DI Nick Dixon

8 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 1,068 ratings

As the Crow Flies 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.

©2015 Damien Boyd (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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  • Book 1

    • As the Crow Flies

    • By: Damien Boyd
    • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
    • Length: 4 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 267
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 215
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 214

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Average story, dreadful narration

    • By MRS FFION M WORTHINGTON on 17-11-17

    Regular price: £9.89

  • Book 2

    • Head in the Sand

    • By: Damien Boyd
    • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
    • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 158
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 119
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 119

    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
    • Nick Dixon has HIS head in the sand

    • By Andromeda's Twin on 19-04-15

    Regular price: £9.89

  • Book 3

    • Kickback

    • DI Nick Dixon, Book 3
    • By: Damien Boyd
    • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
    • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 138
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 108
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 110

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Narration is dreadful

    • By Sue on 14-06-18

    Regular price: £16.89

  • 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 142
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 118
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 117

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Dective series

    • By Mogie on 26-03-16

    Regular price: £16.89

  • 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 135
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 115
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 114

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Voices

    • By Maggie on 11-04-16

    Regular price: £9.89

  • Book 6

    • Death Sentence

    • DI Nick Dixon, Book 6
    • By: Damien Boyd
    • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
    • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 111
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 93
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 93

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Spoiled by the narration

    • By C.C on 30-10-17

    Regular price: £9.89

  • 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 81
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 71
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 70

    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
    • excellent

    • By Amazon Customer on 22-09-17

    Regular price: £17.09

  • 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 36
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30

    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.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Narration really awful

    • By M Gauntlett on 12-07-18

    Regular price: £16.09