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  • An Accidental Death

  • A DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 1
  • By: Peter Grainger
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (601 ratings)
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An Accidental Death

By: Peter Grainger
Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
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Summary

The story opens with the apparently accidental drowning of a sixth form student in the Norfolk countryside. As a matter of routine, or so it seems, the case passes across the desk of Detective Sergeant Smith, recently returned to work after an internal investigation into another case that has led to tensions between officers at Kings Lake police headquarters. As an ex-DCI, Smith could have retired by now, and it is clear that some of his superiors wish that he would do so. The latest trainee detective to work with him is the son of a member of his former team, and together they begin to unravel the truth about what happened to Wayne Fletcher. As the investigation proceeds, it becomes clear that others are involved - some seem determined to prevent it, some seem to be taking too much interest. In the end, Smith operates alone, having stepped too far outside standard procedures to ask for support. He knows that his own life might be at risk but he has not calculated on the life of his young assistant also being put in danger.

©2013 Peter Grainger (P)2016 Tantor

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Peter Grainger weaves a tale that engages the listener in such a way that time disappears. He seemingly effortlessly produces a complex story and a compelling character in D.C. Smith. Unusually I have listened twice to this book and experienced the same reaction each time.

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Great storyline

Excellent story, very well narrated so that you get to form a real picture the main characters in your mind
Really looking forward to the next book in the series

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Lovely traditional detective story

Lovely traditional detective story with a goodie in the lead role to restore your faith that some people really do have principles

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brilliant storyline.

nothing to dislike. i found it to be thoroughly gripping from chapter to chapter, five star tale.

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Great story

Very good narrator, enjoyed listening to this story, characters very believable. Story paced just right.

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Absolutely brilliant enjoyed every minute

What made the experience of listening to An Accidental Death the most enjoyable?

Both the storyline and the reader really made the characters come to life

What other book might you compare An Accidental Death to, and why?

it has a similar feel to the Bryant and may books just as good in a different way

What about Gildart Jackson’s performance did you like?

the way he portraited Smith

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Lots of laughs if you listen carefully

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Highly recommended I have purchased the other 2 books

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Great character

Easy listen. Entertaining story with a very interesting main character, whom we gradually get to know. Well read, without silly voices and accents. Will read the series.

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A wonderful character and supporting cast.

Definitely worth your time. An excellent main character with depth and personality, perceptive and kind.

I have heard this performer reading Benedict Jacka’s books for which he was wholly unsuited, but he's excellent for this where maturity is needed.

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Likeable characters

Really enjoyed getting to know the characters, good interesting storyline, enjoyed the humor element as well.

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what a gem!

I really enjoyed the story, the humour and amazing personalities of the characters was spellbinding.
can't wait to start the next book!

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