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  • But for the Grace

  • A DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 2
  • Written by: Peter Grainger
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (133 ratings)

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But for the Grace

Written by: Peter Grainger
Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
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Publisher's Summary

"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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Thoroughly enjoyed

I have read all of the DC Smith and Kings Lake books, leaving this one for last. Wasn’t sure about the subject matter. Once again, the two Peters have delivered a thoughtful, thought provoking and enjoyable book. Just enough detail to keep the plot moving forward, yet allowing space for the listener to consider the words. Having now gone backward in the series, I realize even more that there are no inconsequential details in the story telling. Knowing the end in “The Truth” makes this earlier book even more interesting. Looking forward to a future listen of the whole series. And really hoping we haven’t heard the last of DC.

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Love

The narrator does an excellent job of conveying the story. I personally find this storyline quite intriguing and found enough twists and turns to keep my interest until the end.

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The humour is worth the read

Easily tackled some of the most controversial topics in our times. Makes you think too

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great narration, good story

very good, however formulaic detective story. The narrator for this series does an excellent job, and really helps bring the story to life

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Fascinating topic

Another superb story. The way that Peter Grainger examines sensitive subjects and his compassion for his characters is beautiful. Gildart Jackson’s talent is second to none.

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I’m absolutely loving this series

The characters are well written and the mystery revealed at an appropriate pace. I think I’ve found a book series I’ll follow until the last.

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I enjoy it

Good narration
Well détails
Little suspens

Suggested fo light listening
Thank’s
I will look up narrator

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Another good one!!

Having read the Kingslake Investigations first, I was nice to meet Jo who no doubt will become important in the remaining DC Smith stories. I intend to give them al a read or a listen.

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Decent Mystery. Odd Expositional Style.

This entry in the 'DC (David Conrad) Smith' British Police Procedural series starts with the seemingly routine death of a Nursing Home resident.. but becomes a police matter when she is shockingly found to have died of a heroin overdose.
The investigation is loaded with intuitive questioning, intriguing theories, and multiple suspects & false leads.. but the inquest feels "rushed" somehow - as though Peter Grainger is trying to quickly establish the facts of the case as a foundation for future revelations that never come.

Reader Gildart Jackson contributes to the awkward pacing of the book with a strikingly matter-of-fact tone. His diction is professional; timbre & cadence beyond reproach; and voice-acting unimpeachable.. but he reads the book in a way that matches Grainger's style perfectly (usually a solid Plus) - inadvertantly contributing to the unusual impression I got from the text.

Altogether, 'But for the Grace' feels incomplete - as though there is some "true mystery" that is still pending by the time the story ends. I rate it 6.5 stars out of 10. It's worth your time if you can get it as a 'Plus' option.. but if they ask for a Credit, better selections beckon.

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But for the grace by Peter Grainger

love these books. It is wonderful the way the detectives are shown to be so humane in their dealings with the sujects in the cases they investigate. A refreshing change to the usual detective
books I have been reading of late.
Gildart Jacksons reading really has its own quality, soon enough he draws you into the story and fills your heart with a true sense of understanding human nature.

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