14th May 2020. 4 stars.
It’s always interesting to try a new series and meet new characters and settings. I was drawn to this story by the volume of positive reviews and the opening with a mountaineering accident, which was something different and fresh.
I hadn’t read anything by Damien Boyd before, but his easy going, direct style moved the story along at a brisk pace. The central character, DI Nick Dixon, hit the ground running as he returned to his old stomping ground to discover his friend and former mountaineering partner, Jake, had fallen to his death on a climb.
It’s fairly obvious that Dixon won’t accept the fall was an accident and the story follows a fairly predictable route as he discovers his old friend had a few dark secrets and enemies who might want to harm him. But it’s well written, the characters are believable and engaging, and there’s neat twist at the end.
As the Crow Flies is a solid and exciting introduction to DI Nick Dixon and offers plenty of potential for future books. As a regular visitor to Somerset and Cheddar Gorge, I particularly enjoyed the settings, and viewing them through the author’s eyes.
I have no hesitation in recommending this book and look forward to reading more of the series.
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.