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The highly anticipated new book in the bestselling DI Nick Dixon Crime Series.The body of an elderly man is found in an abandoned World War Two pillbox beside the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal. With no obvious motive and no credible suspect, DI Nick Dixon starts digging into the victim’s past.The more he digs, the deeper Dixon is drawn into a case that takes him from the caThe highly anticipated new book in the bestselling DI Nick Dixon Crime Series.The body of an elderly man is found in an abandoned World War Two pillbox beside the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal. With no obvious motive and no credible suspect, DI Nick Dixon starts digging into the victim’s past.The more he digs, the deeper Dixon is drawn into a case that takes him from the cave systems beneath rural Somerset to the heart of government, and threatens to expose a military cover-up at the highest level.Blocked by a wall of silence, Dixon must unravel a dangerous conspiracy before the killer strikes again....

Title : Death Sentence
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ISBN : 9781531837082
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Number of Pages : 379 Pages
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Death Sentence Reviews

  • Richard
    2019-05-15 05:55

    This is a familiar author to me; having read the previous five books in this series I have to announce this is probably the best yet.The characters are fully believable and as a police procedural it is right up there. A case has no legs without eye witnesses or motive. Here these are explored but the Falklands veteran killed in a WW2 pillbox looks like a senseless murder until Nick Dixon finds a past and a modern day connection.The unravelling investigation then becomes an action thriller with wonderful insights into the world of caving. Marines under fire seeking to reclaim the Falkland Islands. It throws up the plight of former combat soldiers and litigation taken against the MOD.A very contemporary novel that has a range of interesting asides but never makes assumptions or jumps before the reader can make the connection.A real pleasure to read, no slight of hand just old fashion police work testing ideas and doing the work. A solid team of detectives doing the graft and the inspirational leader in Dixon to link it altogether.The star though is the author who is relevant and can tell a good story. However Monty the dog perhaps steals the show.

  • Dana Stabenow
    2019-05-06 04:34

    I'm trying to remember the last time I enjoyed a police procedural this much. I think it was Ice by Ed McBain. This book is that good. Alan Fletcher fought in the Falklands and war changed him from the youngest and most promising adjutant in the Welsh Guards to a man who upon returning home failed at soldiering, failed at hosting a B&B, failed at property management, failed at marriage, failed at everything until he ended his life with his hands tied behind his back, forcibly inhaling brick dust, suffocation leading to a fatal heart attack. Enter DI Nick Dixon (love the name), who is called in when Fletcher's body is found in a WWII pillbox by the side of a canal. It's definitely murder but with no suspect, no motive and no obvious clues.Boyd is one of those rare crime fiction authors who make you feel like you're on an actual case with an actual detective. It is a long, patient, painstaking teasing out of the details of Fletcher's lives, the one lived in Devon and the one lived at war, and then the bodies begin to pile up all over southern England. There is plenty of misdirection and red herrings (I was so sure I knew what was going on and I so didn't) and you get a real feeling for how frustrating so much of real police work must be and how many dead ends must be driven up their very last mile before the right track is the only one left. I am reminded of a Michael Gilbert quote[A murder investigation] is a system which involves an enormous amount of work for a large number of people, and has only got one thing in its favor. It is nearly always successful in the end.It is here, too, and the writing is excellent, direct, spare, never a needless word, with wonderful little bits of dialogue that do nothing to detract from the narrative and everything to illuminate the life, job and character of the professional policeman."And what about you, Inspector? Do you believe?""It's difficult, Father, when you see what I see," replied Dixon. "D'you mind if I sit for a while?""Not at all. So you do believe in God?""Let's just say we have an understanding."andHe spotted the spyhole in the front door just in time and turned his back. Better still to give Colonel Byrne no time to compose himself.and"...there are three sides to every story...The two sides and then the truth, which is usually somewhere in the middle."I like the way Nick uses his cell phone to google everything, I like that in this time of so many books being written about veterans coming home from the Sandbox that Boyd chose to write of a Falklands veteran (it may have been a little war but men still died), and the first chapter is so creepy it hangs there like a ghost in the back of your mind, impossible to ignore, until the author exorcises it with, yes, another murder. This is the sixth in the Nick Dixon series and I am definitely going to read the first five. Recommended.***Spoiler:Here's how to say mesothelioma, because a six-syllable motive for murder is a fine thing and we should give it its due by pronouncing it properly. I bet Boyd created a macro so he wouldn't have to write it out every time he used it.

  • Jay Williams
    2019-05-16 06:42

    Somehow a police procedural always seems to work better set in the British Isles. The plot unfolds with more twists than a pretzel, and the richness of the characters keeps the suspense level and interest high. The prologue sets the stage with a possible murder deep underground, and doesn't tie in until much later in the book. Many elements of human nature, both good and bad are on display. DI Dixon displays an amazing ability to glean the clues and create a theory of the crimes as a series of possibly related murders take place. The plodding nature of the investigation could quickly become boring, but is supplemented with interest items and subplots to keep the reader fully engaged. Another great book in the Nick Dixon series.

  • Elizabeth Ducie
    2019-05-13 04:32

    The sixth outing for DT Nick Dixon and his team, plus DS Jane Winters and the wonderful Monty. This one covers Falklands veterans, legal wrangling over medical claims and caving; and as always, Boyd's detailed research is evident. Another easy read, most enjoyable. I look forward to further books in the series.

  • Kath
    2019-05-04 05:32

    I have read and enjoyed all of this series. As with all series books, it is always best to start from book one and read in order as you really do miss out on character development if you don't. As I keep saying, this is one of my favourite series, one I do keep a close eye on for a new book release so I can once more delve into the characters' world. Unlike other series I follow, not only have I seen the characters develop, I have also seen the author himself mature as a writer. Any qualms and niggle I had in early books have now been completely obliterated in this latest offering. One I totally immersed myself in and which kept my attention solidly throughout the time I was reading.So, we have the body of an old man in a pill-box. As usual, we find DI Nick Dixon going that extra few yards to get to the bottom of who and why. Discovering that the victim was an ex-soldier, Dixon is forced to examine his army career and what he discovers there leads him to what turns out to be a long story that many would want to remain hidden. As the bodies start to pile up, can Dixon get to the bottom of things or will the vital secrets people are keeping prevent him from uncovering the truth.As with some of the previous books in this series, there is a bit of a real life story of injustice to be told within the pages of this fiction. It is not hammered home or preachy in any way, and I suspect that I only really noticed because I follow this series avidly. It does show that the author has done his research well and I have to admit to googling some stuff after finishing the book, something I don't often do.One thing I did like about this book was that it was mostly all about Nick as opposed to being about Nick and Jane. This was one of my early reservations about this series and, although she is an integral character to Nick's life, she takes a bit of a back seat in the main crime story. I do wonder though, with the direction her job is going, will we be seeing her in her own spin off series or stand alone in the not too distant future. I'd definitely be up for that!When it all comes down to it, yes, it's your bulk standard police procedural series. But, that said, it is a very good example of one. With so many out there, you need something to get the edge over the others and I think that this author has managed to do that successfully. Whether it's the lead character himself, his methods, the cases he has to solve, even if it's just the fact that he dotes on his dog something sets this series apart from the rest. Something that will have me waiting for book 7 with baited breath.My thanks go to NetGalley and the Publisher for the chance to read an advance copy of this book.

  • Breakaway Reviewers
    2019-05-17 07:00

    “It wasn’t an order…………It was a …. a f…ing death sentence.”When the body of an elderly man is found in an abandoned WW2 pillbox, DI Nick Dixon and his team are confounded as to the reason for the murder. As Dixon starts digging around he finds that the causes date back over 30 years to events that took place more than 3,500 miles away.I must confess that it was with some deal of pleasure that I commenced reading this, the 6th in the DI Nick Dixon series. I have had the privilege of reading all of Damian Boyd’s DI Nick Dixon books and it has been heart-warming to see not only Nick mature as a copper- whilst still retaining that edge of bloody-mindedness – but also Damian mature as a writer. Like a spider spinning the threads of his web, Damian Boyd weaves his plot, so that very quickly the reader is totally enmeshed in the book.Damian uses his knowledge of the law and his time with the CPS to once again create a plausible yet tight plot, and the amount of time put into the research necessary for a book of this quality has clearly paid off. As well as the central character, we have all the usual supporting cast, including the newly-promoted DS Jane Winter, pathologist Roger Poland and Dixon’s immediate superior DCI Lewis. The manner in which the layers of the plot are peeled back is both masterly and creative. Many false turns are taken but we know that in the end, Nick will get there.I have no hesitation in recommending this book and would like to thank Damian Boyd for yet another great crime thriller.Look out Peter James and DCI Roy Grace, Damian Boyd and DI Nick Dixon are right on your tail!SmeagolBreakaway Reviewers received a copy of the book directly from the author to review.

  • Andrew
    2019-05-12 04:47

    Having read all of the previous 5 DI Nick Dixon stories. Will Damien Boyd be able to find yet another case for him to investigate? The result is a resounding 'yes'. I like the fact that in this complex police procedural novel, DI Nixon and the team venture further afield than Somerset.If you like this genre and are looking for a well-researched novel with a range of UK based geographical locations, I think you will enjoy this book.Boyd draws heavily upon his experience of the legal profession in this pacey crime thriller.Right from the start with an extremely well-written and hauntingly claustrophobic prologue, I was drawn into this story.The crafting of the developing enquiry provides a fast paced narrative which kept me engaged.One, Two, Three, four…Can they all be victims of the same enquiry?Who knows?You have to read right to the end to find out!My thanks to Netgalley and the publisher, Thomas and Mercer for a copy in exchange for this honest review.

  • Donna Trueman
    2019-05-17 02:46

    Loved it!Damien Boyd your work is brilliant! I love the murder, the suspense, the love, the twists & turns throughout the story that keep you guessing. This book has just abut everything in it I love, apart from horses, climbing, Monty, murder, mystery, love, family relations that you don't expect, fighting and a saviour you might not expect. You write with such passion and conviction that I can't put the book down and know I'm going to have to buy another bookshelf to put your collections on too. I'm a reader with a diverse range of writers, from horror, to autobiographies, to true crime, serial killers, love, and just about anything to do with horses 😊 I love to draw & paint myself but am such a hard critique of my work that its never good enough. I used to enjoy, rock and mountain climbing, hiking, camping, the further into the middle of nowhere the better but sadly after a 10 year battle first with cancer that ended in radiation poisoning from my treatment I've been left with many organs missing including my bowel & bladder & 6 discs from between my damaged and crumbing vertebrae, so no note climbing for me. No chance of fulfilling my dream either, to move to Canada and live in the middle of nowhere on a small farm where I can have a couple of horses and give my daughter the life she deserves. I was going to write and selling my paintings or woodwork to pay for our living. Instead I'm stuck in a little council house/bungalow with no room to paint and no money for my horse anymore so I read and enjoy life best I can. Who knows maybe one day I'll become a writer 📝 keep up your brilliant work!

  • Elizabeth Wilson Higgins
    2019-05-20 05:45

    Another Brilliant bookDamien Boyd definitely knows how to write a story using events and things he knows from life. He went caving and actually used one of the people who helped him in that endeavors name. He uses the knowledge of his father looking at asbestos and the amusing story of a turd in draw. As a solicitor he can draw on extensive experience both his own and of others he knows. He explains police procedures correctly. All this add to Damien Boyd's repertoire and a brilliant story l love the fact he has Dixon liking old classic films and watches again and again, true to life as l know someone like that. Each book has a different story as this one involves military veterans where previous stories have revolved around a school and an old romance and yet though each can be read alone there is a continuing core of themes.....Nick and Jane with Monty the dog as a budding family...the different detectives and police officers. I enjoy Damien Boyd's books so much as soon as l finished book 5 l started Death Sentence so 2 in one night

  • The Cats Mother
    2019-04-23 07:56

    I've read the six books in this series in order within quiet a short time period, which is unusual for me, but I find them inexplicably compulsive. DI Nick Dixon is clever, determined and resourceful when it comes to solving his cases, although he can be rather arrogant, but it's so refreshing that he's supported by a capable team, sympathetic boss, and plucky girlfriend, rather than the usual Maverick hero fighting the system and his colleagues of so many other police series.This one has Nick investigating the murder of an elderly man in a pillbox (part of the WW2 defences in Southern England). He discovers links to the Falklands war and a legal battle for compensation of old soldiers. There are no great surprises or twists but I enjoyed observing as he solves the clues and follows his hunches to unravel the mystery. One does have to wonder how one detective in a small town can survive quite so many near death experiences in a short space of time (the series spans about 8 months so far I think) and the plot is starting to follow a bit of a formula, but it's a satisfying one.

  • Hannelore Cheney
    2019-05-04 07:50

    This was my first DI Dixon book, but it won't be my last.A taut police procedural, with fascinating historic facts about the Falklands War, Dixon is a likeable policeman whose love and care of his dog made me an immediate fan. His relationship with Jane, his signifant other, is endearing, although I wished there was more of her in the book. Hopefully we'll get to know her even better in the next instalment of this series.The mystery of the murdered ex-soldier in the WWII pillbox is complex and the unraveling of it by Dixon very clever. There are scenes of caving that are extremely tense, especially for this claustrophobic reader! It really felt like I was there...Highly recommended, I will definitely read the whole series.Thank you Netgalley, Thomas & Mercer and Damien Boyd for the ARC.

  • S.M.Eves
    2019-05-08 02:54

    The Heights to the DepthsI did not think that I would enjoy this book but I was hooked as soon as I read the prologue. Again it is an " unputabledown" book. It is such a good thing that I am disabled and unable to do much, other than read. The plot is excellent, the horrors of war, the death knell of asbestos, the thrill of climbing, the wonders of caving are all highlighted in the most interesting ways. I wish Nick and Jayne would get married. I'd love to know more of the characteristics of Nick's colleagues. Louise is such a brave lady. Thank you Damien Boyd for your stories, I have your 7th book waiting to be read, please carry on writing and I will carry on reading.

  • Kevin McMahon
    2019-05-18 06:01

    A good addition to the series that begins with the death of a former Captain in the Welsh Guards whose body is found within a World War II observation post.As the investigation proceeds there are strong links to incidents that occurred during the Falklands War and other deaths are ultimately linked.This one moves along at a decent pace and provides an insight into mesothelioma, government legislation around injury claims by veterans.There is no further development of the main character and only a little in relation to his partner but that doesn't detract from what is a good ploy.A good addition to the series.

  • Susan Aldridge
    2019-04-27 07:44

    Caves and cover ups.....DI Dixon discovers a body drowned in the Somerset caves and from here a complex story involving the Falklands War (I think, unless it was Iraq) and asbestos-related illness starts to unfold. I like Dixon. He has diabetes and a terrier called Monty and these facts are cleverly woven in and help bring the story to life. Having read the previous Dixon books, I'm getting to know the other characters, including Dixon's girlfriend, Jane, and his police colleagues. All the novels have a different theme and setting which keeps my interest in this author alive. I'm a big fan of Kindle Unlimited and Damien is definitely one of their best authors.

  • Lynne
    2019-05-22 02:41

    I really enjoyed the story in this book, it was well researched and well written. However, DI Dixon is a type 1 diabetic and for him to go off for an overnight stay in London without his blood glucose meter and long acting insulin would have had serious consequences and that wasn't mentioned at all. This is why I didn't give the book 4 stars.I'm a T1 diabetic so please show that Nick Dixon has the common sense to always carry both insulins and a bg meter, even if they're in his car or you're telling diabetics it's OK to be irresponsible and that could literally land you in hospital in a coma.

  • Tim Diggle
    2019-04-27 10:01

    Good tale.Another entertaining yarn but once again cliché ridden. Less rolling of eyes in this one but "eyebrow raising" takes over. Once again enjoyment curtailed by the compulsion go count the repeated phrases. I think we have also been told often enough that Dixon drives a diesel Land Rover!

  • P.M. Allen-Simpson
    2019-05-14 10:48

    Excellent readThis series represents the best of police procedurals with good characterisation and faultless plots. I have read them all now and look forward to every one. They are just good stories, no professional politics, no tortured souls, just ordinary people doing their jobs, engaging and gripping in their realism. Never want the series to end!

  • Beth Howering
    2019-05-09 07:38

    Exciting suspenseful and riveting.This Nick Dixon adventure was very hard to put down. It would be difficult to say why without giving away some spoilers, so I will simply say this series is getting progressively more addicting. Looking forward to the next adventure and lots more twists and turns as the next mystery is solved.

  • Mrs Olga A Danes-Volkov
    2019-05-09 09:50

    O.k.-ishAn insomniac, I have been reading these books as undemanding wallpaper. They're not bad, but the author has driven me mad by constantly writing "gonna" and "wanna" for going to and want to. Pedantic I know but spoiled the books for me

  • Irene McPherson
    2019-04-25 06:51

    Excellent read with plenty of credible situations. I will definitely be reading more grinddOf Damien Boyd books, especially with Nick Dixon.Author has very good knowledge of police procedures. Well done. Keep the books coming.

  • Louise Pass
    2019-05-14 08:37

    Very consumingAnother complex, wheels within wheels, plot, finely written. This author really has the entire skill set. If you love mysteries that are intricate puzzles read these books.

  • Rosalynn Lucy Bunny
    2019-04-28 02:53

    Intriguing readDamien Boyd has written another brilliant detective story. I really enjoyed the sections written about caving, especially as I visited Wookey Hole when on holiday nearby.

  • VeronicaSilcock
    2019-05-17 08:00

    An engrossing storytellingI thoroughly enjoyed the storyline; the individual back story of the characters enhanced the reading experience.For me its been the best in the series. (Poor Nick Dixon is a bit of a magnet for dire situations thou'!)

  • wendi wigham
    2019-05-12 10:36

    Good-ishA tad repetitive at times, especially the caving episodes.Not as good as others in the Nick Dixon series, lacked something.Felt the author wasn't as committed to this novel as he has been with others.

  • Kerri
    2019-05-01 03:41

    I always find that these stories take me a while to get into but as soon as I get into them, I can't stop myself from reading it at any moment I can.Another great story based in my local area. I love this series and these characters.

  • Richard Pierson
    2019-05-17 02:45

    Another good readAnother enjoyable thriller Damien Boyd with the bonus of outdoor activity (caving this time) and canine interest. Credible? Maybe not, but has a degree of feasibility. Readable? Definitely. Looking forward to the next one!

  • Carol Butler
    2019-05-19 02:38

    I liked it.Easy read usual police procedures with a bit of danger thrown in. Also downloaded the audio as I like to listen to a couple of chapters before retire. Don't have to think and concentrate too much, will certainly read/listen to some more from this author.

  • Julie
    2019-05-14 08:47

    A war veteran from the Falkland war is found dead in an old war pillbox. Nick and his team start investigating without any help from the military. Will they find the killer before more people die?Well-written police procedural thriller. Interesting read and mystery.

  • Pat
    2019-05-18 09:34

    Politics and DyingI love this series. The people are real, the decision are real and the stories are interesting. Boyd seems to keep sufficient suspense that I want to keep reading when I should be doing something else, like sleeping!

  • Margaret
    2019-04-30 10:49

    Easy read. More complicated that No1. Found some of the threads of the mystery difficult to follow.