DI Nick Dixon

9 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 2,322 ratings

As the Crow Flies Publisher's Summary

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.

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  • Book 1

    • As the Crow Flies

    • By: Damien Boyd
    • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
    • Length: 4 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 1,086
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 962
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 955

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful New Detective Series

    • By David I. Williams on 06-03-15

    Regular price: $10.49

  • Book 2

    • Head in the Sand

    • By: Damien Boyd
    • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
    • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 344
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 303
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 301

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • One of the worst narrations

    • By Maine Knitter on 12-15-17

    Regular price: $10.49

  • Book 3

    • Kickback

    • DI Nick Dixon, Book 3
    • By: Damien Boyd
    • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
    • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 192
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 170
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 169

    A trainee jockey has been kicked to death by an aggressive stallion at the local stables. Deemed an accidental death, the case is closed. But when the jockey's brother returns from active service, he sparks an armed siege, demanding the investigation be re-opened and the truth uncovered. Still recovering from the physical and mental scars of his last case, Detective Inspector Nick Dixon is dragged deep into a murky world of betting scams and murder, where people will do anything to keep their secrets.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Racing, Roadies & Ruin Abound!

    • By MobileMinx on 04-24-15

    Regular price: $17.99

  • Book 4

    • Swansong

    • DI Nick Dixon, Book 4
    • By: Damien Boyd
    • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
    • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 219
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 192
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 189

    Isobel Swan, a sixth form student, has been murdered. First, her ring finger is severed, then her throat is cut. With the investigation going nowhere fast, Detective Inspector Nick Dixon is sent undercover as a trainee teacher into Isobel's boarding school.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Well-written and narrated. Preposterous plot.

    • By MidwestGeek on 11-27-15

    Regular price: $17.99

  • Book 5

    • Dead Level

    • DI Nick Dixon, Book 5
    • By: Damien Boyd
    • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
    • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 172
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 155
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 154

    In the early hours of Christmas Eve, the wife of parliamentary candidate Tom Perry is brutally murdered in an apparent burglary gone wrong. With the by-election campaign about to start in earnest and the festive season in full swing, torrential rain brings with it flood warnings on the Somerset Levels.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Overall a super series..

    • By Trish R. on 09-22-16

    Regular price: $10.49

  • Book 6

    • Death Sentence

    • DI Nick Dixon, Book 6
    • By: Damien Boyd
    • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
    • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 131
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 114
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 111

    The body of an elderly man is found in an abandoned World War Two pillbox beside the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal. With no obvious motive and no credible suspect, DI Nick Dixon starts digging into the victim's past. The more he digs, the deeper Dixon is drawn into a case that takes him from the cave systems beneath rural Somerset to the heart of government, and threatens to expose a military cover-up at the highest level.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • This series deserves a wider audience

    • By Wayne on 10-12-16

    Regular price: $10.49

  • Book 7

    • Heads or Tails

    • The DI Nick Dixon Crime Series, Book 7
    • By: Damien Boyd
    • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
    • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 75
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 68

    A man has been mutilated and left to drown on the incoming tide, handcuffed in his van. With the murder bearing a striking resemblance to a string of sadistic killings carried out with surgical precision in 1990s gangland Manchester, it can mean only one thing: the killer is back. Transferred to the Major Investigation Team, DI Nick Dixon is assigned a new partner and sent to Manchester. Meanwhile, the gruesome murders in Somerset continue.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another excellent DI Nick Dixon suspense mystery!

    • By Wayne on 10-09-17

    Regular price: $18.19

  • Book 8

    • Dead Lock

    • A DI Nick Dixon Novel
    • By: Damien Boyd
    • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
    • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 75
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 63

    Early on a cold Somerset morning, 10-year-old Alesha Daniels is reported missing by her father, a violent alcoholic. Her mother, a known drug addict, is found unconscious, but it’s her mother’s boyfriend the police are keen to trace. As the hunt for Alesha gathers pace, a second local girl is taken, plunging another family into the depths of despair. Cutting short his holiday, DI Nick Dixon races home to join the Major Investigation Team, but no sooner has he identified a network of local suspects than they begin to show up dead.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent as usual!

    • By Wayne on 06-12-18

    Regular price: $17.49

  • Book 9

    • Beyond the Point

    • DI Nick Dixon Crime, Book 9
    • By: Damien Boyd
    • Narrated by: Simon Mattacks
    • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25

    DI Nick Dixon is on the hunt for a vicious serial killer, following a trail of fingerprints and DNA across west Somerset. When the body of a young woman is found on the building site of a nuclear power station, work grinds to a halt. The body bears all the hallmarks of yet another random murder at the hands of the escaped killer. Then Dixon finds a motive. Fighting for his place on the Major Investigation Team, he soon uncovers a family’s desperate search for the truth, exposing a web of corruption and death that will shake the billion-pound construction project to its foundations.

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