Head in the Sand by Damien Boyd is the second book in the Di Nick Dixon series and it continues from As the Crow Flies with Jane in Nick’s bed as he gets a call about a decapitated head in a bunker on a local golf course.
Head in the Sand or more to the point reminds me a lot of the Dresden Files each book is a completely different case but it is interesting to see the developments between the regular characters in Head in the Sand it’s the way Jane and Nick try and hide their relationship from work. The way the series differs from the Dresden Files is that it is more concentrated on the cases so far. With that said the case itself is an interesting one with quite a few twists and turns along the way because Nick keeps getting breakthroughs to being put back to square one. What also makes this interesting is the murders that end up being linked together are about 30 years apart. They struggle to find a reason for this, but the murders are so strange in how they take place and done in the same way they cannot not be linked.
Head in the Sand for me no single character stood out, but the way they are described their real lives coming into the case mistakes being made because of it makes the story more human. The way Damien goes into great detail about conditions and areas of the UK that are in the book shows he has great knowledge of the area. The book improves also from As the Crow Flies because now we’ve met him and he’s been in Somerset for a few months his character is more believable with the respect he commands.
Overall I gave Head in the Sand 4/5 on Goodreads because it was enjoyable fast-paced and as I get to know the characters I want to know more. Along with the book making up for the shortcomings of first. Di Nick Dixon is now believable in his respect and confidence. Along with the fact that in places there are glimmers of comedy coming through as the relationships have developed.