Rock climbers can't afford to make careless mistakes. But Detective Inspector Nick Dixon's former climbing partner, Jake Fayter, died doing just that. Or so it seems. Dixon suspects foul play, but his only leads are unreliable accounts of something odd happening in Cheddar Gorge seconds before Jake fell.
The more Dixon learns about Jake's life, the more he realises that Jake hadn't been quite the man he remembered…and a lot of people could have wanted him dead. Once Dixon gets too close to the truth, those people will emerge from the shadows and kill to protect their secrets.
As the body count rises, Dixon bends the rules to breaking point to lure out a killer and unravel a conspiracy of silence that will rock the sleepy town of Burnham-on-Sea to its core.
As the Crow Flies is the electrifying first novel in the DI Nick Dixon Crime Series.
©2015 Damien Boyd (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
Jake Fayter falls to his death during a routine rock climbing accident. At least that is what the report reads. His parents disagree. So they turn to their son’s old friend, Detective Inspector Nick Dixon. Dixon was once Fayter’s climbing partner and has a hard time believing the report. He knows that there is no way that Jake made the mistake necessary to cause his death. So he begins to investigate. As he digs into his friend’s death he soon realizes that he is not going to like what he discovers.
As The Crow Flies is the first book featuring DI Nick Dixon. He is a quiet man who requested a transfer back to his home area instead of staying in London and working his way up the administrative ladder. Now he has a small place that needs furniture, a dog, and the peace and quiet of the countryside. Of course he also is on the trail of a team of burglars who keep breaking into the houses of the recently deceased. Now he has what appears to him to be the suspicious death of an old friend. Before it is over he will find himself dealing with a smuggling operation, drug dealers, and a killer who won’t go down easy. Boyd’s is an excellent stylist. He brings his characters to life and allows them to develop as the story goes on. The book is full of great characters who you feel you want to know better.
As I read this book I couldn’t help but think that this story and these characters are perfect for a BBC mystery series. This is the kind of detective drama that so many of us have come to know and love over the years. I read a lot of books. Usually over 150 per year. Some of the books are old friends, most are new. The majority of books that I have read I doubt that I will ever read again. Damian Boyd’s DI Nick Dixon novels fall into that rare category of books that I will definitely read and enjoy again and again over the years. I look forward to more in this series. I suggest that you order this book right now. It is the perfect book to take with you on summer holiday. It is also the perfect book to curl up with in your favorite reading chair. In other words, it is just a great book.
Reading with no hands!
DI Dickson is a transplanted city detective who heads for the country looking for a change of pace. What should bring a slower, more manageable work load proves anything but. Accompanied by a competent team still trying to decipher this mysterious colleague, and an affable pet named Monty, DI Dickson solves what I hope will be the first two of many cases. Sober, cerebral procedural that plays at just the right speed.
I enjoyed the story but the narrator was difficult to listen to. Napolean Ryan has a lovely deep masculine voice. That's the good news. However, when he has to do a woman's voice it is inevitably very short and breathy, as in a love scene. But this is how he reads the women's lines throughout the whole book! I laughed out loud at first and then it was ,WTF? Get some coaching on female voice and you could be fine. Aren't there editors for audio books? Who lets that kind of huge flaw pass????
great detective story. The narration was great as well. The author certainly knows about climbing.
There were a few reviewers who complained about this book being too much about rock climbing and I can certainly agree to that. During the prologue I was totally lost. So, unless you’re into rock climbing I’d skip this one. However, I will move on to the next. I liked Dixon and his team so I’ll see what the next book is about.
Overall, it was a nice story, surprised about Jake and really surprised at who the killer was.
There wasn’t anything romantic going on, unless you call Dixon asking Jane out romantic. There was swearing and the F-bomb was used 30 times.
As to the narration: Napoleon Ryan did a great job. The women sounded like women, and the men all sounded fantastic, and the emotions he read with were great too. I would definitely listen to him again.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
The Detective Inspector Nick Dixon series, this is Book 1, is 5 novels. The first novel is not rated highly, but each novel has higher ratings than the previous one. As the Crow Flies is really a good British detective story that I suspect is down rated because listeners are not accustomed to Napoleon Ryan's narration style. Ryan is certainly not a great narrator, but he is quite good especially with voices.
The novel is thoroughly English set in England with an English author and an English narrator. The story is about an experienced rock/cliff climber who falls to his death when his rope is apparently untied. Is it an accident or murder? An accident seems very unlikely. Nick Dixon solves the case.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
I agree with another listener that this would make a great BBC mini series . . . DI Nick Dixson is investigating the death of his former rock climbing partner, Jake Fayter . . . Did Jake really accidentally fall to his death, when he was a skilled climber? DI Dixson grows on you . . . his quiet manner, his relentless detective work . . . even his bare apartment and his dog, Monty, who trails around with him nearly everywhere . . . very interesting plot and excellent resolution . . .
The falsetto this narrator uses for female voices is downright disturbing. The story was okay, if a bit predictable. Don't think I'll be carrying on with the series, however.
"This Crow Flies Pretty Well"
Yes, I would. It's a good read, entertaining and pulls you in.
There isn't one. Yet.
If I bought the book.
Can't think of one.
Other reviewers mention the female voice sounding odd or breathy. To me this voice sounds audibly created and then added in at the appropriate places. If it is the male narrator's voice re-engineered to sound female, it would've sounded better if a female narrator was used to voice the parts. But that would probably have made the book more expensive.
Also, the male narrator's voice did sound a bit re-engineered too at times.
Otherwise, the story made the narration worth putting up with.
"Couldn't listen to this for long"
Narration unfortunately grated on me after just a few minutes, and found it impossible to continue .
I quite liked the story and setting but i won't be ordering anymore in this series as the narration is awful. All of the characterisations are unnatural - no one speaks like this especially the women. The female police officer is ridiculous - in fact all the women are. I can't listen to this.
"Good Story but"
A good story that was ruined by the terrible narration so I would hesitate to get anymore in this series.
"Nearly gave up because of the narration."
Could be an interesting series but I found the story a little light and the accents of the narrator bordering on ridiculous in parts.
"engaging and entertaining. "
fine for a bit of light entertainment. narration fine too. not a book I ll remember but perfectly entertaining and decent value at £3.
"Interesting and Easy Listening"
I wasn't sure what to expect of this novel. I'm mostly a Stephen Leather fan. This is nothing like him. More Inspector Morse... Very easy listening, no thrills and spills, just a straight forward murder mystery.
You may suspect the villain relatively early on, but for a completely different reason - I certainly did! As this series is part of the Kindle Unlimited package, I intend to listen to more stories. Quite a relaxing listen.
"Napoleon Ryan spoilt it for me"
Story was reasonable but the narrator with the unusual name of Napoleon just grated on my nerves. Whilst his different voices for make characters were just bearable when he put on high silly voices for the women characters it just sounded awful and made the women sound like dumb blonds
Sorry but I'm glad it was only 4 hours long I could not have stood it much longer
loved this 1st book of damien boyd looking forward to the next very short though
"A cheap book and it shows."
A cheapie offer that frankly wasn't worth it. Poor story and substandard audio recording. The narrator tried hard but couldn't rescue it.
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