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"And see if there's any news about the missing girl."

Life, as Smith used to say, is just one thing after another - as one investigation ends, a new one begins. But for reasons unknown to the rest of her team, DCI Cara Freeman will be haunted by the next case for the Kings Lake Central murder squad. They find themselves delving into the seamy side of life in the town, and one of their number will have departed before this new investigation is over. Perhaps Detective Sergeant Chris Waters should have seen it coming, but he has a lot more than work on his mind these days.

©2020 Peter Grainger (P)2021 Tantor

What listeners say about Kings Lake Investigation Series #3, Roxanne

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Dreary.

Disappointing. The humour was conspicuous in its absence. So much could have been done with the Waters issue but Grainger backed away in favor of yet more safe sappy backstories. Time to rescue Smith from the crashing boredom of his marriage long enough to talk Waters out of what is leading up to an even duller one. I read procedurals because I like them. I loved the DC Smith series but since Smith left , King's Lake seems to have lost its way. I swear the narrator misses the Smith..Waters dynamic as much as I do.

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Compelling story, well read

Another fabulous tale from King's Lake. Grainger is a master and Jackson brings the characters to life with humour and empathy. It is nice that Smith still puts in an appearance too.

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Loved it

Love this series and characters. Can’t wait for the next one.
Also love Gildart Jackson brilliant! Have a great day!

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Usual very good quality story; mainly usually great narration

Don’t know why, but the narrator’s attempt at a Somalian accent sounds an awful lot like an Eastern European accent. Not like an actual Somalian accent.

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Another great book, well written, good plot and we

I have read/listened to all of Peter Graingers books - they are all excellent. Great, consistent and interesting characters - all of them believable, all with foibles and strengths. This book continues the tradition - every book is new and each has a connection to past stories - very believable and with an acceptable level of violence or language totally in tune with the story.

Keep them coming - highly recommended!

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Another wonderful instalment !

I’m finding I care more about the characters peopling the Kings Lake detachment and area than just about any novel in the last ten years! Wonderful development of who we’ve met and careful tie ins with previous novels while still a riveting stand alone story. Mr Jackson’s narration is superb. Again. And enough teasers of future things to learn about the characters we know and care about to make waiting for the next novel sooo hard!! Thank you Peter for this, now get back to writing ❤️

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Thoughtful writing

Roxanne is , to me, the best of the Kings Lake Investigation series. Grainger structures this police procedural carefully, subtly, that it’s a pleasure to listen. Characters drive the action which is most of the attraction in this audiobook. His writing is deceptively simple, but so touches the readers heart. Well done, hope for more!

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A superbly narrated, top-notch police procedural

If you enjoy reading novels authored by a superb writer...don’t miss this series, nor the D.C. Investigate series that precedes the Kings Lake series. Mr. Grainger combines his knowledge of police hierarchy and politics, his understanding of how relationships and teams work, and his knowledge of the area in which his novels are set, to bring the reader top notch police procedurals.
Mr. Grainger delivers a first-class read and, as always, the Audible version is beautifully narrated by Gildart Jackson. I’m a dyed-in-the wool fan of both. Each novel not only contains an excellent, well plotted, murder mystery, but continues to give the reader more insight into his fascinating and diverse cast of characters. Mr. Granger’s character building and development has been top-notch from book one, and this continues in Roxanne as the reader is treated to more insights in the personal lives of principal characters. He makes us see his characters as real, with real-life problems, even as we watch them grow into their strengths.
The specialist Murder Squad continues to develop tight working bonds and its members are learning quickly how best to work together as a team under DCI Freeman’s leadership style. Roxanne has some very tense moments and some unexpected twists. As always, there are moments of subtle humour that are scattered throughout all of Mr. Grainer’s work.
I have no hesitation in recommending Roxanne. The novels in the series are both a continuing story and stand-alone mysteries. If you haven’t read the series from Book 1, I definitely suggest you should.

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Engrossing

I am a Peter Grainger fan and have been waiting for his latest book. I prefer character driven writing as this is. There are no big surprises or plot twists in this novel but the ongoing development of familiar characters is most welcome. Very nicely written with both humour and pathos
The narration is compelling and I have enjoyed Gildart Jackson so much throughout the seies

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  • 2021-03-05

He does it again

I am a fan and am SO happy with this book as it has kept the bar high.

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  • Gigi
  • 2021-03-04

Always amazing

Peter Grainger’s kings lake books are hands-down some of the best written and best narrated detective/crime books ever!

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  • Joyce Eriksen
  • 2021-03-07

This is a fine writer

You cannot miss with Grainger. There is a fine mystery, of course, but the character studies are every bit as great as the plot line. Get them in order if you can.

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  • wisconsinclark
  • 2021-03-05

Listened straight through to the end

Love this series, Gildart Jackson is the best! A fabulous cast of characters. Good clean fun. I am looking forward to book #4.

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  • Pat Murray
  • 2021-03-24

Outstanding as always!

The only downside to Peter Grainger’s books is that eventually they end. The story here is difficult and at times so sad, but the honesty in the writing sees it through. It is great that he keeps DC in the story in various ways (the more the better) and as always, the narration was impeccable.

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  • Alton
  • 2021-03-06

Exceptional

A carefully crafted story with diverse and well developed characters, read by a narrator that was not just equal to the book but actually enhanced it.
Peter Granger has steadily risen to the very top is my favorite authors.
The only negative was that it was a sad story that brought tears to my eyes.

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  • Mary B. Wheeler
  • 2021-05-11

Winning formula with Kings Lake mysteries

I love police procedurals! Over the past thirty plus years I have read many, many books about police investigation squads. After all these years, I have learned how to investigate a crime-scene, the proper and relevant questions to be asked, etc.,etc. I know what I like and how to pick the writers who know their stuff. But the writer also has to know how to.make the reader like and care about these crime scene investigators as cops, and also as people. Peter Grainger is top-notch! With Roxanne, I felt as though I was reading about old friends. Trust me, if you care about quality writing, along with great narration (Gildart Jackson), you will love these books. Enjoy!

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  • M.
  • 2021-03-25

Stellar

Gilbert Jackson is a fantastic narrator.
I started late, reading the The DC Smith books, just last year. I devoured them and had to listen to all again because they were just so smart, but I had missed much of that first time round. I loved Lane, and I simply LOVE the King’s Lake series, but now I’ve listened to all 2-X, except #3. What am I to do until we have an addition?

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  • Peter G. Buckley
  • 2021-03-28

really very good

because of it's close focus on character this novel really does transcend the genre. I don't know where I'd place it exactly among Grainger's work but it has to be near the top. it has such a confident pace with the police work been so cleverly matched to what we find out about motive. Jackson's narration exactly brings out the exactness of the words. Such a fine performance.

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  • Loy
  • 2021-03-25

great book

This is another wonderful book by Peter Grainger. His first books were about DC Smith. This one is set in the same world and with the people he worked for.

The narrator was perfect and I love the way Mr Grainger writes. I highly recommend this series and the one before.

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