dead in her chair one Saturday evening, no one is very surprised - not until the results of a routine post-mortem....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • I Like Sergeant DC Smith. He Doesn't Disappoint.

    • By Ted on 04-25-18

    Regular price: $24.49

    • An Accidental Death

    • A DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 1
    • By: Peter Grainger
    • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
    • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 3,119
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,895
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2,879

    The story opens with the apparently accidental drowning of a sixth form student in the Norfolk countryside....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An Accidental Read

    • By Lulu on 08-29-16

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Lane

    • A Case For Willows And Lane, Book 1
    • By: Peter Grainger
    • Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
    • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 250
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 236
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 233

    "So I thought I might take up paragliding. You know, buy one on eBay and just jump off the cliff one morning"....  

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • IT'S A DEFINITE YES

    • By Ann on 05-30-18

    Regular price: $17.49

    • One-Way Tickets

    • A Case for Willows And Lane Series, Book 2
    • By: Peter Grainger
    • Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
    • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 143
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 133
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 133

    When a local man, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, goes missing, his parents have good reason to be concerned. Emily Willows is a friend of the family and says that she knows just the person to find him....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Female characters you can enjoy

    • By Amie Jolicoeur on 08-06-18

    Regular price: $17.49

    • The Rags of Time

    • A DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 6
    • By: Peter Grainger
    • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
    • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 452
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 420
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 417

    Mark Randall lay dead in a field near Lowacre long before Smith had done what he had to do in Belfast....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I really love this series.

    • By B.J. on 11-01-17

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Time and Tide

    • DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 7
    • By: Peter Grainger
    • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
    • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 406
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 388
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 385

    Change is afoot at Kings Lake Central police station. A most unexpected new detective inspector takes up his post this Monday, and the oldest detective in the place takes a momentous decision....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful British modern detective series!

    • By Wayne on 01-26-18

    Regular price: $31.49

    • Persons of Interest

    • DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 4
    • By: Peter Grainger
    • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
    • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 595
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 549
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 542

    In the peace and tranquility of the woods at Pinehills on a Saturday afternoon, a mobile phone begins to ring. The phone belongs to DC Smith....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyable Visit to "DC"'s World

    • By Chalis on 06-27-17

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Luck and Judgement

    • A DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 3
    • By: Peter Grainger
    • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
    • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 946
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 879
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 879

    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....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best of series so far...hope we can get the remaining books soon

    • By Mark Hancock on 03-22-17

    Regular price: $27.99

    • In This Bright Future

    • DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 5
    • By: Peter Grainger
    • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
    • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 544
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 506
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 503

    Two weeks of rest and recuperation - that's what the doctor ordered. Detective Sergeant DC Smith is almost looking forward to it. And then there is a knock on the door....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best (so far) of a great series

    • By MARY K WALTER on 07-04-17

    Regular price: $27.99

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