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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.

A connection is made with a series of unsolved murders harking back to the 1970s, and Detective Inspector Nick Dixon finds himself caught in a race against time that takes him the length and breadth of the country.

The brutal killing of an elderly man raises the stakes and, as he closes in, Dixon begins to question whether he is chasing one serial killer or two.

Head in the Sand is the second novel in the highly acclaimed DI Nick Dixon Crime Series.

©2015 Damien Boyd (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Excellent crime series.

Brilliant! Interesting twists and turns to find the serial killer, only to realise almost too late who the true killer is.
Fantastic narration.

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Great Twist

enjoyed this one with a good twist to the story at the end. Well done

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Getting better, nice fresh story lines from this author

Second book in series and Damien Boyd is getting better, he has fresh story lines although writing and editing could improve. Some of the voices were a bit ridiculous, but like a spoof at times.i would like to see DI Dixon develop more and hoping this will happen in future books . A good crime listen

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  • Maine Knitter
  • 15-12-2017

One of the worst narrations

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. The only one I care about is the dog.

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

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 30-08-2015

Another great listen

Another great listen and good book by Damien Boyd. He keeps series light but intriguing and had enough twists to keep you from solving it too quickly. Looking forward to next book in series.

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  • Wayne
  • 09-05-2016

Excellent crime story

Head in the Sand is Book 2 in the 5 novel Detective Inspector Nick Dixon series. The story is an interesting one of multiple decapitated heads of people found in golf course sand traps with the bodies found elsewhere. The problem is finding a linkage among the victims beyond that all worked in the medical field.

Napoleon Ryan's narration takes some time to become accustomed to. It's not because he is British (I've lived in the UK and am very accustomed to the various British accents). Ryan does different voices well, but he does tend to over perform a bit.

I look forward to listening to the final three books in this series.

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  • MobileMinx
  • 22-04-2015

Sometimes the Past Catches Up!

DI Dickson is at it again!

Following the trail of four beheadings, he steadfastly inspects the clues, asserts his authority and solves the question of who and why. Accompanied by a squad of helpers, the investigation is fast and thorough-bringing a misguided killer to justice. The human detritus of a single mistake has shock wave impact on the lives of those involved over three decades.

Listen as DI Dickson and his co-worker lover constable Jane, put the pieces together while exposing the shambles of a torn apart life.

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  • Marie
  • 13-08-2016

Over the top, bad narration.

I am returning this book. The narrator is bad. The main character (Dixon) talks in a bedroom voice so low it is sometimes hard to hear. The women characters are all breathy, like Marilyn Monroe. The other males are over the top caricatures.

The bad narration makes a slow, story even worse. I don't care to listen to see what happens.

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  • joan
  • 19-05-2016

A really good police prodedural

Set in England this novel has all the elements of a ripping (!) good tale. It's not difficult to get around the British-isms and the narrator is first rate.

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  • Debbie
  • 14-06-2020

Off with their Heads

The second in the series is just as good, or better than the first, and DI Nick Dixon has his work cut out for him when a severed head is found in a golf course sand trap. Stopping a golf tournament, leaving the locals in an uproar, DI Dixon locks down the scene and begins his investigation. He soon finds that this isn’t a single incident, but a serial killer dating back to the 1970s. Determining what ties the murders together, and why the killer lops off the victim’s heads, leaving the bodies in one place and their heads in another is a puzzle, for sure. Each installment of the series gives us more opportunity to learn about DI Nick Dixon and his girlfriend, DC Jane Winter. The fact that Dixon has a reputation for ruffling feathers at the police station, but also for solving difficult cases, makes for interesting listening. Excellent book and resolution. I will be going on to the next in the series.

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  • Michelle
  • 21-03-2019

head in the Sand

The only reason I listened to this boring story was the brilliant narration and performance of Napoleon Ryan. the author lacked imagination.

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  • Ali M. Fitzgerald
  • 04-11-2017

This should be filed under "Comedy"

Get this book if you want a ridiculous, over-the-top wanna-be mystery. The narration is done in such a silly, smarmy voice - it's straight out of the Carroll Burnett Show. Picture an actor strutting around on a stage, tweaking a faker-than-fake mustache and impersonating Rhett Butler. Not that the writing itself merits any better - I don't now if this is supposed to be a modern-day story, but the manly man is stereotypically gruff and condescending. The women are bird-brained and fawning - over the manliness of the manly man. The storyline itself is to trite that you really don't need to listen to it to know what happens in the next scene - it follows every old trope from any cardboard, generic mystery - it's noir without the "noir." It's more "Neeehhhhhhh..." I only made it through *maybe* and hour, but I had to turn it off because I wasn't in the mood for a comedy.

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  • mee
  • 15-10-2016

Bland and arrogant

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

If you enjoy man-splaining, and female cops asking "what now" through the book as if they don't have any knowledge. Zero humor nor charm.

How could the performance have been better?

Narrator was breath-y, think Christian Bale's Batman or David Caruso's CSI Miami, in all of the MCs dialogue. Many inappropriate awkard dramatic pauses, cue Caruso's dramatic putting on dark sunglasses or Capt Kirk

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I do not recommend

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  • Andromeda's Twin
  • 19-04-2015

Nick Dixon has HIS head in the sand

The story is so-so, engaging in some ways but oh so irritating in others, D.I. Nick Dixon is a diabetic, who, it seems, is so forgetful that he has 'diabetic episodes' whilst behind the wheel of his land rover and thinks nothing of hitting parked cars and driving off without reporting it (because he'd lose his job if it were discovered). He also seems to be very lucky in that his boss does not mind him carrying on an affair with a colleague which is not particularly realistic in the British Police Force.

Nick Dixon also appears to be somewhat of a genius in the detecting game, whilst all of his colleagues, his girlfriend included, appear to be simpletons. Jane, his D.C. girlfriend, comes across as rather dense as every time Nick raises a point she either repeats it or asks, what is that, what does that mean or, how did you think of that, often doing both.

The narration is an interesting mix of soothing voice, mispronunciation and female characters that all sound like the same simpering idiot. I have a real problem with this one, Mr Ryan has a good range of male voices, he is pleasant to listen to but his female voices all sound the sound.


In summation, I shall not be bothering with books 3 and 4, I have already read book 1 on my kindle and enjoyed it reasonably well but I'd hesitate to recommend this book, it does have an interesting story line but fails somewhat in the overall presentation and ends rather abruptly leaving you wondering if you've missed something.

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  • pixie
  • 18-09-2019

Good story

overall I enjoyed this audio book but the breathy woman's voice did grate on me. I like the fact the story is set in Somerset, good to relate to the area.

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  • Mr
  • 18-08-2016

Dull

This book has the potential to be a page turner (figure of speech) but it's just dull.
There are a whole world of unnecessary details ... Explaining how you sign in to a home and that you wrote you registration really doesn't move the plot along.
And the performer/reader has a fairly flat voice - it feels like he's trying to make it sexy and husky but really it seems to lack emotion and again is just dull.
I wouldn't recommend any of this authors books!

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  • Elaine
  • 31-03-2016

Story enjoyable but narration a bit wooden

Enjoyed this relatively quick "listen". Story was good and kept attention but did struggle with the narration, which was quite wooden.

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  • fergus1965
  • 29-01-2021

Really.... not very good!!

Story was okay I suppose, but overall let down by the Narrator and the poor voicing and overacting of the characters.
Sounded like a poor man's Brian Blessed doing a caricature of a Scooby Doo villain.
I know it was supposed to be a serious novel, but I chuckled numerous times and actually laughed out loud at the absurdity of the dialogue.

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  • Maxcat68
  • 30-10-2019

Very enjoyable

Easy listen. Good plot. Likeable characters. I would recommend for a decent crime story to listen to without having to work hard to keep up with what's going on.

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  • Ron Hixon
  • 13-10-2019

great book

good storyline, good characters, looking forward to the next book in the series. about to download!

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  • Sonia
  • 11-06-2019

awful narrator

its a good plot with twists and turns but it really demonstrates the difference between good and excellent writers. i didnt get a feel for and of the characters personalities and the narrator was awful

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  • WillPower
  • 01-12-2018

Decent second book in the series.

Again enjoyed the listen. Not too long with detail. Looking forward to reading the third installment - Kickback

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  • f.c
  • 05-11-2018

Great story line,

Good old fashioned detective work. characters feel relatable and the intelligence of DI Dixon is endearing.
love that it feels so familiar all these places and brands. certain phrases so British and comforting as most stuff out there is American and can seem so unrelatable. The British stuff doesn't always hold my attention like this series has grabbed me. would definitely recommend.

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