• Deadly Games

  • A Cavendish & Walker Novel
  • By: Sally Rigby
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (1,449 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A killer is playing cat and mouse...and winning.

DCI Whitney Walker’s in trouble. She’s threatened with demotion if she screws up another case. So, when a killer starts murdering female students, it’s a chance to redeem herself. 

Forensic psychologist, Dr. Georgina Cavendish, has spent her life inside the university walls, but when one of her students is murdered, she steps out from behind the text books and puts her skills to the test. 

The two headstrong women join forces to stop the killer. But sparks fly when real world policing meets academic theory, and it’s not a pretty sight. 

Deadly Games is the first book in the Cavendish & Walker crime fiction series. If you like serial killer mysteries and psychological intrigue, then you’ll love Sally Rigby’s thrilling listen performed by award-winning narrator Clare Corbett. 

Includes a special bonus note from the author.

©2019 Sally Rigby (P)2019 Podium Publishing

Critic Reviews

"Narrator Clare Corbett flawlessly creates the accents and setting of Lenchester, England, while introducing Detective Chief Inspector Whitney Walker and her polar opposite, psychologist Georgina Cavendish.... Corbett's best creation is pathologist Clare Dexter whose eccentricities add a bit of levity. The well-rendered step-by-step procedural, with its gripping conclusion, makes for an exceptional listen." (AudioFile Magazine, review of Cavendish & Walker)

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Brit crime addict

an admitted binge-watcher of British crime police procedurals - this series hit the spot left by a lack of fresh series on Prime and Netflix. Really enjoyed Clare Corbett's performance. Can't wait for more!

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Deadly Games was great!

Well written and narrated. Fantastic story. Highly recommend. If you not listened to an Audible this is a great one to begin with. Enjoy!

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Really Fun! Have a Listen!

I wasn’t expecting a lot but I was wrong. Such a good story and Clare Corbett does a brilliant job.

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Murder became personal

DEADLY GAMES. By Sally Rigby....# 2
Life for George has been within the halls of the university. Even to her now live in boyfriend hasn’t been to happy taking second place with new students coming in this year, A murder becomes personal for George when she knows the student. DCI Whitney messed up the last case, could she redeem herself, she had to . Her superintendent was giving her once more chance when she was called to the university. It becomes personal for Whitney when her daughter Tiffany is involved. Together they work to figure out about the twisted mind that the killer has of killing students.
First I have read by the author, like the flow, and the woman characters. Showed their flaws and what was motivating them.
Narration by Claire Corbett was superb and added to the story

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Deadly Games

Excellent book!!! Highly recommended! Great author!! Nice Narration Very suspenseful full of twists and turns!!

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It’s about time!


First of all I was so excited when I found out walker and cabinet this we’re going to be on Audible. I love this Siri’s that Sally Rigby has put together so intelligently. Deadly games is intriguing and one you will not be able to put down. I forgot all about how cantankerous it was between Whitney Walker and George Gina Cavendish. This is a great book a great thriller and one any mystery fan would love.

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Bad plot and annoying characters

Very disappointing. I got the feeling that the author watched a movie about one serial killer once and then decided she'll write this book. I am sure that there was absolutely no research about police work, academic work and forensic psychology. Two main characters are incredibly annoyong and stereotypical. And the reader is annoying too. Not sure that I'll be finishing this one.

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DCI Walker makes me grind my teeth

I have very little tolerance for a main character who has no self awareness. When that is inevitably combined with an enormous chi- on-the-shoulder, I'm done. I found DCI Walker annoying, boring, and predictable. The rest of the characters were 2 dimensional also. I gave up after about an hour. Just not for me.

I also found the narrator to breathless and grating at the same time. Thank goodness for Audible's returns policy.

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Ok - spoiler alert

This was a well written and wonderfully performed but, knew who the killers were as soon as they were introduced.

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Something missing

It is all just okay. The stories are straight-forward simple police procedurals. The author doesn't make us care about the characters. I read the first three (because I listen while I work) and was disappointed with each of them. After all three, I still don't care about the characters. If they hadn't been included in the Plus Catalog, I would have only read the first one and returned it.

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  • Sam Taylor
  • 12-01-19

Absolutely loved it so much so I emailed the author!

Wow fantastic story! In depth descriptions of the main characters but not too much too bore you.
It kept me wanting to listen / turn the pages.
Not too much gore (although I love the forensic details of autopsy etc) but I know for some it can be off putting. This won’t scare anyone!

I knew there were more in the series so I was ready to download another one before I’d even finished this. Low and behold none on Audible - I was horrified and started plotting to email my friend in Barbados to log into her USA Audible and get her to send it to me .... distressed to find none are on Audible. So while my son slept I emailed the Author and begged her to get Claire Corbett to speed read the rest!!! Ha ha I kid you not!!

Absolutely amazed and shocked Sally replied within 90 minutes! How super cool is she? 😎

Fans - Claire C is narrating as we speak and book 2 will be out in Jan 2020. Phew! Panic over 😊

Ps in case you hadn’t realise the gorgeous voices of Claire Corbett make this book come to life and the characters of Whitney & George shine.

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  • Mr B Roberts
  • 08-09-21

Not believable

Poorly drawn characters that seemed like caricatures and clunky plot. All of the adult characters had quite childlike responses to every situation, and I didn't believe the realism of police procedure being portrayed. Throw in a lot of random swearing also to make the book for adults rather than young adults. Quite disappointing, didn't live up to expectations.

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  • Chris
  • 05-09-20

A great start to the series.

Right from the start a very engaging story showing the coming together of cavendish and Walker. Clare, the pathologist, was an absolute delight. No plot spoilers.

Very well read by Clare Corbett - well paced and with great clarity.

Five star story and narration.

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  • Jane Brookbanks
  • 12-10-19

Great listen

Story held my interest from 1st to last word.
Brilliant narration by Clare Corbett as always.

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  • Louis Lillywhite
  • 10-20-21

Not aimed at adults in my opinion

You can tell the author used to write fiction for young adults, this book doesn't quite cross the category into adult fiction. Condescending writing, obvious plot, transparent ending. Not for I'm afraid, although I think 14 year old me would have liked it

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  • Birgit
  • 10-13-21

Truly awful

This almost sounds like it was written by an undergraduate. Characters are cliched and totally fake - the murderer laughable. This is just written-to-formula rubbish with not a hint of understanding, research, imagination, or originality. Glad it was free - not finishable.

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  • Sally
  • 08-08-21

new author for me

I hadn't heard of Sally Rigby before, but as this book was a free one I thought that I would give her a try. I am very glad that I did. I am hooked on the characters and I do like Clare Corbett. if you like police crime stories you should like this one. even worth a credit!!

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  • Annette
  • 03-18-22

Below mediocre

The crimes are titillating, the plot predictable, the relationships superficial, the characterizations shallow and puerile. Utterly below par.

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  • Lucy
  • 11-18-21

Great detective

I enjoyed this detective. It's a bout a serial killer. The chracters are great and show character growth. I like how George and Whitney become friends during the story. I did guess the killer and some other aspects. Despite that I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to the next book. The audiobook was great. I liked the voices the narrator did. The pacing was just right. It was enjoyable to listen to.

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  • sunflower
  • 11-03-21

Enjoyable story

Loved the narrator who is perfect for audible in my opinion. I thoroughly enjoyed this plot which was very engaging and I look forward to listening to the rest of the series to see how the main characters and plot lines develop. This is the first book in the series.

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  • finnea
  • 11-05-21

2d characters, simple plot, fun in Famous 5 way

This was more fun than it should be. Two, fairly irritating, 2-dimensional characters - one with a ludicrous posh accent. the other a DCI who seems incapable of joining the dots or picking up on clues that are telegraphed a mile off.
Not only is it obvious how the story will play out but it's hard to appreciate how Walker can be so dense.

Somehow, the characters grew on me, even though they remain shallow and humourless. And whilst the ending was no surprise i enjoyed listening. The ridiculously posh narration, combined with the somewhat childlike dialogue, created the vibe of a Famous 5 book. More cosy crime than grown-up fiction but definitely okay for free!

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  • Jessica Cole
  • 06-08-20

Addictive Crime Series

I enjoy this genre. This book listens like it will deliver a solid series with characters that can be followed and enjoyed. I am involved with the main parties already and look forward to hearing how they evolve. Enjoyable and engaging narration makes every character come to life. Really happy with this one.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-06-22

Great read

What a fabulous book , loves the growth in the relationships of the characters, easy to listen to and will definitely be reading more of this author

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  • Grahame
  • 03-17-22

unexpected, thought provoking and powerful.

I started to listen to this free book and before completing chapter one, I saw the latest book in a series I have been reading for years was released. I thought great I can listen to it during my 2 hour drive to attend a conference. much to my surprise when I set off I wanted to listen to Deadly Games instead. I could relate to both characters, in particular Dr George. their verbal exchanges made me nod and laugh. I seriously recommend this book, great story line, great primary characters and the intensity and urgency just kept growing.
well done and thankyou, I am now going to search for book 2...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-17-22

Not bad

Not a bad crime story, nice character development however I picked the ending in the first couple of chapters which was disappointing. Was way too obvious in my opinion. Narrator is great!

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  • Tezza
  • 03-02-22

Nice easy read

It seems that I now have another author to collect. I'll check for book two immediately. The narrator was a perfect match for this book so hope they don't change her.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-13-22

a goodie

I enjoyed the narration, good plot , good pacy listen. I will follow the series.

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  • ILoveReading
  • 02-10-22

Enjoyable and entertaining

Entertaining whodunit that kept you guessing. Enjoyed the interaction between the female leads. Will keep reading this series.

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  • Blossominoz
  • 01-18-22

Interesting introduction

This is the first book in the series. I liked how the women met and formed a relationship. The story was interesting but not gripping. I am interested in how the partnership develops. The narrator is easy to listen to.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-17-21

Good story

I enjoyed this story. kept thinking I had listened to this before. I had still enjoyable