Listen free for 30 days

Listen with offer

  • Songbird

  • Kings Lake Investigation Series, Book 1
  • By: Peter Grainger
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (636 ratings)

$0.00 for first 30 days

Thousands of incredible audiobooks and podcasts to take wherever you go.
Immerse yourself in a world of storytelling with the Plus Catalogue - unlimited listening to thousands of select audiobooks, podcasts and Audible Originals.
£7.99/month after 30 days. Renews automatically. See here for eligibility.
Songbird cover art

Songbird

By: Peter Grainger
Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
Try for £0.00

£7.99/month after 30 days. Renews automatically.

Buy Now for £16.99

Buy Now for £16.99

Pay using card ending in
By completing your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and authorise Audible to charge your designated card or any other card on file. Please see our Privacy Notice, Cookies Notice and Interest-based Ads Notice.
activate_primeday_promo_in_buybox_DT

Listeners also enjoyed...

Lane cover art
A Long Time Dead cover art
The Cardiff Stadium Murder cover art
Silent Tide cover art
The Hope That Kills cover art
A Litter of Bones: A Scottish Crime Thriller cover art
The Dentist cover art
Detective Sebastian Clifford, Books 1-3 cover art
Broadland cover art
Detective Tom Janssen Hidden Norfolk, Books 1-3 cover art
Grimm Up North cover art
False Start cover art
Impurity cover art
Death on Cromer Beach cover art
Murderland cover art
The Murderer's Son cover art

Summary

"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

What listeners say about Songbird

Average customer ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    480
  • 4 Stars
    102
  • 3 Stars
    28
  • 2 Stars
    15
  • 1 Stars
    11
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    479
  • 4 Stars
    74
  • 3 Stars
    26
  • 2 Stars
    15
  • 1 Stars
    17
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    454
  • 4 Stars
    95
  • 3 Stars
    32
  • 2 Stars
    19
  • 1 Stars
    11

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Attention holding

Not too visceral. Nice touches of humour. Starts slowly but picks up pace. Will certainly read others by Peter Grainger.

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Excellent continuation of the series

I’m not entirely sure why this “episode” is classed as a new series, but to follow the DC Smith series, this is the next to listen to. Great to hear his old team at work in their new roles. Downloading the next one now!

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Very enjoyable

The characters are starting to feel like old friends now. Good plot (even though I'd worked out most of it early on) & the story has a good pace and lots of parts that make you smile or even laugh out loud.
Narrator is easy to listen to. All in all an excellent book choice.

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Too Good

I get a bit emotional when recommending the DC Smith books. I can't believe how well written and narrated they all are. I feel part of the family almost....invested. I want to work with them, live in the same village as them and be bonded to them.

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Wonderful story

There was a surprise for those who have read the earlier book. I enjoyed the narrator’s voice and characters.

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Love the characters

I have enjoyed all these DC books. They are a comfortable listen, gentle, but great plots that keep me hooked. I can see the characters and relationships onfolding, and where things take place. Sometimes I feel that's too slow ... but it's not, and works well in my opinion.

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

really enjoyed the story and tge characters

Wasn't sure when I started the book but enjoyed the development of the characters & the procedures followed to catch the murderer.

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Excellent listen

Good story, kept me glued to the headphones, well read I will be looking for his other books

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Superb

Another wonderfully satisfying listen. The story is excellent and narration spot on. It’s told sensitively and with humour. A book I didn’t want to end.

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

A Sensitive Inclusion of Downs Syndrome

I loved this book. The characters are so well defined and I found myself in Water's shoes from the very beginning. For a long time I was worried that DC was only going to be referred to as a character from the past, so it was wonderful when he made an appearance. Including such a well-researched story line involving a boy with Downs Syndrome was excellent, and I learned so much.

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

1 person found this helpful