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The discovery of a severed head in a bunker on Burnham and Berrow golf course triggers a frantic race to find a serial killer that brings the seaside town of Burnham-on-Sea to a standstill.When the connection is made with a series of unsolved murders over thirty years before, Detective Inspector Nick Dixon finds himself chasing ghosts from the past in a race against time tThe discovery of a severed head in a bunker on Burnham and Berrow golf course triggers a frantic race to find a serial killer that brings the seaside town of Burnham-on-Sea to a standstill.When the connection is made with a series of unsolved murders over thirty years before, Detective Inspector Nick Dixon finds himself chasing ghosts from the past in a race against time that takes him the length and breadth of the country.The brutal killing of an elderly man in a flat on Burnham seafront raises the stakes and, as he closes in, Dixon begins to question whether he is chasing one serial killer or two....A fast paced crime thriller and the second in the DI Nick Dixon Crime Series, Head In The Sand follows on from As The Crow Flies, which has been described as "gripping."...

Title : Head in the Sand
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ISBN : 9781477821046
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 208 Pages
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Head in the Sand Reviews

  • Kim
    2019-02-02 18:21

    A grisly discovery of a head on a golf course is investigated by Detective Nick Dixon and he finds a link to murders over 30 years ago. Another murder steps up the case- and they have got to find the killer before he gets the chance to strike again. But why is there such a gap between the two sets of crimes- is he looking for one or two killers?This was a fairly fast paced book and second in a gripping series. I am keen to read more.Many thanks to Amazon Publishing and Net Galley for the chance to read this one.

  • Richard
    2019-01-30 20:10

    This is the second book in a police procedural series based in the South West, Burnham on Sea area, with DI Nick Dixon. This is a compact story where a complicated case is solved in double quick time due to the team working all hours to get to the bottom of a murder that has a direct links to an unsolved murder some 30 years before.The writing is crisp and to the point; very little is wasted in telling this story, no padding, just the basic facts like a 60 minute crime drama.I like the control Dixon holds over his team and the sense of group working. however the lack of personal management of his own condition leads to poor judgement and ultimately could lose him his job. This and his 'secret' relationship with one of his officers are the only narratives going other than the main plot for the murder mystery. Indeed his lack of care of his diabetes could point to Dixon having his head in the sand regarding self-control.As a detective though he is first rate, impulsive and quick thinking. A grasp of facts and a good analytical mind lead him to move on quickly in this case and ultimately solve the murders almost single-handed.It is perhaps too soon to make firm judgements but from the evidence to date Damien Boyd has real potential to write a top ten best seller and rise to the top of the crime thriller charts.

  • Jool
    2019-02-13 14:53

    I really enjoyed this mystery (the series is set in the UK). Starts out good with the very first page!

  • Nicholas Masters
    2019-01-22 20:05

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book. I thought the plot was excellent and the unraveling of the mystery was carried out superbly.I just wish there could be more character development. The book is written in a very fact based manner, which doesn't allow much emotion to develop anywhere. Even when there are pivotal moments for the characters, they are carried out in a very fact based manner. I can't take anything away from the fast paced crime aspect of the novel, just wish i knew a little more about the characters and their outlooks.

  • March Shoggoth Madness The Haunted Reading Room
    2019-01-25 18:58

    Review: HEAD IN THE SAND by Damian BoydSurprisingly, the figure of speech is literal, blazingly so. Author Damian Boyd gives Avon and Somerset Police Detective Inspector Nick Dixon a massively convoluted, crimes-in-different-eras, gritty noirish case to unravel. As his off-scene relationship with Detective Constable Jane Winter deepens, Dixon is tasked with a series of inexplicable crimes, and troubled by his diabetes.

  • Trish R.
    2019-01-20 20:12

    Loved it..So, title: Head in the Sand. In actuality it’s not just the title there really is a-head-in-the-sand, on the 12th hole of the golf course. Ewww. Nice way to start a story. If that doesn’t catch your attention nothing will. Then there was another headless body found and the hunt was really on. And the way they went through list after list until they narrowed things down and made the arrest, only to find out the guy was innocent. Then having to start over again.I love Dixon and his crew, and I really like the relationship he has with Jane. There’s nothing romantic about it but you can still feel the closeness they share. No sex! Not even a simple kiss. Bummer.I liked this book much better than the first one. But the first one was all about rock-climbing and I didn’t understand half of what was said about that. There was swearing in this and the F-bomb was used 30 times.As to the Narrator: Napoleon Ryan is just fantastic. His men sound so different and the women sound so gentle and sweet, and like a woman! One reviewer said this, “You would swear multiple people were reading,” and I couldn’t agree more. His many voices are just amazing.

  • James Calhoun
    2019-02-10 18:14

    Very good, but could have been excellent!!This is a very good story. I like the plot and the mystery. It could be much improved by adding more detail to the story line. For example, Nick & Jane have dinner. What do they talk about? What are they wearing? How do they feel? I'm reading book 3 now and I don't recall at all what Jane looks like. Adding missing detail would also lengthen the novel from a couple hundred pages to 300 to 400 pages!

  • Jillian
    2019-01-28 19:09

    It is interesting to read other readers' notions of story and character development. What I like about this series in the way it sketches in relationships and character through a narrative of police procedure. It is subtle and engaging. The narrative focuses on the police trail - and I found it gripping. The story takes us down each of the 'lines of enquiry' so we build a picture. Rather than 'red herrings' we see the elimination of possibilities, the impact of wrong conclusions.There is enough personal life for us to understand the strengths and weaknesses of bonds within a team - the inevitability, limitations and power of them.Boyd is a good storyteller. There is a sense of integrity - of the processes on which both Crome solutions and relationships are built - underpinning his narrative.

  • Elizabeth Ducie
    2019-02-12 15:01

    DI Nick Dixon is back, this time investigating a series of grisly murders stretching back decades. Together with canine companion Monty and DC Jane Winter at his side, Dixon works his way through some solid detective work, and clocks up a fair few miles on the M5, on his way to solving the case. This is a detective story of the old school, with a main protagonist who is only slightly flawed, and a satisfactory ending. I thought I'd worked it all out, but I was wrong! A most enjoyable read and I look forward to reading more in the series.

  • Vicki - I Love Reading
    2019-02-02 15:11

    Book 2 in the Di Nick Dixon Crime Series. I'm pretty new to this series, having only read book one and two so, but I consider myself quite lucky as I can dive into the rest of the series so far at my leisure. No hanging around waiting for the next one.​I've enjoyed this book, I'm slowly getting to know characters and making my mind up of what I think of them. ​A head is found in the sand at a golf course. It's down to the team to figure out the who, why and how. And it's done very well. ​When the case seems to be linked to a case decades before the story really gets going and makes you think.​Very well written and thoroughly enjoyable. Gorey but not to over done. A crime thriller to keep you guessing, and will keep you turning the pages.

  • Safina Hussain
    2019-02-09 15:54

    The story is great and is well written however it is rushed from start to finish. Damien Boyd seems to lack character development in this series and so i don't think I'll be continuing (although the first book was better than this one so if you are only to read one read that!) There are a couple of excellent plot twists but it is a shame that they weren't covered in more detail.

  • Louise Fligman
    2019-02-09 17:56

    After reading 'As the Crow Flies', I was in two minds whether or not to continue with this series. I decided to try the second book and I have now reached a decision: I will not be reading the other books in this series.Since it has been a few months since I read 'As the Crow Flies', I was hoping that a little recap would be given. However, no such summary occurred. In fact, there was no mention whatsoever of the previous novel, which I find odd; Nick lost his best friend to a climbing accident which he didn't believe to be an accident. I would have expected some remorse or sadness or even some consideration about the case as it remains open for Nick. I was also hoping that some of these loose ends could be tied up or at least addressed, but nothing of the kind was mentioned. The plot of 'Head in the Sand' was good, with twists and turns, surprising revelations in the end and a couple of humorous moments. However, the characters are just too flat for me. There are very few descriptions given of characters - I still don't know what Nick looks like and I don't recall a single piece of information was given about Jane. There is no character development whatsoever, which makes it really hard for me to become attached to the people and therefore the book.I have read other books where there is far more depth to the characters and it is for this reason that I will not be reading the other books in this series. If you are looking for a quick crime thriller and don't mind having under-developed characters, then this series is for you. Otherwise, avoid it and look elsewhere.

  • Black Butterfly
    2019-01-23 18:53

    THIS WAS SET IN ENGLAND, A VERY ENJOYABLE WHO-DONE-IT GOOD BOOK. THE CHARACTERS WERE WELL DEVELOPED AND VERY REALISTIC. I LOVED NICK HE WAS SO SMART AND A BRILLIANT POLICEMAN. I KEPT WONDERING ARE THEY REALLY THAT POLITE TO EACH OTHER?

  • Vicki - I Love Reading
    2019-01-24 22:14

    Book 2 in the Di Nick Dixon Crime Series. I'm pretty new to this series, having only read book one and two so, but I consider myself quite lucky as I can dive into the rest of the series so far at my leisure. No hanging around waiting for the next one.​I've enjoyed this book, I'm slowly getting to know characters and making my mind up of what I think of them. ​A head is found in the sand at a golf course. It's down to the team to figure out the who, why and how. And it's done very well. ​When the case seems to be linked to a case decades before the story really gets going and makes you think.​Very well written and thoroughly enjoyable. Gorey but not to over done. A crime thriller to keep you guessing, and will keep you turning the pages.

  • Sue
    2019-02-05 19:11

    This book was enjoyable and had a very good plot which would have lent itself to a one-hour television police show with great success. It was a strictly linear police procedural, all told from the main character's perspective. The main character was clearly intelligent, thoughtful, decisive and an excellent police officer, although he did have a few flaws including a desire to micro-manage his team.The problem is that I expect more from a book. I expect strong characterisation, and although the characters had personalities I did not feel that they were portrayed with enough emotion to make them believable.There was too much dialogue and far too much of it was 'he said... she said...' Two things which left me wondering where - who sent the "Vodden 1979" email (this was never explained or investigated) and more importantly - could an electric carving knife, presumably batter operated, really do that to a neck?

  • The Cats Mother
    2019-02-20 21:52

    Second in the Nick Dixon series about a Detective Inspector in a small seaside town in Somerset, solving mysteries with Jane, his colleague and lover - bit dodgy that, since he's also her boss. This one is a more straightforward police procedural, with nothing about rock climbing, like the first.A serial killer is decapitating people with a link to a past tragedy, leaving the heads in strange places (I didn't understand the significance of the sink.)Dixon is a good hero, despite being a bit bolshy and judgemental - he's smart but not "special" or damaged like so many crime series leads. The writing is pretty good, and the plot moves swiftly enough - I like that these books are not too long, and do focus on the detecting rather than the detective's personal life. I'm glad there are 3 or 4 more to look forward to.

  • Mainer207
    2019-02-08 17:06

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

  • Elizabeth Wilson Higgins
    2019-02-04 17:59

    EnjoyableA good old fashioned police thriller. Loved the twists and turns but must confess that once the description of the abductor was given l pieced it together with the earlier throw away comment from a police personnel early on and guessed who murder was. Trying not to give anything away here as enjoy reading and working case out. I love thrillers....murder mysteries and trying to see if l have solved the case correctly. I am definitely going to read more of Damien Boyds books as l like his way of writing and so on to book 2

  • wendi wigham
    2019-01-28 22:59

    Another excellent book in the seriesLove the characters - they are realistic & you find yourself doing a 'Miss Marple', comparing them to people you know or have known. Monty is totally loveable & deserves all the attention he gets!This time Nick & co have to connect recent murders with those that happened thirty years ago. One killer or two? Very well thought out & the question of the killer's gender torments until the end.

  • Lorraine Webb
    2019-02-10 23:15

    The second Nick Dixon book I have read and certainly not the last. This book was so good that I read it in one sitting and barely noticed the time passing. It was not overly taxing to read and the murders, though brutal, were described in such a way as not to give the reader nightmares. A mystery which I followed step by step with the investigators and solved simultaneously with them. It could perhaps have been a little pacier in parts, but it depends on the reader's taste.

  • Alan King
    2019-02-09 14:54

    Superb read...fast paced...a real page turner. The locations in and around the north of Somerset are real and, because I live in the area, it just adds an extra dimension to the story. I am not a particular fan of the genre but the description of police procedures and the relationship between DI Dixon and his colleagues are making me a believer!I am now reading the whole of the present 7 book series!

  • Lady Zoe Metcalfe BA (Hons)
    2019-02-11 22:55

    Gripping from the start....Really enjoyed this booked. Easy to read. Made the mistake of downloading in the evening and end up staying up very late just see what happened. The characters are plausible. Lots of twists and turns. Only thing I found slightly annoying was how the author described what everyone was wearing! This was OTT especially for irrelevant character. It was almost like he was padding out the word count.

  • Louise Pass
    2019-02-04 22:58

    Another excellent mysteryDI Nick Dixon and his competent and rational fellow officers solve a series of murders, ablely supported by a sane police administration. I recommend this author as a good writer able to handle a complex plot clearly, without making the supporting character look stupid so the hero looks smarter.

  • lynda
    2019-02-15 22:55

    The first victim really DOES have her head in the sand.... unfortunately it's not attached to the rest of her. But why? Turns out she's not alone. A series of murders with a 30 year gap is a bit frustrating, but our hero Detective Inspector Nick plows through the years and manages to figure it all out. I'm on to the third in the series.

  • Donna Trueman
    2019-01-28 23:02

    Great read right to the endI found this book a growth on the first in regards to the storyline. The details were better described and the suspense was much better as it kept you guessing till the end. I am enjoying this authors books and am heading off to start number 3. Not bad 2 books in just a few days, always a sign I like the author.

  • Richard Pierson
    2019-01-30 19:55

    Another good taleContinuing the high standards of the DI Nick Dixon brand with a series of linked murders involving decapitation. Gruesome but not overdone. The usual canine interest and diabetes thrown in adding to the tale. There is sympathy for the killer as well as the victim. Agood read

  • Melanie Denyer
    2019-02-11 18:05

    . PedestrianHard to know whether my dislike of this book was due to awful audiobook narration, or the fact that the writing was in places so clumsy. The best I can say is that it kept me company while I worked in the kitchen yesterday afternoon, but it doesn't incline me to read more by the same author. A shame: it was a good premise marred by pedestrian delivery

  • christina coleman
    2019-02-14 18:21

    DI Nick Dixon doesn't fail to entertainI enjoy reading these books. They are easy to read, fast paced and you don't have to concentrate too much either. So you can follow the plot. Although this book jumped about a bit.

  • Louise Child
    2019-02-05 19:57

    It was okNot a particularly fantastic plot but wiled away a few hours .The poor dog,Monty ,doesn't seem to have a brilliant existence left for hours . Nick Dixon can't manage either his diabetes or his love life .

  • andy firkins
    2019-02-02 19:54

    Best crime thrillersThe second book is better than the first hope the third is just as griping the story changes as u go so u never no who as done the crime till the end best crime books I've read