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Rock climbing is now a blood sport...Detective Inspector Nick Dixon's former climbing partner, Jake Fayter, is dead. Killed in a fall whilst practising a new route on High Rock, Cheddar Gorge. Convinced that Jake would not have made such a simple mistake, Nick Dixon starts digging and uncovers a web of intrigue and criminal activity that will rock the sleepy seaside town oRock climbing is now a blood sport...Detective Inspector Nick Dixon's former climbing partner, Jake Fayter, is dead. Killed in a fall whilst practising a new route on High Rock, Cheddar Gorge. Convinced that Jake would not have made such a simple mistake, Nick Dixon starts digging and uncovers a web of intrigue and criminal activity that will rock the sleepy seaside town of Burnham-on-Sea to its core.As the body count rises, Dixon is forced to break every rule in the book and put his own life on the line to bring the killer out into the open.A fast paced British crime thriller that will leave you gasping for breath, As The Crow Flies is a spine tingling introduction for DI Nick Dixon and a spectacular debut novel from crime fiction writer, Damien Boyd....

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As the Crow Flies Reviews

  • Marita
    2019-01-24 23:17

    Meet Dixon and Monty. And Jane. That is Inspector Dixon, a qualified solicitor who chose a career in the police force, and his Staffordshire terrier Monty. Dixon is smart, pragmatic and has good leadership qualities. Monty goes along for the ride. Jane is a bright young colleague with enthusiasm to spare.How awful to discover that a friend, once a mountaineering partner, had died during one of his climbs. And in the capacity of friend, mountaineer and cop, Dixon is roped in by the bereaved parents to find answers. Perhaps there are occasions when it is better to be ignorant of the truth or the facts. Perhaps this is one of them.This is quite a nice debut novel with interesting and likeable characters and I read it in a single evening. I guessed the identity of the main criminal fairly early on and some ends in the plot were left untied, but it did not detract from my enjoyment in reading this novel. I'll be happy to read more books in this series which probably, hopefully, improves and develops.

  • Nancy Steinle gummel
    2019-02-05 17:37

    As the Crow Flies (DI Nick Dixon #1) by. Damien Boyd is a first reads win and I'm giving my honest opinion. Inspector Dixon was good friends with Jake Flatey - was it an accident or murder that led to his death? Meanwhile, the station is investigating a series of burglaries in homes where the owners recently passed away. The only thing missing is personal papers, birth certificates, driver's licenses, death notices, things used for identity theft. Jake's father calls Nick Dixon to tell him of Jake's death and if he could look into it. Dixon discovers Jake was selling drugs and a young girl died ; and Jake was stealing peregrine falcon eggs. illegal worth 10,000 pounds per egg in Dubai. Jake's new climbing partner was the contact with the Arabs over the eggs. Dixon finds an other couple who were climbing. They saw the accident and thought they saw someone running through the trees. Was it an accident or murder? Read for yourself to discover the truth.

  • Olga Kowalska (WielkiBuk)
    2019-01-22 23:14

    Seria o komisarzu Nicku Dixonie rozpoczyna się nader obiecująco i z pewnością miłośnicy powieści kryminalnych odnajdą w „W linii prostej” coś dla siebie. Co prawda element wspinaczkowy może z początku sprawiać niemałe trudności – nie przez przypadek autor dodał słowniczek na końcu książki – jednak interesująca zbrodnia rekompensuje jakiekolwiek bolączki niewiedzy. Co więcej, głównego bohatera nie sposób nie polubić, a okolica, w której przyszło mu pracować tylko nadaje całości pięknej, a jednocześnie złowróżbnej atmosfery. Odnajdziemy tu klimat brytyjskiej prowincji, malowniczej nadmorskiej okolicy, ale także tajemnic, które ukrywają się na każdym kroku. Damien Boyd umiejętnie łączy kolejne wątki, podrzuca fałszywe tropy, sprowadza czytelnika na manowce. A to w kryminale jest przecież najistotniejsze.Dla fanów gatunku jak znalazł.

  • AngryGreyCat
    2019-01-25 17:09

    As the Crow Flies is the selection for the Kindle English Mystery Club on Goodreads for the month of April. This is the first book in which we meet DI Dixon. DI Dixon has relocated from a more prestigious posting to a small outpost, much to the dismay of his family and the confusion of his new colleagues. DI Dixon is a former rock climber and rock climbing is the back drop for this thriller.Dixon is called to investigate a death of a former rock climbing partner, Jake, by Jake’s parents. The opening scene of the book is actually Jake’s death in a tremendous fall. The first few paragraphs worried me a little because of all the climbing jargon. I wondered if I would be able to read it, but it was pretty easy to catch on to and the pace of the book swept me along.The mystery takes a few twists and turns and several probable theories of the crime are put forth. Dixon is an intelligent sleuth, who manages to be smarter than most of those around him but does not come across as arrogant about it. As a reader, I can understand his family’s dismay at his apparently throwing away his shot at a more promising career for life in “the slow lane”. On the way to solving the main mystery, Jake’s death, there are other cases that may or may not be connected and that Dixon tackles proving his worth as a sleuth.Very fast paced mystery making for a quick read. It definitely kept me turning the pages. My only critique is that the book is too short, I got to the end too quickly. However, better a little short than stuffed with unneeded filler.

  • Tori Clare
    2019-02-18 23:28

    This is the tale of a climber, but it has no real climax. In truth, it was a yawn.Completely average, in my view. How generic crime books like this make it to the top of the charts and net a lot of five-star reviews is beyond me. Nothing in there at all to get my pulse racing or to pull me in emotionally. A climber falls off a rock face and plummets to his death. Was it an accident or an act of murder? I neither knew nor cared to be honest, but DI Nick Dixon takes all book to answer that question. There was a so-called twist at the end. I wouldn't describe it as such at all. It was weak. Here's the real question: was a bloke coming off a rock a strong enough premise for a thriller? I didn't think so. Because I read the book on holiday round the pool, I persevered to the end. At home, I'd have ditched it as a dull read. Poor character development in my opinion. Not an exciting ending even. Fortunately, like the climber's death, it was over with quite quickly. There was the hint of a love interest which went nowhere. I'm sure Damien Boyd is saving that for subsequent books, but he's lost me at the first hurdle. A man's book really. Nothing in there to entertain me at all. I couldn't tell you what Nick Dixon looked like. If Boyd described him it escaped my attention. I'll have forgotten the entire plot by tomorrow.

  • Denniger Bolton
    2019-02-18 21:30

    Okay, I’m now a Damien Boyd fan. I wasn't really sure what to expect with Damien’s book “As the Crow Flies.” I knew I loved the cover depicting crows flying about an early morning or late evening sky, with a rock climber cantilevered obviously very high up from the edge of a rock. I believe I've dreamt of that rock, and it wasn't a good dream either.It didn't take long for me to “get into” the fast paced page turning story of a police investigator who is investigating the death, by falling, naturally, off that rock, of his old rock climbing partner. Nick, the cop, is investigating Jake’s (the fallen climber’s) accidental death where his rope came undone on a dangerous section of the climb. Seems the knot holding the chap to the wall had come loose. Bummer. Nick is not buying the accidental theory. Says the inspector: “It’s not a mistake Jake would make… We've always used to use a reef knot with a half hitch either side.”It’s a beautiful but serious police procedural story in the British style that Damien is offering us, and one I will keep recommending every chance I get. It’s not to be missed so I’m giving it the highest marks possible. Denniger

  • Vicii
    2019-02-09 16:07

    This was only a short book, 200 pages compared to the much longer ones that I have been reading recently but this was a conscious decision to get through some of the books on my "reading" list.Being so short it was obvious that the story was going to get straight to the point and not digress. There was a build up to the story but this was quite concise.Overall I enjoyed the book and it was a really quick read. Perfect if that's what you want but with the lack of pages, there wasn't the character build up and "world build" that I am used to. Perhaps this is just because I have been reading a lot of fantasy recently.

  • Victor *we were on a break!*
    2019-02-02 22:28

    Experienced climber falls to his death due to a rookie mistake and the parents ask Detective Inspector Nick Dixon, a friend of the victim who is an ex-climber to keep an eye on the investigation so that no stone is left unturned. The officer investigating the accident is made to look like an idiot, bumbling his way through and opening the door for Nick to insert himself into the investigation.A lot of technical jargon kept knocking me out of the story. I kept looking for footnotes or anything that would help decipher what I was reading, but I was left wanting. Was I really expected to know this or to research this while in the middle of a story? Apparently. I did what any reasonable reader would do, I ignored it. Climbers would probably find this riveting and breeze through this stuff.Other than the climber-speak that went unexplained the only other thing that was memorable was the fact that Peregrine falcons made an appearance in this story. "Um, why is that memorable Vic?" Glad you asked. This book came on the heels of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. That's pretty much what I remember off the top of my head. Onto my notes...There was a point that it started to get good but didn't quite make it. I won't mention the page so you don't expect it if you decide to read this.As far as the mystery, there really wasn't one. I guessed who the villain was early on. This is an easy read. Not very layered with sub-plots but what do you expect from 178 pages? You can easily read this in one sitting. Flows easily and dialogue that makes sense.I might give the series another shot with book #2. We'll see.

  • Richard
    2019-02-12 22:21

    This is an excellent debut novel with a credible investigation team led up by DI Nick Dixon.It is the best tension packed climbing scenes since The Eiger Sanction and a real crime mystery that has a few twists and belays before the "murder" is solved.Great locations and passionate writing from an author who has realised his dream of putting his ideas in book form. I think it has enough promise to invest in other books already produced in this series. I liked the no nonsense investigation, the clarity of the story line and the brief insight into the world of climbing. I appreciated the relationships explored through grief, loss and betrayal of our impression of friends, family and colleagues.I loved the potential back stories to mine in future novels and I thought the passages with Monty were excellent and refreshing to allow processing of the more detailed plot driven text.A book worth reading and author worthy of your attention and time.

  • Joan
    2019-02-06 23:33

    So close to four stars but there were a few niggles that made me hesitate. I couldn't get a 'grip' on Dixon, he never came 'alive' in my mind, (I couldn't work out how old he was for example). One or two moments didn't ring true, (like keeping his only suit packed in a suitcase for two months) but the actual plot was intriguing. I know nothing about rock climbing and there were a lot of technical details but not so overly technical that I lost interest. The ending was totally unexpected and yet believable and in some ways, very satisfying.Oh dammit. My conscience is nagging me! Four stars then. after all, it's a book I will re-read and enjoy a second time. I will also definitely get more of this series. ;)

  • Woofas
    2019-02-03 19:16

    A reasonable non-taxing read. My only criticism was the author's need to flaunt his knowledge of rock climbing terms to point of sheer frustration. Once that was out of the way, I quite enjoyed the book although the final explanation did not really ring true.

  • Jillian
    2019-02-04 16:23

    I admit this took me by surprise. I expected a geographically interesting mystery and got a ripping good yarn with a great geographic context. I liked the English rock- climbing setting and the unravelling of the mystery. Detective Dixon is smart, polite, reasoned and strong - with a dash of instinct. The writing is engaging and competent, driving the story along smoothly while laying hooks for the future. A series to follow - wahoo!

  • Nick Davies
    2019-02-10 17:15

    This was recommended to me by a friend who likes action thrillers a little more than I tend to, but it is essentially an interesting police procedural set in the South West of England, with the slightly unusual focus-point of rock climbing.It was quite an enjoyable short read, a good pace, a couple of interesting characters and a clever plot.. and for a first novel it certainly showed the author's got plenty of promise. For me though I was left slightly frustrated by the shortness of the novel (160 pages) and the sense that we were skimming the surface of things a little - as if there was enough there to develop into a book twice the length had the tale proceeded a bit more slowly with a greater attention to description of the characters, situation and surroundings.As it was, I felt that I had read half a story, and a story which never had the chance to fully develop to its potential.

  • Phillip III
    2019-01-27 22:10

    I purchased a copy of Damien Boyd’s, As the Crow Flies, during a promotion. I had not heard of the author, yet the premise seemed intriguing and unique enough that I wanted to give the novel a try.Detective Inspector Nick Dixon’s former climbing partner, Jake Fayter, is dead. Killed in a fall whilst practicing a new route on High Rock, Cheddar Gorge. Convinced that Jake would not have made suchOptimized-CrowFlies2f a simple mistake, Nick Dixon starts digging and uncovers a web of intrigue and criminal activity that will rock the sleepy seaside town of Burnham-on-Sea to its core.Dixon is a great character. If you visit the author’s website, you can read all about him. However, if you read the book, you will learn a lot of the details on your own. I am used to reading detective and legal thrillers where the main character is on his/her last leg. Down and washed out. One chance to make it work. One last chance to turn the tides in their favor. I appreciate those tales. It’s a rooting for the guy down on his luck thing. However, they do grow tiring. Dixon is a breath of fresh air. He’s not a drunk, nor is he feeble. He does not owe loan sharks money, nor is he about to lose everything he owns.Dixon has a dog (Monty), is in his 30′s, and was once an avid rock climber. He’s a detective that is good at his job, and seems to enjoy the responsibility of putting together pieces to solve a puzzle. In short, he is truly a likeable character that readers can care about, and root for.When Fayter is killed, Dixon can’t just let the incident be brushed aside and ruled as an unfortunate accident. Loose ropes is a rookie mistake. Fayter was no rookie at rock climbing. Promising the family he would look into it, Dixon slowly uncovers truths that indicate Fayter was not squeaky clean. Mixed damienboyd-4up in dealing drugs and other illegal activities, Dixon soon realizes that there are many motives for wanting Fayter dead . . . the problem is, who is behind the multiple motives? In charge of a team of detectives, Dixon puts together a plan to flesh out suspects. The clues accumulate. And the twist at the end (that I NEVER saw coming) . . . will leave readers speechless. Jaws open-saliva dripping-speechless.Boyd‘s writing is just shy of gritty noir. There is a poetry to his prose. It is not overdone, and flowery. It is, however, smooth and leading. I enjoyed the book. Very much. I read it quick. And as soon as I can, I will be sure to download more of Boyd‘s work. I am now a fan!Phillip TomassoAuthor of over 13

  • Jool
    2019-01-28 19:10

    A good mystery set in the UK. This is based on a rock climber's death, and if you are into rock climbing you will really enjoy this book as it focuses on the art of rock climbing.

  • Audrey
    2019-02-20 23:31

    Well, at least it's only 150 pages. Written by a former solicitor turned crown prosecutor, our protagonist Nick Dixon is a former solicitor turned cop, and he's awesome at both. He's fast-tracked up the police ranks and can insist on transferring wherever he likes. He's naturally awesome at climbing, watching movies, and being singularly unpleasant to his coworkers and acquaintances. He has one friend, who dies, so that Dixon has something to do in his off-hours. So that we know Dixon has a softer side, he adopts an 8-month-old Staffordshire terrier, a dog who can mysteriously be left alone all day with no wee breaks and, when Dixon needs to brood (spoiler: that's often, as being a dick to everyone takes its toll) said puppy has no problem skipping a walk or playtime and just lying quietly at Dixon's side. In one instance during summer the puppy is fine being locked in the car for hours at a time. Sadly, the same cannot be said for Dixon, although I would be willing to see him locked in the trunk of a car for hours at a time.The writing is pedestrian, notable mainly for the least suspenseful burglary raid in the history of burglary raids, and the dialogue is DOA. It consists only of what is said -- not how it's said or by whom. This means you have long pages of sentences in quotes with no indication of voice changes, subtle laughter, changes in intonation or body language. The climbing is, however, accurate as heck. Hence one whole star.

  • Vicki - I Love Reading
    2019-02-11 18:29

    A very easy to read but interesting story. At only 180 pages it was very easy to get stuck into and finish.This is the fist book featuring Detective Inspector Nick Dixon.As its only a short book it seems to get right to the point early on., Detective Inspector Nick Dixon has recently left a career in the Met to move to the Avon & Somerset Police force, He's a character I kind of liked right away.He receives a call telling him his friend and Former Climbing partner had died. Dixons friend Jake Fayter has died whilst practicing a new route on High rock. in cheddar Gorge. But Dixon knows that Jake would not have made a basic error in tying a knot, and he is then drawn into the investigation as to the cause of death.A really well written book, I not read many around rock climbing, and wasn't sure how I was going to find this one, but i really did enjoy it. I recieved this book for review via Netgalley. And luckily I took the chance and downloaded the next two at the same time. I'm glad I did and look forward to reading them both.For more of my reviews visit

  • Lucy
    2019-01-23 22:16

    This was my first Damien Boyd book and while it was enjoyable, I don't think I'm going to be continuing this series. This story is from the POV of DI Nick Dixon whose friend, Jake, an experienced climber, falls to his death from a rookie climbing mistake. I liked the main mystery of the book, I liked reading about the investigations and the different clues that kept cropping up. I also liked the small twist at the end of the book concerning Jake's death. Unfortunately, the mystery was fairly forgettable (I can't remember how it ended apart from that twist) and I feel like the characters weren't fleshed out or developed well at all. Dixon was a blank slate to me and I didn't really get the sense of him grieving for Jake at all until the very end. I was going to give this three stars but I think I'm going to give it 2.5 since I only read this two weeks ago and I can't remember who was the bad guy. It was a relatively quick read however.

  • Arthur Hunt
    2019-02-08 15:11

    As a newcomer to the 'climbing scene' it would have been helpful for the text to have explained some of the jargon and terminology.As a detective story it was pretty ordinary, with few unexpected turns. As the book was 'free' I can't really grumble, but I don't think I want to read any further DI Dixon stories.

  • Gracie Love
    2019-01-25 21:20

    Surprisingly good!After a somewhat slow start,(the first couple of pages) the pace picks up and stays up. Although not my normal genre I really enjoyed this book and plan on following this new author. This was a stripped-down,right to the point 'who-done-it' with absolutely no fluff. Totally worth your time.

  • Miss Dizzy Read
    2019-02-01 19:30

    Perhaps I've read too many good crime/thriller books, but this was a bit amateurish and I failed to get on 'the edge of my seat' the story was a bit dull and predictable, glad it was short as probably wouldn't have finished it. Have given it 2 stars as the character was likeable, it was the authors first book and it was free!

  • Wendy Soliman
    2019-02-07 15:36

    A good, well-written British crime book. The author obviously knows a lot about rock climbing but he didn't cram the book with too much technical stuff. I didn't see the ending coming. Very enjoyable. I have purchased the other books in the series and would recommend this one.

  • Edward Beavers
    2019-02-11 19:22

    Interestingly differentI'm not sure what I was expecting when I selected this book. I'm not a rock climber so that was lost on me and I knew the ending was going to be a bit different AND IT WAS!

  • Denise Chrisman
    2019-02-08 17:12

    ExcellentExcellentI just LOVE a good murder mystery, and this one is not only good but GREAT!!! I couldn't put it down. I highly recommend this book to be read by all ages. I am looking forward to reading the next book by this author.

  • Jay M Hill
    2019-01-31 19:21

    Enjoyable Vivid capture of deceit, friendship and murder all rolled into one. Loved the European touch to enhance my intrigue of the story line. Lovely writing.

  • Stephen
    2019-02-12 21:17

    An enthralling read. Once over the first few pages that contained a lot of climbing jargon, I really got into the storyline. Am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

  • Gillian Murrell
    2019-02-09 20:21

    This was a predictable crime story, Detective Inspector Nick Dixon seems to be a big fan of not following the rules. Nick constantly pointing out what was not done and should have been obvious things to do in the investigation of his fellow rock climbing friends death was annoying. I assume it was to make Nick look smart and they investigating police man look like an idiot. The clues were glaringly obvious so the twist at the end came as no surprise.

  • Minx -The Genre Minx Book Reviews
    2019-02-01 21:27

    I read this book for a reading challenge and I have to say that I enjoyed it. It was a straight forward crime investigation nothing "exciting" or suspenseful, just a basic running down of the clues. There was a slight emotional piece due to the relationship between the characters and all. Overall, it was not a bad way to spend a few hours and I would consider reading on in this series.

  • Safina Hussain
    2019-02-06 16:13

    This is a short book about a police inspector trying to solve the death of his friend. It was a great read however it lacks the character/story build up that a longer novel has and so i couldn't give it 5*. A few more pages in each chapter supporting the development of the story line would have made all the difference. The ending was brilliant however and I look forward to reading the next one.

  • T. K. Elliott (Tiffany)
    2019-02-01 20:14

    OK, here we go...I got this book for 99p on Amazon, and for 99p, it was well worth it, and I'd recommend it.What I LikedClimbing stuff. Now, I don't do climbing. I don't even stand on a chair if I can help it. But I always find it interesting to read a book where there's technical information about a subject of which I know little. It's obvious that the author is a climber, and climbing plays a part in the story. So I've learned some things about climbing that I didn't know before.Pace. The story moved along at a fair clip, which kept me reading. I think I read this through in less than 24 hours. What I was Less Impressed WithCharacterisation. This is not a character-driven book. The characters felt rather lightly sketched - not cardboard, but as if the author had just done a couple of lines, but not bothered with the detail or colouring-in. I would have liked more detail.The End. You'll know it when you get to it. And there's that other thing, once you've got there, you think back, and go "What was going on with that, then?" There are conventions with murder mysteries, and I think this book broke one of them - and not in a good "that's a cool trope inversion" way, more in a "you just short-changed your reader" way.To be fair, the end spoiled it for me, because the end of a murder mystery is what ties it all together, and showcases the author's ability to write a mystery that's actually mysterious, while still giving the reader enough clues to guess what's going on - if they're smart enough. And in this book, there was that thing, which you'll know when you get to it.ConclusionA three-star read for me. I enjoyed it, and I'll probably even read more books in the series - and for 99p on Amazon, I count it 99p very well spent. But that thing and the sketchy characterisation stopped it getting more stars.