Boyd, Damien. Head in the Sand.

Seattle: Thomas & Mercer, 2015.

This is the second outing for Detective Inspector Nick Dixon, homicide specialist with the Avon and Somerset Police, and while the first book, As the Crow Flies, wasn’t bad at all, this one is considerably better. The author is apparently getting the hang of this stuff, and the books are gradually getting longer, too.

It’s only a few weeks since the close of the previous story and the paperwork on that is still being wrapped up. Nick also has begun a relationship with DC Jane Winter — being cautious and quiet about it, since she’s his subordinate by two ranks (which I very much doubt would be allowed in the real world). Then he’s alerted to the discovery of a human head lying in a bunker on the local golf course. And it won’t be the only one to turn up in the days to come. The story all goes back to the death of a two-year-old because of an erroneous medical diagnosis and mishandling of the case by the hospital, the triage nurse, the GP , and everyone else involved.

Boyd’s approach is pure procedural, with the whole team of detectives and uniforms getting in on the investigation, and it’s a pretty good story. Dixon himself can be a bit prickly and officious in dealing with subordinates, but at least he’s aware of it. And while the clues require thinking about and lucky chance plays its part, the breakthroughs are the result of sudden insight on the part of a talented homicide detective. An increasingly enjoyable series.

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