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Deadly Games

(Cavendish & Walker #1)

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This book is written by a British author using British spelling

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

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Kindle Edition, 290 pages
Published March 6th 2019 by Top Drawer Press
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Linda Strong
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it

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
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Hans
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This a fast-paced police procedural with lots of background on George (Georgina) and Whitney. I guessed about halfway what part of the end would be but I didn't mind that as I really really liked the developments between George and Whitney. I could so easily relate to George :). Impressive storytelling. More George and Whitney please!
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.

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HornFan2 (Mike)
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
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Bonnie
Sep 10, 2019 rated it liked it
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.
Darren
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.
Betsy
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
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!
Jane
Dec 27, 2019 rated it liked it
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.
Debbie Gordon
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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.
Evonne Hutton
Mar 30, 2019 rated it liked it
A serial killer on the loose in an university town.
A semi police procedural with a good story line
Anna
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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Ingo
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
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.
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Denise
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Lynda Kelly
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Billie
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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Sandra Leivesley
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, tbc
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
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Mike Schroeder
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Stan Dunn
Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Mick Dubois
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Peggy Tree
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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Christyg
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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Carol Butler
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Joanne Cartwright
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
DCI Whitney is on the edge of demotion due to a previous case going wrong, so when a well meaning forensic psychologist tries to insert herself into Whitney's investigation into a death on campus, hackles are raised. The dead woman was a student at the university and as Whitney launches into the investigation of her death another body appears, also on campus, also near water.
Whitney eventually comes around to allowing Georgina to help with the case, enlisting her as a professional consultant and
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Rochelle
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Wow cant wait to read the second book.

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.
Wow and what an awesome read. This is first time of reading anything by this author and it won’t be the last. Great plot, well written, excellent characters and a good twist at the end. Her psychological thrillers has me hooked from the start of the book until the end.
George
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Robert Crouch
Jan 02, 2020 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the story, which was a familiar police procedural where the killer was always one step ahead of the police and adept at leaving no evidence. The pace was good and the plot developed steadily, with several possible suspects and a neat twist at the end.

The characters and their relationships felt a little stilted, especially Walker’s somewhat clichéd view of her fast-track boss. The relationship between Walker and Cavendish also seemed a little black and white. One minute DCI Walker wants
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Janalyn
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Off to a great start!

Let me start by saying I found this author Sally Rigby after I entered a contest and received my choice of three books. I started getting her newsletter and on the first one I found out about this Siri‘s. This is the first book in the series where we meet Dr. cava dish in DC I walker. Although they get off to a feisty start there’s a friendship emerging. I’ve never read a mystery Siri‘s good as of recent I had been looking for one set in the 1800s and although this one is
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Jenny H
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Murder at the University: can Cavendish and Walker shelve their differences to solve it?

Dr Georgina (George) Cavendish is a forensic psychology lecturer who loves tidiness and good timekeeping. Detective Chief Inspector Whitney Walker is a single mother to Tiffany, who is studying engineering at the university where George works. Whitney has made a bad mistake in a recent case and is looking to impress her boss. George and Whitney are drawn together when George finds a murdered girl, a student
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Cyndi
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What an absolutely thrilling crime fiction this book is! Getting to know DCI Whitney Walker and Forensic Psychologist Dr. Georgina Cavendish was such a fun experience. You could not meet two totally different women and yet by the end of this book they have become friends that have true respect for each other. But wow what a ride getting to that point. I really enjoyed how fast the action was in the story. There is always something happening and the suspense was edge of your seat. I do have to ...more
Maggie
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dr Georgina (George) Cavendish is on her way to her university office when she makes the horrific discovery of a young woman's body. Detective Whitney Walker is on borrowed time. Her last case was an embarrassing mess so trying to stop this murderer as quickly as possible is vital. As a psychologist & feeling connected to the case makes George want to help however she can. For Whitney, the assistance of an academic is the last thing she needs. However as victims connected with the college ...more
Chris Wells
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sally Rigby gives us a first class police procedural but with a different dynamic with the addition of forensic psychologist Dr Georgina ‘George’ Cavendish. George wants to help the investigation into the murder of students at the university she teaches at but tough under pressure DCI Whitney Walker refuses. As the body count rises George offers again until finally Walker relents. This is when the story really gets into its stride with the two women learning how to work together, as well as ...more
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Sally Rigby was born in Northampton, in the UK. She has always had the travel bug, and after living in both Manchester and London, eventually moved overseas. From 2001 she has lived with her family in New Zealand, which she considers to be the most beautiful place in the world. During this time she also lived for five years in Australia. Sally has always loved crime fiction books, films and TV ...more

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