An Accidental Death
This is a wonderful read, a straight up procedural full of well developed characters that grow on you with each passing page. The MC is D.C. Smith, a seasoned detective in Kings Lake, Norfolk. He's a widower who can't imagine not being on the job despite some not so subtle hints to retire. After a ...more
because it felt like it was so well-crafted and I could not believe it was a newer author. The character DC Smith is not at all the stereotypical hard-beaten detective. The murder (or is it?) is not gruesome and the language is clean and yet for all that it doesn't feel like some light cozy mystery at all but rather a real story about real people in a real plac ...more
This first story is much deeper (sorry) than it first app ...more
Peter Grainger’s An Accidental Death was an accidental discovery, and what a hidden gem! I’d not read anything by this author until I found this lovely police procedural, and now I will definitely be looking to continue the series.
DC Smith is a nearly 30-year veteran of the Kings Lake police force. He’s a recent widower, so rather than retiring, as some of his superiors no doubt would prefer, Smith keeps on truckin’. When a teenager’s body is found in the river after a gathering of his peers for ...more
Sergeant DC Smith (DC) has been a policeman for over thirty years. What makes him unique is that at some point he took a voluntary demotion for reasons unknown to us. This means that he is never in awe of his superiors. His DI was once his trainee and the way DC deals wi ...more
I got this on my Prime monthly loan after reading the sample for book three of this series. I was interested in the characters and decided to read the series from the start. I intend to buy the rest as a result of reading this first DS Smith story - not something I can afford to do often on my limited budget !
I like a lot of British police procedurals, but have found some recent ones on Amazon's list to be disappointing in view of what se ...more
I have rated this book 4.25 stars.
I obtained this book from Amazon in Kindle format.
When a 16 year old young man drowns in a river, Smith is given the paperwork and told to check on things.
At the same time, he is given Waters. Waters is the son of an old friend and new ...more
I got the book for free off of Amazon but I don't re ...more
A refreshing change of pace from the high adrenaline. thriller, An Accidental Death is a smartly crafted mystery with fully formed characters. The pacing is slower, giving the author time to focus on the environment and character development. Somewhat in the style of Colin Dexter's Morse.
I really liked this book and the characters of D.C. (David Conrad) Smith and his protege, D.C ...more
"An Accidental Death", published in 2013, is one of the best British police crime novels I've read in a long time.
The first thing in its favour is that the whole novel is character driven. DC Smith is a wonderful invention: cliché-free and deeply imagined. In this first novel, he constantly surprised me, yet each new thing that I learned about him added to a picture that was as credible as it was intriguing. I liked his quietly unconventional, more than slightly subversive way of dealing with po...more
I luckily purchased this book as a freebie on Amazon sometime ago. However after reading some freebie books in the past I was a little worried about the quality of this book.
There was no need to worry. I found Smith, the star of the book very complex and Mr Grainger has merely.scratched the surface of this character. Smith was a former DCI but was demoted to DS after an enquiry. Prior to joining the police he worked for the security service ...more
At least it was free. ...more
The autopsy is generally straightforward, declaring it an accidental drowning. But there are a few confusing notes in the file. Detective Constable (DC) Smith has returned to w ...more
I was probably influenced in my opinions by a couple of other books I’ve read this year. Elly Griffiths did a more effective job of describing Norfolk, ...more
Peter Grainger - a new author to me - gently and subtly takes the reader's hand and guides the way like an old friend, with beautifully crafted prose. Add to this some unusual and truly likeable characters, an excellent plot, and reading doesn't get much better.
I loved this, and have immediately started to read the next one in the series.
Five stars, and a definite 'will rea ...more
This book starts very slowly and somewhat wobbly, causing the reader to wonder if something is ever going to happen - or at least some clues provided as to what this dude's story is. It is dribbled out in a path of sparse breadcrumbs that Smith was formerly of higher r ...more
The devic ...more
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