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Publisher's Summary

The discovery of a severed head in a golf course bunker triggers a frantic race to find a serial killer that brings the town of Burnham-on-Sea to a standstill.

A connection is made with a series of unsolved murders harking back to the 1970s, and Detective Inspector Nick Dixon finds himself caught in a race against time that takes him the length and breadth of the country.

The brutal killing of an elderly man raises the stakes and, as he closes in, Dixon begins to question whether he is chasing one serial killer or two.

Head in the Sand is the second novel in the highly acclaimed DI Nick Dixon Crime Series.

©2015 Damien Boyd (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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One of the worst narrations

Ok, I've now read (actually listened to) the first two books in this series. I hope the narrator is a friend of the author otherwise a very poor choice was made as to who should read these books. I listen to hundreds of audiobooks each year and I feel sorry for authors whose works are ruined by a bad narrator. Damien Boyd is one of those authors.

On the other hand, narrators can only work with the words they're given. This series, at least so far, has no character development at all. We know little about Dixon or Jane. It's hard to develop a liking for characters with no depth. The only one I care about is the dog.

I read the second book only because I bought it before reading the first book. I don't plan on reading more.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Another great listen

Another great listen and good book by Damien Boyd. He keeps series light but intriguing and had enough twists to keep you from solving it too quickly. Looking forward to next book in series.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 05-09-16

Excellent crime story

Head in the Sand is Book 2 in the 5 novel Detective Inspector Nick Dixon series. The story is an interesting one of multiple decapitated heads of people found in golf course sand traps with the bodies found elsewhere. The problem is finding a linkage among the victims beyond that all worked in the medical field.

Napoleon Ryan's narration takes some time to become accustomed to. It's not because he is British (I've lived in the UK and am very accustomed to the various British accents). Ryan does different voices well, but he does tend to over perform a bit.

I look forward to listening to the final three books in this series.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Sometimes the Past Catches Up!

DI Dickson is at it again!

Following the trail of four beheadings, he steadfastly inspects the clues, asserts his authority and solves the question of who and why. Accompanied by a squad of helpers, the investigation is fast and thorough-bringing a misguided killer to justice. The human detritus of a single mistake has shock wave impact on the lives of those involved over three decades.

Listen as DI Dickson and his co-worker lover constable Jane, put the pieces together while exposing the shambles of a torn apart life.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Over the top, bad narration.

I am returning this book. The narrator is bad. The main character (Dixon) talks in a bedroom voice so low it is sometimes hard to hear. The women characters are all breathy, like Marilyn Monroe. The other males are over the top caricatures.

The bad narration makes a slow, story even worse. I don't care to listen to see what happens.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • joan
  • YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY, United States
  • 05-19-16

A really good police prodedural

Set in England this novel has all the elements of a ripping (!) good tale. It's not difficult to get around the British-isms and the narrator is first rate.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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This should be filed under "Comedy"

Get this book if you want a ridiculous, over-the-top wanna-be mystery. The narration is done in such a silly, smarmy voice - it's straight out of the Carroll Burnett Show. Picture an actor strutting around on a stage, tweaking a faker-than-fake mustache and impersonating Rhett Butler. Not that the writing itself merits any better - I don't now if this is supposed to be a modern-day story, but the manly man is stereotypically gruff and condescending. The women are bird-brained and fawning - over the manliness of the manly man. The storyline itself is to trite that you really don't need to listen to it to know what happens in the next scene - it follows every old trope from any cardboard, generic mystery - it's noir without the "noir." It's more "Neeehhhhhhh..." I only made it through *maybe* and hour, but I had to turn it off because I wasn't in the mood for a comedy.

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Bland and arrogant

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

If you enjoy man-splaining, and female cops asking "what now" through the book as if they don't have any knowledge. Zero humor nor charm.

How could the performance have been better?

Narrator was breath-y, think Christian Bale's Batman or David Caruso's CSI Miami, in all of the MCs dialogue. Many inappropriate awkard dramatic pauses, cue Caruso's dramatic putting on dark sunglasses or Capt Kirk

Any additional comments?

I do not recommend

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And the murderer is...

I really liked the narrator. Good plot! It kept me guessing for most of the story.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Head in the Sand

I love the progressive character development from story to story. They are enjoyable vignettes in Nick's life.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Andromeda's Twin
  • 04-19-15

Nick Dixon has HIS head in the sand

The story is so-so, engaging in some ways but oh so irritating in others, D.I. Nick Dixon is a diabetic, who, it seems, is so forgetful that he has 'diabetic episodes' whilst behind the wheel of his land rover and thinks nothing of hitting parked cars and driving off without reporting it (because he'd lose his job if it were discovered). He also seems to be very lucky in that his boss does not mind him carrying on an affair with a colleague which is not particularly realistic in the British Police Force.

Nick Dixon also appears to be somewhat of a genius in the detecting game, whilst all of his colleagues, his girlfriend included, appear to be simpletons. Jane, his D.C. girlfriend, comes across as rather dense as every time Nick raises a point she either repeats it or asks, what is that, what does that mean or, how did you think of that, often doing both.

The narration is an interesting mix of soothing voice, mispronunciation and female characters that all sound like the same simpering idiot. I have a real problem with this one, Mr Ryan has a good range of male voices, he is pleasant to listen to but his female voices all sound the sound.


In summation, I shall not be bothering with books 3 and 4, I have already read book 1 on my kindle and enjoyed it reasonably well but I'd hesitate to recommend this book, it does have an interesting story line but fails somewhat in the overall presentation and ends rather abruptly leaving you wondering if you've missed something.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Mr
  • 08-18-16

Dull

This book has the potential to be a page turner (figure of speech) but it's just dull.
There are a whole world of unnecessary details ... Explaining how you sign in to a home and that you wrote you registration really doesn't move the plot along.
And the performer/reader has a fairly flat voice - it feels like he's trying to make it sexy and husky but really it seems to lack emotion and again is just dull.
I wouldn't recommend any of this authors books!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Elaine
  • 03-31-16

Story enjoyable but narration a bit wooden

Enjoyed this relatively quick "listen". Story was good and kept attention but did struggle with the narration, which was quite wooden.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Dyane
  • 03-18-18

Didn't see that coming

Decent next installment in the DI Dixon series. The narrator is growing on me & storylines are well developed. Look forward to next book in series

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  • tim coles
  • 12-15-17

Head I in the sand

I enjoyed the book very much, look forward to reading more good by Damien Boyd

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  • Bridget
  • 11-11-17

Not one of the best I've heard!

Story not too bad , narration dreary sounded like he was reading a novel set in the 50's. Women police officers sound dreamy and some make characters too butch!

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  • Sonar
  • 10-14-17

Fantastic book

Brilliantly read. Fantastic novel. Cant wait to hear or read the next book in the series. The characters in the book come to life when read

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-01-17

not sure

Reasonable story but the narration was dire - especially the rdiculous breathy females. I'm not sure I even like the DI Daley character. I kept asking myself if a policeman would really do and say the things Damian Boyd has this guy doing.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-07-17

Head in the Sand

Found the narration of this book so boring and monotonous I could not get beyond chapter three

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  • annie bugiel
  • 07-15-17

Reader Napoleon Ryan

What didn’t you like about Napoleon Ryan’s performance?

Haven't read the print version but much enjoyed Damien Boyd's narrative, but found the reader (Napoleon Ryan) very difficult to listen to, particularly the female characters who all sounded like simpering Regency females.
Will nonetheless buy the next two books!

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  • Pamala Barnett
  • 09-28-17

Excellent crime series.

Brilliant! Interesting twists and turns to find the serial killer, only to realise almost too late who the true killer is.
Fantastic narration.

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  • peter
  • 02-26-17

Great Twist

enjoyed this one with a good twist to the story at the end. Well done

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-19-15

Getting better, nice fresh story lines from this author

Second book in series and Damien Boyd is getting better, he has fresh story lines although writing and editing could improve. Some of the voices were a bit ridiculous, but like a spoof at times.i would like to see DI Dixon develop more and hoping this will happen in future books . A good crime listen