• Missing Pieces

  • Kings Lake Investigation Series, Book 4
  • By: Peter Grainger
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (865 ratings)

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Missing Pieces

By: Peter Grainger
Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
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Publisher's Summary

As the first anniversary of the formation of the Kings Lake murder squad approaches, there is a problem—they've run out of murders. As a result, they are given the task of reviewing unsolved cold cases. One of these comes back to life in unexpected ways as the team try to discover the identity of the young woman whose body was found in the Norfolk countryside two decades ago. And even if they can give her a name, how can they possibly find her killer after so many years?

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Lovely and satisfying in every respect

Gildart Jackson’s voice could not be more suited to the tone of Peter Grainger’s writing - somber at times, playfully snarky at times, but always paced perfectly for the moment. For me it is about the characters even more than solving the mystery and this author is particularly skilled at creating a world of interesting, complicated people that I care about and want to follow along behind as they interact and go about their business. And it’s not just one or two.
I still miss Smith but every little reference in his particular voice made me smile. Thank you both for another winner.

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Hummmm

I have listened to every offering by Peter Grainger that Audible has; pre-ordered this one and am loathe to say, this one is my least favorite. I found the Make Work Case just not that interesting. The first half of the listen was boring and doesn't really get going until late in the book. Very little new character development is added, and for fans of DC, he is absent except for an occasional memory.

The whole offering felt like an editors mandate: Get It Done! Even Gildart Jackson seemed less engaged.

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We now begin the wait for the next book!!!

This combination of author and narrator is our favorite of all the hundreds of books we have listened to. You must begin at the beginning however. You must know DC Smith who, although not technically in this story, hovers nearby. Beautiful story, wonderfully narrated. I feel like these characters from Kings Lake Central and beyond are our friends.

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Enjoyable listening experience…

The Peter Grainger books are entertaining & contain beautifully written descriptions of the countryside that is the setting for this fine series.

Gildart Jackson, narrator, contributes strongly to this excellent Audible experience. His style & interpretation of the key characters combine with Grainger’s insightful & intelligent writing to put this into the top rating it deserves.

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I will try to patiently wait…

Each time one of these books ends, I feel as if a good friend has just left me to go in an extended voyage. I will try to wait patiently for the next book in the series.

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Amazing

Another amazing story. I love the way Mr. Grainger builds his characters. Please keep them coming

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Such a great series!

I’ve become quite attached to the officers at Kings Lake, and each story is better than the last. Gildart Jackson is absolutely phenomenal as the narrator for this series, and I hope there are many more to come!

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Twice heard

I listened twice. I felt a little disappointed with the first listening. A month or two later I listened again. This is a very well written ~ depth of character, beautiful descriptions of unfamiliar landscapes, a multilayered procedural, and a satisfying visit with some old friends. Both of Peter Grainger's Kings Lake series are excellent, and the pairing with narrator Gilbert Jackson is phenomenal.

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Great police procedural writing

I’ve read many of Grainger’s works. This one was one of my favorites. I miss DC Smith but Chris Waters has filled in nicely with all the surrounding characters. This story was touching. I was sad when it was over.
Narrator is perfect!

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Author and narrator perfectly matchef

I would listen to Gildart Jackson recite the legal code book in Swahili, but he is perfectly suited to speak for DI Smith and now DI Waters as they puzzle out murder cases and personal relationships. I cannot imagine any other voice that could capture their subtle wit and thoughtful take on life and death in the Norfolk countryside.

As for the book itself, it is another gem in Grsinger’s pantheon. DI Waters is a worthy successor to DI Smith, although Smith’s voice and influence are still heard. There seems to be a bit more room for the development of the rest of the charscters in the murder squad too.

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  • CM
  • 07-25-22

Love this series

Cold case this time and no DC Smith ,just echos Of him . I enjoyed this very much . The cold case was intriguing, hope he writes more of them . Maybe DC could come out of retirement and assist on the next one . Beautifully narrated by Gildart Jackson as always .

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-23-22

Always wonderful!!

The only thing I wish is that Peter Grainger could write these quicker and that Gildart Jackson would be available to perform them!!

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  • Carl
  • 05-18-22

I Guess it had to happen

I have read and enjoyed each of the DC Smith and Kings Lake books and even had the date marked in my diary for when this one was coming out. However, this book isn't really a patch on any of the others, long drawn out descriptions of the loving couple meeting her parents and many other fillers just go to almost exagerate the lack of real story behind this one. The other books have never needed to delve too deeply into the personal lives of the main characters because they were well thought out and planned. This one, not so much really.
I do hope that the race to get things finished will slow down a little before the next book, but then, as ever, it could just be me!

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  • leyannelovesblue
  • 05-16-22

Love these books.

I don’t really like writing reviews, as we all have such diverse opinions and one man’s wine is another man’s poison. I personally love Peter Grainger books so much. I’ve listened to every one of them, except the
one where D.I. Smith goes to Ireland….don’t really know why I don’t fancy that one🤷‍♀️ If you are after a detective book with blood, guts and gratuitous violence then this is not for you! The storyline in my opinion is quite like the tv series of Lewis, Morse, Frost, Vera. I hope that Peter is already writing another follow up, can’t wait. The narrator Gildart Jackson is a superb reader, he cannot be replaced!

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  • G
  • 05-14-22

missing pieces

Very good book, listened to it in1 day!! Hope there is a follow up book

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  • finnea
  • 05-20-22

Pleasurable--but nothing much happens

i am a fan of this series -- mainly for the wonderful DCI Cara Freeman (the books seem to orient around Sgt Waters but i find him a bit bland by comparison). The Kings Lake murder unit are an interesting team but they're running out of murders. Book 4 has them digging up a body to solve a cold case. The mystery itself is a bit of non event. i kept waiting for it to get going but the whole thing was a bit plodding with zero twists and turns. You'd have to say this is character-led rather than plot led but i feel like they need a more taxing case or the unit will be shut down for sure!