As The Crow Flies by Damien Boyd is the first book in the DI Nick Dixon series and it starts with Nick moving from the met police to a countryside detective for want of a better word. Where he is working on a case but hears that his old climbing partner has died while climbing and is asked to look into it by Jake’s parents.
The plot follows the typical mystery detective story and shows a good knowledge of rock climbing along with the local areas that the investigation takes you to. The twist and turns of the investigation aren’t completely telegraphed however they weren’t completely out of left field either.
Nick Dixon as a character seems very confident in his ability even though he is the new kid on the block he seems to take control of the situation even though he shouldn’t. Which leads to some interesting to character development and you see the switch of Nick having used facts to get what he wants to people respecting him. That said I do feel like in some respects as the new kid on the block he shouldn’t have come as so self-important and taken over another detectives case.
Overall I gave As The Crow Flies 4/5 on Goodreads it was a fast-paced crime thriller with some interesting turns and character development. Along with being part of the Kindle Unlimited program, I look forward to reading more of the series just to see how relationships develop. That said though after putting together this review and reading some reviews I can now see some of the book’s weaknesses I wouldn’t say they spoilt my enjoyment of the book. As a nice gap filler if you’re without a book to read I’d recommend this one