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But for the Grace Audiobook

But for the Grace: A DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 2

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"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.

©2014 Peter Grainger (P)2016 Tantor

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    Gretchen SLP Sacramento, California 09-20-17
    Gretchen SLP Sacramento, California 09-20-17 Member Since 2014
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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-

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    J.B. 02-05-17
    J.B. 02-05-17
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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.

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Ann 02-27-17
    Ann 02-27-17 Member Since 2017
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    "WOW! WHAT A TREAT!"

    I bought this book before finishing the first "An Accidental Death", it was that good! And was not disappointed with book 2! Peter Grainger has given us a real treat with the DC Smith cast of characters, and I can't wait to start book 3. With around 2,000 books in my audio library this series is proving to be a very refreshing surprise!

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Brody The Theatre School, Chicago, IL 01-13-17
    Jane Brody The Theatre School, Chicago, IL 01-13-17 Member Since 2015
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    "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.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Lulu 10-15-16
    Lulu 10-15-16
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    "Charm Largely Gone"

    I was pleasantly surprised by the first book in this series. I knew nothing about it when I started reading, but was instantly drawn to the melancholy warmth of the main character DC Smith. The plot was complicated enough to keep my interest, but not so complex I was lost. And several of the secondary characters were interesting enough that I was anxious to get to know them better.

    Unfortunately, I found But for the Grace, the second book in this series, largely unenjoyable.
    Smith's personality no longer comes across as kind, generous and a little out of touch, but almost cruel in some of his comments and actions. I couldn't recognize the DC Smith from the first book in the DC Smith from this. There were subplots that seemed totally disconnected from the primary plot, including the introduction of two women who could be potential romantic interests for Smith, but once introduced he didn't seem to know what to do with them.

    I think my biggest issue though was the case he was working on. It did not qualify as a mystery and there was no suspense. It quickly became apparent what had happened and what would probably happen down the road and once you knew that, there really wasn't more story to tell. And Smith seemed to be persecuting and harassing people he thought might be victims rather then helping them.

    I do not want to give any spoilers, but when I finished the book all I could think about was what if Smith had not been so slow in realizing what was happening as he interviewed a young woman. What if he had gotten there in time? Then what? What was he prepared to do to the perpetrator/victim? What was the point?

    10 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Dr. William J. Kass 10-23-16
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    "Important concerns not gore"
    Would you consider the audio edition of But for the Grace to be better than the print version?

    I don't read these books, only listen to them.


    What other book might you compare But for the Grace to and why?

    An Accidental Death, for one, the first in this series. Both books address important issues and concerns of our time. The author is insightful and profound in his analyses.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I did enjoy the scene of DS Smith interviewing the granddaughter who was described as a self-assured female character, appreciated by the police interrogating her.


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

    There were several areas in the book which addressed assisted dying that I though were well done.


    Any additional comments?

    Please, Audible, make sure you acquires the rest of this series.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Anonymous 07-14-17
    Anonymous 07-14-17
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    "Outstanding Series!"

    This author adds an extraordinarily lyrical, poetic voice, as well as just the right quantity of humor, to an excellent police procedural. Gildart Jackson surprised me as an extremely versatile narrator, giving each character an appropriate, recognizable voice, including the women! There is neither a misplaced modifier nor a mispronunciation, not a run-on sentence or a too-long pause. The facts unfold in a manner that grips the reader's attention, and the action concludes with a surprising yet satisfying ending. Bravo, Grainger and Jackson!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    S. Yates 07-11-17
    S. Yates 07-11-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Another excellent mystery"
    Any additional comments?

    Another contained and thoughtful mystery in the D.C. Smith series. These are mysteries on a personal scale, with none of the flash and bombast and prurience of much modern writing. Grainger does not shy away from recognizing the seedy side of human behavior, but he does not center all of the stories around this, instead finding ways to explore what is a crime, who is a criminal, and where the gray areas are. He does this via the main detective Smith and his colleagues, who are each given enough nuance to make them feel real and not like stock police characters. And with Smith at the center, Grainger takes the time to explore what it means to be aging in your profession, to deal with the loss of a spouse, to face up to loneliness, all while trying to unravel events surrounding untimely deaths. This book centers on the suspicious death of a woman in a care home for the elderly, and this setting allows for poignant looks at the end of life and at how we leave this world. Clever and interesting, like the first book in the series, this turns out not to be a stereotypical whodunnit, but a deeper exploration of human behavior (both good and bad). I look forward to the next book in the series and seeing how Smith and his colleagues evolve.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Chalis 03-16-17
    Chalis 03-16-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent"

    Part of the mystery in this story involves end of life issues. I believe this difficult issue is dealt with in a sensitive and thoughtful way.

    After reading this book I'm even more fond of DC Smith. He is a unique character and I like him. He has an understated, dry sense of humor and wisdom that comes with life experience.

    Narrator Gildart Jackson is superb. I always knew which character was speaking, his narration never got in the way of the story, and I understood every word he said. That is just what I want a narrator to do.

    I look forward to the next book is this series.

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    James Oswego, IL, United States 07-23-17
    James Oswego, IL, United States 07-23-17 Member Since 2008
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    "I'm loving this series"

    D.C. Smith, oh, what a character. Love the murder /mystery genre and this series has been one of my favorites. The narrator is also fabulous with a keen understanding for what the author has placed on the page. He knows how to speak it, make the words come alive so that their reality becomes your reality and one is transported away.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    "Crime or not"

    An interesting well presented and read book. I will be looking for the next in the series.

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