DC Smith

8 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 7,459 ratings

An Accidental Death 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.

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  • Book 1

    • 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 3,221
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,986
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2,970

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent British Mystery

    • By Customer on 09-07-16

    Regular price: $24.49

  • Book 2

    • 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 991
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 934
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 934

    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.

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

    • By Ted on 04-25-18

    Regular price: $24.49

  • Book 3

    • 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 971
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 901
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 901

    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.

    • 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

  • Book 4

    • 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 622
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 572
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 565

    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, and it isn't unusual that the call is from Kings Lake Central police station; what is unusual is the fact that he seems to be the subject of an investigation rather than taking part in one. What can the links be between a prisoner's violent death in another county, the disappearance of two teenagers, and the highest profile case in Kings Lake for many years?

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

    • By Chalis on 06-27-17

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 5

    • 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 567
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 525
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 522

    Two weeks of rest and recuperation - that's what the doctor ordered. Detective Sergeant DC Smith could listen to some music, make some of his own, and maybe even catch up on his reading; he is almost looking forward to it. And then there is a knock on the door. It's only his next-door neighbor, but it is the beginning of a sequence of events that will bring him face to face with some of the darkest episodes and the most dangerous people from his own past.

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

    • By MARY K WALTER on 07-04-17

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 6

    • 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 468
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 435
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 432

    Mark Randall lay dead in a field near Lowacre long before Smith had done what he had to do in Belfast. By the time he went back to work, the investigation was well underway. "It's not my case," he says more than once, and he really doesn't need it to be; he has enough to think about as it is. But going around the Norfolk countryside dotting the i's and crossing the t's, speaking to the local farmers and the Brothers of St. Francis from Abbeyfields, Smith begins to suspect that the investigation might be heading in entirely the wrong direction.

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

    • By B.J. on 11-01-17

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 7

    • 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 429
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 408
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 405

    Change is afoot at Kings Lake Central police station. A most unexpected new detective inspector takes up his post this Monday morning, and the oldest detective in the place takes a momentous decision. Around them, other officers are considering their own situations, and even the building itself seems to be facing an uncertain future. But life and death go on, nevertheless, and by lunchtime someone will make a grim discovery on the Norfolk saltmarshes. A stranger seems to have suffered a slow and agonizing death out there.

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

    • By Wayne on 01-26-18

    Regular price: $31.49

  • Book 8

    • 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
      4.5 out of 5 stars 190
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 181
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 180

    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. But for Detective Sergeant DC Smith, due to retire in just three weeks' time, there are some strange echoes of the case that has haunted him for the past 13 years. Maybe it's simply his over-developed sense of irony, or maybe, in his final days as a police officer, Smith must look once more into the eyes of a serial killer.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Sad ending to a wonderful series?

    • By Wayne on 11-16-18

    Regular price: $20.99