"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
"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?
"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.
"Gildart Jackson couldn't save a really dull listen"
It would probably work best for fans of "cozier" mysteries. What attracted me to this series initially is that DC Smith is reminiscent of Louise Penny's Gamache . Book 1 of this series was great. Book 2, however, is just really tedious and was a huge disappointment.
I do like that he incorporates very serious issues in his books. This one is just very, very boring. I actually sped the book up to get through it faster. The only saving grace is another great performance by Mr. Jackson. He's one of my favorite narrators.
Yes and he's always good.
I check publisher and reviews/ratings of other books by author. Good thing. I found my review of an earlier book by this author (and I'd like it). .. so I bought this new book. It's good.
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