"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.
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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.
"Great writing and wonderful narration"
Peter Grainger is a wonderful writer, Lots to think about, sensitive to mood and character, and wonderful images.
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.
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.
I don't like tag lines.
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.
"Important concerns not gore"
I don't read these books, only listen to them.
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.
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.
There were several areas in the book which addressed assisted dying that I though were well done.
Please, Audible, make sure you acquires the rest of this series.
"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?
"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!
Like P.D. James & Ruth Rendell, this writer is literate,, insightful, & top-notch writer.
If you like a good mystery that transcends the genre, I think you will like ths writer.
"Second novel in the D. C. Smith series"
Like the first novel in this series this one deals with an important legal issue of today. In this case it is the right to die when dealing with terminal medical issues. But For the Grace deals with the issue in a mature and thoughtful manner without entering the arena of advocacy. This is a wonderful police procedural mystery with outstanding narration.
I truly enjoyed this book, I've become fascinated with the series. Gildart Jackson is one of my favorite narrators, he made the book come to life. I can tell by the many inferences of people trying to get him, detective sergeant Smith to retire that he must be an older man, but I can't figure out how old he is. Which adds to the mystery, doesn't it.
The book is strange in that thinking about people of a certain age I found myself how can they do the things that these people did. But, I guess if you really allow yourself to think about it, anything is possible. Listening to the narration I couldn't help but want the good detective to find companionship, if for no other reason than to combat the loneliness he's so good at hiding.
It was good to see how Walker is coming into his own, sharpening his skills. But how could he not with Smith as his teacher. The one thing that bothered me was why the writer contacted Smith out of the blue? That to me made no sense, I'd began to think that she was being introduced to become a companion for Smith.
However, the book kept me guessing to the very end, there were many twists and turns and what looked like dead ends. I think I'll be listening to this book again to answer some questions that might answer the who, what, and why. But over all the book was excellent, and I'm preparing to move on to the next one. This was well worth the credit, in my opinion.
"Enjoyable and annoying at the same time"
This is the second in a series about Detective Sergeant DC Smith. Do not read it first or you won't understand many references to his prior case. I rated this book lower than the first book in the series because of the constant references to people and issues in the first book that have no bearing on this story. I also found it odd that subplots in the first book that should have been carried forward, such as the internal investigation that resulted in his downgrade to sergeant and tension with other staff, are barely mentioned.
DC (his initials, not his rank) is an interesting detective. Currently a sergeant, Smith was formerly higher in the force but had taken a downgrade to keep his job, though he could have retired. I was put off by several references to his scruffy appearance, which wasn't the image I formed when listening to the first book. I preferred the guitar playing, music loving DC of the first book.
The subplot about Smith dating for the first time since his wife's death was a nice touch and helps round out his character. It was nice to see him as vulnerable.
As in the first book, the author change the point of view character so rapidly, sometimes from one sentence to the next, I wasn't sure who was doing the thinking.
"Excellent! Can't wait to get the next one"
Upper 10% for overall enjoyment.
DC absolutely. He's intelligent, opinionated and thoughtful.
The first DC Smith book, The Accidental Death. It was because I enjoyed that one so much that I listened to this one.
I love a good detective story, and especially English detectives. Grainger's DC Smith is my newest fave.
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