Audiobook review of An Accidental Death

Posted December 31, 2016 by Stormi in Audiobook Reviews, Book Reviews / 1 Comment

I received this book for free from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

An Accidental Death by Peter Grainger
Length: 7 hours
Genres: Mystery
Published by Author Pages: 204
Format: Audiobook
Source: Tantor Audio

Narrator: Gildart Jackson
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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. He might still get his man but at what cost?

Also by this author: Luck and Judgement, But for the Grace


What I thought of this book.

This was my first book by Peter Grainger and it won’t be the last as I really enjoyed this first book in the DC Smith series.

An accidental death turns into something different when DC Smith gets ahold of the case. A young man drowns, but he also has bruises that suggest someone tried to save him before leaving him in the water. At first it seems they want him to wrap things up quick and then all of a sudden they want him to figure things out. It all seems a bit fishy to DC Smith.

DC Smith use to be a DCI but after an incident he was downgraded and most would like him to retire but he refuses too. He doesn’t mind working under DCI Reeves and everyone calls him DC either because that is the level they wish he was or because it’s his initials, he doesn’t really care. On this case he gets to work with a newbie who actually requested to work with him because his father use to work with Smith.

This case ends up being a lot more than just about a drowning victim and I enjoyed listening to how it played out. DC Smith is not one to always follow the rules and I liked that he took that into consideration with the young guy who was working with him and he made sure he left him out of things if it got to political.

I am interested in seeing how this series will progress as I really liked DC Smith.

The Narrator:

This was my first time with this narrator and I really enjoyed his narration. Gildart Jackson has a voice that was a lot like Michael Caine and I loved it…lol.

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