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  • Songbird

  • Kings Lake Investigation Series, Book 1
  • By: Peter Grainger
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (112 ratings)

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Songbird

By: Peter Grainger
Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
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"He saw a bare arm first, the hand palm up with fingers curled inwards. Then he stopped and took a few breaths. He could hear the two constables making arrangements before they separated, one saying he'd bring the other some tape from the car, and then it was just the summer morning quiet again." 

Detective Sergeant Chris Waters got the call at 05.29 that July morning. This is it, said DCI Reeve, you'll be first there, it's all yours, you're the crime scene manager. Suddenly, after months of waiting and wondering, Waters finds himself in at the deep end, and alone at the scene of a puzzling murder.  

As the investigation proceeds, the detectives at Kings Lake Central find themselves visiting familiar places and talking to some familiar faces, while old enmities reappear in the incident room. Before this is over, Chris Waters will need to make a career-changing decision, and another member of the CID team will find herself facing an unexpected challenge. And Smith? Gone but not forgotten? Surely, he would say, you cannot write me off with a worn-out cliche like that....

©2019 Peter Grainger (P)2019 Tantor

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Excellent characterisation

The characters are well developed and their personalities enrich the plot. Plot is tight and does not lag.

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Interesting tale

An interesting story showing how one "good" policeman can make an enormous difference in an investigation

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Engaged to the last word

I’m in awe of this author’s mind. His skill in transitioning to the new without abandoning the past embraces the psyche of his lead characters.

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great story and performance

loved it. so much so that I'll get more by the author and more by the narrator. lots of twists and turns,tied together nicely.

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Loved every minute

I really enjoyed the storyline, the twists and turns and the way the plot developed. While I may have guessed a few of the developments it didn't take away from the plot for me, because I was enjoying the characters and how they were dealing with and engaging in some of the social themes included. I also enjoyed the way the story tried to be inclusive of differences. Definitely goes on my re-read list!

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Great book

I am very glad I decided on a whim to read this book. I couldn't stop listening to it. Classic crime novel and the narration was excellent.

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Worth a go

This was a great story with enough going on to keep you interested. Although found it a little long Narration fine. I did enjoy.

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Excellent Read

I loved this book. A great follow on from the D C Smith series. Can't wait to get straight into the 2nd one.

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Wonderfully thorough

Such a great example of detailed work. Very enjoyable for those of us sleuths. Looking forward to reading the next.

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Interesting from beginning to end

Love the narrator’s restful voice. I listen at night and pop off to sleep quickly. Takes me a week to listen all the way through as I have to keep re listening.

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