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An elusive serial killer. A police officer living on borrowed time. An unexpected twist that threatens to blow everything apart. DCI Whitney Walker is in trouble. She’s been threatened with demotion if she screws up another case. So, when a killer starts murdering female students at the local university, she knows this is her chance to redeem herself.Forensic psychologi An elusive serial killer. A police officer living on borrowed time. An unexpected twist that threatens to blow everything apart. DCI Whitney Walker is in trouble. She’s been threatened with demotion if she screws up another case. So, when a killer starts murdering female students at the local university, she knows this is her chance to redeem herself.Forensic psychologist, Dr Georgina Cavendish, has spent her life inside the university walls, but when one of her students is murdered and she’s the one to find the body, she resolves to step out from behind her text books and put her skills to the test.While the killer leads the police on a game of cat and mouse, Walker and Cavendish form an uneasy alliance. But will it be too late to stop the worst serial killer in Lenchester’s history?Deadly Games is the first book in the Cavendish and Walker crime fiction series. If you like Great British serial killer mysteries, and psychological intrigue, then you’ll love Sally Rigby’s page-turning book.Pick up Deadly Games today to read Cavendish & Walker’s first case.


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An elusive serial killer. A police officer living on borrowed time. An unexpected twist that threatens to blow everything apart. DCI Whitney Walker is in trouble. She’s been threatened with demotion if she screws up another case. So, when a killer starts murdering female students at the local university, she knows this is her chance to redeem herself.Forensic psychologi An elusive serial killer. A police officer living on borrowed time. An unexpected twist that threatens to blow everything apart. DCI Whitney Walker is in trouble. She’s been threatened with demotion if she screws up another case. So, when a killer starts murdering female students at the local university, she knows this is her chance to redeem herself.Forensic psychologist, Dr Georgina Cavendish, has spent her life inside the university walls, but when one of her students is murdered and she’s the one to find the body, she resolves to step out from behind her text books and put her skills to the test.While the killer leads the police on a game of cat and mouse, Walker and Cavendish form an uneasy alliance. But will it be too late to stop the worst serial killer in Lenchester’s history?Deadly Games is the first book in the Cavendish and Walker crime fiction series. If you like Great British serial killer mysteries, and psychological intrigue, then you’ll love Sally Rigby’s page-turning book.Pick up Deadly Games today to read Cavendish & Walker’s first case.

30 review for Deadly Games

  1. 5 out of 5

    Linda Strong

    This is the beginning of an exciting new series featuring DCI Whitney Walker and Forensic Psychologist, Dr. Georgina Cavendish. It all begins when George (Georgina) finds the body of a college student who has been murdered. George is a teacher and researcher and wants nothing more to help the police find this killer. Whitney and George are polar opposites. Whitney has a tendency to do things her own way and not about the consequences later. This has caused her supervisors an untold amount of frus This is the beginning of an exciting new series featuring DCI Whitney Walker and Forensic Psychologist, Dr. Georgina Cavendish. It all begins when George (Georgina) finds the body of a college student who has been murdered. George is a teacher and researcher and wants nothing more to help the police find this killer. Whitney and George are polar opposites. Whitney has a tendency to do things her own way and not about the consequences later. This has caused her supervisors an untold amount of frustration. George is a planner, resistant to changes, predictable. How these two women go from not liking each other to becoming, if not life-long friends, colleagues who can and do work together to reach one goal .... bring justice to the victims and put away the killer. This student is not the only one to be found .... very similar to the first girl. Alternating chapters give the reader an insight to the mind of a killer .. and to how law enforcement go about looking at possible suspects. And with an entire college to look at, the suspects are plenty. When the killer targets Whitney's daughter, also a college student, things become rather fraught in fear and anger. There are surprising twists and turns leading to an unexpected ending. Many thanks to the author / TBC Reviewer Request Group (FB) for the digital copy of this crime fiction. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    DEADLY GAMES is the first crime fiction/police procedural book in a new series featuring DCI Whitney and Forensic Psychologist, Dr. Georgina (George) Cavendish by author Sally Rigby. A Campus Killer is on the loose! DCI Whitney Walker has been threatened with demotion if she screws up another case. So, when a killer starts murdering female students at the local university, she knows this is her chance to redeem herself. Whitney doesn’t follow rules well…she makes her own path as she sees fit. For DEADLY GAMES is the first crime fiction/police procedural book in a new series featuring DCI Whitney and Forensic Psychologist, Dr. Georgina (George) Cavendish by author Sally Rigby. A Campus Killer is on the loose! DCI Whitney Walker has been threatened with demotion if she screws up another case. So, when a killer starts murdering female students at the local university, she knows this is her chance to redeem herself. Whitney doesn’t follow rules well…she makes her own path as she sees fit. Forensic psychologist, Dr Georgina Cavendish, (George) and her partner Stephen Grant both taught in the psychology department but in different programs. George, independent and career oriented ran the forensic psychology program, a lecturer that has spent her life inside the university walls. While walking early on her way to work at the university she discovers the dead body of one of her students. George wants to assist the police to find the killer. Walker and Cavendish over time combine forces to try to catch the worst serial killer in Lenchester’s history. Walker starts using a forensic pathologist to help with the profiling and that person is George. As time goes by more victims are discovered. The circumstances of their deaths are linked. They all have been strangled, murdered and raped, with the victim’s bodies being posed in the same position with a mobile phone left on their laps. Through alternating chapters, the reader catches a glimpse of the mindset of the killer, while the search continues for the killer. Things heat up too much when the killer goes after, Whitney’s daughter, Tiffany, a university student at the college. There are many twists and turns leading to an unexpected ending. A very enjoyable read and highly recommended! Deadly Games is the first book in the Cavendish and Walker crime fiction series. If you like Great British serial killer mysteries, and psychological intrigue, then you’ll love Sally Rigby’s page-turning book. Many thanks to the author and TBC Reviewer Request Group (FB) for my digital copy.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie

    Not deserving of all the 5 star ratings I wonder about all the five star ratings on Goodreads. Has it finally lost its independence? This novel is passable, predictable and is not strong in the police procedural aspect. I will try one more in the series.

  4. 5 out of 5

    HornFan2

    This was my first read from author Sally Rigby, did like Deadly Games, liked both of the main characters and can't wait to see them grow with each new book. Lynda La Plante's 'Prime Suspect' drama series was my introduction to British Police procedural, hooked me as a fan of it and too seek out the genre in books. Fast forward 20+ years from that epic show, with the evolution of ebooks, readers have a gold mine of gems in this genre, especially here across the pond thanks to amazon.com and it's This was my first read from author Sally Rigby, did like Deadly Games, liked both of the main characters and can't wait to see them grow with each new book. Lynda La Plante's 'Prime Suspect' drama series was my introduction to British Police procedural, hooked me as a fan of it and too seek out the genre in books. Fast forward 20+ years from that epic show, with the evolution of ebooks, readers have a gold mine of gems in this genre, especially here across the pond thanks to amazon.com and it's were I purchased 'Deadly Games'. Based on the cover, but ended up finding a new author to read, discovered two likable characters, in DCI Whitney Walker and Dr. Georgia Cavendish, add in a few red herring's, plausible suspects and even with it being easy to figure out whodunnit. I still enjoyed the read, like that the author got her hands dirty verse keeping it clean and it makes 'Deadly Games' so good or at least it was for me. I liked that you have a down in her luck DCI Walker who is close to be demoted due to a botched case and a forensic psychologist teaching professor with Dr. Cavendish. Two polar opposites that keep you with the author Sally Rigby's words turning pages and without really giving anything away. By the end of 'Deadly Games', you'll be hooked wanting to keep reading more to see what Cavendish and Walker do next. Definitely the author puts her name on this readers list of go to British Police procedural authors to read. Let me add, that I did also read the Deadly Games: Epilogue, wish the author added more to the trial or made it Cavendish & Walker #1.5. Make it a 50 to 70 page novella, with Cavendish telling the trial story.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Liz Mc2

    Did not love the serial-killer-of-young-women plot (I am just tired of this. Can we at least serial-kill powerful men for a change if we must have serial killers?) and I could see the end coming from a ways away. But I did enjoy the growing friendship between the two prickly female leads, the posh academic/forensic psychologist Georgina (George) Cavendish and DCI Whitney Walker, who got pregnant at 17 so joined the force rather than sitting her A levels. On the surface they’re very different, bu Did not love the serial-killer-of-young-women plot (I am just tired of this. Can we at least serial-kill powerful men for a change if we must have serial killers?) and I could see the end coming from a ways away. But I did enjoy the growing friendship between the two prickly female leads, the posh academic/forensic psychologist Georgina (George) Cavendish and DCI Whitney Walker, who got pregnant at 17 so joined the force rather than sitting her A levels. On the surface they’re very different, but they learn to respect each other and their shared drive to catch a killer. Clare Corbett’s narration distinguished between the two women well, though her male voices weren’t great.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Darren

    I got this as a e book for my i pad thru a face book page that I am a member of called TBC reviews. I enjoyed reading it. It had a good story to it. It is my first book read by this author. I hope to read more books by this author.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Betsy

    2.5 stars. Here we go again with 2 women bordering on being curmudgeons, a case comes up where they're in conflict, one has a daughter in danger, and now they are best friends. Plus the guilty party was obvious. Ho hum! 2.5 stars. Here we go again with 2 women bordering on being curmudgeons, a case comes up where they're in conflict, one has a daughter in danger, and now they are best friends. Plus the guilty party was obvious. Ho hum!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mick Dubois

    One morning when she's walking to her lecturing job at the university, dr Georgina Cavendish discovers the dead body of one of her students. She offers her help as a forensic psychologist to DCI Whitney Walker who turns her down. If more similar murders occur, eventually she reluctantly accepts the help of George as a profiler. The 2 women are complete opposites and at first, they can't stand each other. As they start working together, they get to know one another and realise that there are thin One morning when she's walking to her lecturing job at the university, dr Georgina Cavendish discovers the dead body of one of her students. She offers her help as a forensic psychologist to DCI Whitney Walker who turns her down. If more similar murders occur, eventually she reluctantly accepts the help of George as a profiler. The 2 women are complete opposites and at first, they can't stand each other. As they start working together, they get to know one another and realise that there are things they have in common and that in a team opposites may be an asset. All the victims are students of the same university that 's attended by Whitney's daughter, Tiffany who also knew some of the murdered girls. I absolutely loved this story! This is a British detective as I like them best. Well shaped and believable characters with a normal home life and backgrounds, an exciting and original story. Nearing the end I did have a hunch who the killer was, but wasn't sure nor completely right. I'm quite happy this is but the first book in a series, as it means there 's more to come. I received a free ACR from the author, but this is a completely honest review Merged review: An epitaph to the book 'Deadly Games' that's been sent as a bonus for subscribers to her newsletter. Although it's interesting!ng, it doesn't really add or change the story itself.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    I'm really feeling torn here. Partly because Sally Rigby has just been so wonderful. To send me - little old me - a signed copy of her first book, and those of two of her fellow authors, just because I have no greater talent than an ability to tell a bad joke. The least I can do after having read the book is to leave a review. But I have to be honest. And, I'm really sorry, but that means saying something critical ... But also, even without that, I'm kind of torn by the book as well. On the positi I'm really feeling torn here. Partly because Sally Rigby has just been so wonderful. To send me - little old me - a signed copy of her first book, and those of two of her fellow authors, just because I have no greater talent than an ability to tell a bad joke. The least I can do after having read the book is to leave a review. But I have to be honest. And, I'm really sorry, but that means saying something critical ... But also, even without that, I'm kind of torn by the book as well. On the positive side, I absolutely could not put it down. I raced through it in three evenings / late nights, knowing full well that it would leave me tired at work the next day but not caring. Right from the second chapter, in which the body of a psychology student is found by her tutor, the pace is fast and relentless. DCI Whitney Walker, placed in charge of the case, has been threatened with demotion after screwing up over a drugs raid and now has a massive chip on her shoulder against her boss, who is ambitious for himself at the detriment of his own team and the sort of character we all love to hate. Dr Georgina 'George' Cavendish knows the murdered student and longs to help the police find her killer. But the body count continues to rise, with each victim another student killed in an identical manner. The gap between each killing is getting shorter, and to prevent more deaths is a race against time ... The real trouble for me was that having reached the end, I couldn't help but feel a little bit deflated. I may be wrong, but it felt as though the team of Walker and Cavendish, working together on police cases, had well and truly been established in the author's mind first, but that she felt the need for them to be introduced to each other. However, I didn't feel that this storyline really managed to do this all that well. It relied on Whitney initially refusing to acknowledge George's existence, but changing her mind instantly after her colleague Matt said "I think she'd be a useful addition to the team". Wouldn't there have needed to be a bit more of an argument, with him being a bit more persuasive? And is it really likely that an academic with no police experience whatsoever would almost immediately be taken on as an unpaid advisor and given access to all the case details? I don't know, I don't really have any police or legal knowledge either. So perhaps it would. But if I'd been arrested as part of this investigation, I'd like to think that my solicitor would try and challenge it in court. This isn't nit-picking, because it's fundamental to the book and presumably, others in the series. Then there's the issue that if I knew the victim, I don't think I'd want Whitney Walker investigating the case. All it takes is a discovery that someone in the university's admin department has photos of female students on his computer and visits a lot of bondage sites, and she decides that he must be guilty and drops everything else in pursuit of him. Sure, she has evidence that he's a creep, but no worse. And yet when she meets someone who has a connection to all of the victims, she personally likes that character and seems to spare them any investigation, or even detailed questioning of any kind. There's more, I'm afraid. I'm not sure some of the minor characters really needed to feature. George's partner Stephen seemed to have been written in purely so she could dump him, and the main reason for Whitney having a teenage daughter, Tiffany, was so the killer could get to her as well. But why? Were we supposed to believe that Whitney would work the case harder if she knew her own daughter was in danger? Surely if it had been any young woman, she should have been just as motivated? But now that Tiffany does exist, does this mean that her life will need to be endangered in other books in the series too? If so, it has the potential to get very wearing very quickly. I also missed the sense of a setting. The story takes place in the town of 'Lenchester', which I've never heard of and assume is fictitious. But you don't even get an idea of which part of the country that might be in. It doesn't have to be this way. Look at any of Peter Robinson's DCI Banks novels, which are clearly set in the Yorkshire Dales even though the town of Eastvale is made up. Personally though, I like it even better when real locations are used, such as Peter James' Brighton or Angela Marsons' Black Country. Lastly, there's the solution. The case was ultimately solved not by Whitney's police work or George's input, but by an observation made by the pathologist. And I thought that more could have been made of the killer's motivation to do what he/she did. This is starting to sound like I didn't enjoy the book, and given the speed that I read it, that's obviously not right. I'd give it 3.5 stars if I had that option. And it's done enough in that I am going to read the next book in the series, and give it a chance. Hopefully, with the investigating team of Cavendish and Walker now established, the stories and their characters can now develop.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tony Hisgett

    We meet DCI Whitney after she has been told off for not checking her facts before a high profile raid. She definitely has a chip on her shoulder as can be seen from the unprofessional way she dealt with Dr Cavendish after the first murder. I also found Dr Cavendish quite difficult to like, I found her whinging annoying and her relationship with Stephen pointless. With not a lot happening in the story and the main characters being quite irritating I nearly gave up. I presume the author wanted to sh We meet DCI Whitney after she has been told off for not checking her facts before a high profile raid. She definitely has a chip on her shoulder as can be seen from the unprofessional way she dealt with Dr Cavendish after the first murder. I also found Dr Cavendish quite difficult to like, I found her whinging annoying and her relationship with Stephen pointless. With not a lot happening in the story and the main characters being quite irritating I nearly gave up. I presume the author wanted to show a developing relationship between the two women, but this is a high-risk strategy if readers are put off finishing the book. The actual investigation took a long time to get anywhere and it became quite predictable, especially when it became fairly clear who the murderer was. As for the relationship between Whitney and George, it improved, but it needs more work to make it really interesting, perhaps in the next book? If possible I would have given 2.5 stars.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Evonne Hutton

    A serial killer on the loose in an university town. A semi police procedural with a good story line

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    DCI Whitney Walker has been threatened with a demotion by her higher-ups if she botches another case. When a body is found by the river in a university campus, DCI Walker takes the murder case in an effort to redeem herself. She’ll be working alongside her partner, DS Matt Price. They both question witnesses and unravel clues to help solve the case.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Gordon

    A great exciting murder mystery. George and Whitney are a good team, forensic psychologist and detective. No more said. I don't want to spoil the story. A great exciting murder mystery. George and Whitney are a good team, forensic psychologist and detective. No more said. I don't want to spoil the story.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jc

    The two main characters, the distant professor and the uneducated cop, are both unpleasant. The plot, a serial killer of students, is not particularly original. The motivation/psychology of the bad guy is inexistent. To top it all, being written by a woman, there is way too much analysis of the feelings of these two women. Boring.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ingo

    Snatched this up, blurb sounded interesting, setting is UK, and it was free. It had no DRM, so I had no trouble converting the Kindle ebook to EPub for my other Reader (a larger Tolino Epos). Do not like the female detective (one of two female MC's), old fashioned and even according to her superior still living in the 70ies... Already I have to force myself to read this, looks like a 2star book and a possible DNF, but I want to be sure bevore abandoning it. So far by-the-numbers-serial-killer-book. Snatched this up, blurb sounded interesting, setting is UK, and it was free. It had no DRM, so I had no trouble converting the Kindle ebook to EPub for my other Reader (a larger Tolino Epos). Do not like the female detective (one of two female MC's), old fashioned and even according to her superior still living in the 70ies... Already I have to force myself to read this, looks like a 2star book and a possible DNF, but I want to be sure bevore abandoning it. So far by-the-numbers-serial-killer-book. Nothing special, and the the thoughts of Walker grate on my nerves, they are uninteresting, rather dull and mostly could have been cut. While the setting is supposed to be UK, I do not really feel it. Unless something changes, I will beginn at some point to skim the pages and look for the end. Certainly so far not the page-turner promised by the blurb. Really liked George and how she handled Stephen at about just after 50% of the book. And also, as this is the beginning of a series, I will most probably not read anything else from this author. OK, so I did not DNF it, there where no real twists, I did guess whodunnit since the point of introduction, so no surprises there. Would have given more stars if one of the following would have happened: - Whitney gets fired (should have happened IRL) and will not turn up sequels or as a PI - Killer walks free (could have happened, some evidence was obtained illegaly) - MC's get together as lovers (would have been a good twist and stranger things have happened). While at some points it might be ok to bend the rules, I prefer books where the police work feels more real and evidence etc. is obtained within the rules, not outside of it. Glad they have not made other mistakes (going places alone without telling anyone, not charging their cellphones etc.). They even had support in the final scene. As is, I will read the promised epilogue for another book, as I am more interested in what happens to the arrested than to the MC's. End is as usual, meaning forseeable and boring "arrest made, etc. all is well". A real good twist would have been one more victim, the detective fired because of her faults and the dealing with the fallout from all that in the next book. Will check what the following books in the series are about, but guess more of the same, so will most probably not read them. Some might like this, but to call this a page-turner is stretching a reality I do not live in. So two stars for more than one reason, could have been three if Walker was more interesting and up-to-date. Also, although it is set in the UK, I did not feel it, could have easily been Germany, or US with a few different expressions. Not recommended.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Deadly Games is the first book I’ve read by Sally Rigby and I loved it. She’s brilliant at laying out the plot so the reader is left wanting more until the very end. I’m new to British procedurals and found I really liked the way that the story moved forward. The crime was methodically broken down and made you feel like you were right in the planning room along with the team. The characters were imperfect and real, with family problems, personal challenges and room to grow. Dr. Georgina Cavend Deadly Games is the first book I’ve read by Sally Rigby and I loved it. She’s brilliant at laying out the plot so the reader is left wanting more until the very end. I’m new to British procedurals and found I really liked the way that the story moved forward. The crime was methodically broken down and made you feel like you were right in the planning room along with the team. The characters were imperfect and real, with family problems, personal challenges and room to grow. Dr. Georgina Cavendish is head of the forensic psychology program at the university. She has a plan for everything, and likes to have her life organized and predictable. Spontaneity is not in her vocabulary. What happens when she discovers the body of one of her students on the campus grounds? How will she handle having her life shaken up by circumstances—should she offer to help? DCI Whitney Walker doesn’t have time for fools. She worked hard to get where she’s at and she tells it like it is. Her life is a bit of a mess, but she gets the job done. There’s just one problem. When a body is discovered on the university campus she finds herself being rubbed the wrong way by the witness. She doesn’t like the stuck-up professor and definitely doesn’t want her help. As the body count mounts Cavendish and Walker find it necessary to work together. I loved the not-yet-friendship between the two. They are abrasive with each other, yet grow in mutual respect as the story progresses. The author grips your emotions at just the right moments and had me guessing until the end. Great book. A copy was given to me by the author and this is an honest review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tony Parsons

    Detective Superintendent Tom Jamieson (Whitney’s boss, Oxford U) wanted to discuss the Hodgson case with DCI Whitney Walker (daughter/sister, Lenchester CID). DS Matt Price & PC Rogers met DCI Whitney Walker at the university campus down by the river. Dr./Professor Georgina “George” Cavendish (Lenchester U; Forensic psychologist, PhD) had come across the corpse of Millie Carter (21, Lenchester U; Jr. Forensic psychologist student, tutor, Godwin College). Dr. Claire Dexter (forensic pathologist) w Detective Superintendent Tom Jamieson (Whitney’s boss, Oxford U) wanted to discuss the Hodgson case with DCI Whitney Walker (daughter/sister, Lenchester CID). DS Matt Price & PC Rogers met DCI Whitney Walker at the university campus down by the river. Dr./Professor Georgina “George” Cavendish (Lenchester U; Forensic psychologist, PhD) had come across the corpse of Millie Carter (21, Lenchester U; Jr. Forensic psychologist student, tutor, Godwin College). Dr. Claire Dexter (forensic pathologist) was at the crime scene also. The dead girl had been strangled, duct tape over her, mouth, tied up & nothing on but her underwear. DCI Walker informed her team: DC Ellie Naylor, Matt, Frank, Sue, Doug, Taylor about the new murder case. 1st stop for Detective Superintendent Jamieson & DCI Walker was to pay respects to Mrs. Carter (wife/mother) & Mr. Rex Carter (husband/father). DCI Walker & DS Price interviewed Nathan Harris (22, Millie’s BF, JD student), Peta (flat mate), Hannah (flat mate), & Lizzie (medical science student, flat mate). AM meeting. Victim # 2. Olivia Griffin’s (21, Jr. Lenchester U; history student, Godwin College) body was found on the university grounds last night. Olivia “Kirsty” worked for Diamond Escorts. Her flat mates were interviewed. Lenchester, East Midlands of Leicestershire, England. Diamond Escorts. DCI Walker & DS Price interviewed Annabelle De Souza (50+, proprietor). A confidential name did come up. The media coined he/she the Campus Killer. Henry Spencer (twin brother, Dr. vet science student), Harriet Spencer (twin sister, Dr. vet science student), & Lydia Parker (Spencer’s roommate, MS vet science student) were interviewed. Dr./Professor Cavendish was giving the Lenchester CID some valuable input. AM meeting. Victim # 3. Poppy Brooks (21, Soph; English student) body was found by Rushton Lake. DC Ellie Naylor was sent back to interview Annabelle (Diamond Escorts). Victim # 4 Lydia Parker. Will the Campus Killer be caught & brought to justice? Warning: This book contains extremely graphic adult content, violence, or expletive language &/or uncensored sexually explicit material (rape, verbal/mental/physical/sexual abuse) which is only suitable for mature readers. It may be offensive or have potential adverse psychological effects on the reader. I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review, only an honest one. An awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very professionally written serial killer murder mystery book. It was quite easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great serial killer murder mystery movie, or better yet a mini TV series. There is no doubt in my mind this is an amazingly easy rating of 5 stars. Thank you for the free author (s); Top Drawer Press; BookDaily; BookBub; Amazon Digital Services LLC.; book Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)

  18. 5 out of 5

    Rosario

    Really, really bad. I did like the growing friendship between the police officer, DCI Whitney Walker, and the forensic psychologist, Dr Georgina Cavendish. They are quite different, with Whitney being a working class single mother who dropped out before taking her A-levels when she got pregnant very young, and George being a well-educated, middle-class academic. They clash at first (mainly because Whitney has a huge chip on her shoulder, but also because George is pretty entitled and just cannot Really, really bad. I did like the growing friendship between the police officer, DCI Whitney Walker, and the forensic psychologist, Dr Georgina Cavendish. They are quite different, with Whitney being a working class single mother who dropped out before taking her A-levels when she got pregnant very young, and George being a well-educated, middle-class academic. They clash at first (mainly because Whitney has a huge chip on her shoulder, but also because George is pretty entitled and just cannot understand why the police aren't rushing to accept the help of a random psychologist who's never worked on a real-life investigation), but then their friendship develops quite organically and in a way that felt believable. And that is it for the positives, I'm afraid. The writing is amateurish, all tell and no show, and the dialogue is wooden and unnatural. While the relationship between George and Whitney worked, every other relationship feels awkward and psychologically unbelievable. The solution to the mystery is obvious, but at the same time, pretty unbelievable. The several dead women are treated by the narrative as disposable, and the tone felt exploitative. That's all bad enough, but the absolutely worse part is that the police procedural elements were really, really, REALLY crap. Whitney is a terrible investigator. She doesn't follow obvious lines of enquiry. She breaks the rules in ways that would obviously compromise the investigation, and even does so when it's not important, because if police followed all the rules, they wouldn't get anything done (I have very little tolerance for this these days). She has horrible judgment about what constitutes solid evidence, as shown by how she is so convinced that a certain character is the murderer based on extremely flimsy, circumstantial evidence (and also, why on earth is the fact that someone has bondage porn on his computer something that, as is said twice, would lead him to lose his job? Whitney is a judgmental prude, as well as an idiot). It didn't help that, because I was so annoyed at the idiocy of these people, I paused reading Deadly Games for a while and read JD Robb's Faithless in Death. Eve would despise Whitney, and with good reason. I'll stop now. I could rant for a while longer, but this is probably clear enough. This is a D for me.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Joyce McKay

    This was not the first George and Whitney novel that I've read. I've found all of the books about them to be absolutely enjoyable. It's always hard for me to put them down. With this first in the series, I'm able to see how George and Whitney's relationship developed. They are opposites in many ways so there are communication hurdles they need to cross before they can truly understand that they are on the same side. The arrest of the poor Dean because he looked guilty, and had quite a bit of cir This was not the first George and Whitney novel that I've read. I've found all of the books about them to be absolutely enjoyable. It's always hard for me to put them down. With this first in the series, I'm able to see how George and Whitney's relationship developed. They are opposites in many ways so there are communication hurdles they need to cross before they can truly understand that they are on the same side. The arrest of the poor Dean because he looked guilty, and had quite a bit of circumstantial evidence against him, was quite a red herring in the story. I figured it couldn't be him because it was too early in the book. LOL I also note the same thing while watching some of my favorite British detective shows. He was a bit of a scumball so perhaps it's just as well that he was found out for what he was. George became involved with Whitney and the police department after she discovered the first body on campus. She only found it because she'd gone off the pathway in order to sneak a cigarette. Since the victim was one of her students, she felt driven to take an active role and offer her professional services as a forensic psychologist. Whitney did not jump at the chance to accept this offer because she suffers from a bit of an insecurity when it comes to dealing with highly educated people from "posh" schools. The fact that she feels her boss is looking for ways to demote her, brought Whitney to a position where she finally sought George's help. She could see the rising body count leading to a falling career for her. A point is finally reached where her boss takes her off the case. Fortunately for Whitney, the man destined to replace her is on vacation and will be for 48 more hours. This gives Whitney and George a chance to possibly close the case in time to save face. Unfortunately, it appears the next victim is Whitney's daughter Tiffany. Their desperate fight to save Tiffany and stop the murder rampage makes for an exciting ending. I also enjoyed the epilogue. It was good to see what happens when this serial killing case makes it to court. I've probably bought every George and Whitney book that is available and will probably continue doing so, as long as, Sally keeps writing them.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    This is the first in the series after a novella, The Night Shift, and where we now meet Dr. Georgina Cavendish, or George. One thing I didn't like was the shocking jump forward of ten years with no explanation. I would have liked to find out more about that story line and what happened with her superiors as it felt unfinished and we were left hanging with the jerk that had it out for her. Now, since this book opens with her new title of DCI (Detective Chief Inspector) you do know she bested the This is the first in the series after a novella, The Night Shift, and where we now meet Dr. Georgina Cavendish, or George. One thing I didn't like was the shocking jump forward of ten years with no explanation. I would have liked to find out more about that story line and what happened with her superiors as it felt unfinished and we were left hanging with the jerk that had it out for her. Now, since this book opens with her new title of DCI (Detective Chief Inspector) you do know she bested the jerk in the long run, but since it's ten years later, did he affect her job, slowing down her progress or what? Now, in this book there is a serial killer loose at Lenchester University, and we meet George as she discovers the first victim while sneaking a smoke after fighting with her newish live-in boyfriend. George is an interesting character that reminds a bit of Monk, the OCD detective from years ago. George doesn't appear to have OCD, but she likes order and facts and has trouble with social cues which seems a paradox to her profession as a forensic psychology professor. Psychology is a messy science and very subjective. She wants to help and believes she has the tools to do so and pushes her way into the investigation to the utter dismay and all round pissiness of DCI Whitney Walker. Eventually, Whitney thaws and you discover she's more human than we may have thought previously, which is a reason to stick it out if her character bothers anyone. They slowly form a tepid friendship. All while Whitney is facing tremendous pressure from her latest superior for a mistake from a previous case. He keeps threatening to take her off this current case, if there is one more mistake (as he perceives). It turns out it will take both Cavendish & Walker along with Whitney's crew to solve these murders.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mirna Skuhan

    To be perfectly honest this is actually 4.5 stars. :) I found a new series for binge-reading! In the Fiction Cafe Book Club - a Facebook group I asked for recommendations for books that had similar aspects such as my favourite procedural TV shows as Castle, Bones, NCIS, etc. I really enjoy the shows with a killer, some humour, various characters and their personal life that sometimes enters the scene. And I am very happy this author was recommended to me. It had all the aspects I asked for. Two di To be perfectly honest this is actually 4.5 stars. :) I found a new series for binge-reading! In the Fiction Cafe Book Club - a Facebook group I asked for recommendations for books that had similar aspects such as my favourite procedural TV shows as Castle, Bones, NCIS, etc. I really enjoy the shows with a killer, some humour, various characters and their personal life that sometimes enters the scene. And I am very happy this author was recommended to me. It had all the aspects I asked for. Two different characters, with different backgrounds are trying to overcome their differences in pursuit of the killer. What's not to love? :) I particularly liked the writing - fast speed of it and the fact that it felt like watching a TV show I enjoy! Everything somehow seems to have been written simply but then again very engaging - you want to know every little detail, you want to see what will happen next , you just want to get into the book and start solving the crime with the characters themselves! Things that you can't see when reading a book whilst you can when watching the show are impeccably presented in this novel. You can see those sideways glances, you can somehow 'see' the sighs, rolling of the eyes, clicks in the head when the detective and the doctor get an idea. The book is so well written that I am really looking forward to reading all the following installments of it. Why not 5 stars? Because when watching crime investigation TV shows for over 15 years you somehow figure out the culprit when they first appear in the book. But that definitely didn't stop me to read it until the end and see how the end is going to be delivered.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Billie

    An elusive serial killer. A police officer living on borrowed time. An unexpected twist that threatens to blow everything apart. DCI Whitney Walker is in trouble. She’s been threatened with demotion if she screws up another case. So, when a killer starts murdering female students at the local university, she knows this is her chance to redeem herself. Forensic psychologist, Dr Georgina Cavendish, has spent her life inside the university walls, but when one of her students is murdered and she’s the An elusive serial killer. A police officer living on borrowed time. An unexpected twist that threatens to blow everything apart. DCI Whitney Walker is in trouble. She’s been threatened with demotion if she screws up another case. So, when a killer starts murdering female students at the local university, she knows this is her chance to redeem herself. Forensic psychologist, Dr Georgina Cavendish, has spent her life inside the university walls, but when one of her students is murdered and she’s the one to find the body, she resolves to step out from behind her text books and put her skills to the test. While the killer leads the police on a game of cat and mouse, Walker and Cavendish form an uneasy alliance. But will it be too late to stop the worst serial killer in Lenchester’s history? Deadly Games is the first book in the Cavendish and Walker crime fiction series. This is a must read!!! This debut novel is filled with twists and turns to keep you glued to your seat. Some may feel this is a slow starter but I can assure you the pace is steady and the ending does hit you with a bang. The plot is well developed and holds you gripped to the end. The characters are great and can't wait to see how they all develop together in the series. I can't wait to read more from this author and definitely want more of this series! Highly recommend. I received the ARC free from author and this is my own honest voluntary review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lynda Kelly

    I greatly enjoyed this story and it was an easy 5* for me but some mistakes cost it, I'm afraid. I did download the additional free epilogue to this one which tied up the courtcase nicely. I liked both George and Whitney, two very different women and likeable for their own reasons. I was pleased to see they finally managed to "play nicely" and work together well and I look forward to reading more of the series. I did take a while to warm to both....George was very pernickety over her work and Wh I greatly enjoyed this story and it was an easy 5* for me but some mistakes cost it, I'm afraid. I did download the additional free epilogue to this one which tied up the courtcase nicely. I liked both George and Whitney, two very different women and likeable for their own reasons. I was pleased to see they finally managed to "play nicely" and work together well and I look forward to reading more of the series. I did take a while to warm to both....George was very pernickety over her work and Whitney was very abrasive till you got to know her. I did have a smile to myself when kids in their twenties were mentioned....I'd not classify anyone THAT age as a kid !! The author needs to brush up on her hyphen usage.....antiseptic smelling or posh sounding or cable tied for example all needing one and she also left off some apostrophes in hours/days. She wrote imaging and not imagining and balling out and not bawling then ticks and not tics. She also did that American thing a couple of times, writing "And even if she did let George come with" where they miss words from sentences......it just reads wrong to me. In the epilogue she refers to Jamieson not being happy with Whitney down to family issues and she lost me there. That wasn't anything he had mentioned, to my recall. There were a few funny moments in this along with some very touching, sniffy incidents as well. As I say, it's a very good story and if not for the silly mistakes would easily have got the 5* from me.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Wanda

    I enjoyed this book. Got it as a free audiobook on Audible. The narrator had a bit of a problem changing voices between the characters but I was able to keep them straight most of the time. A professor, Dr. Cavendish, finds a dead young woman who is from the college where she teaches. She wants to help the police investigate as she is a forensic psychologist but the lead detective, Whitney Walker, is resistant. They eventually end up working together and becoming friends. Detective Walker has her I enjoyed this book. Got it as a free audiobook on Audible. The narrator had a bit of a problem changing voices between the characters but I was able to keep them straight most of the time. A professor, Dr. Cavendish, finds a dead young woman who is from the college where she teaches. She wants to help the police investigate as she is a forensic psychologist but the lead detective, Whitney Walker, is resistant. They eventually end up working together and becoming friends. Detective Walker has her job on the line from a previous misstep and her boss is after her to make sure there is no mistakes with this case. Her daughter goes to the college where the serial killer is operating and knew some of the girls who have been murdered. Dr. Cavendish is dealing with problems with her live-in boyfriend and also some feelings from the past. She is does not display emotions well and has a hard time interacting with people and understanding their feelings. This causes some problems for her and people think she is a bit snooty and distant. Detective Walker has a bit of a chip on her shoulder when it comes to dealing with colleagues who are more educated than herself. She feels experience should count more. She doesn't want to rush into arresting someone but feels pressure from her boss. The story does have a couple of asides in it from the killer that may give some hints as to their identity. It was a decent mystery and police procedural and good introduction to a new series.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Leivesley

    This is the first in a new series introducing DCI Whitney Walker and George Cavendish, a forensic psychologist. They meet when George discovers the body of a young woman on the university campus where she works. Whitney is the lead investigator, and feels that George is trying to interfere when she offers to help. But soon, as another body turns up, Whitney realizes she does need George’s help. I loved that the two lead characters were strong women, though they are polar opposites. Whitney is hot This is the first in a new series introducing DCI Whitney Walker and George Cavendish, a forensic psychologist. They meet when George discovers the body of a young woman on the university campus where she works. Whitney is the lead investigator, and feels that George is trying to interfere when she offers to help. But soon, as another body turns up, Whitney realizes she does need George’s help. I loved that the two lead characters were strong women, though they are polar opposites. Whitney is hot-headed and acts without thinking, and this tends to get her into trouble with her superiors. George is a typical academic and likes everything planned and precise. I liked the way that as the story developed the two women came to have respect for each other and eventually became friends. I look forward to seeing how this relationship develops in future books. This is an entertaining police procedural with enough twists and turns to keep me interested, and I didn’t guess who the killer was until close to the end. Although there is a serial killer on the loose there aren’t too many gory details. I can’t wait for the next in the series. When I got to the end of the book I signed up for Sally’s newsletter and received a free copy of the prequel novella, the Night Shift, which I read straight away.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mike Schroeder

    DCI Whitney Walker, on probation for a failed drugs raid, and continually seeming to have to fight against her superior officers' resentment and bitterness towards her, is assigned to a murder case on the Lenchester University grounds. The murder has been discovered by Dr Georgina Cavendish (George), a forensic psychologist at the university. George believes that she can assist in helping with the murder investigation, while Whitney initially is not interested believing that theoretical scholast DCI Whitney Walker, on probation for a failed drugs raid, and continually seeming to have to fight against her superior officers' resentment and bitterness towards her, is assigned to a murder case on the Lenchester University grounds. The murder has been discovered by Dr Georgina Cavendish (George), a forensic psychologist at the university. George believes that she can assist in helping with the murder investigation, while Whitney initially is not interested believing that theoretical scholastic help cannot be applied to a police investigation. Subsequently however, the two of them form a formidable team which culminates in the apprehension of what turns out to be a serial murderer, as the bodies start piling up. Ultimately this is a gripping and exciting police procedural story, combined with the above two protagonists acknowledging and accepting each other's strengths and weaknesses making them a solid and well balanced team. Add to that George's relationship with her partner Steven and the mismatch in their relationship, and Whitney's constant fight against her superiors' antipathy, makes this a story well worth reading. I am hooked on Sally and have already purchased the second in the series Fatal Justice, although not started it as yet. Highly recommended as a great read!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Stan Dunn

    This is the first book in what promises to be an entertaining series about an unlikely pair of crime solvers - Dr. Georgina Cavendish and DCI Whitney Walker. The "pilot" opens with a murder on campus that Dr. Cavendish discovers on the way to class at the University; in the process of the investigation she meets Walker and their paths weave in and out through the book. What surprised me was that there were several murders to follow and I was never able to guess the murder. This was a nice surpri This is the first book in what promises to be an entertaining series about an unlikely pair of crime solvers - Dr. Georgina Cavendish and DCI Whitney Walker. The "pilot" opens with a murder on campus that Dr. Cavendish discovers on the way to class at the University; in the process of the investigation she meets Walker and their paths weave in and out through the book. What surprised me was that there were several murders to follow and I was never able to guess the murder. This was a nice surprise. This was a relaxing, easy read and had I had more time, I could have finished it earlier than I did. In this first book, we met other characters that more fully developed our protagonists, so by the end of the book the reader has a very good sense of who the sleuths are that s/he will be reading about in the upcoming series. One minor note from this American is that this was my first British mystery so some terms were obvious ("uni") but some were not ("DCI" and "DS") but that does not inhibit reading and enjoying the story. In summary, I recommend the read and look forward to future books in the series. I received a copy of the ARC and volunteered to write this objective review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Peggy Tree

    DCI Detective Chief Inspector Whitney Walker and her new friend, Dr. Georgina (George) Cavendish a forensic psychologist and university professor, along with Whitney's loyal team, work together to find out who's killing young women students. Whitney's boss would try the patience of anyone, isn't much of a team player and seems to often make her life miserable. He dwells on past mistakes and threatens her future in the position she's worked so hard to achieve. If you like crime fiction and/or UK DCI Detective Chief Inspector Whitney Walker and her new friend, Dr. Georgina (George) Cavendish a forensic psychologist and university professor, along with Whitney's loyal team, work together to find out who's killing young women students. Whitney's boss would try the patience of anyone, isn't much of a team player and seems to often make her life miserable. He dwells on past mistakes and threatens her future in the position she's worked so hard to achieve. If you like crime fiction and/or UK police procedurals, you will love this book. The ending was s surprise to me and the book has danger, suspense and action along with twists and turns that I wasn't expecting, and was surprised by the ending. It's a well written book that I found unputdownable, enjoyable, entertaining reading. Having just joined the advanced readers team, I received a copy of the first two books in the series and the third book free from the author for an honest review. This is the first book of the Walker and Cavendish series. Book two is "Fatal Justice ". Book three is "Death Track", soon to be released. There is a prequel that has been offered free on Sally Rigby's website currently, which is "Night Shift". I absolutely loved the prequel and "Deadly Games ". I look forward to reading the remaining books.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Christyg

    This is a great start to a new series. The female lead characters are both strong women but so very different in their personalities. Whitney Walker is a detective who has worked for all that she has. She has raised a daughter and is the now helping her mother and brother. She is all about the job. Georgina Cavendish is a professor at the local college. Her family is well off and pretty pretentious. She doesn't show her emotions and comes off as being snobby. The two cross paths during an investi This is a great start to a new series. The female lead characters are both strong women but so very different in their personalities. Whitney Walker is a detective who has worked for all that she has. She has raised a daughter and is the now helping her mother and brother. She is all about the job. Georgina Cavendish is a professor at the local college. Her family is well off and pretty pretentious. She doesn't show her emotions and comes off as being snobby. The two cross paths during an investigation of a murder on the college campus. Their first few meetings are a lot of clashing as you would expect from the two very different women. I found it great that they found a way to work together and become friends. The mystery in this story was intriguing. There were a number of suspects and enough surprises to carry this to a satisfying ending. The author presents the steps to solving the crime in a very logical manner. I really enjoyed the book and look forward to reading more in the series.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Carol Butler

    Enjoyed this novel and I do have the next one available to read, I did find that Walker was to my mind very abrupt and with a new alliance Dr. Cavendish a forensic profiler the pair seem to lean on each other and very quick to make a decision and obviously got the wrong person in custody because the profile I thought fitted a lot of people, and as soon as Cavendish said he's got something to hide and he fits the profile that's it game over finished but no another murder which the poor soul in cu Enjoyed this novel and I do have the next one available to read, I did find that Walker was to my mind very abrupt and with a new alliance Dr. Cavendish a forensic profiler the pair seem to lean on each other and very quick to make a decision and obviously got the wrong person in custody because the profile I thought fitted a lot of people, and as soon as Cavendish said he's got something to hide and he fits the profile that's it game over finished but no another murder which the poor soul in custody could not have done it so now they have to look again, and Walker's boss Jaimeson is not happy with her results and virtually throws her off the case, apparently her last case was a disaster so he has no alternative but to pass the case on to another detective who is still on holiday and won't be available for another 48hrs so time to get cracking and pull out the plug and yes after looking back at the evidence they manage to solve the crime. A bit easy to work out but still a holiday read easy to put down and pick up again and was given an ARC copy for an honest opinion.

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