There are many reviews for Peter Grainger's DC Smith books - if you haven't read all these books (preferably in order) be nice to yourself and do so. Then find and read the books of Robert Partridge - not detective stories, but writing that will grip you: not an excessive word to be found, only thoughtful, carefully chosen language that credits you with the ability to appreciate it and leaves you hungry for more. Churned out they are not! Why am I telling you this? Because the writers are one and the same!
Havind read all previous books in the DC Smith series, I was unsure what to expect from Songbird. It did not disappoint, in fact it's one of my favourite books involving the Kings Lake team. While you can read this book in isolation, to truly get the most out of it, I would read the other books in the series too. 5 stars from me and now the long wait for the next book:)
Great follow on to the Smith series and SO glad to see many of the former characters again. Look forward to the continuation of this series, though I agree that it’s best to have read the previous series before this one. I particularly enjoyed the methodology in putting together the case, piece by piece, against the accused, though I did work out, quite quickly, what had happened with one suspect. I wondered why there was no star ranking before I wrote my review, even though 22 other reviews were shown, but am guessing it’s because they’re not from Australia.
As expected a great read, well written, detailed understanding of police procedures, well crafted three dimentional characters,a zsensitive portrayal of female senior officers. A slow paced but intentionally so, conclusionand setting the stage for more entertaini ng enlightening adventures ahead. Well done